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Big Utilities Begin to Warm to Rooftop Solar Energy

December 16, 2014 by Devashree Saha
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Utilities and Rooftop Solar Support

NRG Energy recently announced a major foray into California’s residential solar market, with a goal to have 35,000 to 40,000 home solar installations by the end of 2015. The development is indicative of the seismic changes underway in the utility industry. Utilities are slowly beginning to warm up to rooftop solar.[read more]

$200 Million More Flows to Residential Solar Loans Through Sungage and Mosaic

October 24, 2014 by Eric Wesoff
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Residential Solar Loans

Using a loan to finance a residential solar system is not a new idea -- but new entrants, new investors and new financial models are changing the way people purchase and invest in solar. More than $200 million has flowed into solar loans in the last few weeks.[read more]

Better, Cheaper Loans Challenging the Solar Leasing Model?

September 6, 2014 by Eric Wesoff

Cheaper Loans and Solar Leasing

Third-party ownership remains the dominant model for financing a residential solar installation in the U.S., but that's changing. Direct ownership via loans (and other mechanisms like PACE) are gaining traction, because PV systems continue to get cheaper while financing options continue to improve.[read more]

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Who Says Solar Energy Doesn't Make Sense in Virginia?

August 25, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Virginia and Solar Energy

“People like to be part of something positive,” said Aaron Sutch, Program Director of VA SUN, an offshoot of Community Power Network in Washington, DC. “The social aspect of participating as a community in a technology that enables self-reliance while helping the environment is a real driver.”[read more]

Workflow Automation and Green Button Data Cut Soft Costs From Residential Solar

June 27, 2014 by Herman Trabish

Solar Energy and Information Innovation

The solar industry’s drive to reduce soft costs has produced a new variation on sales workflow automation. EnACT, a just-launched software-as-a-service (SaaS) for solar, aims to streamline interactions between potential customers and providers of residential solar or energy efficiency.[read more]

What's Going on in Residential Solar? The View from Greentech Media's Solar Energy Summit

April 23, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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Residential solar was a hot topic at the recent Greentech Media Solar Summit. Nicole Litvak, Solar Analyst at GTM Research, started out the session on “Opportunities and Threats in the Residential Solar Market” by asking each panelist to share the key to success for residential solar, in five words.[read more]

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The Burden of Permitting, Inspection, and Interconnection on Residential Solar PV Deployment

Residential Solar Costs

Over the last few years, the Department of Energy (DOE) has witnessed an unprecedented growth in residential solar photovoltaic (PV) installations while also confronting new obstacles that have arisen on the path to widespread deployment.[read more]