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Heres a Way to Get Utilities to Embrace Solar and Batteries: Let Them Own the Inverter

July 8, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Utilities own a wide range of devices on the transmission and distribution grid to manage power quality. But there's a power control device that may be much more familiar to the hundreds of thousands of American homeowners with solar on their roofs: inverters. Should utilities own those too?[read more]

Is the City of Angels Becoming the City of Solar Energy?

June 17, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

Los Angeles, City of Solar?

 

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power plans a large 250 MW solar array in Kern County and 50 MW of solar power within the city. Combined, the utility-scale solar array and the local solar projects will provide enough energy for about 150,000 homes. In Los Angeles, solar power is becoming a star.[read more]

Mosaic Poll Finds that Americans Still Love Solar, And They Love to Own It!

May 19, 2014 by Rosana Francescato

American Opinions on Solar

It never ceases to amaze me that even well-educated, well-informed people who care about clean energy have no idea how affordable solar has become. Or that different financing options are available. Maybe this has all happened too fast for the word to get out to the general public. But Americans love solar.[read more]

Solar Energy Jumps to 22% of New US Generation Capacity in 2013

April 10, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Solar Energy Growth

Natural gas was the clear winner in capacity additions for electric utilities in 2013, but grid-scale solar was the clear runner up, providing about 22 percent of new generating capacity. Solar's contribution is up significantly from 2012, when it provided less than 6 percent of new generation.[read more]

Solar Energy Usage Shattering Records in California as New Capacity Comes On-Line

March 22, 2014 by Herman Trabish
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Solar and California

California is setting records for solar energy usage so fast that the state’s grid operator has had to change its protocol for announcing them. The instantaneous use of solar by the California Independent System Operator (the ISO) reached a record peak of 4,143 megawatts at 2:28 p.m. on March 16.[read more]