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The One Chart That Shows Why 2014 Was a Breakthrough Year for Utility-Scale Solar in America

December 16, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Solar's Breakthrough Year?

Over the next two years, America will build 13 gigawatts of utility-scale solar PV plants. Those projects will surpass the country's cumulative solar capacity across all sectors reached at the end of 2013. Why such a big surge in utility-scale solar after a brief slowdown in the project pipeline? The answer is price.[read more]

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]

Going Back to School, Moving Forward with Solar Energy

September 14, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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School Energy Costs and Savings

While this may have been a tough week for some of New York’s school kids, who, in the last few days, have headed back to class, the school districts that educate them, just got some great news: A new, New York State program called K-Solar (read that: “K through Solar”) has just launched.[read more]

Be Prepared - For a LOT More Solar by 2025

September 11, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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2025 may sound a ways off, but it’s only 11 years away. What will the world look like in 2025? Expect a lot more solar power. In fact, according to a report by Thomson Reuters, in 2025, solar energy will be the primary source of energy on our planet.[read more]

How Solar Can Help in a Social Movement Against Climate Change

September 4, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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Climate Change, Solar, and Social Movements

The conventional wisdom is that it’s all about cost. Consumers, most solar salespeople would tell you, are simply interested in saving money on their power bills. But increasingly, cost is not the only factor as consumers in the U.S. and elsewhere choose solar power for environmental reasons.[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]

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]