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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]

Should Behind the Meter Energy Storage Be Controlled by Grid Operators?

August 11, 2014 by James Greenberger
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I applaud Mr. Rive for his concern about the optimization of the grid. But there is no reason to believe that the same factors that have driven less than optimized deployments of customer-owned rooftop solar PV systems will not also drive of less than optimized deployments of behind the meter storage.[read more]

Only Two US Community Solar Developers Have Finished More Than One Project. Why?

July 15, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Community Solar Projects

Community solar is the idea that people who don’t happen to have rooftops suited for solar panels ought to be able to invest in solar panels someplace else. It’s a tempting concept, because roughly three-quarters of Americans don’t have solar-friendly rooftops.[read more]

Study: Costs of Rooftop Solar Were Not Passed Along to Non-Solar Ratepayers in Nevada

July 14, 2014 by Katherine Tweed
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Rooftop Solar Costs and Energy Prices

Homeowners and businesses in Nevada that install rooftop solar are not significantly shifting costs to those who do not directly invest in distributed solar, according to a new study commissioned by the Nevada Public Utilities Commission.[read more]

Bidgely Thinks Algorithms Can Replace Hardware to Capture the Impact of Rooftop Solar

July 12, 2014 by Jeff St. John
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Algorithms and Rooftop Solar

In the past few years, a host of various startups and Information Technology giants have launched technology applications aimed at turning simple streams of customer electricity data into kaleidoscopic views of individual energy usage in homes and businesses.[read more]

APS Continues Using Dark Money and Subterfuge to Fight Arizona Rooftop Solar, But Will It Succeed?

April 25, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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Arizona Rooftop Solar

Arizona Public Service (APS), the state’s largest utility, claims neutrality again and again in debates about solar power. But the utility is not convincing solar advocates. And its continued attacks on rooftop solar have strained relationships in Arizona.[read more]

Is the Solar Energy Industry Shifting from Big Solar to Rooftops?

February 18, 2014 by Rosana Francescato
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Solar Project Size

There has been quite a lot of talk this week about the recently opened Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station, which has officially begun generating electricity. The plant’s primary owners include BrightSource Energy, NRG Energy, and Google.[read more]

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Calculating the Social Cost of Carbon and Value of Rooftop Solar: The Movement Has Begun

January 15, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Social Cost of Carbon

How much value should owners of rooftop solar systems receive credit for in reducing their use -- and the environmental impact -- of utility-generated electricity? That is THE question Minnesota is tackling this month, the first state ever to do so.[read more]

Study Shows Rooftop Solar Adds Thousands To Home Resale Values

December 20, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Rooftop Solar and Home Value

Installing rooftop solar panels boosts a home’s resiliency and green credentials while cutting utility bills, but does it also increase a home’s resale value? The answer according to a new Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study, is a resounding yes – at least in California.[read more]

Lessons From The Past Ten Years: Pooled Assets

October 24, 2013 by Rob Day

There have been a lot of watershed moments good and bad in the cleantech sector over the past ten years, but one development doesn't get as much attention: In 2008, US Bancorp started putting money into pooled project finance structures for residential rooftop finance.[read more]

Will a New Guide for Regulators Settle the Debate About the Value of Rooftop Solar?

October 9, 2013 by Herman Trabish
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Rooftop Solar Regulation

A new, more rigorous method for calculating the value of solar energy could give regulators the tools they need to resolve the growing tension between utilities and rooftop solar builders. The method takes lessons learned from sixteen distributed solar generation valuations.[read more]

The Grid and Net Metering: A Net Positive

June 4, 2013 by Rosana Francescato
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net metering

It’s not surprising that utilities aren’t fans of net metering. They can’t say that the reason they’re against it is because it eats into their profits. Instead, they use the argument that all customers are subsidizing those who use net metering.[read more]

Massachusetts Solar Energy Installations More Than Quadrupled Between 2010-2012

May 28, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Massachusetts solar energy boom?

Recently released Massacusetts Clean Energy Center data shows that residential solar installations have more than quadrupled between 2010 and 2012 in the state.[read more]

Solar Energy: As Germany Goes, So Goes Vermont?

May 9, 2013 by Meredith Angwin
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solar energy inspiration?

The German program was an inspiration to the crafters of Vermont’s May, 2009 feed-in tariff law, the energy-generation lynchpin of the state’s plan to use 90% renewables by 2050.[read more]

Encouraging Solar Energy Development in Hawaii [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 20, 2013 by Antonio Pasolini

Hawai'i solar energy

Hawaii is one of the American states cracking ahead to make a switch to clean, solar power. As usual, government incentives play a key part in promoting a switch to renewable energy.[read more]