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'One Million Solar Homes,' Tanzanian Style

February 23, 2015 by Eric Wesoff

Tanzania and Solar

Tanzania, in an effort led by Off-Grid Electric, along with the support of the international development community, just set a goal of having “One Million Solar Homes” by the end of 2017. The campaign hopes to furnish solar electricity for 10 percent of the nation’s population and generate over 15,000 solar jobs.[read more]

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NREL: Solar Loans Cheaper For Consumers Compared To Third-Party Leasing

February 2, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci

Solar Loan Financing

Third-party ownership (TPO) has spurred a record level of distributed energy generation installations across America as homes and businesses lock in cheaper power costs without a large upfront expenditure – but that paradigm is about to change.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Residential and Commercial Building Solar

January 30, 2015 by Maria Robinson

Building Solar Energy

Solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems convert sunlight directly into electricity. PV modules produce direct current, which is converted to grid-compatible alternating current through an inverter. The flat-plate PV modules are commonly mounted on the roofs of residential and commercial buildings.[read more]

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Net Metering for Rooftop Solar: How to Fix the Problems

January 14, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Rooftop Solar Net Metering Problems and Solutions

Net metering policies are effective at supporting solar power adoption but can threaten the financial stability of electricity distribution companies and result in cross-subsidies between electricity users once solar penetration grows. Here's how we fix the problems with net metering...[read more]

New York State Public Service Commission Action Will Help Tenants, Low-Income Customers, and Others Lacking Rooftop Access Go Solar

January 5, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Solar Energy and Acess

 

Offsite solar (and other small-scale renewables) projects will bring to New Yorkers all the great benefits that clean energy has to offer—pollution-free power; new, good-paying jobs; significant cost-savings on electricity. These projects will be supported by residential and business customers alike.[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]

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]