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Women are Key Residential Solar Energy Customers

What do women want from a solar sale? This is not a trivial question. As competition increases in the residential solar market and the industry works to lower soft costs like customer acquisition, it’s becoming all the more important to better...

Posted April 7, 2014    

Net Metering Is in the Air: Solar Energy Progress in Massachusetts and Other States

 Last week, we reported on legislation in Massachusetts that would increase homeowners’ access to net metering in the state. The legislation would be good for solar, and it seems likely to pass in solar-friendly Massachusetts.It’s because net...

Posted March 19, 2014    

A New Way for Homeowners to Go Solar

What if you want to put solar on your roof but can’t spare the cash to buy it? What if you want the independence and financial benefits of owning your system rather than leasing it?There’s a simple answer to these questions: solar loans.Today, RGS...

Posted March 6, 2014    

Will Distributed Solar Energy Win in Massachusetts?

Originally published on PV Solar ReportA recent story in the Boston Globe warned that Massachusetts utility customers could be faced with bigger electricity bills in the next 20 years. That’s because of Governor Deval Patrick’s plan to expand solar...

Posted February 22, 2014    

Can Solar Energy Help with California's Water Woes?

Originally published on PV Solar ReportWant good beer? You need clean water.Now, there’s strong motivation to keep our water supply clean -- whether you prefer drinking water or beer. And that makes a good case for moving away from coal and gas...

Posted February 20, 2014    

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

Originally published on PV Solar ReportThere’s been a lot of talk this week about the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Station, which has officially begun generating electricity. The plant’s primary owners are BrightSource Energy, NRG Energy, and...

Posted February 18, 2014    

Will Solar Energy in Hawaii Be a Test Case for High Grid Penetration?

This post was originally published on PV Solar Report.What’s going on with solar in Hawaii? The Hawaii solar market has been strong enough to put it at #7 on the list of top 10 solar states. It was propelled there by very high power prices,...

Posted February 3, 2014    

The Solar Energy Industry at a Crossroads: Predictions of 2013 Reviewed

This post was originally published on PV Solar Report.It’s never easy to predict the future, and that’s especially true of the volatile solar industry -- one that's often compared to an infant. Like an infant, the industry is still experiencing some...

Posted January 31, 2014    

Everybody Solar and RE-volv: Solar Crowdfunding Pioneers

 Andreas Karelas and Youness Scally, founders of RE-volv and Everybody Solar, have been busy. Since founding their solar crowdfunding nonprofits in 2011, they’ve shown that their ideas are more than just ideas by making actual projects happen.I...

Posted January 24, 2014    

Don't Think of a Cleantech Elephant

This post was originally published on PV Solar Report.Don’t think of an elephant. No, really, don’t think of an elephant. Whatever you do, do not think of an elephant.What are you thinking of now? Can you get that picture of an elephant out of...

Posted January 8, 2014    

In the Competition for Solar Energy Market Dominance, Who Will Prevail?

This post was originally published on PV Solar Report.Will smaller installers survive in tomorrow’s solar market? Moderator Shayle Kann of GTM Research posed that question to open a debate at the U.S. Solar Market Insight Conference.Pitching for...

Posted December 18, 2013    

Solar Energy Is Heading to Mainstream in the United States

 Shayle Kann, Vice President of Research at GTM, wanted to assess whether solar is becoming mainstream. He decided to use a checklist, since the U.S. solar market is so complex. As he explained at the U.S. Solar Market Insight Conference: ...

Posted December 16, 2013