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Mosaic Expands Home Solar Energy Loan Program for Homeowners and Installers

It wasn’t long ago that Mosaic, the first company to crowdsource investments to finance solar projects, announced their new home solar loan. Mosaic is now expanding its loan program, and providing tools for installers as well as homeowners.Although...

Posted June 19, 2014    

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

In Los Angeles, solar power is becoming a star. The city’s feed-in tariff (FIT) has been credited with spurring more solar development there. And the area is certainly not lacking for sun.Solar seems to keep on giving in LA. The latest we heard...

Posted June 17, 2014    

SolarCity Groupon: Crazy or Brilliant?

SolarCity announced a Groupon for home solar, eliciting a range of reactions from analysts and journalists. The deal offers customers $400 off home solar power when they purchase a $1 Groupon. Is it a desperate move, or a brilliant marketing ploy?...

Posted June 6, 2014    

Is VOST a Tax on Solar? And Is That a Bad Thing?

Solar advocates around the country express varying views on the Value of Solar Tariff. Being proposed as an alternative to net metering, the policy has its pros and cons -- but some worry that it imposes a tax on solar customers and gives too much...

Posted May 21, 2014    

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

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...

Posted May 19, 2014    

The Promise of Shared Renewables: Will California's SB 43 Bring Solar for All?

This post was first published on PVSolarReport.California’s SB 43 promises to bring solar and other renewables within reach of those who don’t currently have access. Will the legislation achieve that lofty goal?When it comes to solar power, how do...

Posted May 7, 2014    

What Are the Best Solar Cities in America?

This piece was originally published on PV Solar Report. Shining Cities ReportThe new Shining Cities report by Environment Massachusetts ranks major U.S. cities by installed solar capacity as well as per-capita solar. Some of the results may...

Posted April 30, 2014    

Will Oklahoma Solar Energy Be Okay?

Oklahoma has recently become yet another in a string of solar battlegrounds, because of a bill that solar advocates feared could impose extra charges on utility customers who install rooftop solar panels.SB 1456, which recently passed in both the...

Posted April 28, 2014    

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

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...

Posted April 25, 2014    

What's Going on in Residential Solar? The View from Greentech Media's Solar Energy Summit

Residential solar was a hot topic at the recent Greentech Media Solar Summit.Nicole Litvak, Solar Analyst at GTM Research, started out the session on “Opportunities and Threats in the Residential Solar Market” by asking each panelist to share...

Posted April 23, 2014    

What Can We Expect from the Smart Grid?

 There’s no doubt that the smart grid is coming, but it’s not well understood by most people. What will it look like? How will it help us? Should we worry about its security and our privacy?At a recent Women in Cleantech and Sustainability...

Posted April 21, 2014    

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