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New Report Finds California Solar Installations Nearly Doubled in 2013, Thanks to Good Solar Policy

Cumulative U.S. Grid-Connected Solar Photovoltaic Capacity Environment California Research & Policy CenterA new report ranks the top solar states, with California once again taking the top place for installed solar capacity. The report...

Posted August 16, 2014    

Could a Minimum Bill Bring an End to the Net Metering War?

As net metering battles continue around the country, a new conversation gains steam, bringing the hope of a policy that works for both utilities and the solar industry. The minimum bill idea is becoming a focus in more than one area.How can...

Posted August 13, 2014    

How Solar Can Help Avoid Conflicts over Water

A new report warns of the danger in overlooking the use of water in conventional forms of electricity generation. The report highlights the role of solar and other renewables in ensuring the world maintains enough water for a growing population, in...

Posted August 11, 2014    

Why Do We Need More Women in Solar?

As the solar industry grows, women still make up just 18.7% of the workforce. How do we change that, and why is it important that we do? A panel at Intersolar and a number of recent articles shed light on these questions.There’s nothing like coming...

Posted July 28, 2014    

Solar and Other Renewables Maintain Lead in U.S. Generating Capacity Installed

The latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” reports that renewable energy sources provided 55.7% of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity in the first half of 2014, with solar coming in at 1,131 MW. The trend is expected to continue, both...

Posted July 24, 2014    

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