Image from solarideahouse.com Discussion of net metering is back in the headlines. If you don’t know what net metering is, think of it as your utility company paying you for any excess electricity you generate with your home solar power system. Since few residential solar panel systems today have battery storage as a part of…

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Some of our favorite stories from around the web this week in our solar power weekly roundup Episode 3. Apple Solar Panels Apple is covering its $5 billion ‘spaceship’ campus with solar panels — here’s your latest look – Business Insider Apple is covering its $5 billion ‘spaceship’ campus with solar panels — here’s your…

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The benefits from California’s new emissions targets continue to expand with more Californians(and beyond) set to benefit. Fossil fuel special interests will vilify cap-and-trade programs purely based on costs, without giving even passing notice to the positive outcomes. First, they passed legislation allocating $900 million already collected in the state’s carbon auctions to projects such…

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By a large margin, Florida voters have gone to the polls to support tax breaks for solar panel installations. The message is clear that incentives will continue to play a role in expanding solar capacity. While states like Nevada have adopted non-consumer friendly legislation, consumer awareness in others has increased to a point where the…

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For the US to see increased adoption of solar power, it must be available to the masses and be a cost effective alternative to traditional energy sources such as coal and natural gas-fired electricity generation. Solar power remains largely out of reach to non-homeowners and those without good southern facing property access, despite the rapidly decreasing…

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Some of our favorite stories from around the web this week in our solar power weekly roundup EP2. California Energy Storage How Much Energy Storage Would Be Needed for California to Reach 50 Percent Solar? – Greentech Media How Much Energy Storage Would Be Needed for California to Reach 50 Percent Solar?And any delays in…

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Solar power adoption in the US continues to pick up steam. As costs continue their downward trend and federal tax incentives are extended into 2022, more customers will make the shift to solar. Image from osa-opn.org Recent industry studies have documented rapid growth in megawatts of electricity-generating capacity installed by the U.S. solar-energy industry. Now,…

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Facebook has stepped up in the local community to bring solar panel installation within reach of those in low-income neighborhoods. Menlo Spark, Facebook, and GRID Alternatives Bay Area have completed solar power installations for 10 low-income homeowners in Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood. Additional funding from Facebook will bring clean, renewable energy to 15 more homes in this community. With the tenth…

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The next step to mass adoption of solar for residential applications will require a more seamless integration into construction. Not everyone is willing to glob a traditional solar array onto their roof. With some cities adopting regulations requiring solar panel integration for new construction, aesthetics should not be ignored in pursuit of functionality or efficiency….

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