Another victory for California solar consumers. Last week the California Public Utilities Commission(CPUC) largely rejected legal challenges to net energy metering rules(NEM) previously adopted in January of this year. Applications for rehearing had been filed by PG&E, SCE and SDB&E alleging legal errors in the January decision. TURN, a ratepayer group, as well as representatives…

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Some of our favorite stories from around the web this week in our solar power weekly roundup Episode 6. Chemists find key to manufacturing more efficient solar cells – Phys.Org Chemists find key to manufacturing more efficient solar cellsIn a discovery that could have profound implications for future energy policy, Columbia scientists have demonstrated it…

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True to form, Musk offered few details and the data could be considered tentative, at best. But it does appear the much anticipated Tesla solution for solar roofing materials will be announced in October. With the Solar City/Tesla merge underway, the dividends of the alliance are already starting to appear. Not the first to market,…

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In early 2015 Apple had said it would invest $2B over 10 years in a command center project in Mesa, Arizona. At the time they signaled they planned to run the facility on solar power, without providing any details. Today they unveiled the Bonnybrooke PV solar plant, a new 300-acre 50-megawatt facility, which will offset…

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In order for residential solar power installs to continue to climb, Utilities will need to plan for increased ability to take the surplus generation into the grid. In this new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory(Berkeley Lab) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory(NREL) 30 studies from across the US are analyzed. Predictions for rooftop generation…

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Some of our favorite stories from around the web this week in our solar power weekly roundup Episode 5. California Just Doubled Down on Fighting Climate Change An aggressive emissions bill commits the state to making deep cuts in emissions by 2030.     U.S. Solar Poised For ‘Unprecedented’ Growth Spurt This Year Growing 43%…

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A genuine community effort with Habitat for Humanity helping to bring the benefits of solar to low-income communities in the Mt. Burdell Place project. Normally solar would be out of reach for these residents due to installed cost barriers or qualifications of some assistance programs. More than 100 volunteers stepped in to make this happen…

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Some of our favorite stories from around the web this week in our solar power weekly roundup Episode 4. Solar Storage Surges to 41.2 MW The US Deployed 41.2MW of Energy Storage in Q2 2016, On Pace for Another Historic Year “This quarter marked several storage firsts, such as the first grid-scale project in MISO…

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