Some of our favorite stories from around the web this week in the solar power industry. Stanford Solar Project Expansion Stanford’s solar expansion project moves ahead – Stanford University News Stanford’s solar expansion project moves aheadIn addition, more rooftop solar panels are being installed on campus. Sixteen additional campus buildings – including Maples Pavilion and…

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Solar panel installations in select states like California have reached a 15% adoption rate. A figure which several analysts believe is a tipping point that will spur even more consumers to take a hard look at renewable energy options. With installed costs dropping nearly 70% in the last decade while tax credits and other incentives…

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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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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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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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