Following the lead of a couple of popular reality TV programs, Sacramento Municipal Utility District(SMUD) recently held a tiny house competition. Teams from colleges around the state competed to build net-zero tiny solar-powered houses.  The competition was held at Consumnes River College in Sacramento, California. First prize went to the team from Santa Clara University….

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Some of our favorite stories from around the web this week in our solar power weekly roundup Episode 7. US veterans build a greener future at home In a 2015 survey of post-9/11 veterans living in Orange County, California, many said they “were generally … U.S. Army veteran and co-founder of solar energy investment platform…

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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 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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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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With the current economy being unpredictable, many people are looking for different ways on how they can earn more and save money by minimizing their costs. While their budget for food, transportation, and even shopping allowance can be adjusted to fit the ever-changing needs, every single time that the economy fluctuates and when the absolute…

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