Study: California solar subsidies are passed through to consumers

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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) recently released a report that looked into whether or not consumers were fully benefiting from the subsidies available to them in the California market. In other words, the researchers wanted to see if some of the subsidies were kept by the installation firms or others in the food chain, thereby […]

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Top 25 residential solar installers in Massachusetts

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From 2010 to April 2014, the Massachusetts Solar Carve-Out program has catalyzed a solar installation industry in the Bay State. In that time, over 10,000 residential solar installations were completed by 266 installers. To the benefit of our entertainment for the day, all of this information is listed publicly on the Mass.gov website at the […]

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Comparing the financial return of solar in every state

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Last year, Geostellar put out this comparison of financial returns for going solar in every U.S. State. The chart accounts for 3 major factors in the cost of solar: The cost of installing solar, the cost of electricity that the panels will displace and the state incentives available that help make it worthwhile. According to […]

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Wyoming Utility withdraws solar surcharge after customer backlash

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Black Hills Power, a South Dakota based utility that serves 70,000 customers in South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana recently withdrew it’s proposed a rate change that targeted customers who generate their own alternative energy. This is a battle that continues to be fought between utilities and solar customers who have transitioned away from dirty energy […]

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California laws will boost residential solar installations

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On the heels of Jerry Brown’s return from the U.N. Climate Summit in New  York, the California Governor signed a law to streamline rooftop solar installations. Assembly Bill 2188 puts some requirements in place that will require cities to establish expedited review checklists, allow electronic signatures and finish any inspections within five business days of a […]

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Solar Chicago, the city-wide solar program

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Over 1,500 residents have already enrolled in the Chicago solar program called “Solar Chicago” that launched in July with the goal of catalyzing installations within the city. “This program provides a direct benefit to homeowners who can now take advantage of all of the benefits of solar power, from reduced energy bills to lowering carbon […]

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Infographics show declining solar costs and increasing adoption

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The Union of Concerned Scientists recently released a report that included some exciting infographics demonstrating some important trends in residential solar: Installation costs are plummeting Residential solar is now cheaper than retail electricity in several states Households are adopting solar at accelerating rates! The trend of decreasing costs for residential solar were driven by a […]

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Utah rejects utility bid to levy additional fees on residential solar owners

The battle between solar advocates and the utility industry over solar fees came to a head recently in Utah. The crux of the issue is that utilities no longer make as much money off customers who go solar. As more customers go solar, their argument is that the fixed costs of maintaining the grid gets […]

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Portland reducing soft costs for residential solar!

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Portland recently took a step to reduce the soft costs of installing solar on residences. The city’s Bureau of Development Services dropped the fee for a Prescriptive Residential Solar Permit by over 50% from $554 to $263. While the cost of hardware and installation have come down over the past few years, these types of […]

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A look into the economics of installing solar in Arizona

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In a recent June 2014 post, the owner of a solar company in Arizona goes over the economics of purchasing a solar pv system for his home in the state. Note that only a couple years ago, it would have cost over $5/watt to install a solar facility. Though much of the cost reductions have […]

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