12 Best Practices For Containing Soft Costs In Your Community

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The Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA) leads up the Solar Friendly Communities initiative aimed to encourage the expansion of residential solar. As we have written previously, although solar technology costs have come down significantly in the past few years, local policies still have a major impact on the overall cost of installing solar. The […]

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Study Finds that Solar Power is a Bargain for Ratepayers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

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A study recently released by the Mid-Atlantic Solar Energy Industries Association (MSEIA) and the Pennsylvania Solar Energy Industries Association (PASEIA) conducted by Clean Power Research concludes that solar power delivers far greater value than it costs. Key points in the full text of the report include: Power is priced every hour in an auction The […]

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Comparing residential solar install costs in the U.S. to Germany

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The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory recently released a briefing comparing the “soft” costs (or business process costs) of residential photovoltaic solar installations in the U.S. and Germany. The comparison was focused on outright purchases in Germany in 2011 and based on a survey done by NREL in the U.S. in 2010. Key findings based on […]

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Can You Save Money on Solar Energy Through Owning an Electric Vehicle?

Thanks to the ever-increasing cost of fuel bills, solar energy is becoming more and more popular as a viable source of power for financially savvy consumers. However, solar energy isn’t exactly a new business; solar cells were invented in the early 19th century when scientist, Alexandre Edmond Becquerel, observed that the presence of sunlight was capable of […]

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Declining Panel Prices and Solar Leasing, Coincidence or Complements?

The rapid decline in panel prices has been widely reported among bloggers and research institutions in the PV industry, as has the ripple effect this trend has had on driving demand for residential solar. In addition, it seems like every day there are new articles coming out about the growth of the major leasing companies. […]

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Comparing SREC Aggregators? Here’s What to Look For

Anyone interested in installing panels, or who already has, has probably heard of solar renewable energy credits, or “SRECs”. An SREC is basically a rebate for PV system owners. But instead of one big payment based on capacity (e.g., $1.00/watt), the rebate is based on solar electricity generation, and thus paid out over time. PV […]

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An Overreaching Arm of Regulation?

Residential solar is making new headlines, again. This time, however, isn’t worth the hype reserved for record-setting accomplishments in the rapidly growing industry. Residential PV has raised the profile of a topic that usually has to claw its way into widespread media: municipal property regulations. Some communities in areas where rooftop solar has picked up […]

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In the Solar Industry, Ignorance Isn’t Bliss

As the SolarWorld extravaganza awaits a ruling from the Commerce Department next month, more studies and organizations are coming out against the motion to impose tariffs on Chinese solar panel imports. What’s unfortunate about the case isn’t that Chinese manufacturing will continue to grow into other markets with or without access to ours. And it isn’t that, […]

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Costs to Pennsylvania Homeowners Misleading

The media and airwaves have been full of discussion over the Pennsylvania SREC market, as the state legislature considers amending the current RPS law that created the market a few years ago. Perhaps no single group has a stronger interest in the outcome of this proposed legislation and the overall health of the SREC market […]

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Residential Solar Costs Decline, Installations Rise, Report Confirms

As we near the end of a tumultuous year for solar PV, the latest report from GTM/SEIA indicates there is more momentum that ever for residential solar. A number of factors – the growth in solar leases, the glut in global panel production, and the complex web of economic incentives – have already made this the strongest […]

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