Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Invests in Solar

One of America’s most successful and admired investors announced plans to strike a deal worth $2 billion in the solar energy sector. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway investment firm is down to dotting the “i’s” and crossing the “t’s” in an agreement to purchase the Topaz Solar Farm project on the Carrizo Plain in California. Though […]

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Massachusetts Shows Strong Growth for Solar

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Despite being located where the sun shines with less intensity and frequency, Massachusetts has become one of the fastest growing states for solar, more than doubling their installed solar capacity over the last six months. MassCEC, the organization responsible for administering government-funded programs to support solar and other renewables, recently reported that employment among MA-based clean energy […]

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How Fire Departments View PV Equipment and Layouts

Submitted by SFox Part 1 of a training video by Captain Matt Paiss, of the San Jose, California, Fire Department. This video offers advice on how to lay out residential roof PV systems in order to allow emergency access. It’s geared towards fire fighting personnel in general. These two videos really help solar installers understand […]

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9 Tips For Selling Solar Power Systems

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Early on the people who bought solar energy systems were either live-off-the-land environmentalists, survivalists, right wing extremists , or engineers & hobbyists.  That has changed.  Solar electricity systems are becoming quite mainstream, and therefore the approach for selling them has to change too. In particular, the residential solar lease offers a whole new way to look at going solar, […]

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An Interview with SRECTrade

We spoke with Brad Bowery from SRECTrade about the SREC market and how SRECTrade is making it easier for homeowners to understand and monetize SRECs. Transcript RS101:  Hi, This is David Belden withResidential Solar 101 here with Brad Bowery the CEO of SRECTrade. BB: Thank you, Thanks for having me. RS101: So to start off I’d love […]

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Avoid Asthma – Use Solar Energy

NPR just did a great piece on spare the air days and in it they link spare the air days with an increase in likelihood of an asthma attack in kids. So why not combat asthma by going solar? “Spare the air days” happen on the hottest days of the year when a big demand is put on the […]

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Grid Alternatives Solarthon 2010 – The Gift That Keeps On Giving

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On Saturday July 31st, the Residential Solar 101 team joined about 150 other volunteers for Grid Alternatives’ Solarthon 2010.   In the eight hours we were there, the teams worked to install solar panels on nine different houses in West Oakland. On average, each system was 2 kW in size.  A total of 18 Kilowatts (kW) of solar generating capacity was […]

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The World Cup, brought to you by the Sun

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We here at www.residentialsolar101.org spend most of our time educating homeowners about how, where, and when photovoltaic solar power can help you save on your electricity bill while contributing to a greener lifestyle. Sometimes, though, it’s nice to take a step back from our own lives and experience the way solar power can bring joy to those in […]

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The Future of Residential Solar Energy

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As I’ve watched the residential solar energy market for the past year I’ve often wondered where it is heading. Who will emerge as the dominant players?  Will the panel manufacturers ultimately control the industry or will those on the leasing and finance side?  How will rebates look in years to come?  Will the federal and local governments […]

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Solar Farming in Los Gatos – Abounding Harvest Mountain Farm Goes Solar

We caught up with Daniel Paduano at Abounding Harvest Mountain Farm in Los Gatos to talk about his solar array and life on the farm.. Transcript RS101: Hi, this is David Belden withResidential Solar 101 here with Daniel Paduano of Abounding Harvest Mountain Farm.  Again, thanks for joining us. DP: Thank you.  Thanks for having me. RS101: […]

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