Tag Archives: buying solar panels

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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SolarCity gets into the solar loan business

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As we’ve written about in the past, improved loan options will eventually win out over the solar leases that have become popular in the past few years. SolarCity recently announced that they are catching up with this trend with a new solar loan offer that is a departure from the power purchase agreement (solar lease) […]

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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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The California Roots of PACE Financing

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The ECOreport recently published an excellent story on the rise, fall and rise again of PACE programs. Property-assessed-clean-energy or PACE got it’s start in Berkeley, California when the then mayor’s Chief of Staff, Cisco DeVries, put the pieces together for the idea in 2007. PACE is a special tax assessment to help finance solar or other […]

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Rooftop solar assessment tool out of MIT

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An MIT team recently created a rooftop solar assessment tool and has licensed it to a startup at Mapdwell.com. The tool uses 3D mapping technology to determine the viability of every rooftop in a few communities where it is currently available. Those communities include: Wellfleet, Cambridge and Boston in Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., and Washington County, OR. […]

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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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Ikea Solar Panels?!

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Yup, they’re coming! IKEA announced it will be expanding its residential solar service beyond the United Kingdom into 8 new countries, starting with the Netherlands in October and Switzerland in December. IKEA didn’t mention which 6 countries would follow, but it probably won’t be long before you can get your solar panels at IKEA! IKEA […]

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Video: Buy or Lease solar panels?

We recently updated our videos page, a place where we’ll aggregate some of our favorite informative videos. Here’s another one: Buy or lease solar panels?

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