Tag Archives: cheap solar power

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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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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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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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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