Tag Archives: Cost Of Solar

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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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 jobs continue to grow across the U.S.

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Jobs in the solar industry have grown at a rate of 13.3% in 2012! These rates are significantly higher than most industries. Key job functions include installation, sales, marketing and software development. A full press release can be downloaded here. According to the Solar Foundation here are the three key drivers of job growth: Lower […]

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Solar Decathlon Features Affordable, Innovative Home Design

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The 2011 Solar Decathlon hosted by the Department of Energy ended last weekend in Washington, DC. The event featured 19 solar-powered homes designed and built by students and faculty from universities across the country and abroad. In addition to home energy performance, competing entries were also judged across 10 categories measuring affordability, livability, and marketability. To achieve a perfect […]

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Declining CSI Solar Rebates Offset Price Reductions

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The California Solar Initiative (CSI) is now in its fourth year and is nearly half way through the 1,750 Megawatt goal. Earlier this month, the CSI released the 2009 Impact Evaluation Report, which provides a program update and analysis. According to the report, from 2007 to 2009, the cost of residential solar power systems have declined 5% […]

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Why is Solar Attracting Investors?

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There is a popular saying in the in investing world, follow the money. If you follow the money lately you would find that some of it at least is flowing towards solar. This year alone we have seen PG&E create a $60 Million tax equity fund for SolarCity and then a $100 Million tax equity fund to […]

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$5 Million in New Funding for GoSolarSF

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The GoSolarSF program just announced an additional $5 million in funding for the July 2010 – July 2011 period. For those who don’t know the GoSolarSF program is run by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and was established to incentivize San Francisco residents to go solar. The program is open to homeowners, businesses, and non-profits. The […]

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Gulf Oil Spill Outrage – What About Coal?

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I like many others in the U.S. are watching on in horror as the Gulf oil spill saga continues. The public outcry has been immense – calls to boycott BP and cease off shore oil exploration are everywhere in the news. Aerial shots showing the oil plumes, oil-soaked beaches visually remind us of the catastrophic […]

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