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Portland reducing soft costs for residential solar!

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Portland recently took a step to reduce the soft costs of installing solar on residences. The city’s Bureau of Development Services dropped the fee for a Prescriptive Residential Solar Permit by over 50% from $554 to $263. While the cost of hardware and installation have come down over the past few years, these types of […]

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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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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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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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Chicago to Reduce “Soft Costs”

The City of Chicago received one of the largest grants from the Department of Energy (DOE) Sunshot Rooftop Solar Challenge. The $750,000 grant will largely support efforts to streamline the zoning, permitting, interconnection and inspection processes for residential solar systems, similar to PennFuture’s program in western Pennsylvania. According to the announcement from Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, the program […]

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PennFuture Reduces the Costs of Solar in Western PA

There are a number of factors that determine the overall costs of installing a solar system on your roof. Prices for inverters, panels and racking, labor costs, land and roof leases are just a few. But perhaps the most under-looked factors are the so-called “soft” costs that are folded into the final system payment. These […]

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