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The Pope is in Washington DC: Climate Change on the Agenda

Today the Pope is visiting SolarTown's home city, Washington, DC and then will visit New York and Philadelphia.  The city is abuzz with excitement and anticipation. The buses are running and the kids are going to school, but the major event is the Pope's visit....

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PACE Program Returns to Maryland

PACE Financial Servicing (PFS) along with the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) announced on August 10th that they would be partnering together to construct a statewide commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program.  PACE is a financing tool with national...

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More Growth in Solar’s Future: No Surprises

A new study, released by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, charts the growth of solar energy over the coming decades and the results show a massive expansion in renewable power. The study expects $3.7 trillion in new solar investment between now and 2040; effectively, a...

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State Laws Impose Limits on Community Solar

Most residential roof space is not optimal for solar panels. Only 22-27% of residential buildings in the U.S. are viable for solar panel installation, according to a study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. This has inhibited the access of many communities...

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White House Launches Nationwide Community Solar Program

On July 7, 2015 the Obama Administration launched a bold plan to increase solar energy usage within the United States as part of a nationwide initiative to address climate change while promoting clean energy initiatives. According to NPR, the plan primarily focuses on...

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Oil Rich Kingdom Turns to Solar to Calm Energy Concerns

Looking to the future as demand for energy increases and oil reserves decrease, Saudi Arabia has made huge strides towards solar energy. Prince Turki bin Saud Bin Mohammad Al Saud is pushing solar from within state-run entities and companies to achieve a greater level...

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Clearer Skies and Greener Clouds: Amazon Backing Solar Energy

The futurist aspect of the technology sector is not wholly equal across the board:  an astounding amount of energy is needed not only to run online servers themselves but also to keep where the servers are stored frigid and dry with air conditioning.  And this energy...

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Devastated Nepal Turns to Solar Power

Last month, Nepal was hit by the worst ever earthquake (recorded at 7.8 on the Richter scale) killing thousands and leaving tens of thousands of others homeless. The homeless have taken shelter in the tent settlements. The electric transmission lines have gone down,...

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Home Solar Panels Light Up Remote Areas and Outer Space

Home solar panels are showing up in cities, in towns, on your remote cabins, and not surprisingly on Indian Reservations. It may be surprising to some that in the 21st Century there are large swatches of land belonging to Native Americans that have no access to...

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Solar Arrays Resting on False Hopes in Oregon

For some the solar bonanza has meant embracing clean technology to better the world.  For others, it has meant just another way to cash in on the latest trend. The Oregonian/Oregon Live has been busy digging up some allegedly unscrupulous practices that may give solar...

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Home Solar Panels: From Sea to Shining Sea

Texas is not known as the bastion of liberalism; yet even in the Lone Star State solar is beginning to take root. And it's not because Texas homeowners are trying to protect the environment. Homeowners in Texas and throughout the country are installing home solar...

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Solar Panels Up in Flames: What About My Warranty?

Some solar companies may not outlast the year! Businesses providing solar technology and products have not been able to prosper and survive in the market. There is always hope that these companies will be financially stable and grow over the years, but this has been...

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Solar Lights in the City of Peace

Solar lights have recently been placed on the walls of Jerusalem's Old City. According to Independent Catholic News, earlier this month "people of many faiths gathered ... as part of a global interfaith climate action. Building on the momentum from the People's...

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Further Price Cuts in Home Solar Panels Not Expected

Supplies for polysilicon used for manufacturing solar panels have stabilized and prices are not expected to decline further. The material, used in crystalline silicon PV cells was in oversupply in 2013 and some suppliers of polysilicon were forced to shutter their...

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Solar-Powered LED Lighting Brightens Developing Countries

LED is not a stranger to us as they have been around us already for many years. TV screens, LED bulbs for your home, and the back light of phone are all using the LED technology. But when three scientists who won the Nobel Prize in Physics earlier this month started...

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Solar Installer Vivint’s IPO: Opportunity and Risks

Why is it that everybody has heard of SolarCity but few outside the solar industry have heard of Vivint Solar?  That changed on October 1 when the New York Stock Exchange welcomed Vivint to the ranks of publicly-traded companies.  Vivint Solar is the second largest...

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Trouble for Solar in Ohio

New legislation in Ohio is impeding the renewable energy market. Now there are no incentives for renewable energy to replace conventional or for companies to complete projects in-state. Prices for renewable energy credits (RECs) and solar renewable energy credits...

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Solar Panels Make Landfills Come to Light

All over the world space constraints are encouraging people to become innovative thinkers when it comes to repurposing areas. The U.S., the UK and Japan are all making plans to convert used and filled landfills into expansive solar panel farms. By collaborating and...

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