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Why plug into solar power?
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Why plug into solar power?

Why should you plug into solar energy? Solar energy is one of the many answers to our global energy needs. The sun is free and shining with limitless abundance everyday. Solar is a natural, eco-friendly answer to providing renewable, affordable power through an ever expanding array of different products. Whether you need to light up your patio, heat the pool, water the garden or run your home or business, solar has an inexpensive alternative that is worth considering. When you see a product that includes a photo voltaic cell, you know it’s powered by the sun. It won’t be necessary…
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Hardware shortages may slow solar growth in 2016
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Hardware shortages may slow solar growth in 2016

Dive Brief: The rush to install solar before the 30% federal investment tax credit (ITC) reverts to its pre-2006 10% levels at the end of 2016 has sparked a backlog of orders for modules and inverters that could slow solar growth, ECT reports. The shortage is causing scheduling difficulties for electric cooperatives developing utility-scale and community solar projects with average delivery times set at six months from large manufacturers and distributors, and could be fully booked for 2016 by early December. The National Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives urged members to place 2016 solar hardware orders before the year’s end. Dive Insight: The…
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We’re Experiencing the Lowest Prices for Solar Right Now
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We’re Experiencing the Lowest Prices for Solar Right Now

2015 has been the best year so far for installing solar into your home for many reasons. We’re experiencing the lowest prices for solar right now. Lowest prices for solar, federal tax credit incentives before 2016 For one, homeowners are still able to claim to federal tax credit that is soon to expire in December of 2016, making your solar purchase much more affordable. This 30% tax credit incentive has been effectual to the solar energy cause, especially in California. The prices for solar energy are at their lowest point right now, and if you complete an installation before the…
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Hawaii ends net metering for new residential solar installs
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Hawaii ends net metering for new residential solar installs

Advocates of Net Energy Metering call it the most successful method so far to get people off fossil fuels. Now the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has ended the program for new solar customers. [adinserter block="1"] "The energy industry is not static. We have to continue to evolve our policies, our initiatives and our programs," PUC chairman Randy Iwase said. The PUC's order cuts the credit new PV customers will get for sending excess energy to the grid from 26.8 cents per kilowatt hour to about 15 cents under a new Grid Supply program. "That 15.07 cents on Oahu is an…
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How Solar+Battery Systems Insulate Customers from Rising Retail Electricity Prices
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How Solar+Battery Systems Insulate Customers from Rising Retail Electricity Prices

In the face of rising retail prices for grid electricity, investing in solar-plus-battery systems can insulate grid-connected customers from those increasing prices and effectively lock in a peak price that won't continue to climb, according to a recent analysis by RMI. The result for customers across diverse geographies will be substantial savings relative to what they would have paid for a full-fare utility bill. For utilities and regulators this will be challenging—and present an opportunity. RMI’s April 2015 report The Economics of Load Defection analyzed five U.S. markets out to 2050. It found that investing in combinations of solar and batteries will enable individual…
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How to Live an Eco-friendly Lifestyle
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How to Live an Eco-friendly Lifestyle

The environment around us holds the natural resources that are key to our existence. While we make use of its offerings and explore endless possibilities, it is essential to use it with utmost care and preserve it in every possible way. Sharing space on earth with different life forms, it is important to devise means for its protection and conservation. Learning how to live an eco-friendly lifestyle is critical, but can be easy with the right knowledge. Timely steps towards this cause will help us with a framework of action for the future. Implementing modifications in our lifestyle in line with eco-friendly theme will lay…
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Pilgrim nuclear power plant to close in Plymouth
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Pilgrim nuclear power plant to close in Plymouth

[adinserter block="1"] The company that owns Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station said Tuesday morning that it plans to close the 43-year-old plant in Plymouth. The company said in a statement it will close the plant no later than June 2019. “The decision to close Pilgrim was incredibly difficult because of the effect on our employees and the communities in which they work and live,” Leo Denault, Entergy’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement. Pilgrim supplies an average of about 5 percent of the region’s energy, and the 680-megawatt plant accounts for about 84 percent of the state’s non-carbon…
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