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Money talks: Utilities may be forced to go green to keep customers
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Money talks: Utilities may be forced to go green to keep customers

The central lesson for utilities in the talk of a death spiral is if they don’t give their customers what they want, they go elsewhere. To date, that talk is mostly about rooftop solar taking their revenues, but some utilities have begun to notice some of their biggest key accounts looking for greener pastures. Well, greener energy. “This is a new environment. You don’t just build it and shove it in the rate base. There is a more open dialogue. Renewable energy is at the center of that,” explained Altenex Managing Director Duncan McIntyre. Read the full Story
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Latest Report Shows Cost of Going Solar has Dropped Significantly for 5 Years
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Latest Report Shows Cost of Going Solar has Dropped Significantly for 5 Years

The Lawrence Berkeley National Lab today released the eighth installment of the Tracking the Sun report series, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. The report shows that the installed price of distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States continues to fall precipitously, especially in the last 5 years. The report provides a comprehensive summary of installed price trends for residential and non-residential photovoltaic (PV) systems installed in the United States through year-end 2014, with preliminary data for the first half of 2015. Among other key findings, the report shows that U.S. distributed solar prices have continued…
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Has Solar Power in Florida reached a tipping point?
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Has Solar Power in Florida reached a tipping point?

Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), the city’s electricity provider, signed a 20 year power purchase agreement (PPA) at $0.07 per kWh with American Capital Energy for the output of the 13 MW Curtis Stanton Energy Center, the Orlando Sentinel reports.  The new solar power, the utility reports, costs it less than the $0.08 per kWh cost the company incurs generating electricity from coal and natural gas. Read the full article.
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Massachusetts Solar Bill Raises Net Metering Caps, Looks to Replace SREC Program
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Massachusetts Solar Bill Raises Net Metering Caps, Looks to Replace SREC Program

// Greentech Media: Headlines This past Friday, Governor Charlie Baker filed a solar bill in Massachusetts. That fact alone -- the act of filing a bill, without regard to its content -- was welcome news for the solar industry and solar customers in the state. With non-residential net-metering solar development capped in the 171 cities and towns in National Grid service territory, and the ITC cliff fast approaching, legislative action this fall to lift the net-metering caps is the critical priority for Massachusetts solar advocates, and the clock is ticking. Now, after the Senate passed a net-metering cap increase two…
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Support for Solar Power crosses political party lines
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Support for Solar Power crosses political party lines

Remember, while only five of the 54 Republicans in the Senate voted in agreement with the statement that "climate change is real, caused by human activity, and that Congress should do something about it", among their constituents, the numbers are much different, where 63 percent of Republicans think the federal government should “limit the release of greenhouse gases from existing sources in an effort to reduce global warming.” http://morningconsult.com/2015/08/republican-voters-generally-support-clean-power-plan-fundamentals
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Not all solar panels are created equal
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Not all solar panels are created equal

Even though every panel is rated out to 20 to 25 years, that does not mean they are all necessarily equal, nor will a panel developed for use in warm, arid areas be the best choice in the colder Northern climates: Manufacturers can differentiate themselves from their competitors and optimize their module designs for the intended applications, according to a paper summarizing the efforts, "Three-Prong Path to Comprehensive Technical Standards for Photovoltaic Reliability." Modules built for heavy snow may need not only thicker glass but heavier-duty frames and support rails, all of which increase upfront costs. But money may be…
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Thoughts on climate change
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Thoughts on climate change

Even though only 63% of Americans believe that the planet is warming, and even fewer Americans (41%) believe that there is a consensus among scientists that climate change is happening, 77% support funding of research into renewable energy. Thankfully we can all agree on something! http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/articles/2015/04/what-americans-think-about-climate-change-in-seven-maps.html
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