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California topples record after record with solar energy programs

Last year California made impressive strides in solar energy, nearly tripling the output of its utility-scale plants in 2013 to produce a record-setting 9.9 million megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity in 2014. That was more than three times the output of the next-highest state, Arizona, and more than all other states combined. For all the records California set in ...

The fight against global warming

As of this moment, energy fathered from renewable sources amounts to 13 percent of all U.S. electricity, according to City Lab. For California, in Governor Jerry Brown's 2015 State of the State address, he set three significant goals to work on in regards to renewable energy for the next 15 years. Inside Climate News reports that the first newly adopted projection is ...

PG&E gives advice on choosing the right solar panel system and vendor

Three of California's largest cities – Fresno, Bakersfield and San Jose — recently were the cause of celebration for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), where each of these places helped them surpass 10,000 solar customers who were connected to its electric grid, according to the Business Wire press release. This exponential growth of solar panel adoption ...

Utilities and certain solar companies ally to include rooftop solar in new RPS

In the past few years traditional utility companies and solar companies have fought over policies that seek to compensate rooftop solar systems through providing power back to the California energy grid, reports GreenTech Media. However, in recent months, these same foes have united to influence the bill, S.B. 350, which is set to broaden the state's present renewable ...

How to know if your house will benefit from solar panels

The California Energy Commission reported that nearly 19 percent of the state's electricity stemmed from renewable energy sources in 2013. This percentage is set to increase up to 50 percent by 2030, according to The Los Angeles Times. The U.S. Energy Information Administration also found that not only can photovoltaic (PV) solar panels lower your monthly utility ...

Energy efficiency remains at the forefront of EPA Clean Power Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) latest Clean Power Plan has set a new standard for green living and energy efficiency.

Solar panels get political

President Obama and his administration moving towards slashing greenhouse gas emissions through The Clean Power Plan is a stark reminder of how the issue of adopting renewable energy sources has been heavily politicized in the past few years. Many companies and environmental activist agencies have praised the president's movement towards clean energy sources, ...

California electricity prices continue to rise

According to the Manhattan Institute, by 2020, one-third of electricity used in California will be generated from renewable resources. The state also plans to reduce greenhouse emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

California growing in residential solar power and options

Now is the time for residential, rooftop solar. Solar power is the fastest growing source of clean energy across the country, especially in California, where there are around 200,000 installed systems already, according to Greentech Media. The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO), the state's energy grid operator, recently approved new regulations ...

The White House taking initiative to lower carbon emissions across U.S.

Reading from Joby Warrick's article in The Washington Post, we found this news interesting;

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