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How going solar can increase the value of your home

Residential solar panels can boost the value of your home by an average of $15,000, according to research commissioned by the Department of Energy. The study, conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, found that potential home buyers were willing to pay about four dollars per watt more for a home with photovoltaic solar panels than for a ...

485-megawatt solar project approved for California

Southern California could soon be home to one of the largest solar power plants in the world, thanks to a plan the federal government approved on August 24. Dubbed the Blythe Mesa Solar Project, it would bring 485-megawatts of carbon-free energy from photovoltaic solar cells, enough to power 180,000 homes, to land once used to grow crops. 

California surpasses France, Spain, U.K. in installed solar capacity

If California was its own country it would now rank sixth in the world in solar generation, according to the latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report. The report, commissioned by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), lists California's solar capacity as higher than countries such as France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Australia. 

Texas seeing $1 billion of new solar development

West Texas's oil fields will soon become home to about $1 billion worth of solar-energy farms, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Four California bills to power solar energy movement

California is on track to lower greenhouse gas emissions by becoming more reliant on renewable energy sources. Thankfully, the state legislature is taking steps to directly address the country's dependence on fossil fuels, while working to bring cleaner energy solutions to Californians as a whole. The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) reports that there are currently ...

Californians have saved $90 billion thanks to 40 years of energy efficiency

Since the 1970s, energy efficiency in California has saved Californians $90 billion on their utility bills, created hundreds of thousands of efficiency jobs and will have avoided the pollution from at least 30 power plants, according to a new report.

Solar power prices continue to plummet

According to Cost of Solar, the average price of going solar in the U.S. dropped 50 percent in the past five years alone. There has never been a better time to go solar.

Average cost of solar dropped 50 percent over last 5 years

The cost of solar panel installation has never been lower. In fact, it has dropped 50 percent in just the last five years, according to a report published by the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory this month. 

Common misconceptions about solar energy

Do you want to switch to solar power, but are held back by not knowing all the benefits and disadvantages of solar? There are plenty of misconceptions floating around regarding solar energy, so it is normal to be a little hesitant about making the investment. Here are some of these myths debunked in order to answer some of your burning questions.

10 states with the fastest solar growth

2015 has been a record-breaking year for solar energy adoption in the U.S., with both residential and utility-level solar programs expanding nationwide. In this post we'll run through the ten states with the fastest-growing solar energy programs. 

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