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California cities top list of most solar-friendly American metros

California cities make up five of the nation's 15 most solar-friendly cities, according to a report by the Environment California Research and Policy Center. Los Angeles and San Diego top the list, having installed the highest and second-highest solar photovoltaic (PV) capacities in the country, respectively. San Jose (5th), San Francisco (11th) and Sacramento (14th) ...

Google wants you to turn to solar energy

Google certainly wants you to turn to solar energy. The company's recently unveiled Project Sunroof an online tool that analyzes satellite images of your home or building and calculates its solar power potential. Then, after constructing a 3-D model of your rooftop, the tool provides an estimate regarding how much money solar panels would save you in the next 20 years ...

Navy signs record-breaking solar deal

 

A brief history of solar power technology

In this post, we highlight some of the most important breakthroughs of the last 176 years in solar energy technology and policy:

Top 3 benefits of adding solar to your home

Solar energy was first idealized as an unlimited resource that would require little maintenance and produce zero-emissions. As the cost of solar panels has dropped since those early days, making residential solar panel installation not only realistic, but marketable, even more benefits have become apparent. If you are considering installing solar panels for your home, ...

Top benefits of switching to solar power

The first question you, as a homeowner, must ask yourself is, "Is solar power worth it for me?" For a vast number of Americans, this answer is a loud and resounding yes. Not only can you work towards saving the environment through less dependence on fossil fuels to power your home, but you can also drastically lower or even eliminate your monthly utility bill ...

3 keys to keeping your solar panels working efficiently

Running automatically and virtually silently, it can be easy to forget solar panels are even there. As self-sustaining as they are, however, the efficiency of your residential solar panels can benefit from some basic maintenance you can do right at home. Here, we describe three tips to help your solar panels last. 

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 ...

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 ...

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