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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 ...

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 ...

Solar and storage bundling approved in California

According to CleanTechnica, for the first time in the U.S., a grid operator has approved rules that allow companies to buy electricity from homes and commercial power systems and bundle it to meet the threshold required for sale on the market. 

California woman pedals across the U.S. on solar power bicycle

According to WSLS 10 News, a California woman is on a mission. Marissa Muller is riding her solar bike from California, across the U.S., ending in New York. Her "wellness revolution" mission is to get people to live a more sustainable, healthy life.

4 things to keep in mind when deciding to install solar panels

Installing solar panels on a roof is one of the most environmentally friendly, cost-cutting decisions homeowners can make in their lifetime. This can be contingent on a few factors though.

California remains one of the top U.S. solar energy producers

According to the San Francisco Business Times, numerous cities in California ranked in the top seven of solar power system installations per 1,000 people in major U.S. metropolitan areas. These cities include San Diego, San Jose, Riverside, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Scientists from University of California enhance solar energy conversion process

Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, have discovered a new way to manage efficient solar energy conversion using the infrared region of the light wave spectrum. By combining inorganic semiconductor nanocrystals with organic molecules to enhance the overall conversion of solar photons, the efficiency of the process is said to be improved by 30 percent ...

Renewables continue to be main source of electricity through June

According to CleanTechnica 98 percent of new electricity generation was produced by renewables during June. Of that new capacity, 44 percent was derived from wind power, 41.5 percent from solar and 13 percent from biomass. Only 2 percent came from natural gas sources. 

Solar panels reach the forefront of the race to the White House

According to Time, Hillary Clinton has pledged to install 500 million solar panels if elected president. This nationwide installation surge would be created by the end of her first term in office. 

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