"For most of these states, they're looking at it for economic development and job creation," Ghassemi said, underscoring the reasons why solutions such as cost incentives and utility quotas haven't helped states like New Mexico catch up to California and New Jersey, an unlikely solar leader.
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The big question for any homeowner considering installing solar power is a simple one: How quickly will the system pay for itself?
The short answer: It depends on where you live.
Residents here probably won't notice that their water and sewage treatment systems will soon be powered by fields of solar panels but a project to convert the plants is nearing completion.
New solar panels will be installed at the University of Florida by the end of November, reducing the university’s energy costs and serving as a teaching tool for professors and students.
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Six UNESCO World Heritage sites including Qutb Minar, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb have been earmarked to receive clean energy installations over the coming months.
After a summer hearing about the death of Solyndra, you couldn’t be blamed for not knowing that the solar industry is exploding in this country. And it’s not just selling panels--an entire industry is springing up around people getting energy from the sun.
Assisted by technological innovation and years of subsidies, the cost of wind and solar power has fallen sharply — so much so that the two industries say that they can sometimes deliver cleaner electricity at prices competitive with power made from fossil fuels.
The world's leading home furnishings retailer will activate 4,186 solar panels Tuesday morning atop its 344,000-square-foot Butler County location.
Is the sun setting on Colorado's renewable energy sector? Has the wind left our sails? Can we conjure more stale metaphors for renewable energy that relate to the industry's possible contraction? The answers are maybe, perhaps, and one emphatic yes.
Much of the solar industry's attention of late has been focused on the loss of important solar incentives from national governments, including the end of the 1603 grant program in the U.S. However, the Solar Energy Industries Association announced plans at the start of the year, just as the 1603 program was closing up, to shift its focus substantially toward the states rather than the federal government. The group even joined with the state-oriented Solar Alliance to further the interests of the industry.