Once all its costs are accounted for, the price of commercial solar power has pulled even with retail electricity rates in Italy and Germany, according to a new report.
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A new state law encouraging the growth of alternative energy sources has spurred several proposals to create solar power “gardens” in Minnesota, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The law, which was enacted last year, allows independent businesses and groups to set up arrays of solar panels and then sell the power directly to local customers. Such arrangements would allow consumers to purchase solar power without having to install solar panels on their homes.
Nevada is being called a leader in renewable energy. And lawmakers say that's good for taxpayers.
Clean energy investment in Nevada has accelerated rapidly in the past five years thanks to Nevada’s widespread leadership and support for the clean energy economic sector, reaching at least $5.5 billion just since 2010, according to a new report available at cleanenergyprojectnv.org.
Despite all the excitement surrounding solar energy over the last couple of decades, the technology has yet to go mainstream. However, that is slowly starting to change. Perhaps the biggest reason for the slow spread of solar energy has been the high cost associated with converting a household to take advantage of solar energy.
WASHINGTON, DC – Carrie Cullen Hitt, senior vice president of state affairs at the Solar Energy Industries Association, released the following statement in reaction to the Arizona Corporate Commission (ACC) vote, taken at yesterday’s public hearing, to eliminate all incentives for competitive commercial solar systems.
WASHINGTON, DC – In his State of the State address, California Governor Jerry Brown today discussed California’s ambitious energy goals, aimed at accelerating deployment of solar and other renewable resources. In his speech, the governor underscored that California is on track to reach –and potentially exceed– its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) goal of 33 percent by 2020.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA®) today praised a proposed rule issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that will, if finalized, expedite and reduce the cost of solar project interconnection while maintaining electric system reliability and safety.
WASHINGTON, DC, JAN. 9, 2013 – In his State of the State Address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced an expansion of New York State’s NY-Sun Initiative for solar energy, funding it with an additional $150 million per year over the next 10 years. The governor also announced plans to create a $1 billion green bank, as well as his appointment of Richard Kauffman as New York’s chairman for energy policy and finance.
WASHINGTON, DC -- The Board of Managers of Solar Energy Trade Shows, LLC (SETS) today announced the appointment of Stephen Miner as president and chief executive officer. In his new role, Miner will manage and grow the high-impact solar energy events produced by SETS -- Solar Power International and PV America. SETS is a joint venture created by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA®) to produce trade shows to advance the solar energy industry.
Solar projects in the desert, geothermal power in the mountains and wind energy off the East Coast were cited as examples of progress from top U.S. officials and industry leaders during a green energy conference on Tuesday in Las Vegas.
California, whose green ambitions helped the solar and wind industries take root, is taking an essential next step by proposing a sharp rise in energy storage to better integrate renewable power with the rest of the grid.
Power from sun and wind fluctuates dramatically, so capturing it for later use makes the supply more predictable.
"We can't just rely on sunlight," Governor Jerry Brown told the Intersolar conference in San Francisco last month. "We've got to bottle the sunlight."
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The cost of going solar has dropped in New York by 44 percent over the past five years, a trend that's playing out across the country.
Solar energy has become one of the fastest growing industries in the nation, according to a report by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
It was up to 14 percent cheaper to install residential and commercial solar systems last year than it was in 2011, according to the report. Prices have dropped an average of up to 7 percent per year since 1998.
Anna Begay lives on a remote plot of land in the Navajo reservation. To reach her home, you drive through twisting, unmarked trails of dust and mud along the edge of Coalmine Canyon, in northwest Arizona.
Ben Kunz wanted to do "the green thing" and save on his electric bill without paying a lot of money up front. So instead of buying a solar system for his house in Cheshire, Conn., he leased one.