Solar Industry Gained 51,000 Jobs In 2016!

Solar Industry Gained 51,000 Jobs In 2016!

There were 260,077 solar workers as of November of 2016. This represents a 25% increase over 2015 in the number of people working in the solar industry in the United States of America. Overall jobs in the US economy saw a growth rate of 1.45 percent.…

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The Impact of SB 437 and SB 438 On Michigan Solar Consumers

The Impact of SB 437 and SB 438 On Michigan Solar Consumers

If net metering changes as much as it is expected, it could make solar a difficult economic case. The new law requires solar owners to buy all the electricity they consume from the utility and earn a lower, wholesale rate for the electricity they send back to the grid.…

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Are Tesla Solar Shingles The Future Of Solar Installation?

Are Tesla Solar Shingles The Future Of Solar Installation?

There is a difference between rooftop solar panels and a roof that is made up of solar panels. Tesla is not the first company to try to sell a roof that is made from solar shingles. Dow tried the same concept, could not find a market for a variety of reasons (mostly due to a lack of panel efficiency), and eventually scrapped their product line. So this has been tried before. But now the combination between Tesla and Solar City is looking to succeed where others have failed.…

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Should I Buy American-Made Solar Panels?

Should I Buy American-Made Solar Panels?

Installing solar on your home or business will create jobs for your local community, above and beyond whether the panels you purchase are solely produced in America. Solar is growing and evolving as an industry and the installation and monitoring of your system will entirely be performed by American workers. The internal supply chain and distribution will be staffed and administered by American workers. The energy that is produced will allow America to achieve a greater independence from foreign energy sources.…

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A Look At The Pennsylvania Solar Market

A Look At The Pennsylvania Solar Market

What does the Pennsylvania solar market look like? Ohio's neighbor to the east gets the same amount of sun with the same amount of Federal incentives. What has been the history of the solar industry been and where is the state going?…

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What Are New York State's Solar Incentives?

What Are New York State's Solar Incentives?

New York is one of the most progressive states in the country when it comes to creating and abiding by standards to encourage the adoption of renewable energy, in particular solar energy. What are the incentives offered, how can you find them, and what type of impact does it have if you purchase a solar energy system?…

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How Much Rooftop Solar Can Potentially Be Installed In The United States?

How Much Rooftop Solar Can Potentially Be Installed In The United States?

In a report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) published this past month, the total potential for rooftop solar in the U.S. could potentially account for at least 38.6% of total U.S. electricity creation. This does not include ground mounts, canopy, building facade, or any other type of solar installation. This is just purely a quantified estimate of solar that can be installed on small, medium, and large building rooftops for a total installed capacity of 1,118 GW. Currently the total installed solar capacity in the U.S. is 27 GW.…

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Solar PV Pricing Continues To Favor Buyers

Solar PV Pricing Continues To Favor Buyers

Because the solar energy market has been successful for adopters and suppliers alike for years now, the market has grown quickly. Many are looking for ways to help it grow even faster. The level of support from advocacy groups and researchers conducting studies is increasing. One key to moving the industry forward is to get a better understanding of the most important features that impact performance and the most significant ways to reduce costs. Here, we take a look at two different studies about historical and recent costs in the U.S. One is a new effort with a goal of finding what most influences average costs and individual state averages. The other is a continuing effort to find and explain overall trends with a recent shift to a focus on all non-utility scale projects.…

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