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West Virginians Install Rooftop Solar Power Among Coalfields

The symbolism can't get much better. In southern West Virginia, a region known for its coal, a new rooftop solar energy system has been installed in Williamson and is now producing clean energy.

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How Does Snow Impact a Solar Home Energy System?

Some of the best states to install a rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) energy system are in the northeast: Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania come to mind. At this time of the year, these states are also known for their heavy snowfall. Unless you've been under a rock for the past few weeks, you've probably heard about the record-setting blizzard blowing through the northeast.

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New Report Says Recovery Act Leading to Big Gains in Solar, Other Renewables

In February 2009, the U.S. government passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) -- a bill intended to create new jobs and spark economic activity. Roughly $94 billion of the $787 billion act was set aside for invesments in renewable energy.

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Massachusetts Launches New Rebate for Solar Hot Water Systems

Solar hot water heaters should be flying off the shelves in Massachusetts next week, as the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) will implement a new solar rebate program that will cut the cost of installing a solar hot water heater on a home in half.

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California Utility Lays out Vision for Future Smart Grid

While the California officials have been working overtime to approve solar power plants in time to meet a statewide renewable energy goal, its utility companies are faced with a slightly different task: How do we incorporate all of that renewable energy it our electric grid?

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What Happens When You Sell Your Solar Home?

Posted by In Monday, January 31 2011 under: Solar Interest Stories, Solar Homes, Solar PV Panels

A rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system is a long-term investment in your property: that the typical warranty on a solar PV panels is 20 to 25 years. One can do a lot over the course of two decades, including change your address. So what happens to that solar home energy system when you sell your house?

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Ask Miriam: What to Look for in a Good Solar Installer

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Friday, January 28 2011 under: NABCEP, Solar Homes, CEC, solar installers, solar tips

Would you take investment advice from a random stranger?

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U.S. Marines to Move Forward with Solar

Posted by In Friday, January 28 2011 under: Solar Industry News, Solar News, Marines, U.S. Military, government

There have been conflicting reports as to how much the U.S. military would benefit from using solar energy. RAND Corporation, for example, has been very candid it its assessment that the U.S. military will not benefit directly by switching to renewable fuels.

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How to Get Your Neighbors to Install Solar Panels

There are plenty of ways to be a good neighbor: pick up the mail when they're out of town, don't make too much noise at night, return a lost pet. But we think there's one tactic that stands above the fray: convince your neighbor, or several neighbors, to install a solar home energy system. Here are few ways to turn your neighborhood into a solar generation hot spot, starting with the most obvious.

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Keep Your Solar Panels Clean: Soiling Is a Drag On System Performance

Here's a look at the difference between clean and dirty solar panels. It may seem insignificant, but if left unattended, dirt and dust can drastically reduce a system's performance.

A number of factors impact the performance of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, namely: (1) the size, number and efficiency of your solar PV panels, and (2) how much sunlight you get throughout the year. But there's an even more obvious factor that can impact a system's output: cleanliness.

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