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Poll of 21 Countries Finds Strong Support for Renewable Energy

Posted by Connie Zheng In Tuesday, November 25 2008 under: international solar

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Solar can make sense. (Even in tough times.)

Posted by Adam Sewall In Monday, November 24 2008 under: incentives, Solar Homes, financing, Cost and Financing, rebates, solar

At GetSolar, while each of our individual interests diverge, we share a common belief that solar energy makes sense. That is, we believe solar PV is a viable means of producing electricity for individual homeowners, as well as for companies and other collective interests. We believe that solar can be a good investment and can make sense even when most large-value projects are being put on hold.

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Mass. Governor Patrick Urges Big Box Solar

Posted by Margaret Collins In Saturday, November 22 2008 under: Massachusetts Solar, Boston, Solar Power Info, box store, Menino, governor, Deval Patrick

In Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick has been a proponent of renewable energies from the beginning of his term, and a new press release from the governor's office shows he's still committed. What he proposes is moving towards building codes that mandate the use of at least some solar power for buildings greater than 50,000 square feet (big box stores and malls, not that there's been much construction of either, lately). Patrick is also pushing a voluntary building code that municipalities could vote in for stricter energy conservation guidelines; this code should be available to municipalities in the state sometime next year. These measures are amorphous right now: the high efficiency building code is completely optional and the press release doesn't offer any details about how solar for big construction projects will be incentivized more than it is already.

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Big Change in Senate Energy Leadership

Posted by Eric Messinger In Thursday, November 20 2008 under: Energy Policy

The news out of Washington is that the leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has changed its leadership, from Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) to Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA).

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Troubled Waters Ahead for Chinese Solar, but the Silver Lining Exists

Posted by Connie Zheng In Tuesday, November 18 2008 under: Solar Industry News, international solar, solar in developing nations

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Shrinking state rebates: A worrisome trend?

In recent weeks, a number of state governments have announced plans to cut back the per-watt rebate offered to residents who purchase a solar energy system. In October, the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) announced a downward revision ranging between $1.00 and $1.80 per watt, depending on system size. Xcel Energy, Colorado's largest investor-owned utility and biggest provider of solar energy rebates, recently reduced the amount paid to solar owners in exchange for solar on-site renewable energy credits (SO-RECs). The level was cut by a dollar, from $2.50 to $1.50 per watt. The rebate, which stands apart from the SO-REC payment, will remain at $2.00 per watt, meaning that Colorado homeowners can expect to receive about $3.50 per watt of installed DC solar power. Not bad at all, but a far cry from the $4.50 ($2.00/watt rebate + $2.50/watt SO-REC payment) that was available up 'til now. (Details are outlined in a recent letter (PDF) from Robin Kittel, Director of Regulatory Administration at Xcel.)

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Hawaii and Missouri Make Solar Strides

Posted by Margaret Collins In Thursday, November 13 2008 under: Hawaii Solar, Missouri Solar, Energy Policy

Recently, two states have taken greater steps towards energy independence by taking stronger action than has been federally mandated. Most states already have programs in place, and some states offer quite strong incentives for residential and commercial entities to adopt renewable energy technologies (Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, California, Arizona...). It's good to see these two, previously among the more laggardly states, joining rank.

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Australian Company to Outfit Chinese Cargo Ships with Solar Sails

Posted by Connie Zheng In Tuesday, November 11 2008 under: international solar

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State incentives for residential solar systems

How well does my state government support renewable energy?

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Searching for the Next Big Solar Power

Posted by Connie Zheng In Friday, November 7 2008 under: Solar Industry News, solar in developing nations

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What Will the Obama Presidency do for Solar?

Posted by Margaret Collins In Wednesday, November 5 2008 under: Obama, election, Solar Power Info, legislation

At 11:00pm, EST, November 4, Barack Obama was officially declared the presumptive 44th President of the United States of America. Congratulations, Senator Obama! There's no way of knowing what the four years of his term will bring to the nation, or the world, or really even to the solar industry: but during his campaign, the Senator made some bold statements about his intended support for renewable energy, and "a planet in peril" was referenced during his acceptance speech last night. So let's take a look at the history of solar legislation in this country so we can understand more fully what Obama's promises really mean.

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Vote Today!

Posted by Margaret Collins In Tuesday, November 4 2008 under: Solar Power Info

This is just a friendly reminder from the team at that today is Tuesday, November 4, Election Day. Get out there and vote! If you're not sure where your polling station is, check out Google's nifty new service to figure out where it is, and how to get there.

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What is net metering?

Posted by Adam Sewall In Monday, November 3 2008 under: Net Metering, time of use, Energy Policy, Cost and Financing, solar

In order to make an educated purchase of a solar electric system, you need to understand all the elements. People often come to us thinking that net metering is the primary incentive for going solar. While that's not true, net metering is a big piece of the picture. Learn more about the truth behind net metering by reading the full article on

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