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Nine More California Solar Schools, Coming Soon

Posted by Margaret Collins In Thursday, April 15 2010 under: Commercial Solar, Solar Schools, California Solar

At a special meeting two days ago, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education approved plans for solar installations at nine schools throughout the district. The projects will be financed through an agreement with REgeneration Finance LLC. The Santa Monica Mirror reports that "The offer will save the district almost $1.1 million in energy costs and avoid the production of 23,822 tons of greenhouse gases over the next 25 years". The luck schools are:

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Solar Decathlon 2011 Teams Announced

Posted by Margaret Collins In Thursday, April 15 2010 under: Solar Interest Stories, Solar Industry News, Solar Decathlon

If you haven't been following the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon since its first run in 2002, you've been missing out. The Solar Decathlon invites teams of college students from around the world to submit ideas for a net-zero energy house of approximately 800 square feet. 20 of these teams are then selected to fully plan, design, and build their homes.

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Home Solar and Solar Jobs Stand Out In 2009 Review

Posted by Margaret Collins In Wednesday, April 14 2010 under: Solar Industry News, Solar Power Info, SEIA

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released a report earlier today on solar market behavior in 2009. "US Solar Industry: Year in Review 2009" (PDF) reveals some sobering truths about the effect the recession had on the growth of solar energy in the United States--but also showed that the residential solar sector doubled in size.

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San Diego Solar vs. LA Solar: Who's Winning?

Posted by Margaret Collins In Tuesday, April 13 2010 under: Solar Industry News, San Diego, Los Angeles, California Solar

Last year, San Diego was named California's top solar city by advocacy group Environment America, but Los Angeles has been making headlines left and right with some of the most daring solar plans in the country. So which city really deserves the title "Hottest California Solar Market"?

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Tufts Students Run Conference On The Evolution of Energy

Posted by Margaret Collins In Tuesday, April 13 2010 under: renewable energy, conference, Energy Policy

This Friday and Saturday, the 2010 installment of one of the largest and most successful student-run conferences in New England will pose the question: How have our energy needs and systems evolved, and how will they continue to evolve in the 21st century? The Tufts Energy Conference began in 2006 as two small discussion panels--and just four years later, has some big-name backing and expects over 400 attendees.

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Arizona Solar Shines Despite Rebate Decreases

Posted by Margaret Collins In Monday, April 12 2010 under: Solar Energy Rebates, Solar Industry News, Arizona Solar

Major Arizona utilities SRP and APS have recently each announced reductions to their available solar rebates. SRP will begin offering the new, reduced rebate level after April 30 (so if you're an SRP customer, get a free quote now, people!), while APS has applied to the Corporation Commission for permission to do the same thing.

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MA Solar Stimulus Funds 56 Solar Panel Installations

How long does it take for a thriving solar industry to find uses for $4 million? About three hours, it turns out. On Friday, one of two solar rebate programs in Massachusetts opened to applications at 9:00am and closed before noon, all of its quarterly-allocated funds having been spoken for. The Commonwealth Solar Stimulus Program funds solar installations for commercial projects 10-200 kW in size.

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MA Solar Stimulus Sells Out in Mere Hours (Again)

This morning at 9:00 a.m., Block 2 of the Commonwealth Solar Stimulus Rebate Program opened to applications for $4 million in funding for commercial solar installations. At just before noon, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center sent around a nice email letting everyone know that all funds have been spoken for and the program is now closed. Executive Director Patrick Cloney wrote to express his "heartfelt appreciation to everyone involved in the solar industry in Massachusetts for his or her continued hard work in expanding solar renewable energy generation within the Commonwealth."

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California Solar Rebates Decreasing As Planned

The California Solar Initiative manages solar incentives for the state's three investor-owned utilities: Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E). PG&E and SDG&E just met their last CSI goals for residential solar capacity and have scaled their rebates back accordingly, from the previous $1.10/w to the current $0.65/w.

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Solar Power Rundown for Wednesday, April 7

Posted by Margaret Collins In Tuesday, April 6 2010 under: Solar Power Info, Solar Power Rundown

You've done it, folks: you've reached the middle of the week. Time to take a quick coffee break to reward yourself and catch up on today's solar energy news...

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