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3 Things That Make Solar Power Tick: Sun, Electricity Prices and Incentives

Ever wonder whether there's enough sunshine where you live for solar panels to work? Well, it turns out that sunlight is just one of the main ingredients that make a solar home energy system tick.

Sunshine is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about New Jersey, for instance. But the Garden State is the country's second-biggest solar market, after California. How is this possible?

If you're thinking about installing solar panels on your home or business, it's helpful to think in terms of three broad categories: sunlight, electricity prices and incentives, like solar rebates and tax credits.

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PG&E Smart Meters Offer Solid Technology and a Public Relations Nightmare

Posted by Annie Lindseth In Tuesday, September 7 2010 under: smart meters, electricity rate, PGE, smart grid, Energy Policy, Utility Solar

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) faced many doubts and complaints as they rolled out their smart meter program, but an independent study released last week confirmed that the meters are technologically sound. This announcement releases a lot of tension for the utility-- the smart meter program had incurred customer protests, bureaucratic red tape, and even backlash from cities like San Francisco. The study found that the smart meters posed no technical problems.

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