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Declining PV Cost Could Spell End for Solar Thermal, Says New Report

A new report from Greentech Media Research outlines a number of possible outcomes in the solar thermal industry.

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Affordable Housing Complex Gets Solar Power in San Diego

One of the major reasons California is a leader in solar energy is its initiatives aimed at encouraging homeowners to install solar panels. Under the state's flagship program, the California Solar Initiative (CSI), solar rebates are made available to qualified home and business owners looking to install solar.

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New Jersey Utility Converts Another Brownfield into Solar Power Plant

In July 2009, New Jersey state regulators approved the Public Service Electric & Gas Company's Solar 4 All program -- a $515 million plan for the utility to own and operate 80 megawatts (MW) of solar power by the end of 2013.

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PG&E Struggles to Keep Up with Northern California Solar Installations

Solar energy installations aren't making life easier for everyone, especially in California, where a unique, unforeseen problem has emerged due to the rapid rate of solar installations.

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Interim Rate Announced for SRP's Arizona Solar Rebate

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Tuesday, November 16 2010 under: Solar Energy Rebates, Solar Energy Incentives, utility, Arizona Solar, SRP

A bit ago, we reported that Salt River Project (SRP) -- an Arizona utility -- couldn't keep up with demand for its solar rebate program, and therefore decided to suspend rebates until 2011. The abrupt suspension of solar rebates in other parts of the country has, not surprisingly, put many solar project plans on ice. Without knowing what size rebate will be available for future solar installations, system owners and solar installers alike aren't able to accurately estimate out-of-pocket solar costs.

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Solar Panels Best Way to Reduce Utility Bills, According to White Paper

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Tuesday, November 9 2010 under: utility, financing, Solar PV Panels, Utility Solar, Rooftop Solar

Which energy efficient improvement to your home will save you the most money on your monthly utility bill? Take a wild guess...

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APS Testing 'Self-Healing' Grid in Flagstaff, Arizona

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Friday, September 10 2010 under: utility, Arizona Solar, APS, smart grid, Solar Technology, Utility Solar

The Arizona Public Service (APS), the largest utility company in Arizona, is testing a new piece of smart-grid technology that could slash the time it takes to recognize and repair power outages.

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SDG&E Photovoltaic Initiative Approved in California

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Tuesday, September 7 2010 under: utility, San Diego Solar, SDG&E, California Solar, Utility Solar

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) in southern California will begin a program in which the utility company will provide another 100 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic (PV) solar electricity to its customers.

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Regulators Approve New Solar Energy Plan in New Mexico

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Thursday, September 2 2010 under: utility, New Mexico Solar, PNM, Utility Solar, solar

The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has approved a new energy plan for PNM, the largest utility company in the state.

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Arizona Pushes Efficiency for Utilities, Gas Companies

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Thursday, August 26 2010 under: Natural Gas, utility, Arizona Solar, Energy Policy

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) yesterday voted to approve a new roadmap for reducing instate gas sales. The news comes a month after regulators approved a new energy efficiency standard for utilities.

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