North Carolina Solar Installers Settlement with Duke Energy Approved by NC Utilities Commission

Credit to Author: Tim Tyler| Date: Sat, 08 Apr 2023 02:36:56 +0000

A rate modification for solar customers in North Carolina was recently approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC). This has an impact on people living in North Carolina who want to use the utility grid that Duke Energy manages for what is essentially a form of energy storage, which is done through a process […]

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The Truth Behind Those Free Solar Panels Ads

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2023 13:00:15 +0000

We’ve all seen the ads for free solar panels on YouTube and Facebook – is there any truth to these claims? We pull back the curtain on the solar industry’s… “overambitious”… marketing tactics and to show what’s behind the buzzwords.

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Berkeley Lab’s Latest “Utility-Scale Solar” Report Analyzes Record Deployment & Higher Value in 2021

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2022 12:00:31 +0000

We are pleased to release the 2022 edition of Berkeley Lab’s Utility-Scale Solar report, which presents analysis of empirical plant-level data from the U.S. fleet of ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV), PV+battery, and concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) plants with capacities exceeding 5 MWAC. While focused on key developments in 2021, this report explores trends in deployment, technology, capital […]

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Why Rooftop Solar Power Investments Are Worth It, & Why California Solar Net Metering Might Not Be Fair — Competing Op-Eds

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2022 16:19:38 +0000

We have some of the most informed readers in the world, but that doesn’t mean they agree on everything. In fact, sometimes they have feverish yet well informed debates that genuinely use logic (rather than ad hominem attacks and other logical fallacies) to discuss different technology or policy approaches. I was just reading through the […]

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Inflation Reduction Act To Give U.S. Solar Energy Industry A Much Needed Boost

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Sun, 04 Sep 2022 16:17:23 +0000

The U.S. solar energy industry has grown tremendously in the past decade. That growth has actually been one of the most phenomenal economic growth stories across the whole U.S. economy. However, the “Covid Era” hit solar hard, and it has struggled to get back on the trajectory it was on. U.S. Solar Energy Growth Has […]

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13 Top Solar Facts for U.S.A

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2022 19:04:42 +0000

I recently discovered an infographic from the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association with a wealth of solar power facts. The graphic is included on the bottom of this piece, but I find it much easier to scroll through the solar energy facts in a straightforward bullet list rather than an infographic, so let’s start with […]

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3 Reasons to Invest in Solar During Record Inflation

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Tue, 02 Aug 2022 03:50:08 +0000

Last month, Americans faced the highest rate of inflation in 40 years. The impact of rising prices is the most obvious in the energy sector, where supply chain constraints and the ripple effects of the war in Ukraine could result in households spending about 23% more on energy and transportation this year than in 2020. That makes for […]

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Most Renewables Now Cheaper Than Cheapest Coal

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2022 02:50:01 +0000

The idea that it costs a premium to go green and clean is long expired in the electricity industry. A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) indicates that most of the renewable energy installed in G20 countries last year had lower costs than the absolute cheapest coal power in the world. Despite […]

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Bill Nussey of Freeing Energy Talks About His Chart-Topping New Book on Local Energy

Credit to Author: Michael Barnard| Date: Mon, 07 Feb 2022 20:20:41 +0000

Bill Nussey CleanTech Talk featured imageLocal energy is an express lane for climate change. The world is obsessed with gigabets on offshore wind and nuclear and there’s a traffic jam of political systems. COP26 was a disappointment. People can pull into the express lane, contribute in a personal way, and get great business value as well.

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