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Are Low Cost Solar Panels Bad for America?

April 26, 2012 Off-Grid Kits

Calls flow into our administrative office in Sacramento every day from Americans who will only buy American solar panels and other products. Where you stand on the issue is likely a function of your level of outrage on the exporting of American jobs. Today the solar industry in the US is booming in almost all […]

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City of Los Angeles Restarts Home Solar Rebate Program

July 15, 2011 Solar News

Good news for you folks that live in the city of angels. LA is set to restart its home solar rebate program. The original solar rebate program was suspended because money ran out. The new program involves smaller rebates and higher rates. Homeowners who generate extra power could sell it to the utility. Los Angeles […]

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California Soars to New Home Solar Installers High, Record Installs

July 6, 2011 Backup Power Systems

California solar installers set a state record in 2010 by installing more home generating capacity than in any other year in the state’s history, according to the California Public Utilities Commission. The state is on pace for another record-setting year of solar installations this year, according to a CPUC report issued Tuesday, which provides an […]

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Iowa Legislators Propose New Solar Wind Energy Rebates Spur Job Growth

February 12, 2011 Solar News

Having spent my youth walking to school on my share of days with my shoulder into Iowa’s winds I am not surprised to hear there is new legislation proposed to spur wind and solar development in the Hawkeye state. The scale of interest for solar and wind energy in this state which is blossoming with […]

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Solar Panel Installations Set to Double Again in 2011

January 28, 2011 Solar News

2011 is coming in to focus with solar panel installations in North America that are forecast to double from 2010. A new study by IDC Energy Insights predicts that 2011 will see two Giga Watts (GW) of new solar PV installations in North America alone. This figure represents a doubling of the One Giga Watt […]

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Home Solar Kits For The Do-It-Yourselfer Coming On Strong

January 5, 2011 Solar News

Homeowners who dream of small scale solar panels from kits they can install on the roof themselves, well that day has arrived. Solar kits for the do-it-yourselfer are becoming more and more popular. Several companies are out there with pre-engineered solar kits that simplify home solar installation. With a hacksaw, a few basic tools, and […]

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Solar Energy Still Has Some Partly Cloudy Days Ahead

December 29, 2010 Solar News

The solar outlook, over the last 12 months, has gone from encouraged to worried (November election) back to encourage. Wall Street appears to be running Main Street, but it should be the other way around in America. From PACE financing being cut off by Fanny Mae, to the remaining tough credit markets, solar shines through […]

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Local Santa Cruz Solar Companies Develop Innovative Financing

December 26, 2010 Solar News

Santa Cruz Solar News – Many homeowners in surf city are interested in utilizing solar renewable energy panels, but the upfront costs of solar installations is often prohibitive. Lowering their Santa Cruz PG&E bills by installing solar with tax incentives and federal rebates generally provide a high rate of return on their solar home investment.

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Why Sacramento Green-Tech Solar Boom Isn’t Here Yet

December 20, 2010 Solar News

A year ago, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson in remarks in a speech, said “let’s use solar to transform Sacramento into the Emerald Valley”.  As the year draws to a close and the economy remains sluggish, Sacramento leaders insist the potential for a green-tech boom is there, but admit the results, so far, are mixed. Having […]

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Getting Paid In California for Excess Solar Electricity. Homeowners Soon to See Cash.

December 5, 2010 Solar News

Homeowners and solar installers have a reason to be be happy. Last year, California Governor Schwartzenegger signed AB 920 knows as the California Solar Surplus Act. AB 920 forces utility companies to pay homeowners for the extra solar electricity they produce. Up until this time, the best homeowners could do is zero out their uitlity […]

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