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PV Complete's new software helps reduce solar costs by integrating AutoCAD and using algorithms that optimize equipment costs. Some engineering tasks are cut from days to minutes.

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Solar-Oversight helps low-income communities harness solar energy and subsidies, so they can participate in reducing our dependence on fossil fuels plus save on their electric bills.

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New solar initiative increases target for solar installations on federally subsidized housing from 100 MW to 300 MW by 2020.

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Slingshot Power and LYCOS Life announce partnership that will bring real-time monitoring of a solar installation to a homeowner's wrist.

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The Burlington Vermont Airport formally unveils a 500 kW solar array. This takes Burlington's total installed solar to 1.8 MW.

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After a long struggle, including a veto by the governor and subsequent override by the legislature, Maine will explore the development of a state solar policy.

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New Jersey legislature agrees on bill to raise net metering cap. Although it falls short of solar advocate's goal, it will allow the state to reach its projected 300 MW in new installations in 2015.

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John Farrell of ILSR looks at how utilities are dealing with their customers, particularly ones with home solar. Utilities still have monopoly power, but this is changing as distributed generation expands.

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A female role model in a largely male dominated industry

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The 176-kilowatt (kW) solar system at Tiao Peng Trading, Inc. in Hayward, CA will eliminate the company’s steep electric bills and yield approximately $2 million in savings over the life of the system.

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Sungevity and its partners have created a 20-year loan plan which allows homeowners to take advantage of both the 35% state income tax credit and the 30% federal renewable tax credit for solar customers.

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Pecan Street has launched a free service to help solar panel owners discover maintenance issues with their systems nearly as soon as they occur.

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Climate activists and the solar industry are natural allies, and a partnership between them could power the renewable energy revolution.