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The implementation of battery storage into the solar industry is seen as a huge move, allowing customers to store the extra energy created during the day in their own bank of energy to use during the evening.

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

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SolarCity partners with Nest smart thermostats to help people save more energy and money. Thanks to the Nest's learning ability, homeowners will get the most out of their solar systems.

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A fund has been created by residential solar company SolarCity to finance future PV projects, with technology company Google investing their largest amount in solar so far.

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IGS Solar, LLC has teamed up with New Bedford-based Beaumont Solar Co. to deliver comprehensive solar solutions to businesses, residents, communities, and non-profit organizations in the Massachusetts market.

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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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North Carolina utilities have laced a well-intentioned solar bill with language that would unravel net metering policy. While publicly opposing the bill, utilities slipped in language that would pave the way to stifling solar.

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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.