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A key message at Solar Power International this year: it's time for solar to grow up. An important part of that will be building a solar brand, a topic that was explored in an engaging panel discussion.

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What is the solar brand? A panel of experts gave their views on this prominent theme at last week's Solar Power International.

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The California Solar Index, which tracks new solar permits in major markets, declined 41% in the first quarter of 2017 from the same period in 2016. This downturn has likely contributed to the recent turmoil for the larger residential solar installers.

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Roy L Hales of The ECOreport looks at why three Republican senators apply alternate facts to PACE financing. They are trying to pass the Protecting Americans from Credit Exploitation (PACE) Act.

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New York City installer Quixotic Systems has designed an innovative solar solution in the heart of the Bronx at Urban Health Plan’s Simpson Pavilion. Unlike most rooftop systems, the 37kW array has been installed on the side of the building.

INDUSTRY

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By Pamela Cargill PV Solar Report Contributor Challenges mount in the solar industry, making it look like we’re taking a steep dive in the solar coaster....

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Barry Cinnamon did a helpful interview with Tom Kimbis, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of SEIA, on what SEIA's doing to help regulate the industry.

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The California Solar Index, which tracks new solar permits in major markets, declined 41% in the first quarter of 2017 from the same period in 2016. This downturn has likely contributed to the recent turmoil for the larger residential solar installers.

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By Pamela Cargill PV Solar Report Contributor Challenges mount in the solar industry, making it look like we’re taking a steep dive in the solar coaster....

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Roy L Hales of The ECOreport looks at why three Republican senators apply alternate facts to PACE financing. They are trying to pass the Protecting Americans from Credit Exploitation (PACE) Act.

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Barry Cinnamon did a helpful interview with Tom Kimbis, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of SEIA, on what SEIA's doing to help regulate the industry.

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Sunvago found that solar homes carried a $37,250 premium to non-solar homes or 6.7% of the the home value. This gives us confidence that the market is valuing solar systems at or above their net cost.

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Casey Anderson looks at the effect New York's NY-Sun initiative has had on the solar industry in the state. He found 800% growth statewide since 2011 with several regions growing more than 1,000%.