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At this year's Intersolar North America, solar plus storage takes the spotlight. Also featured are the ITC, and the continuing impressive growth of solar in the U.S.

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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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Utility agrees to install solar power at 79 homes with 18 different Habitat for Humanity affiliates in CA. The utility has now funded installations on over 600 Habitat homes.

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New 1 MW site is the latest addition to a portfolio of over 100 MW of shared solar from NRG Home Solar and NRG Renew.

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New York enters into 25 year PPA with Borrego to bring solar to 3 ski resorts in the state. Bellayre, Whiteface, and Gore Mountain were all a part of the 1980 Olympic games in Lake Placid.

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Examination of natural causes often cited as the reasons for the earth's rising temperature finds they have a negligible impact on warming the planet.

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Net metering continues to spark debate, but the benefits of net metering are becoming increasingly difficult to deny.

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New system allows homeowners to monitor their solar installations with real time data. System also includes storage and more efficient and smaller panels.

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Solar in the Arctic has become a viable option. With the increased efficiency of solar panels at cooler temperatures and the advances in storage, solar can work well in the region.

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NRDC reports on new solar projects that incorporate the principles of Smart from the Start development. These installations prove that it is possible for solar advocates and wildlife advocates to work together.

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Startup hopes to create a transparent window into solar loans. Company expects solar customers to care where their money is coming from, and who it benefits.

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FERC report shows that the grid can handle clean energy. California's Clean Power Plan demonstrates continued grid reliability with solar power.

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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.