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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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GRID Alternatives and Enphase Energy expand their partnership. Latest agreement is expected to provide 3 MW of solar to 900 families.

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SolarCity Homebuilder Program expansion adds energy storage to nationwide program. In California, it also provides a fixed 20 year low energy rate for systems on new homes.

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Fortune Energy's expansion to Boston places it in the growing solar market in the northeast. The company plans to continue expansion throughout the country.

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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.