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Solar PV at 2c/kW by 2050? It’s simply a matter of when, not if. But the head of one of the world’s leading research organizations warns that the biggest problem may be creating enough capacity to meet demand.
Governments around the world stimulate the development of renewables by offering subsidies. But fossil fuels are subsidized too. Given the realities of climate change and increasing global energy demand, a better option could be a carbon tax – which might promote renewables better than any set of policies.
Over time, dirt can significantly decrease amount of the sun's energy that solar panels can capture. Meaningful improvements in the PV performance at four sites were recently noticed after module washing, with increased measured efficiency varying from 9% to 26%. This translates to significant savings from washing panels.
Originally published on SolarReviews, written by Chris Meehan.
How does one decide which states are the best for rooftop solar? There’s a plethora of considerations. The most important factor for the homeowner though, is payback time or return on investment. The shorter the payback, the better for the homeowner. Therefore, in this particular ranking, the states with the shortest payback period and the highest energy prices top the list.
Vivint solar names two new executives to its leadership team and promotes another. The three executives bring more than a half-century of experience in technology, marketing, business development, and finance to help propel the company into a successful 2014
OneRoof Energy wins Best in Smart Cities for the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) 2013 Later Stage Award. The solar installer was nominated for the award by CleanTECH San Diego for pioneering new classes of financing and services to make going solar easier and more affordable for the average homeowners.
Sullivan Solar Power announces its Cash Reward program will expire on December 31, 2013. Through the program, launched at the start of this year, San Diego County residents are offered $0.20 per watt, up to $1,500, cash back for going solar. To date, more than 450 San Diego residents are benefiting from the program, and this year the solar installer is paying out more than $520,000 in cash-back incentives to the participants that have already subscribed to the program.
SolarCity announces the opening of ten new operations centers in California. All are expected to be operational by the end of 2013, nearly doubling the company's locations in the state. The expansion will result in the company having a location within 30 miles of more than 90% of the state's population.
SolarCity teams up with another Texas homebuilder, CastleRock Communities, offering solar power as an option on every new home in CastleRock’s 42 communities in the Austin, Houston, and San Antonio areas.
SolarCity completes the private placement in the amount of $54,425,000 with an interest rate of 4.80% and a scheduled maturity date of December 2026. The placement represents the first securitization of distributed solar energy assets.
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