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The IEA projects that solar could be the world’s main source of electricity in 2050, at over 27% of total global electricity production, with PV accounting for 16% of global electricity production.

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#SolarChat provides a way to network and exchange ideas with other solar professionals, from your computer (or live at SPI). The 50th chat this week focuses on industry collaboration.

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As distributed energy resources continue on a rapid path toward broad-scale deployment, it remains unclear what utilities’ role will be. In a brave step, New York has set out to change that.

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A new LBNL report looks at how residential solar is affecting utilities' profits. While currently the effects are negligible, an increased adoption rate would hurt utility shareholders.

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Ambassador Energy provides a 13.7 kW PV system to generate 85% of the energy needs for a firearms store. A military veteran crew performed the install on a difficult metal roof.

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In a rash of ALEC-dumping, companies from Google to Occidental Petroleum cut their ties with the lobbying organization because of its position on climate change. Is this a good sign for solar?

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The IEA projects that solar could be the world’s main source of electricity in 2050, at over 27% of total global electricity production, with PV accounting for 16% of global electricity production.

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As distributed energy resources continue on a rapid path toward broad-scale deployment, it remains unclear what utilities’ role will be. In a brave step, New York has set out to change that.

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The solar industry, Pamela Cargill believes, has lost sight of its customer. The focus on building channels, creating funnels, and lowering customer acquisition costs has led us astray.

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Solar power is the spark to energize a new energy economy from the bottom up. The new system will look entirely different from the old energy economy of the 20th century.

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A calculator from John Farrell at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance lets you compare leasing to ownership, and see the value of your solar investment over 15, 25, and 30 years.

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Rapid shut-down and other provisions in the 2014 NEC aimed at first-responder safety are causing confusion among solar PV professionals. Some complications still need to be addressed.

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As net metering and minimum bill discussions continue, John Farrell poses the question, Will distributed solar grow better with a transparent, value-based contract price?