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While naysayers abound, solar continues its ascent in the U.S. and throughout the world. One report even predicts that in just 11 years, it will be the primary source of energy.

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The solar industry, where policy trumps sunshine as a resource, is hugely influenced by politics. There are five factors affecting solar politics and what we can do to influence their course.

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A Public Utilities Commission decision in Minnesota may allow community solar projects to move forward, but it does not include the now well-known “value of solar” formula for those projects.

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Solar costs continue to drop, with large-scale systems costing four times less than in 2009. Further cost reductions by 2020 are expected to bring the cost down to between $50 - $70 per MWh.

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The biggest competitor for solar installers is not other installers but the public’s lack of awareness. To change this, companies can use social media and referrals to great advantage.

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We can reverse decades of environmental injustice by putting energy dollars back into disadvantaged communities and zero-emission electricity generation.

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It’s open season on the duck, as utilities point to the notorious duck chart as evidence that renewable energy development should be stopped on technical grounds. The real utility problem is that energy demand displaced by solar represents lost market share for utilities as their customers switch to sunshine.

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By Bill Ehrlich Originally published on Mosaic As crazy as it may sound to say the Koch brothers could be good for solar, Bill Ehrlich shows...

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Demeter Power Group and the Clinton Global Initiative partner to offer a first-of-its kind deal for a PPA that’s paid back through a property tax assessment.

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Mosaic launches Mosaic Places, a technology platform to speed up solar adoption across the U.S. The site empowers individuals to get engaged in helping community centers go solar, with just a click.

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