Solar news: Oregon requires “solar ready” homes, California’s 2020 renewables projection, bio-solar photosynthetic technology

In the future, solar panels could look like wallpaper thanks to “bio-photovoltaics.”

Oregon’s governor pens an executive order mandating “solar ready” new homes within about three years, California expects to get 50 percent of its energy from renewables by 2020, and a next-generation solar panel method using living organisms in this week’s Solar News Roundup.

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SolarWorld: bankruptcy status, trade case, and warranties

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SolarWorld Industries GmbH (formerly SolarWorld AG) is a major player in the solar panel manufacturing space, and the company has had a year full of change. After it declared insolvency earlier this year and went through a reorganization and acquisition process, the company joined manufacturer Suniva to petition the government for tariffs against imported solar panels. Now, you may be wondering how SolarWorld’s financial standing impacts the coverage on their solar modules. In this article, we will look back at SolarWorld’s turbulent year and where they stand now, and we’ll examine their updated warranty offerings and consumer protections.

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Mosaic solar loans: everything you need to know

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Solar loans are the fastest-growing method of financing a solar panel installation your home or business. Across the country, more than half of all new solar installations are done with either a cash purchase or through a solar loan.

Mosaic is arguably the largest solar financing provider for homeowners in the country. If you’re comparing solar quotes from a few different solar installers, chances are you’ve encountered a loan option from Mosaic.

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Should you install solar panel snow guards?

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When you install rooftop solar you save thousands on your electric bill, but if you live somewhere that gets lots of snow in the winter, you may also be at risk for a winter-specific side effect. Sometimes, large amounts of snow will slide off your solar panels all at once, which can damage your property. In this article, we will discuss solar snow guards, what they do, and why you might want to ask your solar installer to include them in your solar array.

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Tesla solar roof cost vs. solar panels: worth the premium?

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This past spring, Tesla announced pricing for their new solar roof product, a roof replacement for your home. The new solution requires that you replace your existing roof with Tesla’s blend of non-solar glass tiles and solar-enabled glass tiles. It is an elegant new product, designed with great aesthetics, and due to its immense popularity, we wanted to explore the question: does installing this new roof make financial sense for your home? After initial analysis, we’ve found that for the majority of homeowners the answer is “not yet.” Unless you’re in the market for a roof replacement, Tesla’s new solar roof is simply too expensive for the average American homeowner to justify as a home energy upgrade.

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Solar news: Hawaii Public Utilities Commission approves new solar programs, solar power costs expected to fall even further, solar securitizations pass $1 billion in 2017

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In this week’s Solar News Roundup, the International Renewable Energy Agency predicts that solar power costs will fall by 60 percent in the next decade, Hawaii sets up two new solar-friendly programs, and total solar securitizations in 2017 pass $1 billion.

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Solar patio covers & gazebos can provide both shade and power

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Patio covers and gazebos can make your outdoor space more comfortable and functional. New products on the market can take them a step further by turning your patio cover or gazebo into a mini power plant with the addition of solar panels. If you’re considering making the upgrade to build some sort of solar lounge, you may want to look into a solar patio cover or gazebo.

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“What’s the best way to find solar panel installers near me?”

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If you want a high-quality solar installation, you need to find a high-quality solar installers near you. Before you move forward with your home solar project, it is important to find a local solar installation company who is easy to talk to, acts professionally, and offers premium products and installation services.

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SolarCity class action lawsuit addresses telemarketing practices

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If you’re a homeowner, you’ve probably experienced unwanted calls from telemarketers trying to sell you products and services. The solar industry isn’t immune to this problem: some of the largest nationwide companies installing solar have historically relied on aggressive telemarketing practices to grow their businesses. Companies like SolarCity have been on the receiving end of many consumer complaints about their telemarketing tactics. A recent class action lawsuit against SolarCity (now part of Tesla Energy) addresses the company’s alleged violation of Federal telemarketing rules.

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Solar panel safety: what you need to know

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As with any electrical appliance, solar panels can be at risk to certain electrical damages and dangers, such as solar panel fires and power surges. Luckily, there are plenty of measures in place to ensure your solar panel installation is safe. This article will discuss some of the common safety concerns around solar panels, and what mechanisms are in place to prevent dangerous solar panel scenarios.

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