Solar news: solar vs. coal debate in the spotlight, solar prices falling at exponential rate

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A controversial debate over solar’s impact on coal, a new report that shows rapidly falling solar prices and a major solar development for the world’s energy capital – these are the stories EnergySage has its eye on in this week’s Solar News Report.

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Highlights from EnergySage’s 2016 Solar Marketplace Intel Report™

Last week, EnergySage released its fourth Solar Marketplace Intel Report™. In this report, you’ll find trends on 2016 solar pricing, equipment packages, and financing options, as well as new information about community solar and solar shopper demographics. Read on for some of the top takeaways relevant to today’s solar-interested homeowners.

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What is the best way to go solar on Cape Cod and how much should it cost?

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In 2016, rooftop solar installations increased by a whopping 95 percent in the United States, and the trend is continuing in 2017. There are a few concentrated areas of the country where the rate of growth is particularly dramatic. Over the past decade, the Northeast has become one of the most popular areas for solar energy in the U.S. thanks to major solar incentives and a need to combat rising electricity costs. Massachusetts is the top state for solar in the region, with the summer destination of Cape Cod is particularly popular for solar installations. In fact, on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace Cape Cod registered nearly 10% of all consumer activity in Massachusetts in 2016. In this article, we’ll break down the different ways a homeowner can go solar on the Cape and what they should expect for cost, savings and quality of equipment. 

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How much do solar panels cost in Seattle, Washington?

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In 2016, solar panel installations grew by 95 percent in the United States, a trend that is expected to continue in 2017. Though there was strong growth in solar nationwide, installations are increasing at an expedited rate in concentrated areas of the country. Washington State has witnessed a 64% decline in solar prices over the past five years and, according to SEIA, is forecasted to see a whopping 278 MW of solar installed over the next five. Seattle is quickly becoming one of the best cities for solar in America thanks to Washington’s great payback incentive and net-metering policy as well as the city of Seattle’s growing market competition.

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JinkoSolar panels: the complete review

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JinkoSolar is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of solar panels and develops solar projects across the world. The company was founded in 2006 and manufactures its solar panels in China and Malaysia. Although they are relatively new to the U.S. residential market, JinkoSolar panels are increasingly popular in quotes to solar shoppers comparing their options on the EnergySage Solar Marketplace.

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Solar News: Tesla unveils standard solar panels, NREL report shows price inflation by large installers

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It was a wild week in the solar industry, full of unforeseen product releases and a controversial solar pricing report that was released by the government. An NREL report that confirmed price inflation by SolarCity and other top solar installers, Tesla’s big solar panel reveal and exciting growth in solar storage in certain states are the three stories we’re studying from this week’s Solar News Report.

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How much do solar panels cost in Tucson, Arizona?

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In 2016, solar panel installations grew by an impressive 95 percent in the United States, a trend that is expected to continue in 2017. Though there was consistent growth in solar nationwide, installations are increasing at an expedited rate in concentrated areas of the country. Arizona witnessed a 6% bump in solar job growth in 2016, and one of the main reasons for its latest success is the city of Tucson and its record low pricing. Tucson is quickly becoming one of the best cities for solar in America thanks to Arizona’s residential solar tax credit and the city of Tucson’s growing market competition that has led to nationwide lows for solar prices.

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Tesla solar panels: the latest from Elon Musk’s clean energy empire

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Tesla’s plans to make solar panels have been known for years. The company is constructing a factory in Buffalo, NY, specifically to produce Tesla solar panels, but until recently not much more was known about their plans.

In April 2017, the much-discussed solar panel product was finally revealed, but the company didn’t announce it with the fanfare usually reserved for Tesla product releases. Instead, the Tesla Energy website was quietly updated to include a page specifically dedicated to solar panels alongside its other energy products like the Powerwall and Tesla solar roof.

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Tesla’s solar panel roof: solar glass tiles are the new solar shingles

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If you’ve found it difficult to stay up to date on the future of Tesla Motors and SolarCity in recent weeks, you are not alone. Numerous industries (solar, electric vehicles, and ridesharing, to name a few) worldwide are starting to feel the impact of a merger that could significantly alter growth plans for manufacturers and executives across the globe. Now the concept of an integrated solar glass shingle – the Tesla solar tile – is on everyone’s mind. 

We had already heard about Tesla’s plans for total clean energy integration – a one step carbon reduction process that involves pairing solar panels with your Tesla electric vehicle. Now for the latest: thanks to a surprise appearance of Chairman Elon Musk in SolarCity’s 2nd quarter earnings call that lead to a highly anticipated Tesla solar roofing product launch at the end of October, we’ve now seen the future of PV roofing and the future of Tesla. One thing is certain: building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) are going to be a part of Tesla Motors – or should we say Tesla Energy’s – future.

*Update – Elon Musk announced Tesla will begin taking orders for a prospective waiting list for the solar roof in April. Tesla’s roof is now expected to reach consumer’s homes before the end of 2017.  Tesla has also revealed a standard solar panel product that it will begin producing in 2017 in addition to its solar roof – a black Panasonic solar panel with no mounting apparatus. Tesla is yet to release any pricing information for their roof or standard panel offerings. 

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HERO Loan Program: Interest Rates, Terms, and Benefits

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The HERO Loan Program by Renovate America is one of the most popular energy loan options in California. HERO loans offer reasonable interest rates that make it possible to fund energy upgrades like new windows and updated HVAC systems. Homeowners and businesses in hundreds of communities across the state have used HERO loans to make clean energy upgrades to their properties. One of the most popular uses for HERO loans is to reduce energy bills by installing solar panels.

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