Solar Energy News: Solar Skin Design Offers Customizable Panels, Obama Unveils Solar Financing Initiative For Low-Income Households, Harvard Researchers Announce Solar Storage Breakthrough

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The solar industry was abuzz this week with a major announcement from President Obama and some impressive developments from clean energy CEOs. Elon Musk’s ambitious growth strategy for Tesla, a new solar panel design opportunity and Obama’s solar financing initiative for low-income households are the focus stories we’re discussing from this week’s Solar Energy News report.  

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A Tale of Two Solar Cities: Comparing Solar Interest in Boston and Worcester

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Solar power has become increasingly popular in recent years, and Massachusetts is doing its part to contribute to the solar revolution – the Bay State has the number six spot on the Solar Energy Industries Association’s top 10 states for solar power. The major motivator: high electricity prices and some of the best financial incentives for solar in the country. The average Massachusetts homeowner can save tens of thousands of dollars on their electricity bills over the lifetime of their solar energy system.

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Solar Energy News: Solar Roadways Go Live in the U.S., Texas Seeing Largest Solar Boom, Ground Mount Solar Offers Unexpected Agricultural Benefits

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This past week, much of the solar industry found itself in focused discussions on the future of the industry at the hotly anticipated Intersolar conference in San Francisco. Intersolar, the launch of solar roadway testing in Mississippi and the Texas solar boom are the predominant headlines from this week’s Solar Energy News report.

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Consumer Reports Declares, “Never Been a Better Time to Switch to Solar”

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Solar is no longer the uncommon renewable energy it once was. This year, the millionth home solar panel system was installed in the United States. If you had any doubts about whether solar is now in the mainstream, Consumer Reports’ recent guide to going solar should erase them. In its August 2016 issue, the industry-leading nonprofit magazine declares, “There has probably never been a better time to switch to solar” – and suggests that U.S. homeowners use EnergySage’s Solar Calculator to determine whether solar makes sense for their homes.

The research team at Consumer Reports took on the entire solar shopping process, covering topics from equipment to financing to evaluating the installer you choose to build your solar energy system.

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Solar Energy News: Hanergy Debuts Four Solar Electric Car Models, New England Soaring in Solar Adoption (Apart from One State), Scientists Announce Breakthrough in Chemical Solar Storage

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The entire industry is focused on driving down the cost of solar and improving the efficiency of solar technology, so it’s no surprise that this past week brought more major innovations in solar power. Hanergy’s self-charging solar cars, the rise of solar in New England and the growing role of concentrating solar power in the world economy are the major headlines from this week’s Solar Energy News report.

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How Much Does a 12 kW Solar System Cost?

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If you have high electricity bills, installing a 12-kilowatt (kW) solar energy system on your home can significantly reduce your monthly costs. To maximize your long-term solar savings, you want to be sure that you get the right price for your solar panel installation. The best way to feel confident about your purchase: compare offers for 12 kW solar systems with the prices that other solar shoppers in your area. Find out more about how much a 12 kW solar system costs where you live, the amount of electricity you can expect your 12 kW system to produce, and the smartest way to shop for solar in EnergySage’s guide to 12 kW solar panel systems.  Continue reading

Solar Energy News: SolarCity Brand Could Be On Its Way Out, North America Vows to Reach 50% Renewable Energy Generation, SunPower Breaks Own Record For Solar Panel Efficiency

solarcity_tesla_mergerThe solar industry has been abuzz in the wake of the proposed Tesla-SolarCity merger, and a number of exciting developments surfaced this week in response. An IPO announcement from solar installer Sungevity, SunPower’s latest record-breaking panel efficiency and a clean energy pact between Canada, Mexico and the U.S. are the key stories from this week’s Solar Energy News report.

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What Does an 8 kW Solar System Cost?

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For many homeowners who want to install solar panels on their roofs, an 8-kilowatt (kW) solar energy system is the best size to significantly reduce electricity costs. Getting the right price for your solar panel installation and maximizing your long-term savings is easy when you compare your offers with the prices that other solar shoppers in your area. Find out more about how much an 8 kW solar panel system costs; the amount of electricity you can expect your 8 kW system to produce daily, monthly, and annually; and the smartest way to shop for solar in EnergySage’s 8 kW solar panel system guide.
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Solar Energy News: The Integration of Musk’s Clean Energy Empire, Solar Predicted to Grow Sixfold by 2030, Local Installers Outpacing Growth of Top Solar Companies

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Although this past week saw a number of exciting developments in the solar industry, two words were spotlighted in every major headline in solar: Elon Musk. Tesla Motors’ possible acquisition of SolarCity, the projection for sixfold growth of solar by 2030 and news of regional installers’ growth outpacing the top solar companies are the leading stories from this week’s Solar Energy News report.

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What Does a 7 kW Solar System Cost in the U.S.?

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If you’re looking to install solar panels on your roof, a 7-kilowatt (kW) solar energy system can be the right size to significantly reduce your electricity costs. Want to know the best way to ensure you’re getting the right price for your solar panel installation and maximizing your long-term savings? Compare offers for 7 kW solar systems with the prices that have been quoted to other solar shoppers in your area. Find out more about the cost of a 7 kW solar system, how much electricity you can expect your 7 kW system to produce, and the smartest way to shop for solar in EnergySage’s 7 kW solar panel system guide.

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