Author Archives: Luke Richardson

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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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’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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Are eBay solar panels any good? The complete review of solar panel kits bought on eBay

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In the growing world of clean energy enthusiasts, many homeowners are looking into solar panels and trying to find the absolute cheapest way to install them. Like many other home improvement projects, solar shoppers are often seeking a do-it-yourself option. In the past few years, DIY solar has evolved from a niche concept to a common phrase heard around the solar industry, leading homeowners to wonder if buying solar panels from websites like eBay or Craigslist is a good idea. This article breaks down the pros and cons of doing a DIY solar installation through eBay and explains when it makes sense to have a professional system installed.

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How much do solar panels cost in Houston, Texas?

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Until recently, Texas wasn’t even among the top 10 for solar energy, and many were surprised when the Lone Star State was ranked #3 in the U.S. for solar jobs in 2016. Texas is adopting solar at one of the fastest rates in the country, and for good reason. Prices fell by 20 percent last year, and a number of utilities across the state created or extended major incentive programs for solar panel systems.

If you’re considering solar, look no further than Houston to find the lowest cost of solar in the state. In this article we’ll explain how Houston is becoming one of the top cities for solar in the nation and why it is home to some of the lowest solar prices in the country.

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Solar news: scientists invent spray-on solar cells, GE driving solar growth in the Northeast

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It was a week filled with scientific brilliance in the solar industry with a number of inventions and discoveries that could set a faster track for solar power’s future. Spray-on solar cells that could come to market as soon as 2018, chemical conversion from biomass to hydrogen through solar and the success of GE’s solar power venture are the headlines we’re discussing in this week’s Solar News Report.

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How much do solar panels cost in Los Angeles?

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In 2016, solar panel installations grew by a whopping 95 percent in the United States, and more of the same is expected for 2017. Though there was growth across the U.S., solar installations are increasing at an expedited rate in a few concentrated areas of the country. California has been and continues to be responsible for the large majority of business in solar, and Los Angeles is one of the leaders for solar in the Golden State. A recent report by Environment America named Los Angeles the top city for solar in the country due to its cumulative solar capacity.

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SolarCity Complaints: What America’s Homeowners Think About Its Top Installer

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If you’ve considered installing solar panels in the United States in the past decade, chances are you’ve heard the name “SolarCity” a few times. With its recognizable sun icon slated next to a catchy phrase in bold, the U.S. green giant has made a name for itself in the residential solar market, and is widely considered the country’s top installer for the past three years.

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Tesla Energy: Has Elon Musk invented the first clean power utility?

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Tesla Motors was once a company that sold solely luxury electric cars, but its founder has set his sights on the creation of a full-throttle home energy solution. The company’s expansion into energy storage and solar power has been heralded by the unveiling of a new division: Tesla Energy.

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