Category Archives: News Roundup

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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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 news: World’s largest rooftop solar tracker installation, Puerto Rico fire department turns to solar panels, butterflies influence new solar panel design

In this week’s Solar News Report, tech company Edisun claims the largest solar tracker installation for a rooftop system, a Puerto Rican fire department turns to a solar panel array for reliable power following Hurricane Maria, and new research identifies opportunities for more efficient solar panels modeled after butterfly wings.

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Solar news: Solar PV fastest-growing form of power in 2016, Tampa Electric commits to solar for 100,000 homes, Dubai’s massive solar park

In this week’s Solar News Report: New analysis from the International Energy Agency on solar’s rapid rise, Tampa Electric’s 100,000 solar homes agreement, and approval for the world’s largest single-site concentrated solar park in Dubai.

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Solar news: SunShot Initiative sets new goals and funding, Salt Lake City doubles solar capacity, and another exciting development for solar window technology

The winning photo from the U.S. Department of Energy Sunshot Initiative’s recent photo contest.

The Department of Energy expands the SunShot Initiative, Salt Lake City announces a doubling of their municipal solar capacity, and progress on solar window technology in this week’s Solar News Roundup.

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Solar news: Unfinished nuclear project switches to solar, a net energy metering agreement in Utah, and a new record PV cell efficiency

An unfinished nuclear project switches to solar, Utah reaches a new net energy metering agreement in Utah, and researchers set a new record for PV cell efficiency in this week’s Solar News Roundup.

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Solar news: First Tesla solar roofs installed, JPMorgan Chase makes commitment to renewables and solar, Ikea starts selling solar panels and batteries

Tesla’s first solar roof installations, JPMorgan Chase’s entry into the growing community of major companies pledging to 100% renewables, and IKEA’s foray into solar panel and home battery storage installations are the headlines from this week’s Solar News Report.

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Solar news: New Hampshire’s net-metering cap removed, Oregon steps closer to widespread community solar, solar power-generating windows

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In this week’s Solar News Report, New Hampshire removes their solar net-metering cap for consumers, Oregon approves new rules for large community solar undertakings, and a new way to generate power from the sun using solar windows. 

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Solar news: Florida boosts their solar market with new legislation, utility-scale solar at record low, ‘solar paint’ compound revealed

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In a week of breakthroughs for solar, utility-scale solar prices hit all-time lows and researchers in Australia confirmed a new ‘solar paint’ compound. These developments, in addition to the signing of a popular pro-solar bill in Florida, are the headlines from this week’s Solar News Report.

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