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.
Solar panel technology has been around in some form for a long time – Bell Labs invented the first useful solar cell more than 60 years ago, and scientists have known for centuries that the sun can be used to produce energy. However, it’s only in the last ten years or so that solar photovoltaics (PV) has really taken off as a renewable energy source. There are two major factors influencing the technology’s growth: the steady improvement of both solar panel cost and solar panel efficiency over time.Continue reading →
U.S. solar installations grew by 95 percent in 2016, and there’s no question that 2017 will be another great year for clean energy technology. Texas is one of the leading states in this rapidly growing industry, ranked in the top ten for installed solar and #3 for solar jobs in the country. While Austin has long been recognized as one of the top cities for solar in the U.S. thanks to an incredible array of solar incentives, there’s a new solar star rising in Texas.
Thanks to some major developments with CPS Energy and local installers, San Antonio has become the “brightest” city for solar in the Lone Star State – it was just ranked the sixth best city in the country in terms of total solar capacity. In this article, we’ll explain what you can expect to pay for a solar panel system in San Antonio and why it’s such a hot spot for rooftop solar.
While a typical carport or patio cover provides shading and is undoubtedly a value-add for a home or automobile owner, its one-dimensional simplicity is a missed opportunity. If you’re a PV fanatic following emerging technologies in the solar industry, you may have already spotted the solar industry’s solution: solar canopies, also known as solar carports .
For those asking themselves “should I go solar”, the cost of solar installation has fallen every year, and 2015 was no different. According to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, installing a residential solar energy system cost eight percent less in 2015 than in 2014, which is great news for today’s solar shoppers. But the ever-decreasing costs of solar create a conundrum: should I go solar now or wait? For many, daily headlines that declare lower and lower prices can stir them to action. For others though, these same headlines can cause them to wait a few more years in hopes of saving even more money. So who’s right?