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Solar news: solar vs. coal debate now 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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Solar News: Solar Tracking Gains Huge Popularity, Tesla/SolarCity Decision Expected on November 18th

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This ground mount solar installation has tracking capability that allows it to track the sun as it moves during the day.

The past week in the solar industry, like many that came before it, can only be described with one word: optimistic. A promising emissions report thanks to significant growth from solar and wind, growing customer preference for tracking systems that improve the efficiency of solar systems, and a new community solar program in Missouri are three bright headlines we’re talking about from this week’s Solar Energy News report.

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Solar Energy News: Trump Takes on Solar in First Debate, SolarCity Accused of Copying SunPower’s Technology

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Solar found itself in the spotlight once again this past week, this time as the result of a mention during the first U.S. presidential debate. The Clinton-Trump clash on clean energy, SunPower’s accusation that SolarCity stole its technology and a new fully integrated off-grid solar array are the eye-catching headlines we’re discussing from this week’s Solar Energy News report.

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Solar Energy News: New Solar Device Can Purify Water, Virginia Governor Launches Back to Back Utility Scale Solar Projects

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For the everyday solar enthusiast, the past two weeks have been a handful with more developments and announcements than one can count. A solar device that purifies water, steep solar growth in Virginia thanks to a green-happy Governor and news of layoffs for SolarCity following the company’s acquisition by Tesla are the headlines that caught our eye in this week’s Solar Energy News Report.

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Solar Energy News: Solar Impulse Makes Iconic Descent into Abu Dhabi; New Research Reveals Solar Benefitting Entire State of MA; Investors Reforming Chernobyl Site with Solar Power

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The hottest month of the summer is slowly coming to an end, but the momentum around solar power is still just heating up. News of Solar Impulse’s completed flight around the world, a plan to reform and reinvigorate Chernobyl with solar production and new research on the benefits of solar for all ratepayers are the pivotal headlines that we’re highlighting in this week’s Solar Energy News report.

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Solar Energy News: Floating Solar Arrays Gain Popularity, A New Record for Cheapest Solar Price, Homeowners Shifting Away From Solar Leasing

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Another active and exciting week in the solar power industry has come and gone with several exciting headlines left to show for it. A new record for the lowest solar price, a significant development in floating solar technology, and $25 million in funding from the DOE to promote grid modernization are three key headlines from this week’s Solar Energy News Report.
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Solar Energy News: Clinton and Sanders Go Head to Head On Nevada PUC Decision, Clean Energy Funding Announced for Tribal Nations

clinton and sanders against nevada solar decisionIt was another active week in the solar industry, with several major developments that garnered recognition for solar power and renewables as a whole. The growing popularity of community solar, a major funding announcement for Indian tribes and Native Alaskan communities, and strong solar support from Democratic presidential candidates are three key headlines from this week’s Solar Energy News.

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Solar Energy News: $46 Million in Renewable Energy Loan Opportunities For Developing World, $18 Million for U.S. Solar Storage

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As the #YearofSolar continues, many exciting announcements about new funding initiatives are rolling in. IRENA’s $46 million investment in solar for developing nations as well as a new effort by the Department of Energy to strengthen solar storage technologies are two leading headlines from this week’s Solar Energy News.

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U.S. Department of Energy invested half a million dollars in EnergySage

Through its Sunshot Initiative, the Department of Energy is working with the solar industry to make solar more cost competitive with other forms of energy (without subsidies). They’re aiming to cut 75 percent of the total costs of solar photovoltaic energy systems by 2020. The DOE has set $1 per watt for the total system as its target price which is about 6 cents per kilowatt-hour.

Last month was a big one for EnergySage! The U.S. Department of Energy invested half a million dollars in EnergySage’s vision of making clean energy easy and accessible. And, while it is great news for us, we think it’s great news for consumers, installers, contractors, advocacy groups, and the solar PV industry, too. Continue reading

Worried About Payback Period of Your Clean Energy System? Don’t Be!

Many people looking into solar energy or other sources of renewable energy express concern about the payback period. It’s a common response. Recently, a friend’s 97 year-old grandfather balked at the price of a new battery for his car. As the salesman rattled off all of the batteries many features and benefits, Grandpa stopped him at the 7 year warranty. “I’m 97! What do I need a 7 year warranty for?” Wondering whether or not we’ll still be around to reap all the benefits of any particular deal is a universal reaction, especially when it comes to clean energy. Continue reading