Installing solar panels requires electrical and construction work. With this type of work comes safety concerns, and as such, your local government and utility company need to ensure that your solar energy system meets specific electrical and building codes before it goes live.
Seemingly out of nowhere, the bold new climate policy initiative everyone is talking about is the Green New Deal. But what exactly is the Green New Deal, where did it come from, and what has caused it to gain so much traction today?
There are a number of important steps along the path to installing solar: obtaining quotes, choosing your equipment, selecting an installer, and the actual installation itself. Arguably the most important step is connecting your solar energy system to the utility grid, commonly known as solar interconnection.
The growth of the solar industry over the last ten years is in large part thanks to successful public policy and legislation at the federal, state and local levels. To engage with the hot topics in solar policy today, and to help guide the discussion of solar policy in the future, EnergySage joined the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on Capitol Hill to talk to members of Congress about solar in the US.
Solar panels have a lifetime of about 30 years. With the increasing number of solar panels being sold and installed in the United States each year, it’s only a matter of time before high volumes of silicon solar panels are at the end of their useful life and have to be disposed of. Solar panel recycling is still at a very early stage, but as the market continues to grow, it will have an important part to play in the solar industry.
In this week’s Solar News Roundup, sonnen receives a large investment round lead by Shell Ventures, and American businesses installed an additional 325 MW of solar last year. Continue reading
The PV world was ablaze this past week as early data from the solar industry’s third quarter of 2016 began to roll in. A record-breaking Q3 for solar, new clean energy legislation in Illinois and solar’s new milestone as the cheapest renewable resource in the world are the big stories we’re discussing in this week’s Solar Energy News report.
Warmer spring weather continues to roll in, and the solar industry’s momentum is rolling along with it this week with several exciting developments across the globe. The 1 millionth U.S. solar installation, a bipartisan energy bill and an official rooftop solar mandate in San Francisco are three of the top headlines from this week’s solar energy news report.
With spring right around the corner, the solar industry’s outlook is as bright as this stunning shot of the James River over Richmond’s skyline. A major solar project expected to boost Virginia’s economy, new shared solar panel technology and projections for solar to shatter last year’s records are the top headlines from this week’s Solar News Roundup.