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Top 10 Solar Power Companies, & Top 5, & Top 10 Again

When you ask who the top solar power companies are, you will probably want to distinguish between residential installers and solar panel manufacturers. Solar power generally is thought of as home solar power, though utilities and businesses also are investing in it. This article looks at the top residential solar contractors / residential solar installers as […]

May 18th

Utility-Scale Solar PV Statistical Analysis

Originally published on CleanTechnica. Deployment of utility-scale PV power in the United States in recent years has been rapid and noteworthy. It has resulted very dissimilar photovoltaic operating projects whose empirical AC capacity factors differ by more than a factor of two, however. Understanding the performance of utility-scale PV power is important because profitability depends directly on how […]

March 20th

Top Solar Speakers Converge On Berlin April 10th

As I wrote yesterday, Solar Love is partnering with CleanTechnica, EV Obsession, GridHub, and others to bring the first Cleantech Revolution Tour event to Berlin, Germany. It will focus on solar energy one day (April 10) and electric vehicles the other day (April 9). You can view the agenda here, register here, or sign up to help […]

March 12th

NREL Analysis: Extending Tax Credits Impacts Renewable Energy Deployment

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has issued a new analysis exploring the potential impact of recently extended federal tax credits concerning the deployment of renewable generation technologies and related CO2 emissions from the US electric sector. The report, Impacts of Federal Tax Credit Extensions on Renewable Deployment and Power Sector Emissions, details the use of state-of-the-art […]

March 2nd

How North Carolina Schools Could Save Millions (Hint: With Solar)

Originally published on CleanTechnica. Below are highlights from two new reports commissioned by the Repower Our Schools Coalition. The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NC CETC) released information that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools & Durham Public Schools would conserve millions of dollars with solar power, while promoting more STEM education potential for the students. Along with the saved money, the […]

February 8th

Sungrow Invests $939 Million In 600 MW Solar Power Projects

Sungrow is the largest inverter manufacturer in China and the company is now expanding into the solar power development business. An agreement was recently signed between eastern China’s Chaohu government for the development of 600 MW of PV solar plants. (Note that Chaohu is a city with a population of about 859,000.) The goal is to have all 600 […]

December 22nd

Energy Watch Group Wants Higher-Caliber & ‘Realistic’ Energy Projections From IEA

An international network of scientists and parliamentarians, Energy Watch Group, is interested in better work from the IEA. The Energy Watch Group (EWG) wants higher-caliber reporting and realistic scenarios from the IEA. Christian Breyer, Professor for Solar Economy at the Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland and lead author of the recent EWG study, said, “We need urgent help of […]

December 18th

The Cost Of Solar Power In New York

The state of New York provides a handful of solar power incentives, depending on where the solar power system is to be installed. For example, if it is to be located in the Con Edison service area, the incentive for a residential system would be between 20¢ and $1 per watt. So, if your home solar power system […]

December 4th

Home Buyers Will Pay $15,000 More For A Home With Solar Power

According to a new report, Appraising into the Sun: Six-State Solar Home Paired-Sales Analysis, adding a solar power system increased the value of homes in six markets. It also said that previous research, which found that home buyers would pay $15,000 a year more for a home with solar power, was confirmed. “These results will benefit appraisers, […]

December 4th