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Does Solar Increase Home Resale Value Equally?

One of the more frequent questions that people ask before going solar is how much the solar power system will increase (or not) their home value. If you’re considering selling your home down the road, especially within a few years, it’s an important thing to ask. Indeed, homes with solar power systems on them sell […]

June 9th

Cleantech Talk #2: Tesla Home Battery, Big Companies Like Apple, Google, & IKEA Going Solar, & More

Also published on CleanTechnica, EV Obsession, & GAS2. Chris DeMorro and I recorded our second “Cleantech Talk” podcast earlier today. It is embedded below for your listening pleasure. I’ve begun the process of getting the podcast included on iTunes, but it’s a bit complicated, so I didn’t want to wait for that to be complete to […]

February 26th

Tesla Gigafactory Now On Schedule For 2016, Not 2017

Originally published on EV Obsession. The Tesla Gigafactory will reportedly start operations in 2016, rather than 2017 — a bit early. A Tesla official supposedly made such a statement in Japan on Friday. The Gigafactory has been ahead of schedule at least since its site in Nevada was determined, but whether that would eventually translate into the Gigafactory being […]

February 15th

Big 22-Megawatt Rooftop Solar Deal For SunEdison & PermaCity In Los Angeles

SunEdison, one of the world’s leading solar power companies, is partnering with Los Angeles solar developer PermaCity to bring 22 megawatts (i.e., a lot) of solar power to more rooftops. Essentially, the deal is that SunEdison, which will install and operate the solar power systems, will together with PermaCity lease rooftops where the solar power systems will be installed. […]

February 15th

Tesla Unveiling Home Storage Product In ~1–2 Months

We’re gonna unveil the Tesla home battery, or consumer battery, that will be for use in people’s houses or businesses, fairly soon. We have the design done, and it should start going into production probably in about six months or so. We’re trying to figure out a date to have the product unveiling — it’s probably in the next month […]

February 14th

Polish Solar Farm Built In 2 Minutes (Video)

There isn’t much solar in Poland. In fact, there’s almost no solar PV installed in Poland. Yet, someone knowing my connections to both solar power and Poland recently shared a 2-minute video of a solar farm being built in the country. I have to say that I was very surprised to see it! Check it […]

February 2nd

UK Solar Installations Still Offer Excellent ROI

If you follow the UK solar market, you know that the last few years have been a roller coaster ride. First, the government offered great solar incentives (feed-in tariffs) to encourage people to install solar panels on their roofs. Then, the government made a massive U-turn (Thanks, David Cameron! /sarcasm). The result was a large […]

December 21st

$1 Billion: Annual US Solar+Storage Market In 2018

SunPower and Sunverge just announced a big solar+storage partnership, which follows a partnership between SolarCity and Tesla as well as the announcement of several energy storage companies beginning to hit the market. If you thought solar power was disruptive (it is), wait until solar + storage beat the price of grid electricity. I’d say that […]

December 18th

Community Solar Power Gets Big Boost From First Solar

Originally published on Planetsave. There has long been a huge gap in the solar market, a gap between large, utility-scale solar projects and rooftop solar projects. It would be a disservice to numerous companies, organizations, citizen investors, and solar-supportive politicians to say that there has been nothing between those two installation types, but this middle […]

December 16th