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Published on October 8th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan

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SolarCity & Vivint Solar Dominate Home Solar, HELCO Aims For 92% Renewables… (Solar News)

October 8th, 2014 by  



From the home solar market domination of SolarCity & Vivint Solar to the success of solar schools in the UK to an interview with the CEO of Vivint Solar, check out the fun and interesting solar power stories below.

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Our own Jake Richardson interviews Vivint Solar CEO Greg Butterfield regarding Vivint Solar’s IPO and other matters. (Solar Love)

Vote Solar has released a tip sheet with “6 principles for distributed solar power.” (Solar Love)

Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) has submitted a plan aiming for 92% renewable energy by 2030. (Solar Love)

why-solarcity-sideimageVivint Solar & SolarCity together accounted for over 50% of the US home solar market in the second quarter of 2014. (Planetsave)

Why oil companies have gotten out of the renewable energy business. (E&E Publishing)

In the UK, a very successful Solar School initiative is inspire people to think more positively about solar energy and invest in more solar projects. (Sustainnovate)

Karl-Friedrich Lenz discusses the (absurd) idea that Germans have paid excessive costs to reach 25% renewable electricity. (Lenz Blog)

Germany’s solar PV market continues to shrink. (Renewables International)

The hottest renewable energy market in the world may surprise you. (Sustainnovate)

This is why solar power is taking off at airports across the United States. (Think Progress)

Which electricity-generation technologies use the least water? I think you can guess. (Sustainnovate)

US installed solar power costs continue to fall at a steady rate, but they are still much more expensive than Germany or even UK costs. + other fun stats and charts. (Sustainnovate)

Image Credits: Vivint Solar & SolarCity 
 





 

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Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species). He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.



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