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Rooftop Solar Installations Growing Faster than Utility-Scale Solar

January 10th, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

Private solar installations are really taking off nationwide. In just two years, (about the same length of time it takes to get a pair of 250 MW solar power plants approved in California, for example), homeowners and businesses have added that much power to the Californian grid, just from individual rooftops throughout the state


Feinstein Expands 30% Solar Tax Credit to Include Public Swimming Pools

December 26th, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

When the 30% tax credits as cash grants were instituted with the American Recovery Act, I was doing solar estimates for a small start-up in California. I was surprised to find that the 30% tax credit (available as a cash grant for businesses) for solar, was applicable to solar thermal only if it was not used for swimming pools


There Oughta Be A Law – Solar Thermal On Every Home

December 17th, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

People typically don't think of installing solar thermal when they build or retrofit their homes. Most people just don't follow renewable energy news and have just have never thought of it. Just like most people wouldn't know to build their homes to be earthquake-proof either if it wasn't in our building code


Real Solar Breakthrough Could Clean Panels With Less Water

December 10th, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

Solar power is one of the solutions to stop climate change; by ending fossil fuel use, yet ironically, is itself constrained by climate change that is creating increasing desertification. Water is most scarce in the desert; What's more: it's getting worse throughout the Southwest, including California, right where insolation is best for maximum solar yield


Dried-Up Owens Lake to Get Remedial Solar Array

December 9th, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

In probably the first ever example of using solar for environmental remediation, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power wants to try using a small 50-MW photovoltaic plant at Owens Lake for dust control


Rooftop Solar = 4% of Sonoma County’s Power!

December 6th, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

This is staggering. In just over six months; Sonoma County's Energy Independence Program has received 375 applications for more than $17 million worth of solar loans. Since Sonoma County went live with its PACE model of solar funding in March; applications have been pouring in daily, and the county intends to make loans indefinitely by packaging them as bonds. "There is no end in sight," said Amy Bolten, a county spokeswoman. "We think our program is just getting going." And this is in addition to the county's already very high solar adoption



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