Author Archives: Jacob Marsh

Solar news: Boston University commits to renewables, Duke Energy acquires REC Solar, three states get 10% of electricity from solar

Boston University’s bold plan to reach 100 percent renewables in 2018, Duke Energy’s acquisition of commercial solar developer REC Solar, and solar’s increasing share of the electrical grid in three states are the headlines from this week’s Solar News Report.

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Top gifts for fans of solar power

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Do you have a solar energy lover in your life? A home solar energy system isn’t an easy gift to give, but there are plenty of solar-powered gadgets and devices that utilize solar energy out there, many of which would make a neat present for fans of solar power and renewable energy. EnergySage has compiled a list of the top solar power gifts available, just in time for the holidays. 

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Solar Christmas lights: power your holiday decorations with the sun

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The holiday season has arrived, and it’s time to unravel your extension cords and string up those Christmas lights. They may not look like much, but they do use electricity – if you keep your string lights up for several weeks, you may end up with a surprisingly large electric bill after all those presents are unwrapped. Luckily, solar isn’t just for your rooftop: it also offers a renewable alternative to conventional holiday lights. Solar powered Christmas lights are a great option for energy-conscious holiday decorators.

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Everything you need to know about Minnesota community solar

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Thanks to consumer-friendly legislation, Minnesota’s community solar industry gained serious momentum in 2017, and it’s expected to grow exponentially in the years to come. For Minnesotans looking to take advantage of solar power without installing a solar energy system on your property, the options are promising.

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“What’s the best way to find solar panel installers near me?”

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If you want a high-quality solar installation, you need to find high-quality solar installers near you. Before you move forward with your home solar project, it is important to find a local solar installation company that is easy to talk to, acts professionally, and offers premium products and installation services.

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Solar news: We Energies transitions to solar, U.S. schools turn to solar energy, Zero Mass uses solar panels to take drinking water from the air

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Wisconsin utility We Energies moves away from coal and towards solar generation, a new report on the 5,500 U.S. schools that rely on solar power, and Zero Mass’s solar water-collecting panels are the headlines in this week’s Solar News Roundup.

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Are solar panels resistant to salt and corrosion?

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If you live by the ocean, the air around you contains high levels of salt. You may be wondering whether a high-salt environment  could cause damage to your solar energy system. When comparing your options for solar, it is important to know how well your solar panels will hold up if you live in an area where environmental factors like salty air and water are present. In this article, we will look at how salty air and water can damage or generally impact outdoor electronics and metals, and if solar panels are at risk for damage.

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What happens when a solar company files for bankruptcy?

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The solar industry is growing rapidly, which means solar installers and manufacturers are competing with ever-growing numbers of companies for space in the market. This can lead to bankruptcy cases for solar companies who fall behind in the industry, as seen recently with Sungevity and SolarWorld. As a solar shopper you may be concerned about the state of warranty coverage for your panels in the event that the solar company you are working with goes under. In this article, we will look at solar manufacturers and installers, and what their financial positions mean to you as their customer.

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Solar news: Oregon requires “solar ready” homes, California’s 2020 renewables projection, bio-solar photosynthetic technology

In the future, solar panels could look like wallpaper thanks to “bio-photovoltaics.”

Oregon’s governor pens an executive order mandating “solar ready” new homes within about three years, California expects to get 50 percent of its energy from renewables by 2020, and a next-generation solar panel method using living organisms in this week’s Solar News Roundup.

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