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Vote Solar Announces 2014 Solar Champion Awards

Vote Solar is an awesome national non-profit solar advocacy organization.   They have an annual award called the Solar Champion Award, which honors outstanding efforts from important men and women within the utility industry, making solar power a mainstream American energy resource. businesswire.com/Vote-Solar-2014-Solar-Champion-Awards

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Idaho Joins The Solar Fan Club

Awesome solar developments are happening in Idaho, and that matters because it’s not like Idaho is some hippie-dippie blue state, it’s the heart of drill baby drill country. We can now add Idaho to the list of states where solar is cheaper than the alternatives. Here’s why that’s so exciting. This isn’t sunny California, with […]

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Installing Solar Panels on Historic Buildings

We have a lot of historic buildings, and areas classified as historic areas throughout New England and the older cities throughout America.  People want to know, how are solar panels to be installed on historic buildings, in historic districts or at historic sites? Changes in our energy production and consumption must be made at all […]

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Third-Party Financing For Solar Energy Systems

Third-party financing of residential solar energy installations is typically done through three models. – A homeowner can sign a lease and pay for the use of a solar system over an agreeed amount of time, typically 20 years. – The customer can sign a power purchase agreements (PPA) to pay a specific rate for the […]

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Property-Assessed Financing for Clean Energy (PACE)

  PACE stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy, but they forgot the letter F for financing.    Guess PAFCE didn’t look as good, never the less. PACE financing, helps home and business owners finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for their property, and repaid it through a special assessment on their property tax, paid over […]

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Homeowner Association Rules, Solar Access Laws

People think just because they have a homeowners association within their community they can’t go with solar energy.   Most people are surprised to learn this isn’t true at all.  In fact many states have special laws in place that help homeowners within areas with “homeowner associations” to get solar, without the usual expense and headache […]

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U.S. Sets New Import Duties On Chinese Solar Products

After years of speculation the United States imposed a new import tax on solar panels produced in China. The United States slapped new import duties on solar panels and other related products from China on Tuesday after the Commerce department ruled they were produced using Chinese government subsidies, potentially inflaming trade tensions between the two […]

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