Cost of Solar News

Check out the latest news and events surrounding solar energy and the green energy movement.

Property Value & Solar Homes: Buyers Willing To Pay Premium For PV, Study Says

Do solar panels increase the value of your property? Will having a rooftop solar PV system make it harder to sell your home? The answers to these common solar questions can often make the difference between installing solar or not, especially if you’re likely to sell the home and move within the near future. Everyone …

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January 14, 2016

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New Mexico Solar

New Mexico Solar: State Releases NM Homeowner’s Guide to Solar Financing

For homeowners in New Mexico, choosing the right solar financing option is about to get a little bit easier, thanks to the release of a new homeowner’s guide from the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD). While generating and using solar energy in the Land of Enchantment is a natural fit, due …

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July 17, 2015

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Race to 7-Day Solar: Challenge Seeks to Reduce Permit-to-Plug-in Times

Even as residential solar power rapidly approaches grid parity in a number of big cities across the US, and becomes not just another fringe environmental choice, but a very rewarding financial investment as well, one of the barriers to wide adoption continues to be the slow and cumbersome process of actually getting from permit to …

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March 4, 2015

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State net metering programs in place, September 2014 (NCSU pdf).

Residential Solar Costs Expected To Drop 40% By 2017

We’re hearing some more good news about residential solar costs. Experts expect a home solar system to cost a whopping 40% less within the next three years. Combined with the continuation of major solar rebates and tax credits, this makes 2015 a very opportune time to invest in the owner-friendliest option—and the easiest to install—of …

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January 30, 2015

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Community solar panels (Clean Energy Collective)

Home and Community Solar Energy Prices at All-Time Lows

If you’re considering buying into a home or community solar project in the future, then you may want to do it within the next year or so. Both the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have recently found that home and community solar facilities (“solar gardens”) will remain great price investments …

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December 31, 2014

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Plug-n-Play home solar power

Affordable Solar: Novel Plug-n-Play Home Solar Power System Installs in 10 Hours

One of the bigger elements, in terms of both time and costs, to installing a home solar power system (other than the cost of the solar panels themselves), is the installation of the solar array. To properly support and distribute the weight of the solar panels, a racking/mounting system has to be installed on the …

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October 10, 2014

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Solar helps schools in many ways (seia.org/research-resources/)

New Report Shows Solar Helps Schools Save Big

With school budgets stretched thin all over the USA, welcome news comes from the Solar Foundation and the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative. You’ll be surprised how much money solar helps schools save.   The study on solar in U.S. schools, called Brighter Future, has found that nearly 2.7 million K-12 students now attend schools …

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September 25, 2014

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