1. Prepare For Power Outages With Solar Panel Installation

    The Pacific Gas & Electric Company is gearing up for and notifying people of the possible power outages coming down the road soon. In a place like Napa or Marin, we all know how crucial maintaining power is to the continued level of comfort we're used to. The ability to power up your kid’s laptop aside, you still need to be able to access your work email and maintain temperature control thro…Read More

  2. Mayor has ambitious goals for making Lancaster the solar capital of the world

    Recently on this blog we reported that the city of Lancaster, California, became the first metro in the United States to push forward an ordinance requiring all new homes to feature solar energy solutions. The regulation states that residential properties built on lots of 7,000 square feet or more must include 1- to 1.5-kilowatt solar systems. This and other efforts throughout the city to embrace …Read More

  3. Microinverter industry experiencing strong growth

    On November 5, Enphase Energy, the leading producer of solar microinverters in the world, posted its third quarter earnings report, showing that the company is benefiting from enormous growth in the solar hardware industry. Enphase generated $62 million in revenue and achieved a gross margin of 28.1 percent, the highest in its history. Microinverters are a very exciting innovation in California…Read More

  4. NEM policy changes not expected to affect solar industry

    A new report by market research firm IHS states that the solar industry and its customers will not be seriously affected by various changes to net energy metering (NEM) policies that have been proposed in several states across the country. Although there have been concerns that alterations could make NEM less generous for solar customers, the IHS study indicates that the industry will continu…Read More

  5. New 250 MW solar plant finished near San Luis Obispo

    Crews have finished construction of the California Valley Solar Ranch, a 250 megawatt (MW) capacity plant near San Luis Obispo, California, that is now the biggest operating solar generator in the state. It was built by SunPower and will be run by NRG, producing enough electricity to power 50,000 homes. The facility covers 4,700 acres, although only about 1,500 of that is actually covered by pan…Read More

  6. New EPA chief expected to continue agency focus on renewable energy and climate change

    Gina McCarthy, the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), was confirmed last week by the U.S. Senate after having spent several months waiting for Senate Republicans to come to an agreement with President Obama. McCarthy, who has worked for many years in the EPA, will be taking over the agency at a time when it has begun taking a more active role in regulating greenhouse gas (GHG)…Read More

  7. Leasing accounts for two-thirds of new solar installations

    As we've written before on this blog, leasing and financing options for residential solar energy solutions have made this technology accessible to more families than ever before. New data from the California Solar Initiative (CSI), as analyzed by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), shows that these programs have been enormously successful with homeowners. The EIA states that two-thi…Read More

  8. New guide encourages more solar energy integration for homeowners associations

    Some homeowners may find that the biggest obstacles preventing them from purchasing and installing a solar panel array on their house are restrictions and policies put in place by their homeowners association (HOA). Due to a number of reasons, these groups often have serious reservations about allowing their members to build such systems on their rooftops. In response to this problem, the Solar Fo…Read More

  9. Lancaster requires new homes to produce at least 1 kilowatt of solar energy

    On March 26, the Lancaster, California, City Council passed an ordinance as part of the city's zoning code that will require new homes to feature solar energy solutions, making it the first U.S. metro to push this kind of initiative forward. According to Greentech Media, a leading industry news source, the new regulation states that housing developers must implement a solar system of 1 to 1.5 …Read More

  10. Ivanpah, California, solar power plant nears completion

    The public is slowly becoming more aware of the dangers of climate change and the need to decrease human production of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. As such, utility companies and investors are spending more time and money developing renewable energy projects that will reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, provide a limitless source of electricity, and strengthen the economy. One su…Read More