White House reveals clean energy commitments

White House reveals clean energy commitments

President Obama unveiled a set of impressive private and public sector commitments aimed at accelerating the nation’s transition to a cleaner and more productive energy economy.

Solar industry applauds EPA’s clean power plan

Solar industry applauds EPA’s clean power plan

Calling President Obama’s signature climate change policy both “historic” and “critically needed,” the solar industry issued its strong support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

US solar power boomed over the past 10 years

US solar power boomed over the past 10 years

From the end of 2004 through the end of 2014, the deployment of solar energy in the United States grew at an unprecedented rate.

US adds record solar electric generating capacity and solar jobs

US adds record solar electric generating capacity and solar jobs

Solar power installations represented 32 percent of new electric generating capacity in 2014, boosting overall installed capacity of 20 gigawatts.

California ramps up solar thermal program

California ramps up solar thermal program

California has increased incentives for solar thermal heating for multifamily, commercial, and pool heating systems.

Should you invest in home solar power instead of the stock market?

Should you invest in home solar power instead of the stock market?

In 50 of America's largest cities, a home solar power system offers a better return on the stock market.

US solar power installations up 41% over last year

US solar power installations up 41% over last year

Continuing its strong growth, the United States installed 1,354 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics in the third quarter of 2014, up 41 percent over the same period last year.

Make distributed solar PV a part of EPA's Clean Power plan

Make distributed solar PV a part of EPA's Clean Power plan

Solar industry leaders urge the EPA to include distributed solar PV power as part of the country's Clean Power plan.

Utility rate hikes make generating electricity at home a smart move

Utility rate hikes make generating electricity at home a smart move

Annual utility rate increases lead many homeowners to consider switching to a renewable source of energy.

Solar panels: should you buy or lease?

Solar panels: should you buy or lease?

Even with ten years of constant price drops, the market is still filled with homeowners who can’t afford to buy solar power systems.

 Renewable energy groups lobby to extend US investment tax credits

Renewable energy groups lobby to extend US investment tax credits

The 30 percent federal tax credit for a range of energy efficiency measures is set to expire at the end of 2016 and industry lobbyists are campaigning to extend or reinstate expired the tax credits.

US businesses saving with solar heating and cooling systems

US businesses saving with solar heating and cooling systems

With projected savings in some cases as high as $1.5 million,a report released by the Solar Energy Industries Association demonstrates the many benefits achieved by utilizing innovative solar and heating cooling systems on U.S. businesses and commercial buildings.

Solar power could be the largest electricity source by 2050

Solar power could be the largest electricity source by 2050

Calling for “clear, credible and consistent signals from policy makers,” the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Sept. 29, 2014, released two reports saying solar could be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050.

 More than 500,000 US buildings generating solar energy

More than 500,000 US buildings generating solar energy

Adoption of solar power in the United States hit a milestone in the second quarter of 2014, with more than half a million homes and businesses now generating solar energy.

 Leaders launch Colorado new solar home initiative

Leaders launch Colorado new solar home initiative

Builders and solar energy leaders launched a Colorado New Solar Home initiative that would make it easier for builders to include solar options for all home buyers in new subdivisions. Officials from leading home builders and the solar industry said...

  Solar energy ready to help states meet air quality targets

Solar energy ready to help states meet air quality targets

Replacing fossil fuel electricity generating capacity with solar power will help states meet new carbon pollution targets, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

US tariff decision could push up the price of solar power

US tariff decision could push up the price of solar power

As the U.S. Department of Commerce releases the proposed anti-dumping duty on imported solar panels, solar panel makers say that Americans will pay more to generate their own electricity.

Photovoltaic Solar Technology: Creating Electricity from Sunlight

Photovoltaic (PV) technologies directly convert energy from sunlight into electricity. This fact sheet discusses the various types of semiconductor materials used in the PV panels, their application, and the benefits of using PV technology.

Solar Water Heating

Solar water heating is the most cost effective and environmentally responsible method to heat water for residential and commercial use. A properly designed and installed solar water heating system can be expected to provide a significant percentage of a building's hot water needs.

Solar Thermal

Solar thermal technologies harness the energy of the sun to provide energy for water heating, space heating and cooling, and pool heating, and are an integral part of a clean energy future.

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