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Suniva & Solarworld Section 201 solar trade raises fears of Trump’s protectionism

by Joshua S. Hill, Clean Technica Hearings for the much-hyped and controversial Section 201 trade case filed with the US International Trade Commission by Suniva and SolarWorld began this week, further raising fears that if Donald Trump is brought into the equation, the US solar industry may suffer. The first public hearings held by the […]

California’s climate commitment is good for business

Many companies are choosing to locate in California because of the state’s strong climate leadership. This flies in the face of the myth that climate regulation might be a bad deal for California’s economy. Proterra, the Burlingame builder of electric buses, opened a factory in the Los Angeles area recently, in an effort to move some […]

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Colorado co-op to develop country’s largest low-income community solar project

by Joshua S. Hill, Clean Technica A partnership between the Colorado Energy Office, GRID Alternatives, and the Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association will work to develop the United States’ largest low-income community solar project aimed at lowering the electricity bills of qualifying low-income residents, affordable housing providers, and nonprofit organizations. Announced last week, the 1.95 […]

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The solar eclipse on August 21

by Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director of CALSEIA   A total solar eclipse will cross the Pacific Northwest two weeks from today. While California is not directly in the cross-hairs, on August 21 from roughly 9am to 12pm, the moon will partially block out 76 percent of the sun in Northern CA and 62 percent in […]


Sonoma Co.’s Solmetric drives innovation for Vivint Solar

by Barry Vesser, Center for Climate Protection To say that the solar industry has been going through major changes the last few years would be an understatement. It has experienced phenomenal growth, as well as bankruptcies, partnerships, mergers and acquisitions. High-profile bankruptcies like SunEdison and Sungevity have some people nervous about the industry’s future. These just […]

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Report: Solar more cost effective than natural gas

by The Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new report from a Minnesota university shows adding energy storage may be a cost effective way to help meet the state’s electricity demand. University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab presented its report to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission this month, Minnesota Public Radio ( reported. The […]

Sun Solar Electric Installing a system in Santa Rosa, Caliofrnia

Utilities are buying up distributed energy companies. Should Community Energy agencies take a lesson?

The following article by Jeff St. John of Greentech Media demonstrates the burgeoning competition for electricity customers as utility monopolies lose their stronghold. Will Community Choice Energy agencies take a lesson and avoid losing their own customers? Considering their community focus, are Community Choice agencies developing sufficient opportunities and incentives for local solar to support […]

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Why Minnesota’s community solar program is the best

by John Farrell, Clean Technica I’ve been asked a lot of questions about Minnesota’s community solar program over the past couple years and it’s time to make one thing clear: Minnesota’s program is the best in the country. Why? Because there 10 times more community solar projects in the queue — 400 megawatts — in […]

Is 100% renewable energy doable?

With the publication of a study by Mark Z. Jacobson of Stanford University, the push for 100% renewables is seeing renewed fervor.  A group of U.S. Mayors just announced that they will back 100% renewable energy targets, and Senator Kevin de León recently introduced a new bill, SB100, to establish an overall state target of 100% clean […]

Solar manufacturers versus installers – who wins and loses with tariffs?

The below article by Eric Wesoff and Stephen Lacey of Greentech Media points to the tension between the solar panel manufacturing industry and the solar installation industry in the U.S. Solar installers in the U.S. benefit greatly from cheaper imported panels, while U.S. manufacturers may suffer, creating pressure to implement a tariff.  Solar costs are hitting […]