Originally published on Cost of Solar. If you’d like to reduce your electricity bill, it can pay to do a full energy and efficiency audit of your home, and to then take action on some of the lower-hanging fruit of efficiency measures, such as adding better insulation, installing a smarter thermostat, switching to LED lighting,
New data from GTM Research shows that the top home solar companies in the 2nd quarter of 2014 were, by far, SolarCity and Vivint Solar. Together, the two companies took over 50% of the market. This is the first time the two have combined to surpass the 50% marker. The milestone is also a bit
Solar leasing and solar power purchase agreements (PPAs)—in which homeowners don’t buy their solar power systems but simply the electricity that comes from them—have become extremely popular in the United States in recent years. The first such residential solar options were introduced in 2007, and they quickly grew and took over the majority of the residential
The residential solar energy war just continues to heat up more and more in the (already quite sunny and hot) state of Arizona. The State Department of Revenue there has done an about-face on PV tax policy, and is now saying that only solar panels owned outright are exempt from tax, leased panels are no
Internet and solar giants Google and SunPower announced a useful break for power customers (and a small climate change deterrent) yesterday by entering a $250 million partnership in clean US home energy for the future. A new fund ($100 million from Google and $150 million from SunPower) will help finance residential rooftop solar leases for
Thanks to Solar Solution AZ for making this its Twitter bio (and for following me on Twitter). It’s true in many cases, especially in Arizona, if you can afford your electric bill, you can afford solar. For the average American who has the possibility to go solar, the 20-year savings from going solar are actually around $20,000.
We’re trying to get more solar energy stories going here on Planetsave. To catch readers up, I’m doing a short series on the top 50 solar energy stories of 2013 so far. Learning from the Top 33 EV Stories article I recently published, I’m splitting this one into 5 posts. Otherwise, the page would take forever to load.
Following up on global warming news of the week (one of the biggest environmental problems), here is some uplifting green tech and green living news from this week.