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A Bold Step Forward for Solar

Author(s): Zadie Oleksiw
Communications Director
Vote Solar
Date: October 29, 2018 at 11:09 AM

In May, the California Energy Commission unanimously approved the nation’s first commitment to putting solar on qualifying new home construction starting in 2020 – a move that’ll be good for our cost-of-living and our climate alike. Building solar on new homes is consistent with California’s zero net energy goals for new buildings, and it’s a great way of getting rooftop solar built cheaply for customers. When solar PV is installed at the time of construction, you get economies of scale and save big on non-hardware costs like customer acquisition, permitting and financing. Assuming modules are 40 cents/W and the other… [more]

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Enhancing User Customization through Novel Software Architecture for Utility-Scale Solar Siting Software

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: June 16, 2015 at 12:27 PM

Full Title: Enhancing User Customization through Novel Software Architecture for Utility-Scale Solar Siting Software Author(s): Brant Peery, R. Sam Alessi, Randy D. Lee, Leng Vang, Scott Brown, David Solan, and Dan Ames Publisher(s): Idaho National Laboratory Publication Date: 2014 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): The need exists for a spatial decision support application that allows users to create customized metrics for comparing proposed locations of a new solar installation. This document discusses how PVMapper was designed to overcome the customization problem through development of loosely coupled spatial and decision components in a JavaScript plug-in architecture, allowing the user to easily add functionality and data… [more]

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Rooftop Revolution: Changing Everything with Cost-Effective Local Solar

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: May 3, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Full Title: Rooftop Revolution: Changing Everything with Cost-Effective Local Solar Author(s): John Farrell Publisher(s): Institute for Local Self Reliance Publication Date: 3/2012 Language: English Length: 41 pages, PDF Full Text: –>DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<– Description (excerpt): Today solar energy provides less than 1% of our nation’s electricity. Yet already over 300,000 homes boast a solar array. With the cost of solar power plunging and retail electric prices rising, in the next ten years 100 million Americans may be able to “go solar” for a lower price than grid electricity. We need to plan for this transition now, eliminating barriers to the rapid… [more]

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U.S. to Impose Tariffs on Chinese Solar Products

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: March 22, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Responding to a complaint filed last year by some U.S.-based solar manufacturers, the U.S. Commerce Department has deemed that the Chinese government provided Chinese solar panel manufacturers unfair subsidies, resulting in artificially low prices for Chinese solar products and a competitive advantage on the global market. The U.S. will be imposing a tariff ranging from 2.9% to 4.37% on Chinese solar products in an effort to raise their prices and level the playing field for U.S. manufacturers. Advocates on both sides of the issue cited Commerce’s decision as a victory. “We support free trade without government intervention,” said Gordon Brinser,… [more]

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Discussion Catalyst: Solar

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
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OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: October 17, 2011 at 4:12 PM

[Note: The statements below are intended solely to stimulate discussion among the Expert community, and do not represent the position of OurEnergyPolicy.org. Text in italics indicates clarification or expansion.]   Solar energy is currently a good renewable solution for peak usage period (which are usually the hottest hours of the day). The policy should focus on: Extend the federal incentives for the next 10-15 years. The current short term regulation creates instability for the investors and slows down the development of solar solutions. Incentives should be technology neutral. Investors need stability and predictability. The current renew/don’t renew political episodes every… [more]

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