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SOLAR 2019 Conference “Race to Renewables”

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 15, 2019 11:08:15 AM

Race against time to take urgent climate action through the use of renewable energy.

The American Solar Energy Society believes that supplying 100% of America’s electricity with renewable energy is not only possible but urgently necessary.  As attendees at the SOLAR 2018 ASES conference heard, we need to decarbonize our economy by the middle of THIS century in order to have any chance of constraining the global temperature increase to less than 2 °C, which in itself will be disruptive to humankind.

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New Solar Permit Software to Reduce Costs and Expand Residential Markets

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 8, 2019 10:47:36 AM

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and The Solar Foundation are joining the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), several national residential solar companies, and other nonprofit organizations to develop new automated permit software for distributed solar and storage, reducing the cost of solar installations and saving resources for local governments and taxpayers.

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Green Remote Energy for Finnish Apartment Buildings

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 28, 2019 10:41:19 AM

The STARDUST’s Lighthouse city of Tampere, Finland will host the first residential area in Europe powered by a remote photovoltaic plant.

The City of Tampere, partner of the European project STARDUST, will be home to a new residential area in the Ilokkaanpuisto district. The peculiarity of this area is that energy will be provided by a photovoltaic power plant located 25 km away and owned by the local residents themselves. This concept, based on the so-called “remote energy production”, is new to both Finland and the rest of Europe.

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New Survey Reveals 70% of Americans Support Nationwide Solar Panel Mandate on New Homes

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 21, 2019 4:33:48 PM

A new survey reveals American adults are eager to harness the sun's energy, with 70 percent saying they would support a nationwide mandate requiring solar panels to be installed on all newly built homes. The survey,* conducted by CITE Research on behalf of  Vivint Solar (NYSE: VSLR), a leading full-service residential solar provider, also revealed significant others and environmental experts are the most influential when deciding to install residential solar for the good of the environment, while politicians are the least influential by far.

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Britain sets record of 7 days without coal power as renewables surge

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 20, 2019 9:42:48 AM

Great Britain's power grid used no coal for seven days.

The seven days without burning coal is showing how renewables can take on more of the energy required by a major economy.

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'Coal is on the way out': study finds fossil fuel now pricier than solar or wind

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 27, 2019 11:40:52 AM

New study finds that approximately 75% of coal production is more expensive than renewables.

The Guardian reports that a study by Energy Innovation outlines the path to the end result of almost all coal production becoming more expensive than wind and solar.

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Vivint Solar Aims to Bring Solar Installation to Retail Consumer Market on a Large Scale

Posted by Brandy Lee, Guest Columnist

Mar 1, 2019 9:23:22 AM

The company is launching an educational initiative to make sure panels are installed properly, and distributing product through Home Depot.

For homeowners considering going solar, evaluating installer options can be a daunting task as the industry works to define quality benchmarks and regulations. To help advance consumer education and set the gold standard, Vivint Solar, Inc. (NYSE: VSLR), a leading full-service residential solar provider, released a behind-the-scenes look at its rigorous 86-point installation process, giving would-be buyers a complete understanding of what to look for when selecting an installer and pitfalls to avoid. 

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Denver Goes Live With Two New Urban Community Solar Arrays

Posted by Rick Hunter, Guest Columnist

Feb 5, 2019 3:25:15 PM

Pivot Energy recently announced that two urban community solar gardens have come online in Denver at S*Park, a mixed-use development in RiNO, and Stanley Marketplace, a community focused marketplace in Stapleton.

In addition to providing solar bill credits to tenants of both buildings, the rooftop solar arrays will deliver clean, renewable energy to additional neighborhood subscribers. With the completion of these projects, we have now developed 22.4 megawatts (MW) of community solar gardens across Colorado, with 6 MW serving the low-income community.

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Electricity Price Data Suggests Best and Worst Places for Solar Power

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 11, 2019 10:00:32 AM

The up-to-date, interactive data on electricity rates offers valuable insights for solar installers and planners.

It's often hard to find the latest electricity rates, but William Hudson at ChooseEnergy.com sent us this well-maintained and helpful update.
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Why Cities Should Embrace Solar

Posted by Erin Phillips, Guest Columnist

Dec 5, 2018 11:30:06 AM

Solar improves air quality, secures the grid, and reduces energy burdens, so how can cities take advantage?

Last month we saw two rousing rounds of testimony at the Transportation and Environment and Business and Economic Development Committees of the DC Council on the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018. The bill proposes a 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) by 2032 with a 10% solar carve-out by 2041. The legislation is a huge step forward to address the effects of climate change and increase local solar generation. But DC isn’t the only city stepping up to the plate.

In October, Denver passed a revision to the Municipal Code requiring new building projects to include a combination of green roofing, on-site solar, and renewable energy purchasing. More recently, the Philadelphia City Council passed legislation supporting bulk purchasing of solar power and putting funds towards the construction of a 70 MW solar farm. Some cities, like Fresno and Los Angeles, have quietly paved the way for statewide policies like California’s new 100% RPS bill. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, however, a majority of American cities could be producing 50 times more solar energy than their current PV capacity. These cities should embrace solar for its public health, security, and economic benefits to urban areas.

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