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Using Residential Solar Panels to Power Electric Cars

Posted by Rob Appelhof, Guest Columnist

Oct 8, 2019 1:51:37 PM

Can a solar panel system charge your electric car without draining power from the electricity needed to run appliances?

People are buying more electric cars than ever. According to the newsletter ARS Technica, in 2018 – the most-recent full year for which records are available – some 200,000 electric cars were sold in the United States. Tesla sold the most, accounting for about 10-percent of the total. In all, electric vehicles account for roughly eight-percent of the total number of automobiles sold in America. As impressive as this might be, the number still is dwarfed by the total sales of gas and diesel cars each year. But as more car buyers go electric, as a solar panel installation company in Minnesota we are receiving a growing number of calls from people asking whether their solar panel system will be able to charge their electric car without draining power from the electricity needed to run appliances, the air conditioning, computers and other energy-consuming products that are a part of everyday living.

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U.S. Utility Solar Pipeline Soars to 37.9 GW, A New Record

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Sep 18, 2019 11:16:38 AM

The U.S. solar industry now has the largest pipeline of utility-scale solar projects in history, signaling promising future prospects for solar energy development.

According to the latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from Wood Mackenzie and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the contracted pipeline has ballooned to a record 37.9 gigawatts (GW), the highest in the history of U.S. utility solar photovoltaics (PV). This follows record-high procurement of 15 GW in 2018. More than 6 GW of solar capacity were added to the five-year forecast since last quarter because of the uptick in utility-scale deals.

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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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