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Closer Look at U.S.’ Historic Solar Jobs Growth

The Solar Foundation has launched an interactive Solar Jobs Map, which provides data on the number of solar jobs in every U.S. state, metropolitan area, county and congressional district in 2016. The new map builds on the nonprofit’s recently released National Solar Jobs Census 2016 report and reveals the impact of the nation’s historic solar […]

After Historic 2016, What’s Ahead for the U.S. Solar Market?

Following a record-breaking 2016, total installed U.S. solar capacity is poised to nearly triple over the next five years, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2016 Year-in-Review report. However, that includes a 10 percent slump in 2017. After providing an encouraging preview of the report last month, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has […]

What Is Net Metering, and How Does It Work?

The solar industry has grown exponentially in the last decade, and with it, so have policies, incentives, and systems for making solar more accessible to the people who want to use it. One of the most important of these systems is net metering. If you’re considering making the switch to solar, it’s important to understand […]

Governors to Trump: Keep Your Hands off our Renewables

The Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition, a bipartisan group including the chief executives of 20 states, wrote an open letter to President Donald J. Trump demanding his support for pro-clean-energy policies. By Frank Andorka, PV Magazine USA The president’s “An America First Energy Plan” sends renewable energy tumbling down a memory hole, as if […]

U.S. Solar Market Grows 95 Percent in 2016, Shatters Records

It’s no surprise that the U.S. solar sector broke records in 2016 – analysts long expected it to be a boom year, but newly released data highlights just how wildly successful the market was. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research previewed the data in advance of their upcoming U.S. Solar Market Insight […]

The Top 10 Solar Battleground States of 2016

Forty-seven states and the District of Columbia took some form of action on distributed solar policy and rate design changes during 2016, according to the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center’s (NCCETC) latest edition of its “50 States of Solar” report. The report says a total of 212 state- and utility-level distributed solar policy and rate […]

EIA: Renewables Accounted for Majority of New U.S. Capacity in 2016

Although the concrete data for the final months of last year isn’t in yet, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says it expects renewable generation capacity to have accounted for most 2016 capacity additions in the country. In a new analysis, the agency notes it based its numbers for November and December on planned reported […]

Duke Energy Touts High Demand For S.C. Solar Rebates

Duke Energy says it will have paid nearly $12 million in solar rebates to South Carolina customers by the end of 2016. Act 236, an omnibus solar bill passed by the South Carolina General Assembly in 2014, opened the door for Duke Energy to offer a variety of solar programs to customers. The rebate program […]

U.S. Solar Market Had Its Biggest Quarter Ever

In the third quarter of this year (Q3’16), the U.S. solar market shattered all previous quarterly solar photovoltaic (PV) installation records. According the latest U.S. Solar Market Insight report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), 4,143 MW of solar PV were installed in the U.S. during Q3’16 – a 99% increase […]

Solar Campaign Takes Aim at Fossil Fuel Interests

Environment America has launched a Stand Up for Solar campaign, which the advocacy group says will redouble its efforts to defend solar policies from utilities and fossil fuel groups pushing anti-solar agendas in state legislatures and regulatory agencies across the U.S. “Pollution-free solar energy represents America’s most abundant energy resource,” says Bret Fanshaw, solar program […]

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