Solar is currently growing faster than any other segment in the energy industry.
LAST YEAR, a new solar system was installed in the U.S. every three minutes. Creative financing solutions and plummeting panel prices have made solar widely accessible for homeowners and businesses alike. And by next year, experts predict that solar will actually be the cheapest form of electricity in many U.S. states.
Companies announce first-of-its-kind program at DIRECTV facility, launch special deal for solar customers this week
LONG BEACH, Calif., Mar. 11, 2015 /3BL Media/ – SolarCity® (NASDAQ: SCTY) and DIRECTV (NASDAQ: DTV) are teaming up to make affordable solar power even more accessible for homeowners in major cities across the country. The two companies announced the first-of-its-kind program at DIRECTV’s California Broadcast Center facility today in Long Beach where SolarCity recently installed a one-megawatt solar system.
You’d think that Florida, with the country’s third largest population and a politically conservative electorate that focuses on individual choice, would be a solar power leader. After all, the Sunshine State has plenty of the basic resource. But Florida ranks only 13th nationally in installed solar capacity, behind Number 12 Pennsylvania. The reason? Florida is one of only five states that prohibit third-party sales of solar power from non-utility companies. Consumers can buy electricity only from utilities.
In pursuit of our commitment to decrease our environmental impact in the communities in which we live, work and serve in, this week we unveiled our new 677 kilowatt solar panel system that will provide energy for an AT&T facility in Lancaster, Texas. This solar panel array was designed, developed and deployed with the help of SunEdison.
Two-thirds of the nation’s solar capacity installed in the U.S. last year was utility-scale solar power. The rapid growth of this new industry has been driven by government loan guarantees and an Investment Tax Credit worth 30 percent of a project’s cost. The results have been the Ivanpah plant, a venture between BrightSource Energy, NRG Energy, and Google, and two plants developed by the Spanish energy company, Abengoa. Located in the Mojave Desert, all three produce electricity when the sun is not shining by storing solar power for overnight use.
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Across North America, Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) create the pathway for individuals and organizations to green their power. For nearly two decades, RECs have transformed markets for renewable energy by helping renewable energy generators connect with clean energy buyers, regardless of where the energy is generated or used.
Green Builder Media recently released a White Paper on the VISION House Tucson project - a below net-zero energy home with a HERS rating of -17. The home is optimized for performance and includes the most efficient features, materials, and technologies available on the market including products from Rheem, Panasonic, Boral, Johns Manville, Schneider Electric, MI Windows and Doors, Whirlpool, Beam Electrolux, NFPA, Vetrazzo, Kohler, Crossville, Gladiator and O
This week, a group of ten bloggers and journalists will get to do just that. They will travel to Tanzania to see and hear the ways in which Coca-Cola sustainability and business efforts are improving life for people throughout the country. Tanzania is home to several Coca-Cola initiatives, and so it is an ideal country to watch these programs in action and see how they complement one another.