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Myth Busting: You Actually Can Install Solar Panels at Home (and It’s Easy and Affordable)

Solarhood.net demystifies the path to solar savings
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"Going solar is too expensive. Too difficult. Too risky."

These are all fairly common complaints about going solar. But the solar panels of 15 years ago are not the solar panels of today. In fact, with dropping costs of solar panel installations and rising energy costs, there hasn't been a better time to go solar. New tools are making it easier for customers to make the switch, and more installers working in the market has produced more competition. For many homeowners, it has  never been easier, more efficient, or more affordable to go solar.

Long-Term Planning Critical to Harnessing Distributed Energy Resources

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The proliferation of distributed energy resources (DER) has resulted in a wide range of technologies that are impacting today’s power grid. Distributed solar energy, wind generation, energy storage, electric vehicles, demand-side management (DSM), combined heat and power (CHP), fuel cells and microturbines are all influencing today’s power grid, affecting affect every level of utility operations and business processes.

Four New Solar Plants to Deliver Clean, Cost-Effective Energy for Florida

Black & Veatch providing EPC project services for Florida Power & Light renewable expansion program
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan., March 28, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Black & Veatch has been selected to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services on four solar energy projects for Florida Power & Light (FPL). The plants are part of an extensive renewable energy program designed to help deliver additional electric supplies to meet increasing population and business growth in the region.

Power of the Sun: Green Mountain Energy Launches Innovative Combination to Help Homeowners Make the Most of Solar

Solar Installer Partnership Paired with Buyback Program & Solar Rebate
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HOUSTON– February 22, 2017 /3BL Media/  – Texans now have more reasons to adopt rooftop solar with Green Mountain Energy’s new solar program, featuring a simple three-step process that helps make going solar easy for Texas homeowners. Through the initiative, Green Mountain pairs a homeowner with an approved local rooftop solar installer, then enrolls the homeowner in the Green Mountain Renewable Rewards® buy-back program and provides the homeowner with a SolarSPARC® rebate.

Just Energy Solar | Switch to Solar Today!

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Solar panels have been around for 60 years, but it was just this year that the U.S. reached one million residential solar installations. Experts predict it will take only another two years until that number doubles.

Accenture, The University of Notre Dame, and The Rural Development Company in South Africa Launch Renewable Energy Program in KwaZulu-Natal, Delivering Clean, Affordable Electricity

Local entrepreneurs have solar energy, Internet connectivity, skills training, and mentors to build businesses and create jobs
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NEW YORK; July 14, 2016 /3BL Media/– Accenture (NYSE: ACN), the University of Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) and The Rural Development Company have launched the first solar-powered microgrids in the northern KwaZulu-Natal district of uMkhanyakude, South Africa, as part of the Connectivity, Electricity and Education for Entrepreneurship (CE3) program.
 

Ecocentricity Blog: Our Gathering Place

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One of our family’s gathering places is particularly special, because it connects everyone to Ray in a very meaningful way. We call it Lost Valley.

I think it is important for families to have gathering places. It may be as simple as your parents’ living room on Christmas morning. Some families might gather at a favorite restaurant every month or so. Others might have an annual vacation where everyone blocks out a whole week to go to the same beach the family has visited for decades.

The Race Is On: Who Will Win When Smart Meets Solar?

The Solar and Smart Home technologies are quickly converging, opening up watershed growth opportunities for companies in these sectors.
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The global solar industry, expected to reach $345 billion by 2020, and the global smart home market, expected to reach $59 billion by 2020, are two of the building industry’s hottest growth sectors. 

One of the main drivers for this meteoric growth is the unprecedented transition from a high-consumption and low automation market to low-consumption & high automation market.  This transition is fundamentally altering the performance of our built environment and the way that we interact with it.

Allie Kelly and The Ray Featured on Yale Climate Connections

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Allie Kelly, executive director of The Ray was featured today on Yale Climate Connections,  a series of 90-second stories about how people are responding to our warming world. This episode features The Ray and the work that is being done in West Georgia to create more sustainable roadways. 

The Dawn of a New Era

Solar in the Tar Sands
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The Dawn of a New Era: Solar in the Tar Sands

By Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Little Buffalo, a town of 500 people in Alberta, is at the forefront of multiple environmental justice battles: it has been polluted by oil spills and damaged by tar sands mining, but it is also pushing to move beyond fossil fuels and towards renewable energy. In particular, the Lubicon Cree people are fighting back against extractive industries and demanding that solar energy power their nation.

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