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Recent Posts

Landlords and Commercial Tenants Can Now Go Solar

Landlords across America, especially those that include utilities in their rental prices, now have a way to reduce their costs—with community solar. This year, the cost of retail electricity is expected to increase 1.8 percent from 2015, averaging 12.86 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). At 38 percent higher than in 2001, the average annual price ... Read More »

Continuous Solar Growth and Plenty of Jobs

The holidays may be over, but the best present solar advocates received is just starting to take effect. The U.S. solar industry rejoiced a week before Christmas when Congress passed a three-tier extension of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC), allowing the 30 percent credit to remain in place through 2019, and then decline gradually over the next two years. The ... Read More »

Scott Vickers and Mark Waddell

Living in the heart of Denver, Mark Waddell and Scott Vickers wanted to harness the sun’s energy, but they faced several obstacles to installing panels on-site. “We live in an old home that has a really pitched roof with four dormers and we didn’t have room on our roof to put enough panels to make sense. We’d be paying for a tenth ... Read More »

More Texas Utilities Embrace Solar Energy

With a state economy largely reliant on oil, natural gas and fuel processing, Texas is adopting solar power more rapidly than its history foretold. The Lone Star State installed an estimated 212 megawatts (MW) of solar electric capacity in 2015 alone, according to GTM Research. Predictions for this year are more than double that amount. Researchers expect at least 550 MW of ... Read More »

Dale and Cherylyn Baker

Ten years ago, Dale and Cherylyn Baker of Fort Collins explored the possibility of installing solar panels on the roof of a new shed they were building. “It didn’t make economic sense to do that at the time because solar was expensive,” Dale said. As technology improved, incentives became more common, and community solar was born, the Bakers re-explored adopting renewable ... Read More »