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Organic polymer solar cells expected to open niche market opportunities

Today I came across this story from pv-magazine-india.com that focuses on new innovation: While they cannot match the durability and efficiency of inorganic silicon-based solar cells, organic polymer solar cells show potential to provide power to remote microwatt sensors, wearable technology and the Wi-Fi-connected devices constituting the Internet of Things. …

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New ‘battery’ bottles sunshine could spark solar revolution

What is most likely to be an overlooked story from wnd.com focuses innovation in the fast moving solar space. (NBC News) Solar energy is clean, abundant, and irritatingly inconvenient: It doesn’t work at night or on cloudy days. You can convert sunshine into electricity and store it in a battery, …

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Finley letter: Idaho Solar power and home values

Great commentary from idahostatesman.com that showcases an interesting article regarding new home construction and solar. Anytime you give new homeowners a choice between unpredictable dirty energy or predictable clean energy, which choice do you think they will make? Those low 8.5 cent/kwh electricity rates aren’t going to last forever as …

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Solar Information Center

Going Solar: How do You Choose the Right Solar Company in Idaho? I often get asked what I think are the most important points to consider when choosing a solar company in Idaho.. When you put all the marketing and shiny objects aside, there are definitely some specific categories all …

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Research Findings: Does Solar Increase Your Home Value?

This is a very interesting study because it illuminates the value solar adds to home prices. This is above and beyond the actual savings from the solar system itself, based on unpredictable utility rates. A new report from Lawrence Berkeley National Labs shows that residential photovoltaic energy systems in California …

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Solar Battery Storage: Sonnen cuts battery system cost by 40%-A new era in home solar

These Batteries are ushering in a new era for home energy storage-as these batteries become cost-effective to homeowners, they will start integrating them into their home solar systems, and become less dependent on the current monopoly-based dirty energy. German battery maker Sonnen has introduced a compact battery designed for residential use …

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California Utilities: How your Electricity Rates are Changing

We are in the midst of the greatest utility rate structure change over the last 15 years! If you get electricity from Southern California Edison, you’ll probably pay more starting Wednesday — and bigger rate changes are on the horizon for all California utilities. Wednesday’s rate hike stems from a controversial decision by …

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California’s Last Nuclear Power Plant: PG&E to Close Diablo Canyon,

One of California’s largest energy utilities took a bold step in the 21st century electricity revolution with an agreement to close its last operating nuclear plant and develop more solar, wind and other clean power technologies. The decision announced Tuesday by Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to close its beleaguered Diablo Canyon nuclear plant within the …

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California Solar Subsidies: Understanding Solar Incentives

Incentives continue to evolve and change with the industry California is ground zero for solar energy in the United States. So, it seems logical to start our state-level solar energy deep dives here. In the article below, I’ll provide as thorough a look at California solar incentives + solar installers …

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Unlikely Alliance Between Utility and Solar Companies in New York

Utilities now complain that those payments are too high and they effectively pay solar customers higher retail prices for power they could purchase from conventional sources at a much lower wholesale price. The compromise plan would reduce the payments but also place a value on the environmental benefits of solar …

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California Utility to hit NEM Cap Soon: The New NEM 2.0

SDG&E is the first to hit cap, followed by PG&E (NorCal) and finally SCE (SoCal) Therefore, it will be the first utility in California to enter NEM 2.0 territory, which kicks in after the 5% penetration mark is reached. This means that new, more expensive rules will come into effect …

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