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California to Require Solar Panels on New Homes
10 May 2018 at 4:15pm
by Ryan Regan
On Wednesday, the state of California became the first state in the country to establish a mandate that requires almost all new homes to be equipped with solar panels. The new rule, approved by the California Energy Commission, applies to all new homes, condos, and apartment buildings up to three stories tall that obtain building […] The post California to Require Solar Panels on New Homes appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Tech Giants Help Fuel Growth in Solar, Renewables
30 Apr 2018 at 5:43pm
by Ryan Regan
Major tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon are increasingly embracing renewable energy sources – like solar – to meet their growing energy demands. As major tech companies grow in influence and ubiquity, the footprint of their energy-guzzling data centers also continues to expand. The data stored and transmitted through these data centers help to […] The post Tech Giants Help Fuel Growth in Solar, Renewables appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Innovations Spur Era of Rapidly Declining Solar Costs
11 Apr 2018 at 12:02pm
by Ryan Regan
In the midst of the dramatic headlines that have accompanied the solar energy sector in recent months, it’s easy to forget about the remarkable progress that the sector has enjoyed in this decade alone. Much of this growth can be attributed to the array of industry-specific innovations that have put substantial downward pressure on solar […] The post Innovations Spur Era of Rapidly Declining Solar Costs appeared first on Solar Tribune.

As Industry Headwinds Mount, Solar Job Growth Stalls
15 Mar 2018 at 1:12pm
by Ryan Regan
After years of steady job growth and support from friendly policymakers in Washington, the solar industry now finds itself grappling with an increasingly uncertain future. Industry Report: Solar Jobs Fell for First Time since 2010 In February, The Solar Foundation – a nonprofit solar advocacy organization – released its 2017 National Solar Jobs Census. This […] The post As Industry Headwinds Mount, Solar Job Growth Stalls appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Offshore Solar: A New Energy Opportunity For Coastal Communities
20 Feb 2018 at 1:51am
by Rich Dana
The Netherlands is the latest country to explore the possibility of floating solar farms Many densely populated nations are finding it hard to locate large sections of land to dedicate to the development of utility-scale solar projects. For more and more countries who are dedicated to reducing carbon and moving into the future with clean, […] The post Offshore Solar: A New Energy Opportunity For Coastal Communities appeared first on Solar Tribune.

A New Day Dawns For U.S. Solar
5 Feb 2018 at 6:00am
by Rich Dana
  In the wake of new tariffs on cheap foreign panels, the industry is looking ahead. Last week, Solar Tribune looked at some of the possible effects of President Trump’s recent decision to impose tariffs on many foreign-made solar products. As more analysis of the economic impacts becomes available, a clearer picture is forming of […] The post A New Day Dawns For U.S. Solar appeared first on Solar Tribune.

How Bad Are The Trump Tariffs For Solar?
27 Jan 2018 at 5:24pm
by Rich Dana
The Solar Energy Industry Association estimates 23,000 jobs will be lost. But is that the whole story? “Our action today helps to create jobs in America for Americans. We’ll be making solar products now much more so in the United States. Our companies have been decimated, and those companies are going to be coming back […] The post How Bad Are The Trump Tariffs For Solar? appeared first on Solar Tribune.

New Solar Opportunities Are Benefiting Lower-Income Families
22 Jan 2018 at 6:04am
by Rich Dana
Solar panels are no longer just a luxury item. As the American solar industry waits anxiously to see if President Trump levies a tariff on Chinese solar panels, new solar installations continue to go up at a steady pace. Despite uncertainty on how the trade decision may effect panel prices in the years to come, […] The post New Solar Opportunities Are Benefiting Lower-Income Families appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Trade War With China? What It Might Mean For Solar
8 Jan 2018 at 5:08am
by Rich Dana
Will solar fall victim to protectionism? Chinese solar panels, along with steel, aluminum and consumer electronics, may soon be subject to tariffs designed to protect US industries from what the Trump administration believes are unfair Chinese trade practices. The question in the minds of many experts is, will responding to the problem with tariffs really […] The post Trade War With China? What It Might Mean For Solar appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Solar Trends: 2017 Year In Review
26 Dec 2017 at 7:00pm
by Rich Dana
Looking back at my New Years Day 2017 solar predictions, the solar stories I missed, and what to watch for in 2018. On January 1st of 2017, I dropped my annual predictions for the coming year in the solar industry. I kicked off Solar Trends to Watch in 2017: The Good, The Bad and The […] The post Solar Trends: 2017 Year In Review appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Update: Solar Recovery in Puerto Rico
11 Dec 2017 at 3:32am
by Rich Dana
Solar power is playing a major role in the recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. In September, Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, one of the most intense tropical storms on record. As of this writing, there are 64 confirmed deaths, over 100 still missing, and FEMA spending has topped $1 Billon. […] The post Update: Solar Recovery in Puerto Rico appeared first on Solar Tribune.

Holiday Guide To Solar Gifts
26 Nov 2017 at 2:09pm
by Rich Dana
We generally stick to serious solar news and analysis, but even we like to take a break to get into the holiday spirit! Does it feel like the holidays are all about consuming? Let solar energy bring a little sustainability to your seasonal celebration! We at Solar Tribune are dreaming of a greener Christmas, so […] The post Holiday Guide To Solar Gifts appeared first on Solar Tribune.


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