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Solar Energy Industries Associaiton Cuts Ties with ALEC

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has severed its relationship with ALEC, saying that the solar trade group originally joined the Council to promote bipartisan energy legislation. ALEC’s latest initiative to reverse renewable energy mandates would “take us backwards” according to SEIA. Read More

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Georgia's PSC Says, "Appeal to Legislators for Solar Leasing"

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Georgia’s Public Service Commission endorsed a solar company in its effort to overturn a 40-year-old law which gives utilities exclusive control over their service territories. This move will undoubtedly spark a debate in the Georgia Legislature next year, and a similar debate is brewing in SC. Read More

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A New High-Efficiency Battery Balances Generation From Renewables

Friday, November 30, 2012

In case you thought renewables couldn’t substitute for traditional baseload technology, Greenville’s Utility Partners of America recently placed a rechargeable Energy Storage System into service to “balance fluctuations in electricity generation from renewable energy sources.” The battery operates at 91% efficiency, has a service life of 25 years and can be cycled more than 6,000 times. Read More

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Santee Cooper Announces Solar Design Competition!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Your SC Public Service Authority seeks conceptual designs for projects that will facilitate the deployment of solar PV generation across our state. Read More

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GA's Public Service Commission Values Solar Leasing

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

In a meeting last week, the GA Public Service Commission urged businesses to appeal to their General Assembly for greater competition in the state’s solar market. Read More

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Solar Panel Prices Continue to Drop as Industry Grows

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

In the past year alone, the price of solar panels dropped nearly 30% while solar jobs in the US grew by more than 13%. Much of this economic vigor can be attributed to the success of the solar leasing model (3rd party ownership) and its ability to deploy hundreds of millions of dollars in private capital. Read More

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Leasing Finances Largest Residential Solar Project in US

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

4,700 homes on Fort Bliss in Texas will receive free solar installations thanks to the market solution of solar leasing. The ability to finance energy projects by leasing equipment has become the go-to method in many states for ratepayers seeking relief from rising electricity prices. Leased panels are free, immediately reduce utility bills, and give churches, schools, businesses and families certainty about rates for decades to come. Read More

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Ikea to Produce 100% of Electricity from Renewables

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Swedish retailer Ikea will produce 100% of the corporation’s energy needs from solar and wind by 2020. They currently generate electricity from solar panels atop 34 of their 38 US stores and distribution centers. They plan to expand solar installations, develop wind farms, and invest heavily in highly-efficient LED light bulbs. Read More

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NC Solar Industry Booming

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

While South Carolina’s solar industry continues to make measured strides, we have not seen the dramatic job growth evident in other states throughout the country. The contrast is especially stark along our border with North Carolina where solar has become a significant “cash crop” on farms where land has sat vacant for years. Read More

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SRS to Develop Cost-Efficient Solar

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Savannah River Site Lab researchers were awarded two grants totaling $6.3 million to explore ways to make solar energy cost-competitive with other sources of energy by 2020. Read More

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