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How LA Can Harness Solar Energy To Create Jobs & Prosperity

Las Angeles has the potential to become the largest per capita provider of rooftop solar in California. Over 40% of the areas where solar could be installed are also in need of significant socioeconomic and environmental investment. A new report from the LABC Institute discusses how this can be done. The first step would be to scale up the FiT program from its current 100 MW to 600 MW. This is halfway to the 1,200 MW that the city hopes to have installed by 2020, in order to achieve its part in ...

Arizona May Impose Unusual New Tax On Customers Who Lease

A new interpretation of state law in Arizona could force customers to pay property taxes on leased solar panels. In a state with an estimated 20,000 solar customers and 85 percent of new solar installations being leased systems, the implications of an extra charge are tremendous. The new tax could result in an additional $152 per year for a residential solar array and even more for larger installations, the Arizona Republic reported. What’s more, the tax would apply to both new and existin...

SCHWING Stetter sets up solar plant

SCHWING Stetter India SSI has set up a fabrication unit and a solar power plant at its manufacturing complex near Chennai. While the fabrication unit is aimed at achieving two key benefits as part of its localisation strategy, the new 100 kwp kilowatt peak solar plant has been installed to save on power costs as also meet the energy needs of production units. The fabrication unit has been established at an investment of Rs.65 crore for customising different variants of the boom pump. “T...

UK solar farm subsidies to be cut

Jaguar Land Rover has completed the installation of the UK's largest rooftop solar panel array at its facility in South Staffordshire. Photograph: Jaguar Land Rover press office

Annular Solar Eclipse 2014: Timings and Live Streaming Information

The first solar eclipse of 2014, where the moon passes between Earth and the sun, will occur on Tuesday 29 April . Watch solar eclipse live in the video given below When the sun and the moon align perfectly, total solar eclipse occurs. But on Tuesday, skywatchers will witness an annular solar eclipse, which is also known as the "ring of fire." The annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon is far away from the Earth and it appears smaller in the sky. The moon will not be able to cover the sun c...

Energy minister Greg Barker to announce review of solar industry

Overall the solar industry costs Britain 600million in subsidies a year, a bill that will rise by 125million if planned projects are completed.Mr Barker wants to take support payments away from the unpopular large solar farms, the majority of which are built on farmland in southern England.Instead, he wants to increase financial backing for solar panels on the roofs of supermarkets, schools and businesses, where they do not create a visual blight.Mr Barkers intervention comes a week after the T...

Russell Seifert Appointed to Georgia Solar Energy Association

Atlanta, GA PRWEB April 29, 2014 The Georgia Solar Energy Association GSEA announced today that Russell Seifert, president of Creative Solar USA, Inc., has been named to its board of directors. "The Georgia Solar Energy Association board welcomes Russell Seifert," says Mark Bell, GA Solar chairman. "Russell and the team at Creative Solar USA are valuable allies in our Georgia solar community as our state begins to realize its vast potential for solar development. His leadership s...

3 Solar Integration Questions Utility Executives Must Confront

As noted in the most recent U.S. Solar Market Insight report, more solar has been installed in the United States in the last eighteen months than was installed in the prior 30 years. Of the nearly 5 gigawatts installed in 2013, 40 percent was of the distributed variety. Solar's exponential growth is already impacting utility business models and infrastructure in high-penetration markets like Germany and Hawaii. While there is currently no silver bullet to address the effects of distributed...

Solar energy lights up lives in Kenya

Fifty-two-year-old Daniel Tempes Olonapa stands outside his greenhouse perched on a hilltop overlooking the towering buildings of Kenya's capital, Nairobi. He points to two paper-sized black panels on top of his roof. "Can you see them?" Daniel asks, pointing towards the panels excitedly. "They are small, but they are very powerful. I rigged them up there myself and put in the batteries. Then the sun comes and we get light, we can charge our phones. My six children can do their homework at nig...