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When Do Solar Panels Stop Producing?

When Do Solar Panels Stop Producing? November 20th, 2015 by Roy L Hales  Originally published on the ECOreport Though many believe the lifetime of a solar panel is twenty-five years, a number of older models have exceeded this. When Kyocera tested a 30-year-old module last year, it discovered it was still operating at 90.4% of capacity. There are 37-year-old Arco Solar now SolarWorld USA panels in operation. When do solar panels stop producing? Peter Varadi, co-founder of Solarex, the worl...

Three Ways Data Centers Can Use Solar Energy

Three Ways Data Centers Can Use Solar Energy November 4th, 2015 by Guest Contributor  Originally published on the ECOReport. By Srikanth Murugan Energy efficiency is undoubtedly a watchword in the telecoms and data center industry. Many ICT companies now have corporate social responsibility CSR programs focused specifically on reducing their data centers carbon footprints and every data center operator wants to be able to promote the fact that their data center is green. Here are three ways...

A California Supervisor Defends Rooftop Solar

A California Supervisor Defends Rooftop Solar October 30th, 2015 by Roy L Hales  Originally published on the ECOreport Many hoped California’s net-metering war was ending two years ago, when Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 327. The state’s Public Utilities Commission CPUC was given until the end of this year to create a new tariff that will kick in once the state’s big three investor owned utilities PG&E, SCE and SDG&E reach 5% nameplate generation capaci...

RMA Saves Time & Cuts Solar Installation Costs

RMA Saves Time & Cuts Solar Installation Costs August 21st, 2015 by Roy L Hales  Originally published on the ECOreport. A typical solar install, on an existing home, can cost homeowners an extra $2,500 for invasive and time-consuming panel upgrades. In some cases, these upgrades cost up to $10,000 — and that does not include structural impacts to walls, stucco, and landscaping. San Diego Gas & Electric’s new Renewable Meter Adapter RMA eliminates the need for this, by c...

Go Solar Launches in The UK

Go Solar Launches in The UK August 10th, 2015 by Roy L Hales  Originally published on the ECOreport. England isnt known to be a sunny country, and neither is Germany. Both nations are leaders of Europes renewable development and hosts to the partnership between Europes largest utility and one of the leading US solar companies, Sungevity. Now, E.ON’s collaboration with Sungevity enters a third country: GO Solar has launched in the UK. The Go Solar Program The Go Solar program will be p...

Commercial Scale Solar Comes To LA's Eastside

Commercial Scale Solar Comes To LA’s Eastside August 8th, 2015 by Roy L Hales  Originally published on The ECOreport. Since the Clean LA program was launched in 2013, 14 projects, with a total of 7.1 MW of rooftop solar capacity, have been connected to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Powers grid. More than 2,000 people have been employed and an estimated 2.7 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions have been displaced from the environment. There are another 28 projects, with 1...

Edinburgh's Big Plans For Community-Owned Rooftop Solar

Edinburgh’s Big Plans For Community-Owned Rooftop Solar May 26th, 2015 by Roy L Hales  Click Green Staff, Click Green via The ECOreport. Edinburgh Council has revealed plans to install community-owned solar panels on buildings across the Scottish capital. The Council will work in partnership with the Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative ECSC supported by Energy4All to deliver the initiative, which is believed to be the largest community-owned urban renewable energy project in the...

Victory For Solar Owners In North Carolina

January 10th, 2015 by Roy L Hales  Originally Published on the ECOreport There appears to have been a victory for solar owners in North Carolina. In what is becoming an all too familiar theme, Duke Energy and Dominion North Carolina Power sought to lower the evaluation formula the avoided cost rate for solar energy being fed to the grid. Though the State Utilities Commission agreed that there may be costs that could be added to “a utility’s avoided cost calculations,” they...

So What Does The Solar Industry Think About Anti-Dumping

December 12th, 2014 by Roy L Hales  The Other Side Of The Anti-Dumping Story Originally Published on the ECOreport The testimonies coming out of the anti-dumping hearings are horrendous, but what does the solar industry think? Peter Varadi, who founded the first solar company back in 1974, questions why the US would provoke a trade war with China on the basis of a petition from maybe a half-dozen companies. The Solar Energy Industries Association agrees. The ongoing U.S. trade case was fi...

76% Of Coloradans Support Rooftop Solar, Poll Finds

September 5th, 2014 by Roy L Hales   Originally published in the ECOreport A telephone poll, carried out between August 21-24, found that 76% of Coloradans support net metering. 73% were opposed to the state’s largest utility, XCEL Energy, cutting the amount of credit it provides for customers who feed electricity into the grid. Yet according to Gabriel Romero, a media relations specialist from XCEL Energy, “The only thing regarding rooftop solar that’s on the table righ...