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California Solar Tax Credit: What you Need to Know


The California Solar Tax Credit is the California Solar Initiative

California is the biggest market for residential solar in the country. In fact, among the 10 states with the most solar, California alone has more solar than all the others combined! I think we can safely say that in California the solar industry – unlike in other states where solar is only now just catching on – is a matured industry, with a lot of experience and growth under its belt.Continue reading

What are the Best Solar Companies in California?


The Golden state is a fantastic place for going solar power – but how do you choose among best solar companies in California?

With such a high popularity, it should be no surprise that there are hundreds of solar installers in the state, all vying for your business. Whilst this means you’re spoilt for choice, it also means it can be hard to pick someone out of the crowd. We’ve taken a look at the available options, to try and help you find the best solar panel companies in California.

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What is the Best Place to Buy Solar Panels in the US?


For most of us, moving to a new state because solar panels produce more electricity there or they have higher financial incentives for going solar just simply isn’t going to happen. Even if you’re not moving, it’s good to know what other states offer to compare to your own situation, so you can know how your situation compares to others.

The best place to buy solar panels..

Below, we’ve chosen the best states to install solar using a variety of criteria, with an overall winner (and overall loser…) based on numerous criteria at the bottom.Continue reading

Apple Energy to Be the First Solar Utility?

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Apple Energy: Some strange solar news from Apple has the rumor mill abuzz

On June 6, Apple’s new, fully owned subsidiary Apple Energy filed an application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), for a permit to sell solar electricity and flexible grid services on the open electricity markets all over the USA – starting August 6.

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Top Four Dumbest Reasons to Put Off Going Solar

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Anyone who works in the solar biz will attest to the fact that we humans are pretty good at procrastinating. But some of the reasons that people give to put off going solar are based on an incorrect assumption.

Here are the top 4 common mistakes in understanding solar, and why these errors should not hinder you from enjoying clean solar energy.

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Rethinking Natural Gas in the Wake of California’s Disaster

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Coal has long been demonized as the worst fossil fuel, and it deserves its ill-repute. But really, is natural gas much better?

In the worst environmental disaster since the BP oil spill, California has been spewing methane from an underground reservoir since October

In October, SoCalGas discovered that gas was leaking from its Aliso Canyon storage facility which was about 90% full. As of January 1st, 73,000 metric tons of methane have been released. The well won’t be capped till April.

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International Consortium to Cut Carbon to 2 Tons Per Capita


In Under2MOU, a consortium worth $4.5 trillion pledged to achieve an under 2 degree temperature rise by cutting carbon to 2 tons per capita.

Initially, a concentrated nucleus of 12 densely populated progressive cities and regions got together at COP21 in Paris and founded the Under 2 Memorandum of Understanding. Under2MOU began with just sub-national governments representing more than $4.5 trillion in GDP and 100 million people.

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Federal Tax Credit (ITC) for Solar Energy Gets Extended

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The 30% solar ITC has been extended till the end of 2018!

In a truly surprising move, the US congress actually moved pre-emptively ahead of the 2016 expiration of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar to extend the ITC.

The ITC will now continue at 30% until the end of 2018 for both homeowners and businesses, and then step down over the next three years to 25%, then 20%, then 15%, until it is just 10% in 2022. The ITC is essentially a 30% discount on the cost of going solar.

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