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Articles About Affordable Solar Power

Articles and stories about how to make solar panels for your home more affordable. Also includes news items about changes in solar panel cost and new technologies and industry practices that can help you save money on home solar power.

Low income solar programs are starting to take shape across the country

What should a great low income solar program look like?

In short: If you are concerned about energy independence, clean power, and equity, programs targeting poorer households to make the switch to solar are a must. We outline best practices for low income solar programs from our review of 9 states who are leading the way. Some states and cities are starting to display leadership […]

Last modified: September 19, 2019

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Solar scams are like these red flags

Home Solar Scams and Red Flags

In short: Scammers, fraudsters, and jerks peddling misleading information are everywhere. Unfortunately, they are also in the solar industry. We’ll make sure you can see the red flags, and empower you to make smart decisions about solar for your home. Before the re-authorization and expansion of the solar investment tax credit in 2008, a small […]

Last modified: September 4, 2019

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You can rent Tesla solar panels for $50 a month. Is that a good deal?

In short: On August 18th, 2019, Elon Musk announced the relaunch of Tesla Solar via Twitter. The “new” sales model offers homeowners the opportunity to install Tesla solar panels in three standard system sizes, with pricing based on their home state. Tesla will now rent solar panels in certain areas of 6 states, with monthly […]

Last modified: August 21, 2019

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Affordable Solar Power in New York in 2019

Affordable Solar Program As part of its solar incentives program, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) established the Megawatt Block Incentive (MW Block), a rebate program which includes a carve out for residential households. The rebate is based upon the amount of solar installed, location, and how much solar capacity has […]

Last modified: August 13, 2019

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A 2019 Update to Affordable Solar in Hawaii

Green Energy Market Securitization On-Bill Repayment Program (GEMS) Overview Administered by the Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority (HGIA) in partnership with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC), the Green Energy Market Securitization On-Bill Repayment Program (GEMS) is an excellent example of how innovation can overcome issues facing low income solar programs. Though not specifically targeted to […]

Last modified: August 9, 2019

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Affordable Solar Power in Illinois: A 2019 Update

Solar For All Program (ILSFA) Overview Started just this year, Illinois’ Solar For All Program (ILSFA) is a system which incentivizes installers to target lower income households. In 2014, Illinois set a renewable energy target of 25% by 2025, of which 1.5% must come from solar. As part of this initiative, the state created a […]

Last modified: August 9, 2019

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Affordable Solar in Washington, DC: What’s happening in 2019

The Capital’s Solar For All Program First established in 2016, Washington D.C.’s Solar For All Program is a multifaceted set of programs with the goal of bringing the benefits of solar to 100,000 low- and moderate-income households by the year 2032. While a significant portion of the program is focused on community solar programs, segments […]

Last modified: August 9, 2019

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Affordable Solar Power for Low-Income Families in Minnesota: The 2019 Update

Minnesota’s Solar Rewards Program Launched in 2019, the Solar Rewards program is offered by the private utility Xcel Energy and overseen by the Minnesota Commerce Department Division of Energy Resources. The program offers a solar production incentive of 7 cents per kWh produced by its customers, for systems up to 40 kW or 120% of […]

Last modified: August 9, 2019

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Affordable Solar Power in Connecticut: A 2019 update

Connecticut’s Solar For All Program Established in 2015, Connecticut’s Solar For All Program has, as of June of 2018, installed solar panels on 1,651 low income single family households across the state. The program is part of Connecticut’s Residential Solar Investment Program (RSIP), which provides production incentives to help lower the costs associated with installing […]

Last modified: August 8, 2019

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