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Articles About Solar Politics

We’re not sure how, but apparently the idea of every home having the right to add solar panels and sell their electricity back to the grid is political. That is, there are some people who actively work against it. Somehow it usually manages to be the same folks who get lots of money from fossil fuel companies. Hmmmmm.

Anyway, we cover the politics of home solar, and you’ll find what we’ve written about the subject in the articles below.

Hot air balloons dot the landscape of New Mexico.

New Mexico One Step Closer to Enacting 10% Solar Tax Credit

There is new movement on the solar policy front out of New Mexico. The state legislature has moved a solar tax credit bill out of its first committee after being blocked 5 times since 2016. Senate majority whip Mimi Stewart’s bill creates a 10% tax credit which lasts until 2030, capped at $6,000 for anyone […]

Last modified: February 18, 2020

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The sun shining over Oregon's Columbia valley

Who pays for grid upgrades when big solar developers force out the little guy?

In short: In some rural places, large solar developers build as much solar as they can without incurring costs to upgrade the feeder lines that carry electricity to the rest of the grid. This leaves people looking to install small systems to offset their own usage unable to do so without paying the huge costs […]

Last modified: February 17, 2020

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The top 5 2020 presidential candidates

Who is the best Presidential Candidate on solar power in 2020?

In the United States, political discourse is full of partisan issues that people argue over. Thankfully, solar power is not one of those issues. Recent polls show as many as 92% of Americans support solar power at current or increased levels of government emphasis, and solar power is the #1 choice when people are asked […]

Last modified: March 2, 2020

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Utah utility-scale solar installation, by Reegan Moen

How healthy is the solar industry in your state?

Photo credit: Reegan Moen Each year, the Solar Power Rocks team scours through the lawbooks of the nation to find the most up-to-date laws and regulations related to solar power in all 50 states. We analyze the data, award letter grades for 12 factors that go into making solar good for homeowners, and collect the […]

Last modified: February 4, 2019

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Recycling solar panels: What happens when they no longer work?

Solar panels are made to last, but solar panel recycling is still an important topic. Barring damage from natural disasters or accidents, modern solar panels have an expected lifetime of 30 years or more. Some of the first commercially-available panels have crossed that milestone and are still operating almost as well as they did when […]

Last modified: July 17, 2020

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You might be paying for your utility company to fight against solar

You may have heard the phrase “utilities are waging war against rooftop solar,” and it’s true. In statehouses and the halls of the U.S. Congress, utility company lobbyists from groups like the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) have been putting pressure on lawmakers to re-write the rules that govern how much solar owners get paid for […]

Last modified: March 4, 2019

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How Nevada got its (solar) groove back

In late December, 2015, the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) shocked the solar industry and solar owners by announcing the end of net metering for rooftop solar. At the time, we called it INSANITY. The decision meant people didn’t get full credit for the energy their panels sent to the grid. On top of […]

Last modified: February 22, 2018

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What good could we do with Trump’s wall money?

February 15th, 2017 Donald Trump’s proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico has gone from a campaign promise to a real thing we’re all talking about. So let’s talk about it. Disclaimer: we’re not trying to get all political up in here. Instead, we’re merely pointing out what a sure bet it would […]

Last modified: February 16, 2017

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