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Articles About Solar Trends

The solar industry is changing at a rapid pace, and since 2007, we’ve been there to cover what’s going on. Below you’ll find an archive of all our posts related to big changes in the solar industry. Enjoy!

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What are demand charges on my electric bill?

In Short:There’s a new fee popping up on residential power bills called a “demand charge”. For those of us lucky enough to have solar panels installed, this fee can be reduced. We’re here to help you understand what demand charges are and how you can minimize them. Residential Demand Charges Recently, we’ve seen utility company […]

Last modified: February 12, 2020

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Some solar company names are really remarkable

Guess what these solar companies do based on their names

At the end of September, 2019, the Solar Power Rocks crew attended North American Smart Energy Week in Salt Lake City, Utah. It’s the largest single energy conference in North America, and includes Solar Power International, Energy Storage International, and more. The solar and energy storage industry has its fair share of inscrutable acronyms and […]

Last modified: October 29, 2019

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Commercial-scale solar carport in Las Vegas

Why You Should Consider a Solar Carport

In short: Solar carports are a great 2-for-1 for homeowners interested in solar energy, and for keeping their vehicles safe from the elements. They’re not that different than ground-mounted solar systems in structure and installation; they’re just raised up higher. The major advantage is they don’t require extra land to install, and the prices are […]

Last modified: November 11, 2019

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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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A microgrid in Genrmany

Tesla and other solar companies are designing the grid of the future

The energy grid of the future will consist of 100% renewable sources, mostly located at or near where the power is consumed, linked to batteries and other kinds of storage to save generated energy until it is needed. The system will be connected at the local and regional levels so that power can get to […]

Last modified: November 22, 2017

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Solar's Gutenberg Moment: 100% of energy generation within 13 years

Solar Power’s Gutenberg Moment

Take a look at that chart up there. Crazy, right? Do we really think solar power will be 100% of the world’s energy supply by 2030? Well… there are some compelling reasons to believe it, and they come from a man named Tony Seba. But we’ll get back to him later. Right now, let’s talk […]

Last modified: June 4, 2019

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Bill Richardson and Elon Musk at NGA Summer 2017 meeting

Elon Musk reminds us how little land it would take to power the USA with solar

July 19, 2017 Over the weekend the National Governors Association held its 2017 Summer meeting, and its new Chair, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, kicked off his “Ahead of the Curve” initiative with his buddy, good ol’ Elon Musk. During the talk, Mr. Musk held forth about what makes him tick, why AI is an existential […]

Last modified: July 19, 2017

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Tesla's Panasonic panels on a rooftop. Available mid-2017.

Tesla’s new solar panels are beautiful and powerful. What else do we know about them?

April 11, 2017 This past weekend, Tesla updated the “Solar Panels” section of its website to include photographs of the company’s sleek new modules. Tesla’s design replaces the sometimes-ugly aluminum racks of traditional solar installations with a sleek front-skirted system without visible racks, designed to look as good as the company’s cars. That’s all Tesla […]

Last modified: May 23, 2019

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