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Solar Energy Opinion & Commentary

Scott Sklar - August 29, 2014

The Fantasy of Distributed Generation, Efficiency, and Storage Raising Electric Rates

In 2012, the Virginia Governor proposed a tax for the sales of energy efficient cars because they use less gasoline, which means less money goes into the highway trust fund to repair...

Tom Konrad - August 29, 2014

Divesting from Fossil Fuels: Last One Out Loses

A new report written by Nathaniel Bullard at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) highlights the difficulties large institutional investors would have divesting from fossil fuels. What...

Elias Hinckley - August 27, 2014

Cracking the Code on the Business of Energy Management

Energy management is one of the most important parts of our changing energy landscape. It is a market made up of part energy efficiency, part Big Data solution and part Internet of...

Laurie Guevara-Stone - August 26, 2014

Native Power: Job Growth through Green Technologies

The recent economic crisis has hit much of America extremely hard, but the effects can be seen even more drastically on tribal lands. Counties on Native American reservations are among...

Joy Hughes - August 25, 2014

Can Open Standards Accelerate Community Shared Solar?

Tesla Motors recently announced that it would share its technology patents, which has put a spotlight on open source and open standards. These standards already play a huge role in...

Jim Allen - August 25, 2014

What’s Next in the SolarWorld-China Game of High Stakes Poker?

A few years ago, a U.S. manufacturer began feeling pressure from unfair overseas competition. The company found itself losing money and market share to Asian competitors that seemingly...

Robert McIntosh - August 22, 2014

Would You Rather Own or Lease Your Rooftop Solar?

On a recent trip to Australia, I noticed that very few residential solar systems are leased. The vast majority are customer owned. Talking to industry experts, some claimed more than...

Bill Watkins - August 21, 2014

The Next Big Challenge for Energy Storage

The energy storage era is upon us. States like California and New York have adapted energy policies that will make it possible to economically deploy storage systems, while technology...

Listen Up: What's the Deal with Solar Trackers?

In the early solar PV days, trackers were a necessity to maximize the energy output from very expensive solar modules. Unfortunately, in those days trackers were mechanically complex...

Scott Sklar - August 20, 2014

Lubricating Energy Policy

The new report from the Taxpayers for Common Sense shows that oil companies paid just 11.7 percent of their U.S. income in federal taxes over the last five years, and the “smaller”...

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