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Justin Doom / Bloomberg / September 11, 2013
Solar panels are the next granite countertops: an amenity for new homes that’s becoming a standard option for buyers in U.S. markets.
At least six of 10 largest U.S. homebuilders led by KB Home include the photovoltaic devices in new construction, according to supplier SunPower Corp. (SPWR) Two California towns are mandating installations, and demand for the systems that generate electricity at home will jump 56 percent nationwide this year, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
“In the next six months, homebuilders in California and the expensive-energy states willRead More
Zak Stone / Fast Company / August 30, 2013
Sure, some sun-soaked states are great places to get some power from the sun. But the complicated mix of tax credits and electricity prices make some less bright states good bets, too.
The best states to install solar panels at home aren’t necessarily the ones with the most sun. That’s one of the more interesting findings from a recent report produced by the personal finance site NerdWallet.com that ranks the 50 states by how much financial sense solar photovoltaics makes for homeowners.
The top two states crowning the list may come as no surprise: California and Hawaii, both richRead More
Ucilia Wang / GigaOM / June 11, 2013
The growing popularity of solar leases, falling prices of solar panels and efforts to reduce the costs of marketing, sales and permitting, have steadily boosted the growth of the solar market in recent years.
The U.S. market is forecast to install 4.4 GW of solar panels this year, a 33 percent increase from 2012, thanks in part by an expected surge in residential installations, according to a report released Tuesday.
The country added 723 MW of solar panels in the first quarter of 2013, up 33 percent from the first quarter of 2012, said the report by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTMRead More
Justin McGar / DesignBuild Source / January 10, 2013
Researchers at the Stanford School of Engineering have succeeded in developing the world’s first peel-and-stick thin-film solar cells.
The idea will allow the cells to be applied to almost any surface, with successful tests having been conducted on paper, plastic and window glass. This opens up significant opportunities for alternative applications for solar technology, previously limited by traditional solar cells, which must be mounted on stiff, often heavy, fixed panels.
Though fabricating thin-film solar panels on flexible substrates has been successfully achieved before,Read More