Project Sunroof aims to help homeowners understand their solar energy potential

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Google’s new project could shed some light on residential solar energy Google has launched a new initiative called Project Sunroof that intends to determine the viability of rooftop solar energy systems throughout the United States. Project Sunroof has developed 3-D models of rooftops in every state. The models include local foliage, which could have an effect on the amount of sunlight that reaches solar panels. The initiative also takes into account local weather patterns in order to adequately estimate how much electricity rooftop solar energy systems can produce. Interest in…

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Solar roof may be the future of residential solar energy

Elon Musk outlines concept for a solar roof system Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and chairman of SolarCity, has a new plan to bolster solar energy usage among homeowners. The technology icon and pioneer wants to turn rooftops into solar power generators. While this may not seem like a new idea, Musk intends to do away with solar panels installed on actual rooftops and convert these into full-scale energy production systems. Musk believes that homeowners will have to replace their roofs at some point, which creates a promising opportunity…

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Green energy project comes to Ontario schools

Solar panels will be installed on the roofs of over two dozen schools. According to a report from CTV News Barrie, 27 public schools in Simcoe County, a county located in Southern Ontario, Canada, will soon have solar panels installed on their roofs, and these installation are not only serving the purpose of providing the school with green energy, but these solar panels will also be a source of study for everyone within the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB). Data from the solar project will be collected and used…

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Residential solar energy users in Nevada may soon face new fees

Nevada residents who use solar power may be charged a new electricity rate. As early as summer of this year, people who live in the state of Nevada who have installed their own solar panels may be subject to a fee, as state senators agreed last week in a 21-0 vote to allow the public utilities commission to create a new electricity rate for those currently benefiting from residential solar energy. The current net metering system in Nevada is capped. Under the present law, solar customers in Nevada can sell…

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France makes solar energy panels or plants mandatory for new roofs

The country is increasing its clean energy and eco-friendly efforts. Recently, a new law passed in France requires all new buildings built in commercial zones to be partially covered by plants or solar energy panels to make them more eco-friendly and to help reduce the heat island effect that buildings have on cities. The French Parliament limited the initial proposal made by French environmental activists. Originally, environmental activists in the European country wanted all new buildings to be fully covered by foliage, but government officials believed that this would be…

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Solar energy is making progress in Australia

Report highlights the growing role that solar power is playing in the Australian energy mix The International Energy Agency has released its annual Photovoltaic Systems Program report, highlighting the growth of residential solar energy systems. The report shows that Australia is finding significant success in terms of solar power adoption, especially in the residential sector. This success was mostly seen over the past year. This year, the Australian government has been pulling back on its support of solar power, focusing more heavily on other forms of energy and distancing itself…

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Solar energy hits turbulence in Australia

Australian utilities are coming together to oppose the expansion of solar power Solar energy may be in for some turbulence in Australia. The country has become one of the most attractive markets for solar power, largely due to its abundant exposure to solar radiation and the interest that consumers have in clean energy, but the solar sector is beginning to see a great deal of opposition come from the country’s utilities and government. Australia’s major energy utilities have banded together in order to petition the government to end all subsidies…

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Rooftop solar energy systems continue to see strong growth in Australia

Rooftop solar power systems to reach 23 GW of installed capacity by 2030 Solar energy is growing at a rapid rate in Australia and rooftop installations may be the cause. Rooftop solar installations have lead to massive growth of the country’s solar power capacity, despite the opposition these installations have faced from Australian utilities. Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that Australia’s total installed solar power capacity will reach 23 gigawatts by 2030, overcoming the challenges placed in its way by the country’s utilities and the limited support coming from the…

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Solar energy capacity in the U.S. sees huge increase in four years

Solar power in the United States has grown by 400% since 2010. According to a report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the current solar energy capacity in America is 12,057 megawatts (MW), which is a 418% increase from the country’s 2, 326 MW capacity four years ago. Over half of the extra capacity was generated from business and home owners. Net metering programs are responsible for 5,251 MW, which makes up more than half of the extra capacity. These programs give owners of solar systems the ability to sell…

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U.S. citizens penalized for generating their own solar energy

More U.S. residents across the nation are installing solar panels to cut energy costs and be more eco-friendly. Americans who live in Oklahoma and who generate their own power using solar energy or other alternative sources may soon face charges from electric companies, due to the Oklahoma House’s recent passing of a bill that would allow these companies to charge those off the grid. Oklahoma’s governor is anticipated to sign the bill into law. Apparently, there was not much of a debate over the bill. Being a politician who supports…

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NRG Energy to focus on bringing solar energy to homeowners

NRG Energy announces plans to acquire Roof Diagnostics Solar NRG Energy, a leading energy company based in the U.S., has taken steps to begin playing a larger role in the rooftop solar power sector. The company has announced its plans to acquire Roof Diagnostics Solar, one of the largest installers of rooftop solar energy systems in the U.S. The terms of the acquisition have not yet been released to the public, but the acquisition itself shows that NRG Energy is beginning to focus more heavily on bringing solar power systems…

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Solar energy heads to Iowa Supreme Court

Clean power company ruffles the feathers of state’s utilities Solar energy is becoming a big deal in the U.S. States throughout the country are beginning to invest in solar power as a way to cut down on their consumption of fossil-fuels, thereby helping the environment and finding some degree of economic stability. As renewable energy continues to gain momentum, utilities that are still focused on fossil-fuels are beginning to feel the need to adapt. Some have begun investing in clean power systems, but others have taken issue with the fact…

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California wins big with solar energy in 2013

Solar power makes auspicious progress in California The past year has been magnanimous for solar energy in California. The state has always shown a strong interest in solar power because of its abundant exposure to solar radiation, but 2013 marked the launch of new projects and initiatives that promoted the adoption of solar power among consumers and businesses alike. The California Public Utilities Commission has released a report that highlights just how far solar energy has come in 2013. Report shows growth of solar power According to the report, more…

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Rooftop solar energy gains momentum in the US

Rooftop systems are becoming more popular among homeowners In many parts of the world, solar energy typically finds a home on the rooftops of homes and businesses. These are small scale photovoltaic systems that are designed to serve as a localized energy source. Large scale projects have become quite popular as well, but have experienced relatively slow growth because of their high cost. In the U.S., rooftop solar energy systems are showing much more potential than their large scale counterparts, according to a new report from the Lawrence Berkeley National…

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Solar energy demand falls in Australia

Australian solar energy sector experiences turbulence Demand for rooftop solar energy systems in Australia has been falling, according to a new report from Green Energy Markets, which was commissioned by the REC Agents Association. Over the past two years, Australia has established itself as a relatively attractive home for solar energy projects. The country is working to distance itself from fossil-fuels to some degree, thus an increased focus on renewable energy. In 2012, Australia crossed the 1 gigawatt threshold of solar energy capacity, but demand for residential solar power systems…

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Largest rooftop solar energy system in Europe completed in Germany

Massive solar energy system is now complete in Germany Europe’s largest rooftop solar energy system has been completed in Germany. The system is comprised of more than 33,000 photovoltaic modules and boasts of a total energy capacity of 8.1 megawatts, enough to power 1,800 average homes. The system is located atop the Pfennig Logistics distribution center in the Heddesheim municipality, south of Frankfurt. The solar energy system was developed by Wirsol, which typically builds system of this size on open land and not on buildings. System expected to be connected…

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