Florida voters have a chance to determine the future of solar energy

Rooftop solar faces a major decision in Florida Rooftop solar energy is at risk in Florida, and voters have a chance to determine its future. A new measure is on the ballot for Florida and, if approved, it will grant consumers the right to own or lease solar panels and other photovoltaic equipment. It would also prohibit utilities from charging solar customers more for the electricity they consume. Many of the state’s utilities are opposing the measure, hoping to keep hold of the increasingly competitive energy market in Florida. Utilities…

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SunPower’s solar panels break world record

SunPower claims to have the most efficient panels in the world. The American solar energy company announced that it can produce highly efficient solar panels that can convert 22.8 percent of the sun’s light into electricity and can generate 70 percent more energy in the same space, compared to less efficient panels, over the first 25 years. According to SunPower, that is a new world record, reported Fortune. Panels with greater efficiency use less material. The more efficiency solar panels have, the fewer materials are required to make them. The…

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Panasonic claims solar panel efficiency top spot over SolarCity

Panasonic has announced a new solar module prototype that has set a new world record. The Japanese electronics giant has revealed only days after U.S. green energy company SolarCity announced that its forthcoming rooftop solar panels will be the most efficient in the world, that it has produced a new solar module prototype based on mass-production technology, that is even more efficient than SolarCity’s panels. Both companies have created new records for solar energy panel efficiency. Last Friday, SolarCity announced that it had made a breakthrough in solar panel technology…

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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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Google makes massive residential solar energy investment

The search engine giant has invested $300 million in SolarCity’s residential solar power model. Google wants to help people install solar energy panels on the roofs of their houses and has boosted its investment in Solar City, which has resulted in the companies establishing a new fund valued at $750 million, which will help to install solar panels on homes across America, where it would otherwise not have been possible, as many homeowners would struggle to cover the cost of such expensive installations. The fund will finance installations for homeowners…

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Solar energy to receive boost in Pakistan

Pakistan approves clean energy expansion to help combat worsening energy crisis. Pakistan is embracing solar energy and is adding it to the national grid in its efforts to improve the country’s clean energy efforts, and has approved the use of rooftop solar installations and mortgage financing for residential solar panels, according to Reuters. The government eliminated a tax on imported solar equipment. The government eliminated the 32.5% tax it had imposed on imported solar equipment and the goal of eliminating the tax is to lower the cost of solar panel…

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Rooftop solar energy forecasts updated for Australia

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Australia continues to pursue rooftop solar energy Australia has become a strong advocate of solar energy over the years. The country is currently working on a plan to deploy solar energy systems on the rooftops of public buildings in an attempt to cut down on the use of fossil-fuels. Last year, Australia was a leader the world in terms of the installation of small rooftop solar energy systems. This year, the country may fall behind others, according to updated forecasts from Green Energy Markets, a research and advisory firm that…

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