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GRID Alternatives San Diego’s SummerSolarthon

By Roy L Hales

GRID Alternatives entered San Diego eight years ago, with a solar installation in El Cajon.  Since then, the non-profit has put up a total of 824 systems throughout the county. This Saturday, they return to the same El Cajon neighbourhood for GRID Alternatives San Diego’s SummerSolarthon.
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The Solar Industry Is More Transparent

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Silicon Valley Toxic Coalition’s (SVTC) sixth annual solar scorecard shows a marked improvement over last year. Most companies are scoring higher. The solar industry is more transparent.

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Industry Leaders on SVTC’s 2014 Solar Scorecard

Originally Published in Clean Technica 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Every year, the Silicon Vally Toxic Coaltion (SVTC) sends out a survey to PV solar manufacturers. Though companies do not have to respond, this does not stop the SVTC from evaluating them. It simply means there is less information and, consequently, they receive lower marks. The “Industry Leaders” on SVTC’s 5th annual 2014 scorecard are: Trina Solar (92), SunPower (88), Yingli Green Energy (81), SolarWorld (73) and REC (71).

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Former SunPower Executive Bruce Ledesma Becomes Mosaic’s COO

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1For the past 15 years, Bruce Ledesma has been working with either solar or financial services. As Executive Vice President and General Counsel of SunPower Corporation, he oversaw that company’s growth from $250 million to $2.5 billion in annual revenues. That was his greatest professional experience to date. Today, Former SunPower Executive Bruce Ledesma Became Mosaic’s COO.

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SunPower & KB Home Are Offering Energy Storage Solutions

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Battery storage is on the cusp of going mainstream. Thousands of German homes are now obtaining 60-70% of their electricity from solar. The yield is even higher in the US, where there is more sunshine. Now SunPower &KB Home are offering energy storage solutions in Southern California.
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Yolo County Shows the Way to Being Grid Positive

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMYolo is the only grid positive county government in the United States. They do not have an electric bill. Pacific Gas and Electric will have to pay Yolo around $500,000 a year for the surplus electricity it feeds the grid! Now Terry Vernon, deputy director of Yolo County General Services, wants to improve on that. He would like to add another renewable energy project that would boost the county’s revenues by another $5 million a year.
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Solar market Expected to Grow 20% in 2014

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThe latest Bloomberg prediction is that the solar industry will grow more than 20% in 2014. After consulting with “some of the world’s most knowledgeable and respected solar analysts” – Deustche Bank AG, HSBC Holdings Plc, Citigroup Inc., Yingli, NPD Solarbuzz,. Wacker Chemie AG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP – Bloomberg suggests there will be around 44.5 GW installed. That is only a little less than the 46 GW suggested by the Deutsche Bank. The big story, from 2013, is the change of leadership amongst the World’s solar powers.
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More about the Agreement between SunPower Corp & Meritage Homes

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Approximately 10% of Meritage Homes’ customers install solar panels. As Meritage is America’s 7th largest homebuilder, that’s a lot of hardware. So SunPower Corp & Meritage Homes signed a three year contract to install solar panels nationwide.
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PHOTON: Solar Module Yield Measurements Get Better Every Year

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMFor the past eight years, the PHOTON Laboratory has been monitoring solar modules on a shade free area of land near the historic city of Aachen, Germany. They measure the yield expressed in kilowatt-hours related to the power of the modules and consider solar radiation at the site. The average yield has increased 4.9% within the past three years and in 2013 set a new record: 91.5%.
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