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Solar Power World Interviews Erica Mackie, Grid Alternatives Co-Founder and CEO

Making solar accessible for low-income communities.
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RECOMMENDED READING

Grid Alternatives Supports Low-Income Access to Solar Energy, Planetsave
The U.S. Solar Market Continues to Grow, Solar Power International Reaffirms, AltEnergy Magazine
Provo mayor to veto new solar energy fee, Deseret News
Georgia Republican Champions Solar, Yale Climate Connections
Stanford’s solar expansion project moves ahead, Stanford News
After a banner year, energy storage on track to best 2015’s record-setting year, Utility Dive
Missouri regulator approves major utility’s community solar plan, Midwest Energy News
Community Solar: How to go Solar Without Rooftop Panels, Mother Earth News
Women in Energy POWERing Growth & Profit, Heatspring Magazine
Taxpayers in Nevada deserve a fair return for renewable energy development on public lands, Opinion: Las Vegas Review-Journal
World moves to offset airplane emissions in landmark deal, Think Progress. The industry will offset its pollution through carbon credits or funding green projects.

Fix-it Chick: Consider installing solar panels on your home

By Linda Cottin, Lawrence Journal-World

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Installing solar panels can increase the value of your home while decreasing overall energy costs. Due to energy tax credits, low interest rates and a dramatic decrease in the cost of solar panels over the past decade, solar power is more affordable than ever before. Follow these steps to determine if solar power is right for you. Continue reading.

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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
How Much does an Average Solar-Panel System Cost?by Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage. Published by Mother Earth News.
If you’re shopping for a solar energy system, one of your first questions is probably, “how much will it cost?” Prices depend on the size of your system, the type of equipment you choose, and the state that you live in, but reviewing prices for a 5 kilowatt (kW) system is a great place to start – that’s the average system size in the United States. Learn more about how much a 5kW solar system costs, how much electricity a 5kW system will produce, and the smartest way to shop for solar.

How much does a PV system currently cost in Nebraska?
The average cost of a 5-kilowatt system (twenty 250-watt panels), with incentives factored in, is between $9,875 and $12,250. Incentives include the 30% federal Solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC), and Lincoln Electric System’s capacity payments for south- and west-facing solar systems. A grant from the USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), available to farmers and rural small businesses, would provide an additional 25%, reducing the cost of a 5-kilowatt system to $7,875.

How To Choose The Best Solar-Energy Equipment

By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage / Posted on Mother Earth News

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Installing a home solar energy system is a smart financial investment for many homeowners. As you evaluate offers from solar companies, there are many different factors to consider – the equipment that you choose for your system, your financing options, and the installer that you select all have an impact on your solar savings. This guide will help you evaluate the different solar panels and inverters available so that you can find the best equipment for your home.

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Vikram Aggarwal is the founder and chief executive of EnergySage, the online solar marketplace. Read all of Vikram’s posts here.

SEE ALSO
Directory of Nebraska Solar Businesses
How much does a PV system currently cost in Nebraska?

Solar-Energy Incentive Programs Are Your Friends

 By Simone Garneau, Sunmetrix. Posted on Mother Earth News  Mother Earth News 2

In addition to the generous federal investment tax credit of 30%, there are over 900 financial and regulatory incentive programs for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems across the United States. While going solar is still a big decision with a pretty hefty price tag, it’s becoming more and more affordable, depending on where you live. Solar costs have been falling (by more than 55% since 2009), and more and more states and municipalities are implementing incentive programs to encourage the switch to solar. Moreover, as electricity prices continue to rise in most parts of the U.S., installing solar panels is an investment that reaps even greater rewards.
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Nebraska renewable energy & energy efficiency incentive programs. Source: DSIRE

Energy Storage Could Break Low Income Rooftop Solar Bottleneck

By Tina Casey, CleanTechnica

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A trio of non-profits has come out with a report that makes a strong case for deploying energy storage plus on-site solar for low-income rental housing in California. The analysis projects that under today’s market conditions, the combo has a quick payback and would whittle electricity bills down to practically nothing . . . The new report, titled “Closing the Clean Energy Divide: Reducing Electric Bills in Affordable Multifamily Rental Housing with Solar+Storage,” was authored by the California Housing Partnership, the Center for Sustainable Energy, and the Clean Energy GroupClick here to read more.

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Minnesota bill would support bird, bee habitat for solar,
 
Midwest Energy News. Photo Credit: Juwi Renewable Energies
Opting for clean energy, Las Vegas casino set to exit Nevada utility’s service with $87M fee, Utility Dive
The Dramatic Drop in Solar-Energy Prices, by Sarah Kenzer, Mother Earth News

Answers to Your Most Common Solar Energy Questions

By Simone Garneau, co-founder of Sunmetrix, an online consumer education website for residential solar energy / Published by Mother Earth News

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Now that spring is here, many homeowners are thinking about taking advantage of the warmer weather and longer days to tackle some home improvement projects. You don’t need to look very far to find a great opportunity to increase the value of your home and save you money in the long run – just look up! Solar energy is growing in popularity because of its many benefits. But homeowners naturally have a number of important questions. I hope to answer some of the most common ones here.

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Solar Panels and Electric Cars: Can I Use Solar to Charge My Vehicle?

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By Vikram Aggarwal, Energy Sage / Posted on Mother Earth News  

Solar panels and electric cars are a match made in heaven ­– when you install a solar energy system on your home, you can use it to both power your home and charge your electric car for emissions-free transportation. The cost of solar is falling rapidly, and companies from Tesla to Nissan are manufacturing electric cars for your daily use. Now, the ability to install a solar PV system large enough to power both your home and your car is an option within reach. But even with incentives and rebates available for both technologies, most homeowners still can’t afford to install solar and buy an electric car at the same time. Luckily, it’s easy to install a solar energy system today that takes your future electricity consumption into account, if you take a few additional factors into consideration.

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Solar Power as a Retirement Investment Strategy

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By Vikram Aggarwal, EnergySage / Mother Earth News Blog

Establishing a secure financial future for your retirement requires that you explore a variety of options, but most homeowners don’t realize that installing a solar panel system can be one of the smartest retirement investment options available. By viewing a home solar panel system as an investment opportunity, homeowners can reduce or even eliminate their electricity bills, freeing up more than $1,000 in cash each year. With the increased availability of $0-down solar loans, homeowners that lack the cash required for an upfront purchase can still take advantage of solar as a retirement investment strategy.

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