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The state of solar power looks bright in 2017 (+video)

By Lucas Mearian, Computerworld

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Rooftop solar systems that cost as much as a luxury car five to 10 years ago now cost about the same as an economy car, or about $15,000 to $18,000, on average. And the return on investment for a solar system is now estimated to be about 7.5 years. The result: more people are gravitating toward solar ownership, according to EnergySage, an online marketplace that offers homeowners and businesses standardized quotes for solar installations from numerous companies. Read more.

Senior Writer Lucas Mearian covers consumer data storage, consumerization of IT, mobile device management, renewable energy, telematics/car tech and entertainment tech for Computerworld.

Photo: San Francisco is one of 20 major U.S. cities that have committed to using 100% renewable energy within the next 15 to 20 years.

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San Francisco May Require Solar Panels On All New Buildings

A group of people tour the solar panels on the top of the Moscone Center in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

A group of people tour the solar panels on the top of the Moscone Center in San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – New legislation introduced Tuesday by San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener would require all new construction within the city, including residential and commercial buildings, to have solar panels installed. The renewable energy ordinance would make San Francisco the first and only major city in the country to require the installation of solar panels on new buildings. The [legislation] would also help push the city closer toward meeting its goal of having 100 percent of its energy come from a renewable source, according to Wiener’s office.

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