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Mosaic: Crowdfunding Solar Projects

Monday, February 4, 2013

Yet another innovative, market-based funding mechanism has arisen to push solar energy forward.  Read More

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Warren Buffet Bets on Solar

Monday, February 4, 2013

Solar markets are on the move in response to large investments from Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway. South Carolina’s excellent solar potential will lead to considerable investments in this sector as well if we can get our energy policies updated to reflect new market realities. Read More

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Fortune 500 Companies Pursue Clean Energy

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Some of the largest and most successful corporations across the planet are increasingly turning to clean energy to power their operations. Boeing and BMW are two of the more prominent examples here in South Carolina. Take a look at this report to understand better what drives these decisions. Read More

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Solar Costly in US Compared to Germany

Sunday, January 13, 2013

The Lawrence Berkeley National lab has released a report examining why the installed cost of solar is dramatically more expensive in the U.S. versus Germany. Not surprisingly, policy plays a critical role. Read More

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Utility CEO Seeks "Solar Panels for Every Home"

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

David Crane, President and CEO of one of the country’s largest power generation and retail electricity businesses, has co-authored a powerful op-ed about the growing importance of solar energy in America. Mr. Crane contends that solar photovoltaic technology can significantly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and our dependence on an outdated, vulnerable and expensive grid. Mr. Crane’s company generates power from coal, natural gas, nuclear, wind and solar energy. Read More

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"Get Ready, Utilities: Solar is Coming."

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Such was the headline from a recent article out of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The author spells out what many utility executives have known for years; the evolution of solar technology is changing the electric utility business model in transformational ways. So what is the key to the future? The article prescribes flexibility to incorporate low-cost, renewable energy and advanced demand-response systems to ensure reliability. Read More

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Wind, solar power paired with storage could be cost-effective way to power grid

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A new study out of the University of Delaware contends that a combination of wind, solar and storage could be a cost-effective way to fully power a large electric grid 99.9% of the time by 2030. If these findings prove accurate, traditional generation like nuclear and fossil fuels would serve as backup during rare events when renewables and storage were not enough to meet electricity needs. Read More

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Significant Integration of Renewables Poses Real Challenges

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

States like California which produce significant amounts of electricity from renewable resources now face the challenge of balancing those resources with traditional forms of generation. Fortunately for SC, we produce so little electricity from solar and wind that we could grow these market for years without having to address similar constraints. Read More

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Georgia Could Reach 4th in US for Solar Generation

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

In case you’ve been struggling to make sense of all the solar energy news coming out of Georgia in recent weeks, here is an article which provides some great points of reference. For example, if the state brings online all of the projects currently slated for development, it would rank 4th in the country for solar generation within three years’ time. Read More

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Georgia Power Prepares for Large-Scale Solar Investment

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Georgia Power has been studying the performance of solar panels at various sites across the state. Results from the study will help the company determine its ability to integrate large amounts of solar onto the electric grid. This study goes hand in hand with recent efforts to promote solar development in Georgia. Read More

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