With California requiring solar panels on new homes, higher building costs and lower energy bills

Dec 10, 2018
California has become the first state in the nation to require solar panels on most new homes starting in 2020.
California has become the first state to require solar panels on most new homes.
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Could Puerto Rico’s devastated power grid be rebuilt using solar energy instead?

Oct 6, 2017
It’s been weeks now since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, and still a vast majority of the island, nearly 90 percent, doesn’t have power. Elon Musk, on Twitter, suggested his solar power technology could be scaled up to rebuild the entire power grid, and the governor of the island, Ricardo Rossello, tweeted back “Let’s talk.”  […]

Solar industry grapples with possibility of tariffs on imported panels

Aug 15, 2017
The U.S. International Trade Commission, an independent federal agency, starts hearings Tuesday on whether U.S. solar manufacturers are being hurt by foreign competition. The hearings could lead to tariffs being put in place on all foreign-made panels. Such tariffs could have consequences for the entire solar industry.  Click the audio player above to hear the […]