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Solar panel import tax could net $1 billion this year

Jan 23, 2018
A 30 percent tariff on solar panels imported from China will help U.S. manufacturers, but even with ramped-up production those companies won’t be able to meet domestic demand. Solar power companies will still use lots of imported panels, and pay up to a billion dollars in tariffs this year, by one estimate.

Solar power could be a model for Puerto Rico beyond Hurricane Maria

Oct 6, 2017
Two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, only a fraction of residents have electricity. The rest are facing a months-long wait for power. Now, a number of companies are looking to solar power, not just as a disaster response, but as way to power the island long term. The idea is to use several […]

Don’t expect Tesla to knock on your door to sell its solar roofs

Aug 7, 2017
Tesla has installed its first solar roofs on the homes of some of its company executives. Instead of large panels, these roofs use tiles that look virtually indistinguishable from regular roofs. Solar power that looks nice and protects your home? Sounds like an idea that could sell itself. At least, that’s what Tesla’s counting on.  […]

In sunny Nevada, a defeat for the solar industry

Feb 23, 2016
Nevada regulators undermined the financial advantage for home solar customers
 Solar City pulled out of Nevada after state regulators cut the price that utilities have to pay for surplus electricity generated by home solar installations. The price cut undid the home solar industry’s business model. This month solar customers and former employees protested outside the Nevada Public Utilities Commission.
Adam Burke/Marketplace

Big boost for wind and solar in budget bill

Dec 17, 2015
The budget bill would extend tax credits for solar and wind energy for five years

North Korea's underground capitalism

Nov 30, 2015
One reporter's experience with capitalism in the dictatorship.

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How Nevada could cast a shadow over solar

Aug 26, 2015
State regulators are considering charging home users for connecting to the grid.

Tesla is disrupting more than just the car business

Feb 6, 2015
Its battery factory may slash Tesla prices as company takes aim at solar industry.

SolarCity courts customers by selling bonds

Oct 20, 2014
Raising capital isn't SolarCity's number one reason for borrowing.