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Why Trump's solar and washing machine tariffs may play well in Michigan

by David Brancaccio Jan 25, 2018
A former Democratic state politician says the taxes are one of the few things the president has done that he can support.
President Donald Trump displays a Section 201 action as US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer witnesses, in the Oval Office, at the White House, January 23, 2018, in Washington, DC. The administration is issuing tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines to protect American manufacturing companies against dumping by foreign countries, mainly China, and including South Korea.
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Economics of Disaster

Puerto Rico's solar industry wins big after hurricane

by Lizzie O'Leary Nov 30, 2017
Why people are banking on solar for the future of Puerto Rico.
Solar panels cover a rooftop in Puerto Rico's San Juan. The island's solar industry is witnessing a boom post Hurricane Maria.
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A move from natural gas to electricity for homes

by Marketplace Contributor Oct 17, 2017
Natural gas used to be hailed as less polluting, but experts now urge a change to clean electrical energy generated by wind and solar power.
The National Electric Manufacturers Association (NEMA) once issued medallions like this one to promote the all-electric home and spur demand for electric appliances. 
Photo courtesy NEMA

Solar tariffs request is dividing the industry

by Jed Kim Jun 23, 2017
Cheap imported panels hurt manufacturers but are key to other solar businesses.
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Portable solar units fill the electric charging void

by Jed Kim Mar 27, 2017
It could take years to build up electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Meanwhile, options exist.
The EV Arc is a solar array that charges electric vehicles, providing as much as 220 miles' worth of electricity each day.
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Why two American billionaires are betting on renewable energy

by Kai Ryssdal and Robert Garrova Feb 8, 2017
Philip Anschutz and Warren Buffett, two of America’s richest moguls, see a greener future for the electric grid.
Philip Anschutz plans to build wind turbines in Wyoming, like these turbines near Palm Springs, California, and sell electricity to the California market.
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The sun is rising on mandatory solar roofs

by Jed Kim Aug 11, 2016
More cities are requiring the energy-saving feature. Built-out Santa Monica is one.
Home construction has slowed in Lancaster, but building developments under construction will add more solar rooftops to the city's portfolio.  
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Unemployed oil workers find new home in solar industry

by Marketplace Contributor Jun 7, 2016
Texas oil workers are flocking to solar power jobs, despite lower wages
: Workers manufacture, package and distribute solar modules in the Mission Solar warehouse in San Antonio.  
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Japan struggles to build a new electricity network

by Scott Tong Mar 11, 2015
The expansion of solar power to replace nuclear has hit a wall: The capacity of Japan's grid.
Final Note

A Jackie Chan movie just changed the solar industry

by Lizzie O'Leary Nov 28, 2014
The material in blu-ray discs make solar panels more efficient.