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U.S. DOE – Solar is Cheap!

U.S. DOE – Solar is Cheap!

Big news came from the U.S. Department of Energy this week about important benchmarks that the country has met in terms of solar power, and news about ongoing efforts.   One of the big things that a September 12 press release mentions is the Sunshot Initiative,...

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Will IoT Play a Big Role in Solar? You Bet!

Will IoT Play a Big Role in Solar? You Bet!

The solar industry is changing almost as fast as it’s growing. You can see a lot of this growth in the state of Virginia -- as massive retailer Amazon moves in to harness enormous amounts of sun power in multiple Virginia counties, big local utilities are also...

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Going All In On Nuclear?

Going All In On Nuclear?

Up in Pennsylvania, utilities in the southeastern region are fond of promoting the fact that locals rely on nuclear power plants for roughly 90% of their energy needs. Nuclear is touted as a “clean” power source, with advocates pointing out that nuclear plants don’t...

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Mennonites Pioneered in Virginia Solar

Mennonites Pioneered in Virginia Solar

Solar power in Virginia -- there's a lot going on now, but what about several years ago?   According to Virginia Places, the very first commercial-sized solar project in the state was done at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg. The roof of the library...

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DOE Study: Solar and Wind Save $22 Billion; 12,700 Lives Saved

DOE Study: Solar and Wind Save $22 Billion; 12,700 Lives Saved

When it comes to clean, renewable energy, it’s not just what you save yourself – it’s also what you save everyone.   One example of this philosophy is evident in a new study by the U.S. Department of Energy that shows big ecological and public health benefits...

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New Nanotechnology Research Adds Color to Solar Technology

New Nanotechnology Research Adds Color to Solar Technology

What if your solar panels could be any color you wanted?   To a lot of people, there is nothing wrong with the classic black and blue panels. They're not loud colors, and they’re not intrusive in a property design or layout. But as with so many other things,...

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Scientists Working Hard on Solarization Models

Scientists Working Hard on Solarization Models

Researchers around the world are finding that solar energy is approaching new break-even cost  evaluations, and quickly becoming much more affordable and feasible for property owners.   However, they're also finding that this new potential raises questions about...

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Favorable Solar Conditions in Virginia

Favorable Solar Conditions in Virginia

The state of Virginia may not be leading the country in solar, but it is a place where solar is growing in a major way.   There is a lot in the news about large VA energy companies diversifying into solar -- for example, Dominion Energy purchasing solar farms all...

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