Solar energy has been booming in the United States for a few years now, and it's showing no signs of stopping. Solar energy is dependable, and it's finally reached a point where it's affordable for homeowners and profitable for companies. Solar projects now have financing options as well, which means more homes and businesses are more easily able to generate their own power.

It isn't just the sunny states like Florida, Hawaii, Texas, and California, either. According to Greentech Media, the Northeast region of the United States should prepare for a long overdue solar storm.

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As the number of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the U.S. grows, the number of PV systems outliving their warranty coverage grows as well. This is giving rise to a new industry of solar asset management (AM) companies tasked with managing commercial and industrial solar assets, as well as operations and maintenance (O&M).

In fact, the industry is new enough that it’s still trying to figure out how to differentiate between service offerings. AM and O&M are both separate specialized services. However, their definitions blend together as both strive to please investors and... Read More

Climate change has been in the news a lot lately. From the polar vortex of 2014, to the grudging admittance that science might be right from several GOP candidates during the run-up to the next presidential election, to the 2015 announcement that President Obama will be working with China to curb their mutual emissions, it seems like the problem is finally being addressed on a large scale. With so much attention being focused on this issue, a lot of businesses are hopping on the bandwagon as well. Some of them are even upping the ante and joining a pledge to go 100 percent renewable.... Read More

Solar power has been expanding globally at an increased rate over the past several years. With the lowered costs of panels (thanks to increased manufacturing capacity by China), a lowered cost of installation, and the ability to finance solar projects both at a residential level and an industrial level, solar power has grown legs and started sprinting. It's even been estimated that the solar industry will be worth over $20 billion by the year 2020. And while solar power has definitely become big business, it's also creating an ever-growing impact on how we generate power worldwide.

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Huston-Tillotson, a college in downtown Austin, Texas, has a bit of a reputation. Known as a historically black university, Huston-Tillotson has also taken big steps to be known as a green and environmentally friendly one. The college has a campus food garden, it has built a patio of completely recycled materials, and it even created something called “The Dumpster Project,” where a professor lived for a year in a 33 square-foot dumpster as a way to test and demonstrate efficient living. The college has even established a student group with the catchy name Green Is The New Black.

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For the past few years, temperatures have been steadily rising, and the United States has seen records broken over and over again as the mercury keeps climbing during the spring and summer months. The summer of 2015 was the hottest on record for portions of the Pacific Northwest, and even where the temperatures didn't break records, the heat still pounded the populace. Fortunately, temperatures aren't the only records the U.S. has been setting in 2015, and the second set of records may actually lead to reductions in air pollution, greenhouse gases, and the march of global warming.

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Mahatma Gandhi famously said, "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." This quote accurately described India's struggle against the British Empire, but it also describes the path solar energy has taken in America. Solar has gone from something ignored, to something deemed ludicrous and impractical, to a genuine threat to long-held fossil fuel interests. America is currently in the fighting stage regarding its energy future, and according to Vice President Joe Biden, those who are trying to stifle the growth of solar power are, "on the... Read More

Solar power is, perhaps, the most abundant resource on the planet. Every day the sun comes up, pouring huge amounts of light onto the surface of the planet, which can be converted into electricity. Because solar power is literally as dependable as the sunrise, it's been one of the most heavily pursued forms of alternative energy in the struggle to fight global warming and turn off the fossil fuel tap. In fact, thanks to an explosion in manufacturing, advances in cheaper installation and financing for both residential and non-residential solar projects, solar power has reached new highs as... Read More

A heliostat, derived from the two Greek words “helio” for sun and “stat” for stationary, is a device that uses a mirror that tracks the sun as it crosses the sky during the day. The mirror focuses the light with a series of additional mirrors on one stationary point. The mirrors are all controlled by computers to track the sun exactly to catch its sunlight throughout the day. In the solar energy industry, that stationary point is a solar power tower that has a steam engine on top. The engine uses sunlight to heat a liquid that generates electricity with a turbine. Large-scale, grid-capable... Read More