Looking at Growth in the Solar Storage Market

Advancements in Solar Energy Storage Technology Are Driving the U.S. Market

Looking at Growth in the US Solar Storage Market

A quiet revolution of sorts has been building over the last couple of years. Thanks to a variety of technological advances in everything from battery technology to the way in which solar power systems convert and store the sun’s energy, there is a boom happening in solar energy storage. The United States energy storage market just recorded its best ever quarter and its best ever overall year in 2015.

Energy storage technology seems to be making headway in its effort to catch up with the massive advancement that have been made in sustainable energy generation or conversion technology. A couple of decades ago solar cells were large, clunky, inefficient shadows of what they’ve become recently.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t until the last two years that solar energy storage seemed to make any real advancements toward catching up.

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Solar in Space: Solar Panels and NASA

NASA Is Leading Research That Uses Solar in New Ways in Space

Solar in Space: Solar Panels and NASA

It may be surprising to some people, but NASA is working hard to improve the environment here on earth. For every negative story about the amount of carbon produced by a single space shuttle launch, or the fact that reaching orbit may punch holes in the ozone layer, NASA has quietly invested time and work into partnering with several leading solar researchers and manufacturers to improve the quality of solar power generating technology.

These advances in solar power help to further generate power in space for existing satellites and spacecraft, as well as the International Space Station. The advanced solar technology is not only employed in ongoing and up and coming NASA projects, but it is also used to increase the efficiency and power generating capacity of solar projects here on Earth.

NASA-driven technological advances are also helping to make manufacturing and installing solar power systems more efficient, and energy and cost effective. What’s more, NASA is working on a project that generates electricity from solar and wirelessly beams it down to earth.

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Appraising the Real Value of Solar Energy

Can Solar Panels Increase Your Home Value?

Appraising the Real Value of Solar Energy

Solar panels, once the domain of dedicated environmentalists, have been making remarkable inroads into the consciousness of the public at large. You’ve probably noticed the trend; photovoltaic arrays are becoming an increasingly common sight in cities and towns across the nation.

And while the environmental benefits of going solar certainly make up part of their increasingly broad appeal, the real reason so many of your friends and neighbors are going solar is simple economics.

As it turns out, solar panels can increase your home value, according to a recent study sponsored by the United States Department of Energy.

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6 Benefits to Going Solar You May Not Have Known About

Why Solar Is Even Better Than You Thought

6 Benefits to Going Solar You May Not Have Known About

If you’re considering going solar, then you’re certainly not alone. As you’ve probably noticed, solar installations have risen dramatically in recent years, and there’s a whole host of reasons that installing rooftop solar panels is one of the smartest moves you can make.

Let’s take a look at some solar benefits that may surprise you — even if you’re super savvy and ready to make the switch very soon. Read on for details…

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Nearly Every US State Took Action on Rooftop Solar Last Year

Solar Energy Is a Hot Topic

Nearly Every US State Took Action on Rooftop Solar in 2015

The rooftop solar sector has experienced unprecedented growth over the past decade, for a number of reasons. The cost of installing solar panels atop one’s home or business has plummeted, falling by more than 60% since President Obama took office in November of 2008.

In addition, climate change science is becoming more and more difficult to deny, even for the most entrenched skeptics. A rising tide of environmental concern has certainly helped bolster rooftop solar’s market share.

Solar is also helping to decrease our national dependence on foreign energy sources, and that’s something even the most conservative energy consumer can get behind. Fossil fuel pricing is inherently volatile, and less reliance on foreign oil means a stronger, more independent America.

Public policy has been an additional driver of solar growth. Solar customers in many states have benefited from generous net metering laws that have allowed them to sell their excess energy back to the utilities at retail rates, paying only for the energy they use. And with the Federal Solar Investment Tax Credit footing 30% of the cost of going solar, the cost of installing shiny new photovoltaic panels has been downright reasonable for homeowners and solar lessors, alike.

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