29 million answers to the question “What can solar do for me?”

The calculations to determine whether or not solar is a good investment are not simple—unless you’re using the Clean Power Estimator® solar calculator. Since we started counting 10 years ago, Clean Power Estimator has performed more than 29 million solar savings estimates, growing in tandem with the rise of distributed solar in the U.S. Since 1998, … Continued

Growing solar beyond California: financial intelligence for every state

Solar is rapidly growing beyond California. As described in the Men’s Journal article “Why Now Is the Time To Go Solar,” this growth is being driven by the availability of inexpensive panels, tax breaks, and options to lease or buy PV systems. While a recent California Solar Initiative (CSI) report highlighted the growth of PV … Continued

PV Power Maps: visualizing monthly production

For more than a year, we’ve been supplying Solar Today Magazine with monthly ‘PV Power Maps’ for its regular column. Not only are these maps gorgeous to look at, but they provide very interesting insight into how solar resources in the U.S. translate into actual power produced. That’s because the maps go beyond simply depicting the amount … Continued

Top trends to watch in 2013: solar soft cost reduction

Over the next few weeks, we’ll share our views of the top three trends to watch for in the U.S. solar market (focusing on the PV market; apologies to the solar thermal folks reading). This week, we look at the first trend: soft cost reduction. It’s no secret that module prices have plummeted by 75% … Continued

3 steps to reducing solar customer acquisition costs

In anticipation of the soon-to-be released NREL report that benchmarks solar soft costs in 2010, plenty of media attention is being given to soft-cost reduction strategies. According to NREL’s data, customer acquisition and system design make up 11 percent of the cost of residential solar – the majority of that in marketing and advertising. This … Continued