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Rooftop Solar Hampered by New York City Fire Code

Requirements in the NYFD fire code make it costly and difficult to achieve the city’s solar installation goals.

May 26, 2022 - Grist

Solar Installation

California Could Drastically Cut Solar Incentives

Rooftop solar customers in California could face higher costs and reduced incentives if a proposed overhaul of the state's solar program is approved by the Public Utilities Commission.

December 23, 2021 - Los Angeles Times


Community Solar, an Alternative Energy Win-Win

Across the country, community solar is taking off and making the financial and environmental benefits of solar energy more accessible.

May 3, 2019 - Curbed New York

Urban Solar Power

To Incentivize Clean Energy, California Commits $800 Million

Recently signed by Governor Jerry Brown, a new measure has increased the funds California sets aside to incentivize energy storage systems to over $1 billion.

October 8, 2018 - The New York Times

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Georgia's Conservative Path to a Solar Power Boom

Georgia politics haven't usually been friendly to renewable energy. But some unlikely alliances, and a healthy dose of economics, can go a long way.

June 30, 2018 - Inside Climate News

Urban Solar Power

California Program Promotes Multifamily Rooftop Solar

The state's SOMAH program, now finalized, provides rebates to multifamily affordable housing developments that use solar, and lets tenants share in the benefits.

January 1, 2018 - PV Magazine

Urban Solar Power

A Toolkit for Reaching 100 Percent Renewable

The Global 100% Renewable Energy campaign is one voice encouraging cities to adopt entirely renewable sources of energy. It recommends decentralized energy systems like rooftop solar.

July 28, 2017 - Citiscope

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Mapping Rooftop Solar to Make It a Social Norm

Debuted in 2015, Google's Project Sunroof is designed make it easier for homeowners to go solar. Now the tool is harnessing peer pressure to "create a social norm" around solar.

June 27, 2017 - CityLab

Solar Installation

NYC Solar Power Capacity Surpasses 100 Megawatts

Citywide solar capacity quadruples under Mayor de Blasio, supporting more than 2,700 jobs. The City’s goal is installing 1 gigawatt of solar capacity citywide by 2030!

April 24, 2017 - Cities of the Future

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Proposed Law Would Require Solar Panels on All New Home Construction in California

So far four cities in California require solar panels on all new residential construction, with San Francisco as the most populous example. A proposed law would expand that requirement to the rest of the state.

January 16, 2017 - San Francisco Chronicle


Solar Canopies Provide a Solution for New York Roofs

A design fix helps Brooklyn brownstones go green.

June 20, 2016 - Wired

Leasing to Spur Growth in Small and Medium-Sized Wind Turbines

Can wind power gain the popularity of rooftop solar? A Brooklyn start-up is betting it can with the leasing of turbines, particularly to farmers and rural residents.

December 22, 2015 - The New York Times - Energy & Environment

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Google Debuts Rooftop Solar Mapping Tool

Currently in its early stages, Project Sunroof tracks how much sun every roof receives. Then it estimates the costs and savings if rooftop solar were installed. Right now, the tool only covers the Bay Area, Fresno, and Boston.

August 31, 2015 - Vox

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Mapping the Solar Potential of Every Roof

A new app out of MIT provides property owners with detailed information about the solar potential of their roofs. The app is currently at work in five cities.

October 8, 2014 - CleanTechnica

California Doubles Rooftop Solar Capacity - In One Year

2013 was a historic year for rooftop solar installation across the United States, and in California in particular. The Golden State added as much rooftop solar capacity as was installed over the prior 30 years combined.

January 4, 2014 - Climate Progress

New Rooftop Solar Laws in California Benefit Homeowners and Utilities

In the last week to sign bills, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 327 that allows utilities to charge all ratepayers for costs incurred to the grid by rooftop solar and allows those who have it to 'run the meter backwards', known as net metering.

October 10, 2013 - KCET

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