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Rooftop solar is looking up

solar_thumbsup_installersAccording to a study by McGraw Hill Construction and the National Association of Homebuilders, more than 50 percent of all U.S. homebuilders could offer rooftop solar as a standard feature for single-family homes within two years.The study cites several factors: construction trends, a drop in installation prices, and increasing consumer knowledge about energy efficiency and climate change.

Another interesting fact: while most rooftop solar homes are concentrated in sunny states (think Arizona and California), there’s also a successful solar market in New Jersey.

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Solar company vows storage to match natural gas base load

solar_towerAbengoa Solar SA, a Spanish solar energy researcher, claims that solar power tower technology with molten salt storage will match base load combined cycle natural gas-fired generation by 2020,and with comparable price and flexibility and without emissions.

Among Abengoa’s projects are the 206MW Mount Signal solar plant in California, the 280MW Solana concentrating solar power project in Arizona, the 110MW Cerro Dominador solar power tower project in Chile, and several others in Africa, the Middle East and Mexico.
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