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Top Solar Energy Stories Of The Week

July 5th, 2013 | by Glenn Meyers

Here are this week’s top solar energy stories, thanks to Zach Shahan from CleanTechnica. [repostus jump=4 hash=6e579efeeb28b44cf1dc918596185c01 title=Top+Solar+Energy+Stories+Of+The+Week host=Clean+Technica short=1Hp2H [&hellip

Largest Manhattan Solar Array Completed

January 24th, 2012 | by Joshua S Hill

Deutsche Bank announced Monday the completion and operation of it new 122.4kW solar photovoltaic system installed atop its Americas headquarters at 60 Wall Street, New York. The array is expected to decrease carbon emissions by 100 metric tonnes per year

Chicago Skyscraper to Generate Solar Electricity

March 24th, 2011 | by Glenn Meyers

In an experimental program, Chicago’s tallest building, Willis Tower (previously the Sears Tower) will soon feature high power density photovoltaic glass units (PVGUs) on the south side of the 56th floor

No Money Down Solar

August 6th, 2007 | by Philip Proefrock

That's an intriguing lede to an article. Many of you may be suspicious that I'm going to be talking about CitizenRE and their alleged "free solar energy" offer, but this isn't about that program. (And if you aren't familiar with CitizenRE, I recommend that you take a look at the three-part series from Mike Taylor that discusses the program starting here.) Instead, I'm refering to an intriguing point that is made in an article titled "10 MORE Things to Know Before Buying a Solar Electric System" by Bruce Karney from It's not a get-rich-quick scheme, but rather a simple fact of finance for people in regions where they are currently paying high rates for their electricity. If you are paying more than 20 cents per kilowatt hour, this may be applicable to you.

The article skips many of the basic things that many people considering solar are already well aware of, such as that a solar PV system needs to be installed on a south or southwest facing (for installations in the northern hemisphere); those are covered in his preceeding article. Both articles provide good information, and are highly recommended reading, especially if you are seriously considering buying a solar PV system.

However, the most intriguing item to me in the article was the line "You can buy a solar system for no money down." For many homeowners with concerns about the costs and cash flow, PV panels are seen as a pricey addition that they just can't afford to pay for right now. But that's not necessarily the case. As Karney explains,

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