Massachusetts has surpassed Arizona and New Jersey to become the nation’s second-biggest employer in the solar power industry.
According to a report from the Solar Foundation, which studies and promotes the solar industry, 9,400 people had jobs making, selling, and installing solar power systems in Massachusetts last year. The industry added 3,000 jobs from November 2013 to November 2014, the group said.
More than 600,000 homes in the U.S. have solar panels today — up dramatically from just a few years ago, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. Leasing programs that require little or no money up-front have played a key role in that growth.
But here’s a question for homeowners: Is it better to lease or buy?
The Huffington Post:
Is the Road to Solar a Solar Road?
If solar power is ever to truly hit the mainstream, we’re going to need a lot more solar panels in a lot more places. Roofs alone won’t do the trick. That’s why the environmental blogs lit up a few months ago with the news that a bike path capable of generating solar energy opened in the Netherlands. Solar bike paths? Solar roads? Sounds great; let’s do it! The only thing getting in the way is some very daunting math.
The Motley Fool
Can SolarCity’s Business Survive Coming Solar Competition?
The residential solar industry is changing faster than you may realize. Companies are developing new components that make installation easier, financing is becoming more readily available, and new products like storage and energy management are making their way into the industry.
Many people have probably heard that it’s getting cheaper to install rooftop solar panels in the US. But that’s just part of an even bigger trend. Since 2010, the cost of renewable energy has been plummeting all over the world.