THE SOLAR WAVE KEEPS ROLLING

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Uncyclopedia Wikia/Amazing surf wave

The White House has gone solar as President Obama continues to promote more solar energy, energy efficiency and the jobs this will bring.

Solar stocks are surging; solar financing continues to grow as well, with $200 million from Credit Suisse for residential solar and another $300 million to fund a residential solar and energy efficiency property-tax-backed program (PACE) across California. The money flows and solar goes…

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Credit solarpanelspower.net

In the US, a secondary solar market is developing as smart technology combines with solar to create projects that are attractive investments to hedge funds and other large investors.

In Hawaii, a major utilitiy is considering proposals for massive energy storage projects to coordinate with the large solar influx into Oahu’s grid. To boost solar power in Iowa, state legislators approved a $4.5 million tax credit bill for residential solar installations.

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Dennis Schroeder/NREL

Experts predict that US residential solar with storage capabilities will decrease energy bills, and further fuel a large expansion of it in communities nationwide, especially as community microgrids proliferate, shifting power away from utilities toward consumers.

Worldwide, solar power demand grows in Russia, surges in Chile, and continues forward in India and especially China, which will be the largest solar market in 2014 due to its massive construction of solar utilities.

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Aioannides at Wikimedia Commons

But addressing climate change seriously requires solar power to expand far more and faster through giant gigawatt plants like those now being proposed in India, South Africa and across North Africa; financing such projects remains a challenge, however, especially in the US.

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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