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California regulators approve plan to mandate solar panels on new homes

California regulators on Wednesday approved a first-in-the-nation plan to mandate the installation of solar panels on all new homes beginning in 2020. The move was approved with a 5-0 vote by the California Energy Commission, in what supporters of solar energy

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Politics of CA solar power getting messier

The standard narrative of solar power in California has long been that it’s a wonderful idea that everyone should embrace, a view touted by Democratic governors and Republican governors alike for nearly a quarter-century. But as CalWatchdog reported last week,

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Solar panels might not help home values

Putting solar panels on home roofs is the rage in California with all our sunshine. But it might not help home values if the panels are leased. The problem is the new owner, in addition to qualifying for the mortgage,

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CA “community solar” fight looms on subsidy issue

Hawaii’s boom in residential solar power is inspiring advocates of the alternative energy resource to push hard in states across the U.S. for rooftop solar power, both for personal use and as part of the larger electricity grid. One in

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Gridlock On Renewable Energy Highway

MAY 24, 2011 By K. LLOYD BILLINGSLEY California politicians want to draw 33 percent of the state’s energy needs from “renewable” sources such as wind and solar by 2020, fewer than 10 years away. That plan will be hard to

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