Palmetto Clean Energy News & Solar Energy Blog

President Trump should say no to tariffs on solar energy.

Last week, the International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. came out with recommendations to impose new tariffs on imported solar modules. These tariffs could increase the price of solar panels by up to 35%, while also limiting the number of panels that can be imported into the US. President Trump has the ability to override these recommendations and not impose these penalties. Here's what he should take into account:

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Famous Buildings That Have Gone Solar

Homeowners aren’t the only ones going solar around the world. Famous buildings are adopting their own solar arrays! These iconic spots are realizing the benefits of sustainable energy for the environment, and they’re now running on solar power.

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Student Uses Solar Energy To Power Personal Devices

Jacob Wilmoth, mechanical and aerospace engineering senior, bought two solar panels and a battery this past summer. “I wanted to play around with solar panels and batteries, so I started off with a solar panel kit off of Amazon,” Wilmoth said.

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5 U.S. Towns Are Powered Entirely By Renewable Energy

As President Donald Trump stands his ground on fossil fuels and works to roll back America’s climate and clean energy policies, cities around the country are committing to renewable energy ― and a handful already get all their power from sources such as wind and solar.

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Powering 11,000 Homes

It experiences harsh, cold winters, but Michigan is now home to a 200,000 panel solar array on a 250-acre site. The Lapeer solar park is operational and generating enough renewable energy to power 11,000 homes, it was announced Monday. It is one of the largest utility-owned solar parks east of the Mississippi River, Detroit based DTE Energy said in a statement. 

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5 Reasons Why Solar is not a Do It Yourself Project

Who doesn’t adore the idea of a zeroed out energy bill? Trust us: everyone does. As more and more economic-minded people discover the power of solar energy, and what that power means for their budget, they leap right into the sunny throes of solar panels. After all, those brilliant, warm rays could illuminate their way to thousands in savings.

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It's Time To Re-Think Our Rebuild: Climate Change

In the wake of massive hurricanes that caused over $200 billion in damages in Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico, it’s time to plan for a stronger, more energy resilient system.  As these weather patterns continue to intensify, consider this: seven of the top ten most damaging hurricanes in U.S. history have occurred since 2005 — not including Irma and Harvey.

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Palmetto Expands Into Rhode Island

Charleston, SC ­-- Palmetto, a clean technology company providing customers with control of their energy usage, is announcing its expansion into Rhode Island after seven years of growth across the nation. Palmetto is offering homeowners a competitive solar solution combined with its proprietary technology to provide residents with personalized insights and control over daily energy usage.

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Governors Push Clean Energy Technology

LAS VEGAS – Despite federal rollbacks of Obama-era environmental and energy policies, states from both sides of the political aisle – and both sides of the country – are leading the charge toward renewable energy.

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Swiss Team Wins U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

DENVER, CO – Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Daniel Simmons announced the winning team of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 today in Denver, Colorado. The Swiss Team took first place overall by designing, building, and operating the house that best blended smart energy production with innovation, market potential, and energy and water efficiency. The University of Maryland took second place, and the University of California, Berkeley, and University of Denver team took third place.

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General Motors Is Going All Electric

AFTER MORE THAN a century peddling vehicles that pollute the atmosphere, General Motors is ending its relationship with gasoline and diesel. This morning, the American automotive giant announced that it is working toward an all-electric, zero-emissions future. That starts with two new, fully electric models next year—then at least 18 more by 2023.

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The Ins & Outs of Solar Tax Credits

Homeowner, solar energy saves you heaps of cash. It lowers or nearly eliminates your electric bills and provides safe, renewable energy that won’t harm the environment. As a result, you will enjoy some extra padding in your pocket and a healthier spring in your step because of the clean energy. To speed up the process of padding your pockets, you can even claim a solar investment tax credit, called an ITC.

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