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Are big companies taking over the solar-energy industry?

There seems to be a shift in the solar energy industry. Just a few years ago, the solar-energy industry was made up of many small companies. Now, it appears that the top 6 solar installation companies are dominating the field more than before. In 2012, the top 6 companies had 31% of the market share. But in 2013, the 6 companies made up 46% of the market, a 15% increase. This is not automatically bad news for small companies. The industry is growing as a whole, which is good news for everyone. The big companies are not deterring growth for smaller companies. The residential PV market grew 6...

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The Army to get 90 MW of solar for less than fossil fuels

Georgia Power is going to build three 30-megawatt PV solar installations for the US Army at a very low cost. The company will build installations for three locations. The projects will be operational by the end of 2016. Not only is the solar energy better for the environment, but it is also more cost effective. The projects would cost the Army the same or less compared to other energy sources. The Department of Defense has an annual $20 billion energy budget and is the single largest consumer of energy in the world. Many projects and initiatives have been already implemented for the US m...

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Illinois RPS fix pushed back another year

A potential law to fund stalled renewable power projects in Illinois will not be passed this year. Environmentalists have been advocating for the initiative for several years. The reason the law failed was because Exelon Corp., the most influential energy provider in Illinois, did not support the measure. There is a chance the law could be passed next year for solar projects. The smaller bill would allow Illinois to start some construction on solar installations through a bidding process. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140515/NEWS11/140519854/clean-energy-law-revamp-is-dead?utm...

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Help Grow Solar with the Kankakee Power Pack!

Eco Solar is proud to announce that we are a Kankakee Power Pack Installer for 2013; the Power Pack is an innovative financing and solar market development program first implemented in Milwaukee, WI and now extending to Kankakee, McHenry, Lee and McLean counties in Illinois. The Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is launching the Power Pack in Illinois in partnership with the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN), Kankakee Community College, Sauk Valley Community College, Heartland Community College and McHenry County College. Through this program, the MREA will educate consumers ab...

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Eco Solar Powers The Bellwether Market and Renegade Craft Fair

Bellwether Market took place on June 8-9 near The Hideout at 1354 W. Wabansia in Chicago and combined food, farm, vintage, collectors, crafters and artists into a fantastic local festival. The PowerCube – our silent, renewable generator – provided power for the primary music stage. Just as we’ve seen with other events, both the artists that used the stage and vendors around us loved the concept of using solar power at the festival. Many of them would like to see us at more events and will ask for clean power in the future now that they know it is a possibility. A related and upcoming ...

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