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Earlier this month, New York’s Public Service Commission changed how solar energy is valued in the state. Ahead of the decision, some solar advocates were worried a change in regulations would make solar panels less attractive for homeowners and small businesses.

Gabe Altieri / WSKG

The New York Public Service Commission could make a decision this week that would have a big impact on the state's solar industry. Advocates for small solar producers worry they’ll be left behind. 

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There’s going to be a new way to go solar in central New York. Solarize CNY Communities, the organization that’s helped install solar energy in several homes across central New York in recent years, is moving from rooftop arrays to making it a community affair.

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New York ranks fourth in the nation in solar technology jobs, according to an annual report from the Solar Foundation. The state has more more than 8,000 postions in the field.

The industry’s growth is due to a substantial increase in residential installations, according to the report.

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The latest drive for Solarize CNY is the largest campaign the grassroots solarize group has tackled, moving beyond Onondaga County into surrounding counties.  And since this latest push started, more than 700 homeowners have signed up for a site assessment to look at the feasibility of a solar system on their property. But while the solarize movement has been successful so far, there are concerns about the future.

Natcore Technology

In a move expected to drive down costs to the industry, Natcore Technology says it has developed  a way to swap silver for aluminum in its solar cells. Silver is a highly conductive metal, and that efficiency is one reason it has been used in solar cells for nearly 60 years. When sunlight hits a silicon cell, it generates electrons, and silver has been used to collect these electrons in order to form a useful electric current. But it is also expensive, and that’s why Natcore has been working on eliminating silver from the mass production process of the all-back-contact silicon cells.  READ MORE...