Stay current: the week’s best solar links


We’ve rounded up our top reads of the week about solar and the future of the energy — so you can stay current. 

We’ve rolled out a new loan program at SolarCity, and we’re excited about it: homeowners can now buy solar panels instead of leasing them, thereby collecting the federal and state tax benefits that come with system ownership. (Ivan Penn/Los Angeles Times)

India and the United States have joined forced in the fight against climate change. The countries’ leading announcement earlier this week was a clean energy initiative that’s expected to provide renewable electricity to around 1 million households by 2020. (Cristina Maza/The Christian Science Monitor)

Go, EV, Go: a new report by the International Energy Agency estimates over a million electric cars hit the roads worldwide last year. Four charts summarize the EV industry’s fast growth. (Brad Plumer/Vox)

Speaking of huge milestones, last month marked the first time solar electricity outproduced coal in the UK. (Damian Carrington/The Guardian)

Advocates saying solar can save ratepayers money by avoiding costly grid infrastructure improvements now have proof. Thanks to efficiency and rooftop solar, California’s primary grid operator was able to cancel upgrade projects totaling $192 million dollars in savings for PG&E customers. (Julia Pyper/Greentech Media)

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