Workers install solar panels on the roof of a home in Camarillo, Calif., in 2013. San Francisco has recently decided to start requiring rooftop solar systems — electrical or heating — on new construction up to 10 stories tall. Anne Cusack/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Nevada Solar Power Business Struggles To Keep The Lights On

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Elizabeth Ebinger in Maplewood, N.J., bought her solar panels, while neighbor Tim Roebuck signed a 20-year lease. Both are happy with the approach they took, and both are saving money on energy bills. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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The Great Solar Panel Debate: To Lease Or To Buy?

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A worker installs solar panels atop a government building in Lakewood, Colo. The industry has added more than 80,000 jobs since 2010, according to The Solar Foundation. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Solar Industry Sees Growth, But Also Some Uncertainty

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Solar energy panels on a roof in Marshfield, Mass. Stephan Savoia/AP hide caption

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Should Homeowners With Solar Panels Pay To Maintain Electrical Grid?

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In Del Norte, Colo., Public Works Supervisor Kevin Larimore shows off solar panels that provide electricity for the town's water supply. Despite generating its own solar energy, the town is still at risk of a blackout if its main power line goes down. Dan Boyce/Inside Energy hide caption

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When The Power's Out, Solar Panels May Not Keep The Lights On

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Mark Bortman of Exact Solar in Yardley, Pa., says having leased solar panels on a roof can add an extra step when selling a house. He says typically a buyer will assume the remainder of the lease, but that requires a credit check and some paperwork Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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Leased Solar Panels Can Cast A Shadow Over A Home's Value

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Workers assemble solar panels at the now-bankrupt Suntech in the eastern Chinese city of Wuxi. Overproduction in the country has helped lower the cost of solar panels. Peter Parks /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Eden Full took time off from her studies at Princeton University to work on her startup full time, after being selected for the inaugural class of the 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship. Della Rollins hide caption

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Who Needs College? Young Entrepreneuer Bets On Bright Idea For Solar Energy

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Evergreen Solar has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief, hoping to reorganize its debt and continue as a smaller company. Here, its panels are seen on a rooftop near Rome. PR NEWSWIRE hide caption

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