Ah, California: The recent news of your boom in solar panel installations in 2013 only makes anyone shivering under the polar vortex in any other state in the U.S. cranky. But still, congratulations are in order. The California Solar Energy Industries Association is reporting that the state not only more than doubled its rooftop solar installations last year, but dramatically increased installation rates. How much so? Well, last year the state installed 1,000 MW in 12 months, whereas it took 30 years for the first 1,000 MW to be achieved.

Other states, don't fret: You're picking up the pace, too (albeit perhaps more slowly), as Think Progress' Climate Progress outlet reports that 200,000 homes and businesses across the  country added a total of about 3 gigawatts of solar power over the past two years. One entity not cheering these advances so loudly? Some utility companies. In fact, it seems 12 states are currently battling net metering fights in which consumers are seeking compensation for the excess energy their solar panels product. Read More