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New year, old woes?
Top 10 solar predictions for 2013 revealed

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As 2012 closed and 2013 arrived, the question is: What is in store for solar manufacturers, installers and everyone in between? Market research firm IHS foresees little relief from some of the key challenges that rocked the industry this year, but positive signs are also appearing. More

Forget fracking: 2012 was a powerful year for renewables
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Natural gas may have reshaped the domestic energy market in 2012, lowering energy prices and marginalizing the coal industry, but America's shale boom hasn't undermined renewables. In fact, while analysts were paying attention to fracking this year, a record number of solar panels were being slapped on roofs — enough to produce 3.2 gigawatts of electricity. More

Renewable energy winning mind share, if not market share
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Renewable energy has not yet won the battle for market share over fossil fuels, but it appears to be doing well when it comes to mind share, according to a survey by Dow Jones' Factiva service. Factiva counted the mentions of various forms of green energy in the world's major print publications in 2002 and then in 2012. More

California sets winter record for solar energy production
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California has set a new record for the amount of solar energy it generates during the winter season. According to data from CalSO, the state reported 1,029 megawatts of solar energy being introduced into the California power grid. Moreover, the state came close to generating more than 1 gigawatt of solar energy on the winter solstice, which is the day when the state receives its least amount of sunlight. More

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Frustrated installers say permitting holds back the US solar market
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More than one-third of U.S. solar installers believe that permitting requirements are limiting market growth, according to a new nationwide study conducted by Clean Power Finance. The study, which the company says is the largest of its kind to date, provides quantifiable evidence of the negative effects that complex permitting regulations have on U.S. solar installers and also on the authorities having jurisdiction, including municipalities and utilities, that oversee permitting processes. More

Rift with China clouds solar industry's future
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It's been a banner year for solar energy. The United States is on track to install a record number of solar power systems — thanks in large part to low-cost solar panels from China. That's been challenging for American manufacturers, and federal officials have put trade tariffs on Chinese panels. More

Small-scale solar's big potential goes untapped
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Modest-size projects can produce electricity at a lower cost to consumers and the environment, but financing goes to big plants. Recent studies project that California could derive a substantial percentage of its energy needs from rooftop solar installations, whether on suburban homes, on city roofs or atop big-box stores. More

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How utilities can better source innovation
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The speed of innovation outside the walls of utilities outstrips the speed of innovation within. As new and disruptive vendors, technologies, and business models enter the market, many utilities have seemed unsure about what their role is or should be. More

Maximizing solar energy credits in the new year
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With next year's change in solar photovoltaic tax credits — due to state budget restraints and loopholes in the previous policy — many local residents are concerned about what this means for them. In simple terms, the incentives for going solar will be reduced, allowing homeowners to only receive one tax credit per system. More

Engineers apply a Band-Aid to the nature of solar panels
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Scientists at Stanford University have revealed a flexible solar panel that works like a Band-Aid, an engineering innovation that could see a renewable energy source on the back of an iPhone. Solar cells have traditionally needed to be placed in bulky installations, limiting where they can be located and often requiring some sort of specialist knowledge to ensure that they can provide the electricity required. More

What 2013 holds for solar: Predictions from 4 green money managers
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For the people who manage clean energy portfolios, mutual funds, and indexes, the question is more than idle curiosity. Getting the answer right means finding the stocks that will put a shine on your solar portfolio's returns. Getting it wrong means the competition will blow away your wind stocks. A network of green money managers gave their opinions on the trends in the solar sector. More

Musk's SolarCity raises $92 million in initial share sale
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SolarCity Corp., the solar power provider led by billionaire Elon Musk, raised $92 million in its initial public offering, 39 percent less than initially sought after selling the shares at a reduced price. The San Mateo, Calif.-based company sold 11.5 million shares, equivalent to a 16 percent stake, for $8 each, according to a statement. More

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