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National 'Shout Out For Solar' Day Gains Momentum
SEIA
Supported by both business and environmental groups, hundreds of thousands of people from across the United States and around the world are expected to take part in SEIA's National "Shout Out For Solar" Day, set for Friday, Jan. 24, and taking place on Facebook, Twitter and other social media venues.
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President's Energy Review Important Step Forward
SEIA
SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch has praised President Barack Obama's decision to move forward with the first Quadrennial Energy Review. Resch said SEIA "applauds President Obama for launching a bold, comprehensive effort to coordinate America's energy goals, and we look forward to working with the Administration to create a robust plan aimed at effectively utilizing America’s energy resources."
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'Solar Light Bulbs' Illuminate Homes in Typhoon-Hit Areas
GMA News
VideoBriefWhile some parts of the Visayas are still in the dark, used plastic bottles with solar panels developed locally have lighted up about 2,000 homes in typhoon-ravaged areas of the region. Illac Diaz, executive director of the "Liter of Light" project, said solar light bulbs were distributed in Tacloban City and Cebu province after super typhoon Yolanda battered the central Philippines last November.
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A Small Solar Installer Finds a Way to Make Google Glass Useful
Forbes
One of the residential solar industry's ongoing challenges surrounds standardizing and speeding up the time it takes to get installations approved and in place. One small installer in San Diego is viewing this problem through a different lens.
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North Carolina Researchers Find Way to Store Solar Power
News & Observer
A team of researchers led by a University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill chemistry professor has discovered a potential solution to one of the fundamental problems of generating large amounts of energy from the sun's rays — how to store some of the power so it's available at night.
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Figures: Solar Panels on Half a Million UK Buildings
The Guardian
The solar power industry appears to have installed its 500,000th set of panels in the U.K. in recent days, in a move that marks a major milestone for the burgeoning sector. According to figures by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, 499,687 solar schemes had been installed by Jan. 5 under the feed-in tariff scheme that supports solar arrays with a capacity smaller than 50 kilowatts.
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India Building the World's Largest Solar Plant For $4.4 Billion
Business Insider
Electricity-hungry India is flipping the switch on huge new solar energy projects to fuel its growing economy, using cheap — mainly Chinese — foreign technology to reduce once sky-high generation costs to competitive levels.
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Changes Proposed to Solar Rebate Program in Texas Capital
KXAN-TV
VideoBriefAustin, Texas, is known for being green, but when it comes to customers who produce solar energy there's a big debate that heads before a city committee. Austin Energy is defending its decision to cut rebates to some customers and has a plan they hope appeals to those who use solar.
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Huge Thermal Solar Potential in Canada
Clean Technica
Back in the early 1970's, Canada led the world in the development of Solar Thermal energy. Then the oil embargo ended, prices came down, and the incentives and grants dried up. More than a decade passed before what had once been Canadian technology resurfaced in Germany.
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US Military, Solar Companies Together Could Save Lives
DailyFinance
In an effort to save lives, money and the environment the U.S. military is making a multibillion-dollar commitment to increase its usage of renewable energy. Its stated goal is to generate 25 percent of its power by renewable sources by 2025.

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Researchers Find Simple, Cheap Way to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency
Printed Electronics World
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found an easy way to modify the molecular structure of a polymer commonly used in solar cells. Their modification can increase solar cell efficiency by more than 30 percent.

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Solar Power Craze on Wall Street Propels Startup
The New York Times
The first inklings of the idea came to Elon Musk and a cousin in an R.V. heading to the Burning Man festival in 2004. Solar energy, they agreed, could be big. But not even Musk, the billionaire behind the Tesla electric car, could have foreseen the solar power craze that is sweeping Wall Street.

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Graphene-Based Solar Cell Hits Record 15.6 Percent Efficiency
Gizmag
In 2012, researchers from the University of Florida reported a record efficiency of 8.6 percent for a prototype solar cell consisting of a wafer of silicon coated with a layer of graphene doped with trifluoromethanesulfonyl-amide. Now another team is claiming a new record efficiency of 15.6 percent for a graphene-based solar cell by ditching the silicon all together.
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Shunfeng to Spend $4.1 Billion on Solar as China Battles Smog
Bloomberg
Shunfeng Photovoltaic International Ltd., the solar-cell maker whose shares surged in 2013, plans to invest about 4.1 billion to develop its own solar projects this year. Shunfeng will install 3 gigawatts this year as part of a plan to add 10 gigawatts in the three years through 2016, Chairman Zhang Yi said.
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Ameren Missouri Plans to Build Solar Energy Center
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Ameren Missouri said that it would build a multi-million-dollar solar energy facility on a 19-acre site next to its electrical substation in O'Fallon, Mo. The facility's 19,000 solar panels will provide 5.7 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about 650 houses in the St. Louis area, Ameren Missouri officials said.
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Apple's Oregon Data Center: Solar Behemoth
Earth Techling
If Northwest media are correct, Apple is on its way to building the largest solar power plant in the state of Oregon. Public broadcaster OPB, quoting Prineville, Ore.'s mayor, says the town and Crook County have redone zoning agreements, making it possible for Apple to build a solar array on a big swath of land adjacent to the data center.
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England's Clouds Part for Solar as Panels Carpet Fields
Bloomberg
Cloudy Britain is emerging as Europe's hottest market to build solar parks. Cheaper equipment costs and steady subsidies are attracting developers of large-scale, ground-mounted projects from nations like Germany and Spain that pioneered solar on the continent. Britain may build more big plants — 2 megawatts or larger — than any European country, adding as much as 2,000 megawatts of capacity this year, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Those panels would occupy about 16 square miles, enough to cover most of central London.
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