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1603 Program's Ellen Neubauer at
SEIA's finance seminar

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The 1603 Treasury Program is one of the most successful government programs to support renewable energy deployment in the U.S. Join experts and colleagues at SEIA's Finance and Tax Seminar, where Grants Program Manager Ellen Neubauer will give an update on the program and address recurring challenges. SEIA members get the best rates on registration. More



Google gives $2.65 million to support 'more intelligent energy use'
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Google has announced that it's making a $2.65-million donation aimed at the energy industry, this time to the Energy Foundation to help "support policy reforms that will lead to more intelligent energy use." Google says it supports three key areas with its grant, one of which is smarter electricity rates that actively encourage consumers to be more efficient, and shift their electricity use to times when it's cheaper, and perhaps even produce their own on-site energy. More

Solar price reductions removing barriers to adoption
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Solar photovoltaic technology will hold its spot as the fastest-growing technology in the U.S. energy industry for the next four years, according to new research from Frost & Sullivan. The prices of solar modules have been in a free fall since 2008, accelerating PV systems' commercialization, while encouraging the development of new financing models for the residential sector. More

Fiscal cliff legislation spares solar industry
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The big renewables winner in the fiscal cliff legislation was wind. But the solar industry was also spared some pain. Wind's $0.022 per kilowatt-hour production tax credit was extended through the end of 2013. Crucial language changes allow wind and geothermal projects "under construction" by year-end to qualify for the incentive instead of only those "in production." But for solar, "the automatic federal spending cuts, termed sequestration and slated for January 2013, were postponed until March," REC Solar Legislative Director Ben Higgins explained. More

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Falling costs make sunny skies for US solar industry
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As the United States continues a slow climb out of economic difficulty, one industry continues its steady ascent — the solar energy industry. With more than 224 sunny days last year in San Antonio alone, Texas could play a big role in this ascent now and in the years to come. More

Climate scientist backs bill to curb emissions
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Michael E. Mann, a prominent climatologist at Penn State, has thrown his support behind an effort to get Pennsylvania to do more to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions. Mann recently appeared at news conference organized by a state representative to promote two bills that would provide subsidies for solar installations and increase the amount of electricity that the state’s electric power utilities must generate from renewable sources of energy. More

Los Angeles DWP unveils solar power buyback program
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Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers for the first time will be able to sell back excess solar energy created on rooftops and parking lots under a new program approved Friday by the city utility's board of commissioners. Described as the largest urban rooftop solar program of its kind in the nation, the so-called feed-in-tariff program would pay customers 17 cents per kilowatt hour for energy produced on their own equipment. More


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Crowdfunding for solar power
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The community-owned solar array planned by a power cooperative northwest of Minnesota's Twin Cities has sold all of the ownership units and plans to begin construction soon. For the first time in Minnesota, an electric power cooperative is offering its customers an alternative — investing in a community-owned solar-power array, and getting credit for the output on their utility bills. More

California's 'virtual net metering' bill could boost solar industry
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Solar-powered electricity would be available to renters and business owners who don't own a roof — that means most businesses — under legislation introduced in California last month by state Sen. Lois Wolk of Davis, Calif. Supporters say "virtual net metering" would create market opportunities for solar developers and create much-needed jobs and tax revenue without using public funds. More

Mitsubishi may build solar plant in Japan with Chubu Electric
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Mitsubishi Corp., Japan's largest trading house by market value, may build a solar power station with Chubu Electric Power Co. in central Japan. Mitsubishi and C-Tech Corp., a clean energy and telecommunications unit of Chubu Electric, are considering building a solar plant in Aichi prefecture, Takashi Shiwaku, a Mitsubishi spokesman said. Aichi is home to Toyota Motor Corp.'s head office in Toyota city. More



University of Colorado doubles sun-power production
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The University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo., has doubled the amount of solar power it produces following the completion of an array on the east campus. The ground-mounted, 500-kilowatt system can produce 725,000 kilowatt-hours of energy per year, according to a press release from the university. It is the largest array on campus and CU's first ground-mounted system. More

Solar farm could power nearly 500 homes
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A businessman is hoping to build what would be the area's largest solar farm on privately owned land off Route 97 in North Beverly, Mass. The farm would feature 8,000 solar panels on eight acres of grassy land next to Birch Plains Park, between Beverly Municipal Airport and Wenham Lake near the Wenham line. The land's owner, Stanley Bialek, said the panels would produce two megawatts of energy, enough to power close to 500 homes, 20 times the amount produced by the solar panels next to Beverly High School. More

Scientist sees the light on solar energy
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One day in the summer of 1980, Heinz Frei was working on his postdoctoral project at the University of California at Berkeley, when his mentor walked up to his desk in Hildebrand Hall. George Pimentel, the late scientist whose name now adorns the chemistry lab, had just returned from a Department of Energy solar research conference. He said he was surprised that one presentation after another had focused on ultraviolet light, which represents just a tiny fraction of the energy in sunlight. More

Latin American, Caribbean photovoltaic demand growing annually
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Demand for solar photovoltaic energy across Latin America and the Caribbean is poised for explosive growth through 2017, with a forecast compound annual growth rate of 45 percent, according to a new report from NPD Solarbuzz. Mexico, Chile and Brazil are emerging as market leaders within the region, driven by a combination of net-metering, renewable portfolio standards and other policies. These three countries are forecast to have almost 70 percent of photovoltaic demand within the region by 2017. More
 

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