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Businesses, Environmental Groups Rally Behind National 'Shout Out For Solar' Day
SEIA
Saying "solar makes sense," leading businesses and environmental groups will join hundreds of thousands of people across the United States and around the world in support of the SEIA National "Shout Out For Solar" Day — set for Friday and taking place on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.
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Members-Only Webinar: 'What Smart Project Developers Know — How Federal Programs Can Help a Deal Pencil Out' | Jan. 28 | 1-2 p.m. EST
SEIA
Join SEIA and Barry Wides, deputy comptroller for community affairs at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, for a webinar to discuss the Community Reinvestment Act and the Public Welfare Investment authority and how they can enhance a banker's investment appetite for solar projects. Learn more about SEIA membership, and register for this webinar today!
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Shouting Out in Support of Solar
Renewable Energy World
Whether it's shouting from the rooftops in support of solar energy or relaying that passion through cyberspace, solar enthusiasts across the U.S. will generate a collective buzz on Jan. 24. It's the first National "Shout Out For Solar" Day, organized by SEIA to increase awareness about "one of the fastest-growing industries in America."
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How Solar Power is Changing the Game for US Automakers
Daily Finance
We've seen solar-powered iPhone cases before, but what about a solar-powered canopy that fuels your car? That's what Ford Motors was prototyping at this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. However, that's just the start of it.
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Texas Lands Installation That Could Become State's Biggest
The Dallas Morning News
For years, Texas has watched as solar developers flock to greener pastures in California and Arizona, where state subsidies and high power prices have created a solar boom. The announcement that First Solar, one of the world's largest solar companies, was building a sprawling 22-megawatt farm in West Texas was a rare piece of good news for the state's nascent solar industry.
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There's More Than 1 Way to Invest in Solar Power
CNBC
Solar companies, already benefiting from booming share prices, are turning to increasingly innovative ways to raise capital, including bond issues, bank loans and even crowdfunding. Solar securities are still largely unproven, and the relatively short tenure of solar projects — less than 20 years in many instances — may become a barrier to wider adoption of solar financing.
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Is the Answer to the ITC Sunset Blowing in the Wind?
Solar Industry
Solar sector advocates are already working to extend the investment tax credit, the industry's key legislative incentive. The ITC — which provides a 30 percent tax credit for qualifying commercial and residential solar projects — expires on Dec. 31, 2016. In a move borrowed from the wind sector's playbook, SEIA and others are lobbying Congress to tweak the language contained in the ITC to indicate when projects begin — not a deadline for when projects must enter service — to qualify.
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World's Largest Solar-Powered Bridge Opens in London
The Guardian
After nearly five years in the making, Network Rail has cut the ribbon on the world's largest solar-powered bridge at Blackfriars Bridge across the River Thames. As part of a project with solar installation firm Solarcentury, the roof of the bridge has been covered with 4,400 photovoltaic panels, providing up to half of the energy for London Blackfriars station.
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The Promises of Batteries to Bolster Solar Energy
Earth Techling
When SolarCity and Tesla announced they were teaming up to offer battery backup for residential solar photovoltaic systems, they generated much excitement — and a disproportionate amount of press. From Greentech Media to The New York Times, stories abound about how the union of these two companies heralds the next stage in the evolution of distributed energy resources.
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New Program Offering Oregon Home Buyers Rooftop Solar Panels
Portland Tribune
Oregon new home buyers will soon be able to order rooftop solar panels just as they do with granite countertops or other custom features — without adding to the home price — under a new program announced by SolarCity.
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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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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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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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Solar Cooler Keeps Drinks Cold Using the Sun Instead of Ice
Gizmag
In the past, we've seen solar ovens that can whip up a hot meal using only the sun's rays, but Solar Cool Technologies has a new product that harvests that same energy to accomplish just the opposite. The Solar Cooler, as its name implies, is a portable container for food and drinks that keeps its contents cold using a compact refrigeration system connected to solar panels.
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Wisconsin County Board to Vote on Proposal to Use Solar Power
WITI-TV
Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic has announced she will introduce a green power/green jobs resolution which proposes to increase the use of solar power within Milwaukee County and explore the possibility of a solar farm on County property at General Mitchell International Airport.
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The Gulf's Bright, Solar-Powered Future
Aljazeera
On the edge of the Arabian Peninsula's desolate Empty Quarter, hundreds of thousands of curved mirrors lined up in neat rows are quietly making electricity. Sunlight bounces off the mirrors, which concentrate the rays to heat up a specially made liquid to almost 400 degrees Celsius. The scalding oil is then used to generate steam, which turns turbines that create electricity for about 20,000 homes in the United Arab Emirates.
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Is Japan's Offshore Solar Power Plant the Future of Renewable Energy?
Smithsonian magazine
Across Japan, 50 nuclear power plants sit idle, shut down in the aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. Nobody is certain when government inspectors will certify that the plants are safe enough to be brought back online. Anti-nuclear activists point to this energy crisis as evidence that Japan needs to rely more on renewables. One think tank has calculated that a national solar power initiative could generate electricity equivalent to ten nuclear plants.
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