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Hot Topics at PV America: Solar for Emergency Preparedness and More
Feb. 5-7 | Philadelphia

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Start 2013 on the right track with networking, education and training you’ll benefit from all year. PV America takes place next week and offers sessions on the hot topics relevant today, including Solar for Emergency Preparedness, Getting to $1/Watt, and Penetrating Niche Markets: Sports Teams, Nonprofits, Schools & Military. Rates go up onsite, so register now!

Experts: Clean energy goals still a priority, post-Sandy
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Hurricane Sandy has forced a re-examination of the state's utility infrastructure, but a panel of energy leaders said that doesn't mean the state's clean energy goals must take a back seat. Thomas J. Massaro, vice president of marketing and business intelligence at New Jersey Natural Gas, was one of four panelists tackling the question of whether clean energy can become a major driver in New Jersey's economy. The forum, held at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J., was organized by NJ Spotlight. More

China won't impose solar tariff on polysilicon imports
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China, the biggest producer of solar products, probably won't impose tariffs on imported polysilicon, the main raw ingredient in panels that turn sunlight into electricity, according to Aaron Chew, an analyst with Maxim Group LLC. China is expected to rule Feb. 20 on complaints from domestic polysilicon producers that imports from Europe, South Korea and the U.S. are being sold in the country below cost, Chew said in a research note. More

Arizona Public Service Co. renewable plan approved with
no commercial incentives

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The Arizona Corporation Commission approved a plan to allow Arizona Public Service Co. to move toward meeting its renewable energy standards in 2013, although it doesn't include incentives for large commercial sites. The commission voted 5-0 to approve the plan, which APS is required to submit annually to measure how the utility is progressing toward state requirements of getting 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025. More

Hawaii governor pitches clean energy loan program
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Photovoltaic panels can set you back thousands of dollars in upfront costs. That's the stopping point for many people. Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie thinks he has a way to make it more affordable, utilizing a program that will "allow consumers to take advantage now and pay for it over the long run, while having the immediate benefits."


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Michigan officials to study future energy needs, consider updating
renewable power requirements

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is kicking off a year-long study to help set future energy policies for the state of Michigan, including whether to require expanded use of wind, the sun and other renewable electricity sources. The governor promised to dig into the issue last fall after voters soundly rejected a ballot proposal that would have ordered the state's utilities to generate 25 percent of their power from alternatives to coal, natural gas and other fossil fuels by 2025. Existing law sets a 10 percent minimum that must be met by 2015. More

Commentary: California utilities are fighting solar progress
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Solar energy is one of California's biggest success stories. Homes, schools and businesses are going solar in record numbers. The growing industry now employs 43,000 Californians and has infused $10 billion in private investment into our otherwise limping economy. Yet California's investor-owned utilities are quietly gearing up for battle against rooftop solar, using fuzzy math to distort the impact of the program that is the backbone of the state's solar energy boom. More

New Jersey county to save millions in electricity costs with solar panels
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New Jersey's Middlesex County is going green in a big way. An energy company has installed more than 25,000 solar panels at the county's Apple Orchard Lane complex in North Brunswick — enough to power the entire complex of seven buildings, which includes the county jail, county archives, youth detention center, highways and bridges building, public property and central vehicle buildings and county sheriff's substation. More

Commentary: Solar industry backing California governor
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California Gov. Jerry Brown's state-of-the-state address was warmly welcomed by many in the Golden State, particularly those in the solar industry. Two years ago, California was broke with a $25 million budget deficit. Brown confounded his critics with light tax hikes and shrewd spending cuts and has turned the deficit into a slight surplus. Claims that Brown has the Midas touch are overstretched, but the governor's tenures have helped the state to some golden years in the solar industry. More

Volkswagen switches on its largest solar-energy complex
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Volkswagen switched on its largest photovoltaic installation worldwide, as Europe's biggest automobile maker builds on its U.S. auto factory's recognition by an environmental group for sustainable operations. More

Building homes ready for solar energy makes sense
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The policies set by local governments can do much to move us toward sustainability. We do not have to wait for national regulations to change the way we build or rebuild the homes in our communities. One example occurred recently in Boulder County, Colo. The area has long been on the leading edge of environmental awareness and action. Its forward-looking board of commissioners adopted new building codes for energy efficiency, while adding requirements that all new homes be wired for electric vehicles and solar panels. More

UBS: Boom in unsubsidized solar PV flags energy revolution
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The revolution in energy markets caused by the growing impact of rooftop solar photovoltaic is about to take a dramatic leap in scale. According to analysts from the global investment banking giant UBS, the arrival of socket parity — where the cost of installing solar is cheaper than grid-sourced supplies — is about to cause a boom in unsubsidized solar installation in Europe, and the energy market may never be quite the same again. More

REC Solar dedicates 1.1-megawatt solar energy system in California
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REC Solar, AECOM and Ventura County Waterworks District No. 1 have dedicated a 1.1-megawatt solar energy system at Moorpark Wastewater Treatment Plant in Ventura County, Calif. The solar project, which is the largest publicly owned system in the county, is expected to produce more than 2,235 megawatt hours annually and meet 75 percent of the energy needs of the water reclamation facility. More

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