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Resch: 'When Americans Demand Their Right to Energy Independence, We See Good Things Happen'
PV Magazine
In an exclusive interview, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, discusses the current state of solar in the United States.
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US-China Trade Dispute Threatens Solar Growth
SEIA
Concerned of a ripple effect across the entire U.S. solar energy industry, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, has warned SEIA's membership that the worsening solar dispute between the United States and China threatens the future progress of solar energy in America.
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SEIA Applauds White House Selection to Head CEQ
SEIA
Reacting to news that Mike Boots has been selected to become acting chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, issued a statement.
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What is the Current Cost of Solar Panels?
Clean Technica
Solar panels themselves are now a global product. There's tremendous variation in the cost of solar panels based on the type and efficiency of the solar panels. However, the type of panels used for residential solar installations is quite standard and the costs are basically set globally.
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Obama Shows Solar Support in State of the Union Address
Green Building News
In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama praised the nation's efforts to create clean, renewable energy and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. "The shift to a cleaner energy economy won't happen overnight, and it will require tough choices along the way," Obama said. "But the debate is settled. Climate change is a fact."
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Sunrun Buys Mainstream's Rooftop Solar Installer Business
Bloomberg News
Sunrun Inc., a closely held rooftop solar-power provider, acquired the residential installation and racking units of Mainstream Energy Corp. to add in-house construction capabilities. Mainstream's top two executives are joining Sunrun, Chief Executive Officer Lynn Jurich said in an interview. She wouldn't provide terms for the deal.
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CPUC Petitioned To Back Existing NEM Policies
Solar Industry
A consortium of solar advocacy groups and industry associations delivered a petition with 50,000 signatures to the California Public Utilities Commission urging it not to change net-energy metering rules on existing solar customers.
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New Photovoltaic Demand Restarts Capital Spending on Manufacturing
Solar Industry
According to a new report from NPD Solarbuzz, solar photovoltaic manufacturing equipment suppliers have rounded the bottom of the industry's slump and are forecast to embark on an upturn in 2015. A rosy scenario sees capital spending in the solar manufacturing sector reaching $10 billion in 2017.
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Minister: Solar Panels Better Than a Pension
The Telegraph
Installing solar panels on household roofs is a better investment than a pension, a minister has said. Greg Barker, the energy minister, said that anyone approaching retirement should consider putting some of their savings into solar panels because they would deliver a better financial return than a pension.
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Shared Solar Projects Powering Households Throughout America
Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
For decades, typically only homeowners with enough rooftop space, the proper roof tilt and just the right orientation to the sun had the option to power their homes with solar. The average cost of solar panels has dropped precipitously over the last decade, making solar a rapidly growing and affordable source of clean, renewable power for U.S. consumers. About 360,000 U.S. households have installed solar energy systems to date.
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New Online Tool Helps Cure the Solar Siting Blues
Solar Industry
The siting of solar power projects — particularly the massive photovoltaic and concentrating solar power facilities blooming in the west — draws intense scrutiny from environmental organizations. Last year, the Calico solar project was scratched in large part due to opposition from environmentalists concerned about wildlife habitats. But even more modest projects can find themselves on uncertain ground.
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In Solar-Energy Debate, Colorado Homeowners, Business Get Their Say
The Denver Post
Homeowners, solar installers and representatives of the business community sparred over a key credit for rooftop solar panels at a Colorado Public Utilities Commission hearing. Xcel Energy, the state's largest utility, has said the so-called net-metering credit, currently equal to about 10.5 cents for each kilowatt-hour a residential solar system puts on the grid, is too high.
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PSE&G Looks to Former Landfill for Solar Field
The Times of Trenton
A former dump in Bordentown Township, N.J., once littered with piles of trash could become home to rows of solar panels if PSE&G wins approval for the project. The public utility company is seeking preliminary and final site plan approval for a nine-megawatt solar array.
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New Jobs Report Shows Solar Continuing Record Growth
SEIA
With the recent release of The Solar Foundation's National Solar Jobs Census, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA issued a statement. "When it comes to the U.S. economy, solar is continuing to create tens of thousands of new jobs across the country," Resch said.

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How to Turn Windows Into Solar Panels
Bloomberg
Kevin Arthur, CEO at Oxford Photovoltaics, discusses the company's technology providing solar energy through windows. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "The Pulse."

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Solar Power Companies: 'We're Hiring'
MarketWatch
Solar companies are hiring workers faster than the overall economy, and are optimistic that hiring will continue at the same brisk pace this year, according to a jobs report by The Solar Foundation, a solar industry trade group.

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Apple Said to be Exploring Inductive Charging and Solar Power in
iWatch Testing

TechCrunch
Apple's work on an upcoming smartwatch includes explorations of induction charging and solar-powered batteries, according to a new report from The New York Times. As part of a larger piece about battery tech in general, the newspaper revealed that Apple has been working on tests involving wireless induction charging for the smartwatch, methods for incorporating solar panels into the display to draw power from the sun and potentially ambient light.
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Low-Cost Solar Cells Moving Closer Thanks to New Research on Electrodes
Clean Technica
Low-cost solar cells appear to now be one step closer to becoming a commercial reality, based on the findings of new research from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology. The researchers at OIST have been working on the creation of solar cells based on organic materials that possess electrodes that are both flexible and transparent, potentially allowing for the fabrication of low-cost solar cells.
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Patent Map Reveals Rise of Thin-Film Solar Technology (Forbes)
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Saudi Arabia Plans Solar Panel Factory
San Francisco Chronicle
Saudi Arabia, long synonymous with oil, may have its sights set on solar power. Saudi officials signed an agreement with Belmont's SunEdison Inc. to explore building a solar panel factory in the kingdom.
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