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Don't miss the chance to hear Ellen Neubauer's 1603 Treasury Grant Program Update and learn practical tips from attorneys, developers, and financiers in the solar industry. Register with promo code SOLAR15 before 11:59 p.m. EST tonight to save 15 percent. More



Free SEIA webinar: 'Power Purchase Agreements and
Third-Party Leases' | Feb. 14 | 1-2 p.m. EST

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Join SEIA for this free webinar, and learn the nuts and bolts of customer-solar developer power purchase agreements, including tax and finance structures. You'll also come away with an understanding of the barriers faced by PPAs as well as the policies that support them. Take note, members have exclusive access to download a free PPA template online. More

Solar thermal energy costs predicted to halve by 2020
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Days after U.S. Energy Secretary Stephen Chu promised that large scale solar photovoltaic would be cheaper than coal and gas before the end of the decade — and a commercial solar PV project in New Mexico appeared to deliver on that very prediction — comes a forecast that the other key solar technology, solar thermal, will also halve its costs over the same time period. More

Tenure of DOE Secretary Chu praised by clean energy advocates as he steps down
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The departures of more famous members of President Barack Obama's staff, like Hillary Clinton, have been making the rounds, but the news that Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a Nobel winner and champion of solar and renewable energy, is stepping down, landed with a soft thud. Advocates of renewable and clean energy like SEIA and the Advanced Energy Economy hailed his work at the energy department. More

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Industry leaders comment on release of
Sustainable Energy in America 2013 Factbook

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Following the release of the Sustainable Energy in America 2013 Factbook — a dynamic look at the rapidly changing U.S. energy landscape — industry leaders and board members of the Business Council on Sustainable Energy made the following comments at a press conference. More

US renewable-energy capacity doubled from 2009-12
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Renewable-energy capacity in the U.S. almost doubled from 2009 to 2012, helping reduce the nation’s carbon-dioxide emissions last year to the lowest since 1994, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report. The cumulative installed solar, wind, geothermal and biomass-based energy sources in the U.S. climbed to 85.7 gigawatts in 2012, compared with 43.5 gigawatts in 2008, the London-based research company said in a report. More

Report: Clean power is moving (gradually) into Americans' homes
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Americans are increasingly relying more on natural gas and renewable energy for heat, power and transportation. From 2007 to 2012, natural gas use grew from 23.4 percent to 27.2 percent, while renewable energy consumption rose from 6.4 percent to 9.4 percent, according to a report. At the same time, the use of coal fell from 22.5 percent to 18.1 percent in that five-year period. More


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Solar company helps Habitat for Humanity make homes energy efficient
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Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit that helps thousands of valley families get into homes they otherwise couldn't afford. Now, the organization is taking things one step further and helping those new homeowners save money . The work started bright and early, as a group of volunteers and employees from Harmon Solar installed panels on their own time.
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Think tank calls on Minnesota legislature to promote solar energy
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Two changes in Minnesota laws limiting solar power production could help boost local jobs, reduce emissions and move the state toward energy independence — and the effort won't cost taxpayers a dime. That was the assessment from the group Minnesota 2020, which called on the 2013 state legislature to get rid of the current 40 kilowatt cap placed on homes and businesses with solar electric panels tied into the electric grid. More



Solar development absorbing California farmland
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There's a land rush of sorts going on across the nation's most productive farming region, but these buyers don't want to grow crops. They want to plant solar farms. With California mandating that 33 percent of electricity be generated from renewables by the end of the decade, there are 227 proposed solar projects in the pipeline statewide. Coupled with wind and other renewables they would generate enough electricity to meet 100 percent of California's power needs on an average summer day, the California Independent System Operator said. More

Panasonic completes solar project at University of Colorado
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Panasonic Eco Solutions North America has announced it has completed a 500-kilowatt solar photovoltaic power generation installation at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The system was developed and built by Panasonic with local support from Lighthouse Solar. Financing was provided by a subsidiary of Renewable Social Benefits Fund, which works with Panasonic to finance distributed generation solar projects in the U.S. and U.S. territories. More
 

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