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SEIA: New Jobs Report Shows Value of Effective Public Policies
SEIA
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, released a statement after carefully reviewing The Solar Foundation's new state-by-state jobs report.
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SEIA Applauds Success of DOE's SunShot Initiative
SEIA
In response to the Department of Energy's announcement that its decade-long solar SunShot Initiative is more than 60 percent of the way to achieving "cost-competitive utility-scale solar photovoltaic electricity," Tom Kimbis, vice president of executive affairs for SEIA, issued a statement.
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SEIA Announces Strong Support for Solar Legislation
SEIA
Saying it will spur billions of dollars in new investment in the U.S. economy, SEIA has announced its strong support for California Rep. Mike Thompson's "commence construction" legislation, H.R. 2502, which now has 100 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives and continues to gain momentum.
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SEIA Supports USTR Solar Trade Case Against India
SEIA
Calling it "justified and necessary," Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, released a statement supporting the U.S. government's decision to move forward with its World Trade Organization case against India.
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Solar energy global market drivers and challenges
By Don Rosato
The worldwide solar energy or photovoltaic demand reached only 29 gigawatts last year, a 5 percent year-over-year increase. This is the first time in 10 years that the year-over-year photovoltaic industry market growth has been less than 10 percent. For supply and demand to have been balanced during 2012-13, end-market demand should have approached the 45-gigawatt level. This overcapacity is having a significant effect on companies all along the supply chain as the industry consolidates.
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California Has One-Third of the Nation's Solar Power Jobs
San Francisco Chronicle
One-third of all Americans who work in solar power live in California, according to an annual survey recently released — and their numbers are growing fast.
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US Utility-Scale Solar 60 Percent Towards Cost-Competition Goal
Energy.gov
The Energy Department has announced that the U.S. solar industry is more than 60 percent of the way to achieving cost-competitive utility-scale solar photovoltaic electricity — only three years into the department's decade-long SunShot Initiative.
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Progress Report: Advancing Solar Energy Across America
Energy.gov
The U.S. solar industry is growing at a record-breaking pace, while becoming more affordable and accessible than ever before. The industry's forward progress comes in part thanks to support from the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative.
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US Solar Sector Jobs Rest on a Foundation of Low-Cost Solar Panels
Solar Industry
At a press event at the Environmental and Energy Study Institute in Washington, D.C., Andrea Luecke, president and executive director of The Solar Foundation, said the most important driver in the expansion of solar sector jobs in the U.S. has been the precipitous drop in the cost of solar power and the corresponding increase in installed capacity.
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Solar 3rd-Party Financing at $3.34 Billion in 2013: Key to the US Solar Boom
Forbes
The U.S. solar energy boom would not be possible without third-party financing entities. In 2013, 22 leasing funds raised $3.34 billion according to Mercom Capital. The trend is increasing rapidly, from $1.98 billion raised in 2011 and 2.10 billion in 2013.
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Clash of the Titans: Jigar Shah of CASE and Frank Asbeck of SolarWorld
Greentech Media
The U.S. solar industry could be on the verge of an industry-transforming decision from the U.S. International Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce. While the U.S. solar industry and its industry organizations could be looking for solutions and negotiated settlements, the self-appointed generals of this important battle are instead electing to automicturate. Today's solar voices are Jigar Shah of CASE and Frank Asbeck of SolarWorld.
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Solar Use Will Push Energy Costs Up in Massachusetts
The Boston Globe
Massachusetts utility customers could get hit with more than $1 billion in higher electricity bills over the next two decades under Gov. Deval Patrick's plan to dramatically expand solar power in the state, government and industry officials said.
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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. But even more modest projects can find themselves on uncertain ground.

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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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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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More Cost-Effective, New-Generation Solar Panels
Euronews
VideoBriefThough the use of solar panels is on the rise, it still only represents 1.5 percent of total energy consumption in Europe. Researchers at The Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology in Neuchatel, Switzerland, are working on ways to make solar energy more cost-effective. This includes using less precious metals in the manufacturing.
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Glass Orb: The Future Of Solar Energy?
ThinkProgress
André Broessel's latest invention looks like something out of a superhero movie. In reality, though, it's a stand-alone solar energy generator. And if nothing else, it's much more interesting to look at than your standard photovoltaic solar panel.
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SunEdison Installs Solar Parking Canopy at Brooklyn Whole Foods
Solar Novus Today
SunEdison, a solar technology manufacturer and provider of solar energy services, announced the completion of a 306-kilowatt direct current solar system for Whole Foods Market in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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