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General Motors joins SEIA
General Motors
General Motors is now a member of SEIA, joining other renewable energy advocates supporting a strong U.S. solar industry. Last year, SEIA ranked GM as the No. 1 automotive solar user in the United States. It placed No. 13 among other companies, such as IKEA and Walmart, making significant use of solar power.
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Duke Energy: Solar will eclipse wind in 2013
Bloomberg
The U.S. will add more solar power in 2013 than wind energy for the first time as wind projects slump and cheap panels spur demand for photovoltaic systems, according to the head of Duke Energy Corporation's renewable-energy development unit. The U.S. may install 3-4 gigawatts of wind turbines this year, and solar projects will probably exceed that, said Gregory Wolf, president of Duke Energy Renewables.
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The Solar Bowl: The NFL Adds a Bit More Green to the Gridiron
The Huffington Post
Super Bowl Sunday, for many, was a blast. However, one event will stand out as one of the strangest things to happen during a Super Bowl — the stadium losing power. This event should be seen as a wake-up call to America, as there is a dire need to diversify energy sources. Across the country, stadium owners are turning to solar energy to power their stadiums.
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Hawaii lawmakers move to decrease solar tax credits
The Associated Press via Houston Chronicle
The solar industry has been booming in Hawaii, but state officials worry the industry's tax credits are draining state coffers. Representatives in the House committee on the environment voted to gradually decrease the solar energy tax credit to 15 percent by 2018. They cast aside Gov. Neil Abercrombie's more drastic proposal to cut the current tax credit to 15 percent by next year. The credit is currently 35 percent of the cost of each solar energy system.
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A new California solar record — in February
KCET-TV
It looks as though California has broken another solar power record, and it's done so in one of the least-sunny times of year possible. According to preliminary figures provided by the California Independent System Operator, the state's grid received more than 1,300 megawatts of power from solar arrays for a few hours on Feb. 6 — likely an all-time record in a month when the sun shines with less intensity than at most other times of year.
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US slams India's 'discriminatory' rules for solar modules
Solar Industry
Simmering solar trade tensions between the U.S. and India approached a full boil this week. The U.S. government has sent the World Trade Organization a formal complaint over India's domestic-content requirements and requested that dispute-settlement proceedings begin. The quarrel concerns the origin of solar cells and modules used in projects deployed under India's Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, a government-backed long-term solar initiative.
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Lease is game-changer for solar energy, LIPA bills
Long Island Business News
The New York-based Long Island Power Authority authorized in January the use of leasing as a method of payment for residential solar systems. The lease allows customers to immediately cut their costs for electricity by eliminating their energy bill and instead, paying a simple monthly payment to a third-party financing company who owns the system. Now that the solar lease is available, any qualifying homeowner can make the switch with no investment required.
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Solar energy shines on electrical apprentices
The San Diego Union-Tribune
A training center for electricians in California's Imperial Valley is expanding in response to a surge in the construction of large-scale solar projects and other renewable energy power plants, an electrical union announced. The Imperial Electrical Training Center said that it is receiving $300,000 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569 and members of the National Electrical Contractors Association.
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Russia considers solar power for planes
pv magazine
Russia's Ministry of Industry and Trade, Minpromtorg, has ordered several studies into fuel alternatives for its civilian aircraft industry, including solar energy. Around $21 million has reportedly been earmarked for the research. According to a statement released by Minpromtorg, the research is necessary on the back of a need to expand Russia's domestic airline industry and, thus, a need for more fuel.
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Rocky Mountain Power funds renewable-energy projects
The Salt Lake Tribune
As soon as spring weather arrives, developers of the Artspace Solar Gardens property near downtown Salt Lake City plan to install a 315-kilowatt solar power array on its roof and parking garage. The project, funded in part through Rocky Mountain Power's Blue Sky program, will feature nearly 1,000 solar panels that are expected to generate enough electricity to meet all the power needs of the 30 residential and 15 commercial office units in the mixed-use development.
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400 acres of solar panels could cover North Carolina county
WUNC-FM
A North Carolina renewable energy company says it plans to build a large solar farm in Duplin County. Strata Solar announced it is developing 400 acres of land for solar panels with a capacity of 100 megawatts. It's one of the largest solar farms in production on the east coast. Strata CEO Markus Wilhelm says his company will file its plans with the North Carolina Utilities Commission by the end of February.
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Solar outside the Sunbelt: Michigan
Greentech Media
Michigan's renewable portfolio standard requires the two major utilities, Consumers Energy and Detroit Edison, to obtain 10 percent of their power from renewables by 2015. Under Consumers' original 2008 2-megawatt Renewable Energy Program, customers received a 12-year contract at a fixed price for each kilowatt-hour generated. With 102 systems installed, Consumers customers had filled out the program by June 2011.
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