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SEIA announces launch of US Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance
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SEIA has launched the U.S. Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance, which will focus on growing the solar heating and cooling market by reducing barriers and advocating for policies on the federal, state and local levels. The SHC Alliance will be governed collaboratively by SEIA and the Alliance's governing body, the U.S. Solar Heating and Cooling Council.
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SEIA Finance Seminar Feb. 27-28 | New York, NY

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SEIA's Finance and Tax Seminar is the preeminent solar industry conference dedicated exclusively to finance and tax issues facing the solar industry today. We'll cover hot topics in solar finance, such as updates to the 1603 Treasury Program with U.S. Dept. of the Treasury's Ellen Neubauer, PPA best practices and doing deals with commercial customers. Speakers include Wal-Mart, Morgan Stanley, Covington & Burling LLP, Hunton & Williams LLP, CohnReznick, Seminole Financial Services and many more. SEIA members get the best rates. Register today to learn from experts, and make valuable new contacts.
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Government: Minnesota-made solar panels more durable than others
Twin Cities Business
Solar panels made in a factory on Minnesota's Iron Range are among the most durable in the nation, according to a new report by the U.S. Department of Energy. The department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado tested panels manufactured in the United States by six companies, including those made by Marysville, Wash.-based Silicon Energy in its northern Minnesota plant located in the city of Mountain Iron.
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Winning the DOE's new energy tax credits: Crucial application tips
Solar Industry magazine
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Internal Revenue Service released $150 million in unused advanced energy manufacturing tax credits for clean energy and energy efficiency manufacturing projects across the U.S. The credits are the remnants of $2.3 billion in funding authorized under Section 48C of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and they cover 30 percent of the cost of new, expanded or re-equipped facilities in the U.S. for manufacturing wind turbines, solar panels and other equipment used in renewable energy projects.
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Columbia students share solar panels with New York church
The Washington Post
Green technology came up a few times in President Barack Obama's recent State of the Union speech — particularly the use of solar and wind energy. But if Obama is looking for an example of how this kind of technology is being used, he can look to Garrett Fitzgerald and Rob van Haaren, Ph.D. students from Columbia University's School of Engineering. Fitzgerald and van Haaren have spent the past few months putting their solar power expertise to the test and helping out those in need in the process.
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St. Louis school district starts using solar power
KPLR-TV
VideoBriefA solar panel project in St. Louis’ Parkway School District was not just be an opportunity for the district to save money, but also for the children to learn how much electricity they used at school. The district leased the panels from Brightergy. The agreement let Parkway save energy and cash, immediately.
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Zoo gets greener with solar power
Knoxville News Sentinel
The Knoxville Zoo in Tenneessee has its first solar power installation, a series of 196 solar panels across the roof of the elephant barn of its Stokely African Elephant Preserve habitat. The installation of the 50-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system was completed in January by Knoxville-based energy contractor ARiES Energy.
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Nebraska power district looking at using solar energy to serve irrigators
Lincoln Journal-Star
The Nebraska Public Power District is launching a pilot project to test the feasibility of using sunlight to provide some of the electricity for center pivot irrigation systems. NPPD, the state's largest electric utility, powers more than 30,000 center pivots in the state.
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Solar power gets cheaper in Texas as cost of panels drops
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
In the past five years, prices for solar panels — the glassy sheets containing electricity-producing photovoltaic cells — have fallen at least 80 percent, bringing down the overall price of solar installations. At the same time, Texas, a solar power laggard in the past despite its vast open spaces and bright sunshine, has been moving up in the business.
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SEIA announces launch of US Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance
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SEIA has launched the U.S. Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance, which will focus on growing the solar heating and cooling market by reducing barriers and advocating for policies on the federal, state and local levels. The SHC Alliance will be governed collaboratively by SEIA and the Alliance's governing body, the U.S. Solar Heating and Cooling Council.

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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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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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Home solar systems to be an option for Honda customers
The New York Times
Automakers have long resorted to incentives like zero-percent financing, rewards points and rebates to inspire customer loyalty. Now Honda is offering a different deal — inexpensive home solar power systems for customers. Through a partnership with SolarCity, a residential and commercial installer, Honda and Acura will offer their customers home solar systems at little or no upfront cost, the companies said.
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Solar field takes flight in rainy valley
Portland Tribune
It won't come as a shock to anyone living in Oregon's Willamette Valley to hear that the region has a reputation for being a soggy stretch of territory. According to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center, the Willamette Valley sees between 144 to 166 days of rain in a typical year, with annual rainfall averaging between 40 and 45 inches. Yet despite the clouds and rain, the Willamette Valley is positioning itself as a solar power hotbed, and farmers in the area are starting to take advantage of this new type of "crop."
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Solar the No. 1 power preference for Arizonans
Phoenix Business Journal
Solar is popular in Arizona, and a new survey shows that opinion isn't waning. The annual Conservation in the West Poll, done by the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project, found that 62 percent of Arizonans would choose solar power as their first choice of energy, with natural gas a distant second at 9 percent.
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Argentina heads for solar surge with incentives
Bloomberg
Argentina, which along with Venezuela has the least renewable energy in Latin America, is set to expand solar capacity as much as 35-fold as the government plans its first incentives for individual projects. International developers are planning plants in Argentina's western regions, which get about twice the solar radiation of the largest solar market, Germany.
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Dyesol, dye solar cells opening new areas for solar power generation
EcoSeed
Solar photovoltaic technology has been around for decades now; installations of solar panels using the PV effect to convert sunlight to clean, renewable energy can be found on almost every continent. Solar PV depends on semiconductor materials that display the PV effect, and when photons of sunlight hit these materials, they are absorbed and the material releases electrons to flow and generate an electric charge.
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Sign of the times: Saudis go solar
United Press International
Saudi Arabia, the world's leading oil producer, has completed its biggest solar power plant as the Persian Gulf petroleum powers increasingly turn to solar energy and other renewables. Riyadh wants to generate one-third of the kingdom's electricity needs by 2032 to save 523,000 barrels of oil per day, currently used to fuel power stations, for export — particularly with oil prices at more than $100 a barrel.
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Jamaican poultry producer pecks away at solar power
Earth Techling
While the Jamaican government's efforts to increase renewable energy production have yet to produce significant results, some private enterprises are forging ahead on their own. Due to the prohibitively high cost of purchasing electricity from the national grid operator — around 40 cents per kilowatt-hour) — many companies have found it is cheaper to generate their own electricity, often with renewable energy sources.
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