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Forecast Turns Sunny for Solar Power Industry
Roll Call
Recently, Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz traveled to the California desert to dedicate a signature achievement of the Obama administration’s loan guarantee program — an up-and-running, utility-scale solar power plant that is the largest of its kind in the world.
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New Year Off to Hot Start for US Solar Industry
Renewable Energy World
With the coldest winter in two decades gripping much of the country this year — and wild price swings for natural gas rattling the markets, not to mention American consumers — it's easy for many people to overlook the "hot start" in 2014 for solar energy. But so far this year, it's been good news followed by even more good news for the U.S. solar industry.
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Solar Industry Jump-Starts a Revival in California
The New York Times
Back in 2009, when Danny Kennedy was looking for office space for the fast-growing solar services company he had co-founded, his venture capital investors recommended setting up shop in one of the "Twitterville kinds of areas" south of Market Street in San Francisco. There, social media and peer-to-peer pioneers like Foursquare, Yelp, Airbnb and, indeed, Twitter had created a technology zone where innovative ideas could fly free and cross-pollinate among young workers meeting casually over food and drink.
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New Report Highlights Growth in Solar Jobs for Veterans
Clean Technica
Fresh off the news that President Barack Obama is making noises about withdrawing all U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the organizations Operation Free and The Solar Foundation have released a first-of-its-kind report that offers returning veterans the prospect of civilian employment in the U.S. solar industry. In a nutshell, the new report demonstrates that veterans are employed in the solar industry at higher than average rates.
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Will Distributed Solar Energy Win in Massachusetts?
PV Solar Report via The Energy Collective
A recent story in the Boston Globe warned that Massachusetts utility customers could be faced with bigger electricity bills in the next 20 years. That's because of Gov. Deval Patrick's plan to expand solar there. The governor, who seems to be motivated by wanting his state to produce cleaner power and new jobs, aims to quadruple the amount of solar in Massachusetts.
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SunEdison Interconnects Solar Power Plant for Davis-Monathan AFB
Today's Energy Solutions
SunEdison and MIC Solar Energy Holdings, a subsidiary of Macquarie Infrastructure Co. LLC, have completed a 16.4-megawatt photovoltaic solar power plant located outside Tucson, Ariz., on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The plant is the largest solar energy facility at any U.S. Department of Defense installation and is expected to reduce the Air Force's utility costs by $500,000 annually for the next 25 years.
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New Solar Garden Industry about to Bloom for Xcel Customers
Star Tribune via RenewablesBiz
Utility regulators planted the seeds to sprout community solar gardens across the service territory of Minnesota's largest electric utility. At least a dozen renewable energy companies are gearing up to develop solar gardens for Xcel Energy customers.
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IKEA, Wal-Mart, Apple Among Top 25 Companies for Solar in the US
The Climate Group
Some of America's biggest retailers including IKEA, Wal-Mart, Costco and Apple are the biggest corporate users of solar power, a report from SEIA finds. The report, Solar Means Business, ranks high profile U.S. brands based on how much they use solar energy. The report provides a comprehensive overview of the emerging corporate solar sector by scrutinizing all facets of corporate operations, in addition to the businesses' shops, warehouses and facilities.
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The Top 10 Women of Solar Energy
The Energy Collective
Anyone who has tried to get a ticket to the sold-out Women in Solar Breakfast panels during Solar Power International knows the female contingent of this industry is passionate about carving out and defending their seats at the proverbial table. This list of top 10 women in solar only scratches the surface of the 100s of women who are making a difference for solar.
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Solar Panels OKd for Landmark 'Leaning House' Location in Texas
Denton Record-Chronicle
In the spot where one Denton, Texas, landmark once stood could well come another. Two years ago, Richard Gladden's new two-story home was built where Denton's famous "leaning house" once stood. Recently, he got approval to put solar panels on the roof. It will be a first for the neighborhood, which is one of the city's three historic districts.
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Cost of Solar PV Continues to Plummet
Clean Technica
One of the most misunderstood aspects of the solar photovoltaic phenomenon over the past five years is the idea that it has been that it has been driven entirely by surplus capacity from China and little else. Defenders of fossil fuel generation will tell you that the cost reductions are a mirage and will solar module prices will likely rebound as the market comes into balance.

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Solar Market Outlook: Turning Rosier for 2014?
Forbes
The new year has brought optimism among U.S. solar companies, from manufacturers to project developers, with some of them touting solid 2013 financial performance and promise to do better in 2014.

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Solar energy electronic and plastic material advances
By Don Rosato
A variety of films and plastic coatings have been developed to allow more flexible and mobile power systems to be built. Most solar cells are commonly designed to operate outdoors for 25-plus years, and these barrier layers protect against oxygen and water and are highly resistant to damaging ultraviolet light.

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Can Solar Energy Compete with Fossil Fuels?
By Stefanie Heerwig
Taking more than four years to build and costing $2.5 billion, the Ivanpah solar plant opened recently in California. The world's biggest solar plant is estimated to produce as much electricity as a coal- or natural-gas-fired power plant. And with tough renewable portfolio standards like in California, more of these plants are here to come. According to the Edison Electric Institute, such utility-sized solar plants will soon appear across the United States with 232 under construction, in testing or to be granted with permits. One question, however, remains: Can solar compete with fossil fuels in terms of price?
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Hunts Point Home to Largest Solar Panel Installation in New York City
New York Daily News
Wholesale grocery chain Jetro Cash and Carry has 4,760 solar panels atop its Hunts Point distribution center, the largest solar panel installation in New York City history.
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Led by China, Solar Set for Record Global Expansion in 2014
Bloomberg via Fuel Fix
Solar developers around the world will install record capacity this year as a thriving Chinese market drives growth, a Bloomberg survey showed as manufacturers in the $102 billion industry began to return to profit.
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Mexico Building Latin America's Largest Solar Farm to Replace Old, Dirty Oil-Power Plant
ThinkProgress
Mexico has some major energy changes in the pipeline, and after decades of state-run oil company PEMEX having sole purview over fossil fuel extraction, international investment and companies will now be let into the mix after recent constitutional reforms.
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Solar Energy Process Technology Developments to Watch
By Don Rosato
System considerations such as reliability, overall energy production rate and competitiveness in the Levelized Cost of Energy, or LCOE, are dominating solar energy maturation as subsidized manufacturing is replaced by true grid parity. While the biggest photovoltaic producers of today push to optimize manufacturing and output, their fortunes could change sharply if a new kid on the block with a technology that dramatically cuts PV production costs and ramps up cell performance proves to be scalable. Globally, the solar industry is experiencing a period of heavy consolidation and international trade wars.
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