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SEIA calls on Massachusetts to increase solar carve-out
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The Patrick Administration has announced a process to further accelerate solar energy deployment in Massachusetts. This news comes as Massachusetts is within a year to 18 months of reaching the 400 megawatts target of the existing solar carve-out. Establishing a more aggressive solar carve-out program would bring Massachusetts up to the level of other states in the northeast that are supporting local solar industries. New Jersey has a four-gigawatt goal for solar energy deployment, while Maryland has a 1.3 GW goal.
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Global Solar Summit 2013 in Italy
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The first Global Solar Summit will be held in Milan, Italy, on May 8 and 9, in conjunction with Solarexpo, at the Rho Exhibition and Conference Center. Global Solar Summit is the new conference of the Global Solar Alliance, a breakthrough initiative started by leading exhibitions Solar Power International, SNEC and Solarexpo. The event offers key market insights, addresses challenges of market consolidation and analyzes trends to provide industry leaders with effective business-intelligence tools.
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Sunpower providing solar energy for new San Francisco 49ers stadium
Clean Technica
Even though the 2013 National Football League season is months away, one team is driving the ball down the field in helping to boost the changing image of spectator sports as a champion in environmental sustainability. Sunpower is helping recent the San Francisco 49ers by providing a solar panel system for their new stadium.
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Vermont launches new energy loan program
The Associated Press via The Boston Globe
The state of Vermont is launching a new program to make low-interest loans available to businesses for renewable energy and efficiency projects. Jo Bradley, CEO of the Vermont Economic Development Authority, says the initiative will consolidate and expand existing loan programs and is aimed at encouraging more private banks to get involved along with the state.
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Department of Energy grants University of Texas researchers $500,000 to explore solar power
The Daily Texan
The Department of Energy has given a roughly $500,000 grant to a University of Texas research project that hopes to shed light on solar and non-solar energy use in Texas, with particular attention to what gets consumers amped up. Led by Varun Rai, an assistant professor at Texas' LBJ School of Public Affairs, the project will combine data and survey results with the goal of establishing more efficient solar power systems.
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An eclipsed solar energy industry sees daylight ahead
Investor's Business Daily
America Honda Motor Co. announced an incentive plan offering new buyers of Honda or Acura cars money to help pay for solar power installations from SolarCity. The $65 million program is available to customers through dealerships in the 14-state area where SolarCity operates. SolarCity and Honda expect to accommodate "thousands of interested homeowners in the fund." The deal bolsters Honda's environmental image as a developer of fuel-efficient cars.
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Global big solar capacity doubles to more than 12 gigawatts
Renew Economy
A new update from analyst firm Wiki-Solar has concluded that by the end of February, utility-scale solar farms will have reached 12.2 gigawatts of capacity across 488 installations across the world, a figure almost double that of 12 months ago. The report found that six gigawatts of new utility-scale capacity has been connected worldwide in the last 12 months, with China alone installing nearly two gigawatts since last February, pipping Germany as the country for solar power plants.
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Nevada senator calls to increase RPS
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On Feb. 20, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid addressed a joint session of the Nevada State Legislature, calling on lawmakers to make an update to state's renewable portfolio standard, which requires Nevada utilities to produce 15 percent of their energy from a combination of renewable resources and energy efficiency measures by 2013. By 2025, 25 percent of the energy used in Nevada homes and businesses must come from renewable sources. The legislature most recently updated the law in 2009.
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Planning panel OKs easing solar power rules
Naperville Sun
It soon could be easier to capture the power of the sun that beams down on Naperville, Ill. Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission have put their support behind a code change that, if it garners the blessing of the City Council, will eliminate the need for a homeowner to secure a conditional use permit to install a solar collector on the home's roof.
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In California, affordable solar power for the 99 percent
Clean Technica
Not long ago, rooftop solar panels were yet another expensive add-on for high end homes. Affordable solar power is starting to make its way down the income ladder, and a pair of statewide California solar programs show how that's good news for utility customers and taxpayers, too. One program is MASH, for Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing, which qualifies eligible buildings for solar incentives.
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Silicon Valley shifting to power grid after solar sours
Bloomberg
Silicon Valley investors that helped build the solar industry are shifting cash into electricity-grid technology and energy-storage developers after bets on panel manufacturers failed to pay off. Companies including VantagePoint Capital Partners and Khosla Ventures are stepping up funding for systems to manage electricity, which are typically less capital intensive than solar-panel factories.
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Global Solar Summit 2013 in Italy
SEIA
The first Global Solar Summit will be held in Milan, Italy, on May 8 and 9, in conjunction with Solarexpo, at the Rho Exhibition and Conference Center. Global Solar Summit is the new conference of the Global Solar Alliance, a breakthrough initiative started by leading exhibitions Solar Power International, SNEC and Solarexpo. The event offers key market insights, addresses challenges of market consolidation and analyzes trends to provide industry leaders with effective business-intelligence tools.

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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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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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Renewables constitute all new US electricity capacity added in January
The Hill
Renewable energy accounted for all new electric capacity added in the United States last month, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In all, 1,231 megawatts of new generating capacity were installed in January. Of that total, wind provided 958 megawatts, solar chipped in 267 megawatts and biomass contributed 6 megawatts. That's a marked difference from January 2012, when coal led the way with 808 megawatts of the 1,693 megawatts added. Natural gas followed with 445 megawatts, and wind tossed in 276 megawatts to take the pole for renewables.
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Minnesota solar industry pushes for utility mandate
Minnesota Star Tribune
Minnesota solar energy supporters on Wednesday proposed legislation mandating that the state's power companies get 10 percent of their electricity from the sun by 2030. The bill announced at the state Legislature aims to dramatically expand the solar power industry in Minnesota, creating 2,000 new jobs in the first year, supporters said. The solar mandate would be on top of the 25 percent renewable energy requirement that most utilities expect to achieve by 2025, largely with wind power.
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Mall pilots fast electric vehicle charger powered by solar panels
ZDNet
Simon Property Group has been experimenting with electric vehicle charging infrastructure for some time now, but its new installation in Carmel, Ind., marks a departure into unknown territory for several reasons. Not only does the fast-charging system rely on 10 kilowatts of solar generating capacity, it also comes with an integrated, 75-kilowatt battery from Toshiba to store that power when it is cloudy or for when the system is used during evening hours. The first-of-its-kind installation includes both a traditional charger as well as a "quick charge" option, so that electric vehicle batteries can be replenished more quickly.
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India to Boost Solar-Power Capacity
The Wall Street Journal
India is moving forward with plans to increase solar-power generation capacity nearly eightfold to more than 10 gigawatts by March 2017, with the government prepared to spend up to 60 $1.1 billion in subsidies to reach the target. The total cost of the program will be around $13 billion, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Joint Secretary Tarun Kapoor said.
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