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Solar Market Insight Report Q4 2013 Year in Review
SEIA
The U.S. installed 4,751 megawatts of solar photovoltaic in 2013, up 41 percent over 2012 and nearly 15 times the amount installed in 2008. Twenty-nine percent of all new electricity generation capacity added this year in the U.S. came from solar — with seven states getting 100 percent of their new generation from solar.
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It's Official: US Solar Industry Had Record-Shattering Year in 2013
EcoWatch
What would Alexandre Edmond Becquerel be thinking now? In 1839, at the age of just 19, Becquerel built the world's first photovoltaic panel, later inspiring the imaginations of millions of people worldwide, including legendary scientist Albert Einstein. Still, it took another 115 years before Bell Labs invented the first modern silicon solar cell. By comparison, it's no stretch to say that the solar timeline has rocketed forward at warp speed in recent years.
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US Solar Climbs 41 Percent Driven by Demand for Residential Projects
Bloomberg Businessweek
Demand for U.S. solar power increased 41 percent last year driven by record growth in residential projects, according to SEIA. Developers installed 4.75 gigawatts of photovoltaic panels in 2013, making solar the biggest source of new generating capacity after natural gas, the Washington-based trade group said in a statement. Demand next year will increase 26 percent as rooftop power plants become more common.
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SEIA Urges White House to Preserve Solar ITC
SEIA
Calling it "a huge step backward," Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, said President Barack Obama's 2015 fiscal year budget would severely damage the U.S. solar industry by eliminating the Investment Tax Credit and replacing it with a refundable Production Tax Credit at the end of 2016. After reviewing the administration's plan, Resch released a statement.
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What Can Solar Companies Do to Woo Homeowners in a Booming
Solar Market?

Forbes
Home solar installations jumped about 60 percent to reach 792 megawatts last year, according to a report by SEIA and GTM Research. That boom already is causing an intensifying competition for homeowners' attention. The latest example comes from Mosaic, a California startup that recently announced a loan program that it's launching with installer RGS Energy.
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Installations, Solana Plant Helped Keep Arizona's Solar Industry Stable
Phoenix Business Journal
Arizona is still the second-largest solar installer in the U.S., but its installations numbers are falling. If it weren't for one of the largest solar concentrating power plants coming on line, the numbers would have been much worse.
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Mosaic Unveils a Home Solar Loan in California's Bay Area
San Jose Mercury News
Mosaic, the Oakland, Calif.-based solar financing startup that made it possible for individuals to invest in commercial solar projects, is entering a highly competitive space — getting solar on your own roof and using crowdsourcing to pay for it.
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Congressional Testimony: Solar Helping to Make America Stronger
SEIA
Decorated former Naval Officer Nat Kreamer, who serves as CEO of San Francisco-based Clean Power Finance and Vice Chairman of SEIA, recently delivered a testimony to the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee.
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$28.6 Million Awarded Under NY-Sun Program
Solar Industry magazine
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has unveiled $28.6 million in awards under the NY-Sun initiative, including 29 photovoltaic projects totaling 33.6 megawatts and eight programs to reduce the costs of solar installations. The $25.8 million for the 29 mid-range projects were awarded under the NY-Sun Competitive photovoltaic solicitation, which provides incentives for PV systems larger than 200 kilowatts.
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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.

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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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Colorado's Largest Solar Power Facility Coming
The Pueblo Chieftain
Sun-drenched Pueblo, Colo.'s quest for a large solar farm has finally paid off. Xcel Energy and renewable energy developer Community Energy of Boulder recently announced plans to build the state's largest solar farm — and the largest east of the Rocky Mountains — near Xcel's Comanche power plant and substation. The solar farm will cover 900 acres of privately owned land.
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Solar-Powered Drones from Facebook Could Deliver Internet Around the World
RT
Facebook is reportedly in talks to take over an American-based aerospace company — and if so, the social networking site could soon have its fleet of drones delivering the Internet to currently unconnected people across the world.
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Harvesting Solar Energy from Earth's Infrared Radiation is Possible
Tech Times
The next renewable energy source may be a solar cell-like device that will collect its power at night. If constructed, this new idea in generators would derive its power directly from the heat of the Earth. Harvard physicists Federico Capasso and Steven Byrnes have proposed this idea that could revolutionize the energy industry. It is based on the simple notion that renewable energy can be generated anytime heat flows from a hotter body to a cooler one.
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Soon Our Roads Could be Made of Smart Solar Panels
io9
How can we turn thousands of miles of ugly asphalt roads into energy-producing powerhouses? By paving them in solar panels. One engineer's idea of solar Utopia could be a lot more feasible than you'd think.
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Welspun Energy Commissions India and Asia's Largest Solar Power Project
Clean Technica
Welspun Energy has bettered its own record for the largest solar power project in India as well as Asia that is owned by a single developer. The project has overtaken the Shams 1 solar thermal power project in UAE as the largest in Asia.
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Spanish Investors Complete Solar Power Station in Chile
Fox News Latino
Atacama Solar, a company created by about 30 Spanish investors, has put the three-megawatt Los Puquios solar power station into operation in Chile. The $3.9 million photovoltaic energy facility is in Tarapaca, a region in northern Chile.
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