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SEIA Supports Legislation to Increase Access to
Distributed Generation

SEIA
Saying it will benefit Massachusetts consumers by improving access to net metering, SEIA has announced its support for legislation in both the state Senate and state House of Representatives, which will allow public and private distributed generation solar projects to continue, while preserving and expanding jobs in clean, reliable solar energy across the state.
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Massachusetts: The Commonwealth of Solar
Greentech Media
Massachusetts is known for many things — the first Thanksgiving, an unwavering dedication to Dunkin' Donuts coffee, Greentech Media's global headquarters, Boston accents and the best clam "chowdah" in the country. It might soon add another defining trait — solar energy.
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Johnson and Salerno: Nevada is Cashing in on Renewable Energy
Reno Gazette-Journal
Nevadans in the eastern part of the state often see something that may at first look to be a mirage: Sleek, powerful wind turbines towering over what was once only barren, untapped desert. But the Spring Valley wind farm is as real as the increased revenue to small businesses during the project's development, the $500,000 in property taxes Spring Valley paid to White Pine County last year and the $275 million in capital investment wind power has attracted to the state so far.
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The Red Faces of the Solar Skeptics
The New York Times
If the faces of renewable energy critics are not red yet, they soon will be. For years, these critics — of solar photovoltaics in particular — have called renewable energy a boutique fantasy. A recent Wall Street Journal blog post continues the trend, asserting that solar subsidies take money from the poor to benefit the rich.
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Minnesota Regulators Set to Decide on 'Value of Solar'
EnergyWire
The value of rooftop solar energy systems went on trial in Minnesota in a case drawing attention across the country as regulators, utilities and clean energy advocates grapple with how to integrate customer-generated energy into the century-old utility business model.
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California Sets Solar Power Generation Record
PV Magazine
The Golden State of California broke all solar power generation records when 4,093 megawatts of solar-fueled power reached the grid, smashing a day-earlier record of 3,926 megawatts. The data, revealed by the California Independent System Operator, represents an almost 50 percent increase in nearly two years.
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Solar Tax Policies Help Level the Playing Field
PHOTON International
In February's PHOTON International, SEIA president and CEO Rhone Resch writes about the solar Investment Tax Credit and smart public policies in the face of tax reform.
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Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative Opens Solar Facility
The Telegraph
Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative held a ribbon cutting for its new, 500-kilowatt solar facility, which is located south of Winchester on Illinois Route 106, next to one of the substations that serves the cooperative's 7,800 members. The installation is the first utility-scale photovoltaic solar energy system by a cooperative in Illinois.
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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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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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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.

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Solar Panels Used Most by Lower-Than-Average-Income Households in
Western Australia

Clean Technica
A new survey of the top 50 postcodes in Western Australia by installation and penetration — using data compiled by Clean Energy Regulator from January 2014 — shows that more than 151,000 West Australian households now have solar on their roofs.
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Now You Can Walk Into a Best Buy and Get a Solar System for Your Home
ThinkProgress
SolarCity and Best Buy have announced a deal allowing customers to get low-cost and low-hassle solar power for their homes. It's called a third-party leasing agreement; rather than purchasing a solar array outright, they lease the system from the provider.
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Supervisors Grant Permit for 4,400-Acre Solar Power Project in California's Riverside County
Lake Elsinore-Wildomar Patch
Riverside County, Calif., supervisors signed off on a solar power company's plan to build a generating facility that is expected to net the county hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees and create several hundred construction jobs.
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Cheapest Solar Ever? Austin Energy Buys PV from SunEdison at 5 Cents per Kilowatt-Hour
The Energy Collective
Texas utility Austin Energy is going to be paying 5 cents per kilowatt-hour for solar power, and it could mean lower customer rates. City-owned Austin Energy is about to sign a 25-year PPA with Sun Edison for 150 megawatts of solar power at "just below" 5 cents per kilowatt-hour.
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Eye-Catching Solar Panel House Sells at Auction
Omaha World-Herald
An eye-catching solar panel house near the University of Nebraska-Omaha campus — which caught more attention last month with a big sign announcing it would be auctioned off — has sold to an Omaha businessman who plans to make it a single family residence.
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4.58 Gigawatts of Solar Photovoltaic Added in Japan
Clean Technica
In just the first eight months of fiscal year 2013, 4.58 gigawatts of solar photovoltaics were added in Japan, continuing the solar power surge taking place there. Government incentives have primarily been driving it — mainly a favorable feed-in tariff scheme.
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