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SEIA Solar Update

Reports paint bright picture of US solar growth
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Two reports paint a bright picture of the current and future state of the U.S. Solar market. The U.S. solar energy industry had a banner year in 2010 with the industry's total market value growing 67 percent from $3.6 billion in 2009 to $6 billion in 2010, according to new figures released by the by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). More

Report: Maine can save with move to solar
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An environmental group says off-the-shelf solar hot water technology could save more than 7 million gallons of oil in Maine at a time when oil prices are rising. Environment Maine released a report that said installing solar would also have the effect of eliminating the pollution produced by 27,700 cars and trucks. More

Solar gains traction in agriculture industry
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The global agriculture industry's carbon footprint is enormous; a 2006 United Nations report estimated that the livestock sector alone accounts for 18 percent of the world's greenhouse-gas emissions. But some agricultural companies are working to ameliorate their environmental impact by adopting solar power. More

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Discounts available for 2011 Solar Leadership Summit
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SEIA's charitable research arm, The Solar Foundation, has partnered with SolarTech to present its 2011 Solar Leadership Summit in Santa Clara, Calif., on March 29 and 30. The Summit features over 70 expert speakers on creating market-based solutions to accelerate the widespread adoption of solar. This is a conference you don't want to miss. Early-bird registration has ended, but the first 50 people to donate $50 or more to The Solar Foundation will receive a 20 percent discount coupon (valued at $140)! To get your discount coupon and help support The Solar Foundation (a national 501(c)(3) research and education nonprofit) contact Andrea Luecke at or (202) 469-3732. More

Solar power's outlook grows brighter in Pittsburgh region
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In a city meteorologists call one of the cloudiest in the United States, Michael Ramsey's North Side apartment seems an unlikely locale to tap the sun's power. But technological advances, coupled with rising energy prices and a bevy of state and federal incentives, are selling people such as Ramsey, a University of Pittsburgh geology professor, and Stephen Lee, head of the school of architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, on the benefits of solar power. More

Report: Non-nuclear clean energy to double by 2020
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As concerns mount over nuclear power safety in the aftermath of Japan's massive earthquake, a new report says other energy sources not derived from fossil fuels are expanding and will likely double market share within a decade. More

Wastewater facilities going solar around the country
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In most municipalities, the biggest of draw on the electrical grid comes from wastewater treatment facilities, according to public works managers. In an effort to quit wasting so much power on waste, cities all over the country have turned to the sun. More

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Busch launched a new range of dry screw, single-stage vacuum pumps suited for processes in solar and semiconductor industries. The COBRA DS series maximizes production uptime, reduces energy consumption and provides a high ROI.

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Arizona has one solar project on fast track; First Solar still on list
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The U.S. Bureau of Land Management recently released an updated list of projects it’s hoping to fast-track for development. Arizona got one, and a California facility being built by First Solar Inc. also made the list. Several projects that had been lurking on BLM’s list and seeking approval already have been green-lighted. More

Solar sector to feel aftershocks from quake
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The solar sector will experience aftershocks from the earthquake in Japan, including disruptions in polysilicon supplies and near-term impact on demand, Piper Jaffray analyst Ahmar Zaman writes in a recent research note. Zaman notes that Japan accounts for 2 GW of expected 2011 demand, over 19,000 metric tons of polysilicon capacity, 650 MW of wafer capacity, 2.2 GW of cell capacity and 2.5 GW of module capacity. Piper cuts its 2011 solar demand forecast to 1 GW from 2 GW, bringing its global estimate down to 17.5 GW. More

Spire to supply solar panel equipment for Georgia factory
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Spire Corp. will provide equipment for a new solar panel factory that will be established in Georgia, the Bedford, Mass.-based company announced Monday. The deal is with MAGE SOLAR, a company based in Germany that will be setting up both the factory and its North American headquarters in Dublin, Ga. MAGE had previously been importing panels into the U.S., Spire said. More

Xcel and Colorado solar groups may be close to settlement
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Xcel Energy and Colorado solar groups—including COSEIA, SEIA, and individual installation companies—met with the Public Utilities Commission to attempt to reach a consensus about Xcel's Solar Rewards Program, which was reduced, then completely frozen, three weeks ago. After a heated rally at the state Capitol, and a long hearing last week at the Public Utilities Commission, all parties involved are hoping an agreement can be made soon. More


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Ford, DTE Energy team up for solar project
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U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co. said it would team up with DTE Energy to install solar panels at a factory in Wayne, Mich. The Michigan Assembly Plant, where the Ford Focus is made, will have the capacity to generate 500 kilowatts of power with its solar panels, The Detroit News recently reported. More

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Old gas power plant gets a serious solar retrofit
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Why is this alligator smiling? Perhaps it is happy because its home state of Florida is beginning to establish itself as a solar power innovator and leader. The latest marker is the new Martin Next Generation Solar Energy Center in Martin County, which just recently powered up. More

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