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SEIA, SHC Alliance Support Efforts to Expand Renewable Thermal Technologies
SEIA
Saying it will help to create jobs and expand the use of clean, renewable energy in Massachusetts, SEIA, along with its Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance, are urging the State Senate to adopt S. 1970, allowing renewable thermal technologies to qualify for the Alternative Portfolio Standard and provide a credit that incentivizes renewable thermal technologies.
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Safeguarding Solar Power Innovation Through Reliability Testing
Solar Industry magazine
A recent report from SEIA states the third quarter of last year was the second largest quarter in the history of the U.S. solar market and the largest quarter ever for U.S. residential photovoltaic installations. And SEIA notes that 2013 may have been the first time in more than 15 years that the U.S. installed more solar capacity than the world leader, Germany.
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Inside SolarCity: The Rise of a Hot Solar Panel Provider VideoBrief
CBS News
In 2013, there was a 47 percent jump in the number of home solar installations in the U.S. By the end of the year more than 400,000 American homes had solar power. Don Dahler meets one man who uses imagination to help power the change.
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Solar Industry Defeats ALEC Net Metering Attacks in Utah, Washington VideoBrief
Clean Technica
In 2013, a national battle for energy choice commenced as utilities attacked solar net metering in California, Arizona, Louisiana and Idaho. Net metering allows rooftop solar customers to use clean solar energy that they generate themselves and then receive full retail credit for any excess electricity sent back to the grid. Utilities turn around and sell this energy to neighboring homes and businesses.
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Solar Power Captures Investors' Attention
Investors Observer via NASDAQ
Despite all the excitement surrounding solar energy over the last couple of decades, the technology has yet to go mainstream. However, that is slowly starting to change. Perhaps the biggest reason for the slow spread of solar energy has been the high cost associated with converting a household to take advantage of solar energy.
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Taking the Spotlight: Solar Energy
Electric Co-Op Today
Distributed generation in the form of wind, landfill gas and cogeneration got a mention, but solar by far is attracting the most attention from cooperatives and legislators, a panel of experts told the co-op crowd. The panelists also informed co-ops that distributed generation is coming. They were told that it is best to get in front of it and that co-ops should develop their own DG projects.
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Goldman Sachs: Solar On the Way to Dominating Electricity Market
Business Insider
Goldman Sachs has set an estimated date for when they believe residential solar power becomes competitive with existing electric across the U.S. It's relatively soon — and it's mostly thanks to Elon Musk.
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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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Solar Tax Policies Help Level the Playing Field
PHOTON International via SEIA
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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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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California Drought: Solar Desalination Plant Shows Promise
San Francisco Chronicle
Quietly whirring away in a dusty field in the Central Valley is a shiny solar energy machine that may someday solve many of California's water problems. It's called the WaterFX solar thermal desalination plant, and it has been turning salty, contaminated irrigation runoff into ultra-pure liquid for nearly a year for the Panoche Water and Drainage District. It's the only solar-driven desalination plant of its kind in the country.
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First Solar Seeking Growth to Replace Giant Desert Plants
Bloomberg
The biggest U.S. solar panel maker is preparing to set out its strategy for growth as sales lag for its large-scale power projects in the deserts of the southwest. First Solar Inc. gets about 65 percent of its revenue from selling giant solar farms to utilities, a market that's slowing after its best customers bought all the clean energy they need.
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China, European Union Settle Solar Trade Dispute
UPI
A trade agreement with China will give European companies the opportunity to compete in the Chinese solar power market, the European Union's trade commissioner said. Karel De Gucht, the trade commissioner for the EU, said both sides settled a long-standing dispute over a "trade irritant" involving polysilicon, a component used in the production of solar panels.
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Navy's Plan to Beam Down Energy From Orbiting Solar Panels
Wired
For decades, the Pentagon has been the world's largest oil consumer, and as global petroleum prices continue to rise, the military has been searching for feasible energy alternatives. Now they're looking in space. The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is building technology that will allow the military to capture solar power in orbit and project it back down to Earth. Not only would space solar potentially save the Pentagon buckets of cash, but it could simplify military deployments.
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JDA Approves Solar Rights Agreement with Area Firm
The Daily Tribune News
Creative Solar USA, a Woodstock company specializing in renewable solar energy, has been granted exclusive rights to solar use on 5 to 7 acres of land in Bartow County. Under the agreement, the rights will last 12 months and allow the company to submit an application to the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative.
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Solar Will Become an 'Incumbent' Energy Source in Australia
Clean Technica
Australia is embarking on a radical transformation of its electricity system that will see solar photovoltaic transition from being "disruptive" technology to the "incumbent" technology, displacing coal and sparking a radical change in the way that electricity is provided.
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