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SEIA Joins Senator, Nevada Governor to Celebrate $5 Billion Clean Energy Industry
SEIA
Clean energy investment in Nevada has accelerated rapidly in the past five years thanks to the state's widespread leadership and support for the clean energy economic sector, reaching at least $5.5 billion just since 2010, according to a new cleanenergyprojectnv.org report. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, U.S. Senator Harry Reid and leaders in the renewable energy industry gathered at the solar-powered "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign to highlight the report.
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Solar Heating & Cooling Improves America's Energy Security
SEIA
As the SHC Alliance celebrates its one-year anniversary this March, SEIA Chair of Solar Heating and Cooling Alliance Mike Healy wanted to take a moment and reflect on the SEIA achievements in 2013 and also let everyone know about the exciting opportunities, as well as the collective challenges, the industry faces going forward. To start, we are coming up on the one-year anniversary of the Solar Heating & Cooling Alliance structure at SEIA, which enables companies like yours to take advantage of the benefits and resources SEIA provides, while placing a specific focus on SHC issues.
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SEIA Membership Elects New Directors
SEIA
By a vote of its members, SEIA has announced that the following industry leaders have been elected to serve on SEIA's Board of Directors:
  • Susan Brown, Principal at Brightergy
  • Tony Clifford, CEO at Standard Solar Inc.
  • Todd Glass, Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Ed Murray, President of Aztec Solar Inc.
  • Laura E. Stern, Cofounder and President of Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC

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  SolarBOS Arc Fault Combiners
SolarBOS Arc Fault combiners provide a cost-effective and compact means to detect and mitigate series and parallel faults with string level failure indication and communication. SolarBOS AFCI combiners are certified to UL-1699B and meet the requirements of the 2011 and 2014 NEC Article 690. AFCI combiners are currently offered in 12 & 16 circuits, up to 250 amps, and rated for 600 VDC.
 


Solar Champions Seize Opportunities, Stand Up to Challenges
Fierce Energy
Solar policy and utility leaders have been recognized by Vote Solar, a national nonprofit solar advocacy organization, for "outstanding efforts to make solar power a mainstream American energy resource. Both the opportunities and the challenges for continued solar growth loom large in this rapidly changing electricity landscape," said Adam Browning, executive director of Vote Solar.
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Market Snapshot: California Continues to Lead US in Solar Power
SNL
California remains the No. 1 state for solar electricity, outnumbering any other state in overall installed capacity by more than 2,000 megawatts in 2013. According to SEIA, the state also continues to lead the U.S. market in installations, representing more than half of all new solar capacity added in the U.S. in 2013. "In fact, the state installed more solar last year than the entire United States did in 2011," SEIA said.
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Wuxi Suntech Calls for an End to the US-China Solar Trade Disputes
PRNewswire
In a call to unite a financially battered industry, Eric Luo, the CEO of Wuxi Suntech, warned that unless the trade issues between the U.S. and China are resolved, the photovoltaic Industry would dramatically shrink. "The real danger we're facing as an industry," said Eric Luo, the CEO of Wuxi Suntech," is not if a Chinese or American company goes bankrupt but if the entire industry value chain collapses. China can manufacture high-end panels at truly competitive prices, but it cannot replace inexpensive, high quality American silicon or a talented American workforce, which would be the first to suffer from a spike in prices of solar energy."
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Report: Solar Photovoltaic Industry Targets 100 Gigawatts Annual Deployment in 2018
Solar Industry
The solar photovoltaic industry is set for rapid growth over the next five years, with up to 100 gigawatts in annual deployment being targeted in 2018, according to the latest edition of the NPD Solarbuzz Marketbuzz report. This end-market growth is projected to increase annual PV module revenues, which are forecast to reach $50 billion in 2018.
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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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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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Inside SolarCity: The Rise of a Hot Solar Panel Provider
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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Minnesota PUC Approves Methodology for Measuring Solar Value
Solar Industry
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission took a step toward quantifying the societal benefits of distributed generation solar power when it approved a standard methodology for calculating the value of solar developed by the state's Department of Commerce.
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Vermont Senate Approves Solar Net Metering Expansion
PV-Tech
The state senate of Vermont in the U.S. has approved an increase in the cap placed on solar net metering. The legislature voted to quadruple the cap from 4 percent to 15 percent of a utility's peak load. Pending final approval from Gov. Peter Shumlin, the new net metering law will be in place until 2017, after which new legislation would need to be introduced.
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Solar Power Eclipsed Wind in 2013 and is Set to Keep Rising
The Denver Post
Solar power is set to eclipse wind as the best-financed, most-installed renewable energy source, according to Clean Energy Trends 2014. In 2013, more solar photovoltaic generating capacity was installed worldwide than wind power, according to the trend report by Clean Edge Inc. a clean-tech sector research advisory firm, with offices in San Francisco and Portland, Ore.
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Solar Power Now Just as Cheap as Conventional Electricity in Italy, Germany
Climate Progress
Once all its costs are accounted for, the price of commercial solar power has pulled even with retail electricity rates in Italy and Germany, according to a new report. The analysis is the third installment in a regular report by the consulting firm Eclareon, done on behalf of an international group of sustainable energy interests.
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Solar Costs to Halve as Gas Prices Surge
Greentech Media
Another of the world's leading solar photovoltaic manufacturing giants has underlined the potential for yet more substantial reductions in the manufacturing cost of solar modules, even as the cost of fossil fuels — and gas in particular — surges in the opposite direction. First Solar says its module costs will fall by nearly 50 percent, as gas prices surge to their highest levels since before the start of the fracking boom.
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Seeds of Solar Power 'Gardens' Being Planted in Minnesota
BringMeTheNews
A new Minnesota state law encouraging the growth of alternative energy sources has spurred several proposals to create solar power "gardens" in Minnesota. The law, which was enacted last year, allows independent businesses and groups to set up arrays of solar panels and then sell the power directly to local customers.
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'Living Materials' Could Revolutionize Solar Panels and Biosensors
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Researchers are working to create "living materials" that are a combination of bacterial cells and nonliving materials that conduct electricity, which could create more efficient solar panels or biosensors.
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Navy Explores Beaming Solar Power from Space
Singularity University
A major complaint about renewable energy sources, including solar power, is that they don't generate energy all the time. At night or during cloudy weather, solar arrays don't produce electricity. But it's never nighttime or cloudy in space, and the U.S. military is taking steps toward creating a solar array larger than the International Space Station to orbit the Earth absorbing solar radiation and beaming down electricity through radio waves.
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World's 1st Self-Cleaning Solar Park in the Arava Valley
The Times of Israel
Amid the prospect of cheap natural gas for electricity production, thanks to the major gas finds off Israel's coast, demand for solar energy here has dulled. Solar recently got a big boost as the Kibbutz Ketura solar park became the world's first autonomously cleaned solar energy production facility.
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