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SolarTech to unveil 'Great California Solar Challenge'
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In California, it takes about three to five days to get a satellite TV dish installed. A kitchen remodel usually lasts about 45 days. But installing solar power on the roof of your home or business typically takes 80 to 90 days -- largely because of permits, building inspections and getting the system connected to the electric grid. More

Solar industry rising: Can energy's fastest-growing sector keep it going?
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A nuclear crisis in Japan has been a market mover since an earthquake-tsunami combo hit Tepco's Fukushima Daiichi plant and damaged its various GE-designed reactors. As a consequence, renewable energy stocks rallied, and solar didn't miss the party, with the Guggenheim Solar ETF rallying almost 15 percent from Friday March 11 to Tuesday March 15. SEIA, the industry's trade group, made the case that after the industry grew 67 percent in 2010, this will be the year for the U.S. solar industry. More

Renewing support for renewables
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The biggest positive result of the accident at Fukushima Daiichi could be renewed public support for the development of renewable energy technologies. Many influential policy makers, including President Obama, continue to insist that we must expand nuclear power to help meet our energy needs. But plenty of experts disagree. More

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'Solar group buy' program launched in San Jose, Calif.
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For the past few years, Dennis Korabiak had been considering installing a solar panel system on his 2,300-square-foot home. But the cost never penciled out. All that changed last year when the city of San Jose, Calif., developed a pilot program with a $100,000 grant from the federal government that encouraged city workers to band together to increase their buying power and simplify the sometimes confusing process of going solar. More

SunPower gets US project
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SunPower Corporation was awarded a contract to provide 11 megawatts of solar power by UniSource Energy. The solar power would be utilized for UniSource's subsidiary Tucson Electric Power in Arizona. TEP's solar energy resources help the company comply with Arizona's Renewable Energy Standard, which requires Arizona-based utilities to increase their use of renewable power to 15 percent of their energy by 2025. More

Solar panels breaking out of 'niche' to match Apple's iPad-fueled growth
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Solar-panel installations may rise by more than 50 percent this year, matching Apple's 2010 sales increase after launching the iPad, as the technology emerges as a mainstream consumer product. Builders may add as much as 28 gigawatts of new generating capacity, equal to about 25 new nuclear reactors, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. More

Solar project excites Newark, Ohio
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The city has been here before. Poised on the edge of big dreams, Newark has long sought a knockout development that would put it back on the map as a business leader in central Ohio. While other developments, such as a large ethanol-refining plant and a rumored training facility for the Columbus Crew, never came to pass, city leaders think they have a lot to feel good about in a proposed solar-collector field on the eastern edge of the city. More

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Seeking ways to help solar energy take off
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Policy leaders and green energy backers are calling on Iowa to grow its solar energy market as a way to boost jobs and keep up with progress in surrounding states. Backers include former City High and Iowa football standout and NFL player Tim Dwight, who joined other officials for a bus tour of solar energy projects in Eastern Iowa. More
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Promising state policies will help to propel the US solar thermal market
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For solar thermal installers and contractors, the Internet is still the best place to spend marketing dollars. There are no national trade shows specifically for solar thermal, and manufacturers have found that the Solar Power International conference, presented annually by the Solar Energy Industries Association and the Solar Electric Power Association, appears overwhelmingly dominated by PV. More

Solar eclipsing the grid?
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The electric grid wasn't designed for a million solar roofs. It was designed to work with big power plants, substations and wires leading to every house and business and for the power in those wires to flow from the generation plant to the customer. But what happens when the customer is the generation plant? More

North Carolina named a top solar state in 2010
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Despite the still struggling economy, 2010 was the breakout year for solar power. Although North Carolina is one of the nation's top solar states according to a report, another study found that the state could do a lot more to take advantage of renewable energy. More


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University of Maryland Eastern Shore activates a 2.2 megawatt solar farm
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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore celebrated the activation of a 2.2 megawatt solar-energy facility on the land-grant institution's campus. The 7,800-panel "solar farm" occupies 17 acres and is the largest concentration of photovoltaic modules on one site in Maryland, according to university officials and SunEdison, the company that built and will operate the facility. More

Nissan plants in Tennessee experiment with solar, energy storage for EVs
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Nissan North America is planning to roll out 30 new solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations that will both allow the public to charge up and provide energy storage research for the local utility. The company's plant in Knoxville, Tenn., already has some chargers installed. But 30 new ones at the facilities in Smyrna will give community members and Nissan visitors a place to plug in, said John Harris, director of facilities and environmental engineering. More

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Cincinnati Zoo gets solar canopy to provide power
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Workers have finished installing an $11 million canopy of solar panels to help power the Cincinnati Zoo. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports nearly four acres of solar panels cover a parking area, and the system is expected to be turned on by mid-April. More

Battle over solar permit costs in Colorado
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Solar equipment installers and manufacturers have pointed out for some time now the hassles of dealing with disparate permitting rules and costs from one city or county to the next. One of the latest efforts to simplify the process and lower fees is taking place right now in Colorado, where lawmakers are considering a bill to cap how much local governments charge for permits. More

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Idle land finds a purpose as farms for solar power
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Since the economic downturn, residents and businesses have been looking for ways to use real estate that may no longer appeal to mall developers or home builders. One option is to build solar energy farms, where thousands of solar panels convert the sun's energy into electricity. Developers and utilities have a particular incentive to do so in New Jersey, where the state's Solar Renewable Energy Certificates market, along with federal and sometimes local incentives, has made solar energy more profitable. More

NASA proposes solar power project at Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia
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NASA is proposing to install solar panels at its Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The agency says it is proposing up to 80 acres of solar panels that would be capable of generating 10 gigawatt-hours per year of electricity. More

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Solar paneled parking on tap for former Ford site
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Soon, 30 acres of solar panels could greet drivers along I-75 and those flying above, as well as provide shade for cars stashed near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The panels -- essentially awnings -- would cover 4,000 surface parking spaces planned for the former Ford plant in Hapeville, Ga., and near the new international terminal set to open next spring. More

Now, starter homes boast solar arrays
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Among the standard features offered for new homes at Manzanita at Paseo del Sol, a KB Home development in a desert suburb southeast of Los Angeles, are nine-foot ceilings, six-panel doors and a 1.4-kilowatt solar array. More

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