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CPUC Decision Provides Key Safeguards for California
Solar Consumers

SEIA
In response to a decision by the California Public Utilities Commission to assure that owners of rooftop solar systems will continue to benefit from Net Energy Metering for 20 years, Carrie Cullen Hitt, senior vice president of state affairs for SEIA, released a statement.
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Thin Film Set to Boost Military Energy Objectives
PV Insider
The United States Department of Defense is increasing its use of solar power to create a cost effective and more sophisticated approach to military operations. It looks like thin film technologies are a natural fit for the military's energy needs. Tom Kimbis, vice president of executive affairs for SEIA, said the "majority of the new renewable capacity that the DOD will add in the coming decades will be solar, and the government has indicated the same. I also believe the military branches can far exceed the 1-gigawatt goals, especially if tweaks are made to bring federal procurement regulations up to date."
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Plummeting Costs Make Panels an Attractive Option for Many
Helena Independent Record via BusinessWeek
Atop the dozen buildings that make up the River Rock Residences for low-income seniors in Montana sits one of the largest solar arrays in the state. The most recent data from SEIA shows that installations jumped 76 percent in 2012. Solar now makes up around 1 percent of all energy produced in the U.S., according to an article published in February by news service Stateline.
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IEA Report: More Than 134 Gigawatts of PV Now Installed Worldwide
Solar Industry
The International Energy Agency's Photovoltaic Power System program says that after two years of market and industry consolidation, the global photovoltaic market grew in 2013.
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Popular Proposed Tax Break for Solar Power Blocked in Florida House
Miami Herald via Tampa Bay Times
A Florida Senate committee has approved a constitutional amendment for the November ballot that would give tax breaks to businesses that install solar panels, but it is unlikely to come before voters. The chairman of a powerful House committee believes the solar industry isn't ready for it.
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In Bid Against Gas, Minnesota Regulators Say Solar Can Proceed
Midwest Energy News
A proposed $250 million distributed solar project appears to have held its own in a Minnesota regulatory process that put it in competition with three natural gas options.
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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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Solar Power Now 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 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.

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South Carolina Solar Bill Clears Senate Committee Hurdle
The Greenville News
A bill that would make solar power available to more South Carolinians to put on their rooftops or install at their businesses wound its way through a Senate committee on its way to a debate on the Senate floor.
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Installing Solar at San Diego International Airport
Clean Technica
Borrego Solar has witnessed the transformation that started in 2008 when San Diego became the first U.S. airport to adopt a formal sustainability policy. Now they will have a part in it. Borrego and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority will develop a 3.3-megawatt solar system featuring solar panel arrays on the roof of the newly expanded Terminal 2 West.
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More Solar Projects in the Forecast
Brattleboro Reformer
A Windham County, Vt., company is planning to open at least four new community solar farms in the coming few years. Soveren Solar is going to start construction in the spring on a 150-kilowatt solar farm in North Springfield, Vt., and company founder Peter Thurrell said he is finalizing land leases in Townshend and Westminster, and at least one other location, for his other community solar farms.
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Solar Energy is the Mother Lode
Clean Technica
Where does the energy we, animals and plants need come from? Largely, it just comes from the sun. Plants use solar energy to grow and develop, and animals and humans then get that energy from plants. It's an amazing thing that we generally don’t give much thought to. Interestingly, a similar thing we don't give much attention to is that the fuel we use to create electricity and to power our vehicles also essentially comes from the same source.
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Germany Continues to be a Global Player in Solar Power
PennEnergy
The global solar photovoltaic market has begun growing again, according to Click Green, a clean energy website. Germany still has the biggest solar market in Europe with 35.9 gigawatts of solar capacity.
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Latin America's Largest Solar Power Plant Goes Online in Mexico
EFE via GlobalPost
Latin America's largest solar power plant, a facility with 39 megawatts of generating capacity, has gone online in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California Sur. The Aura Solar I photovoltaic power plant was inaugurated by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and will supply electricity to the city of La Paz.
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World's 1st Autonomously Cleaned Solar Park In Israel
RTT News
A significant obstacle to maximizing solar energy output is the accumulation of dirt and dust on the photovoltaic solar panels, which reduces output considerably. Ecoppia, a privately-held, Israel-based company, has provided a solution to this problem.
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Pakistan Becomes Exporter of Solar Panels
The International News
Pakistan has now joined the list of solar panel exporting countries. Pervaiz Lodhie of Shaan Technologies explained how his company was a pioneer in this business, saying they started manufacturing solar panels in Karachi two years back and were exporting high quality solar panels to the U.S.
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