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SEIA Webinar: Connecticut C-PACE program set for
April 11, 1 p.m. EDT

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Learn about the newly launched C-PACE program and how it will lead to increased solar deployment in Connecticut. The program allows the state's newly formed "Green Bank" to offer property-assessed clean energy financing and program services to municipalities and commercial property owners throughout Connecticut. Join us and learn how you can participate in the C-PACE program or how you can create a commercial-focused PACE program for your state.
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Analysis: Americans want more emphasis on solar power
Gallup
No fewer than two in three Americans want the U.S. to put more emphasis on producing domestic energy using solar power (76 percent), wind (71 percent) and natural gas (65 percent). Far fewer want to emphasize the production of oil (46 percent) and the use of nuclear power (37 percent). Least favored is coal, with about one in three Americans wanting to prioritize its domestic production.
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NREL director: Solar modules have great efficiency potential
The Green Optimistic
All solar modules and solar cells have the potential to get a boost in efficiency, especially thin-film solar and concentrated photovoltaics. This is according to National Renewable Energy Laboratory Director Dan Arvizu, who presented his observations during the 2013 International Renewable Energy Conference in Abu Dhabi.
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New York awards $46 million for 76 solar energy projects
The Associated Press via The Wall Street Journal
The state is awarding $46 million to help finance 76 large-scale solar energy projects across New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the money will go to 28 recipients for projects at businesses, factories, municipal buildings and other large energy users. The solar power projects will use a mix of public and private dollars and are expected to be on line by the end of the year.
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See related story: Gov. Cuomo's NY-Sun Competitive Solar Program off to a bright start (SEIA)


Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia are the newest, emerging solar markets
Quartz
Malaysia, the Philippines and other Asia-Pacific nations used to be the places where solar panels made by American companies were assembled but not sold. Now, however, those countries are also becoming serious markets for the panels in their own right. Asia-Pacific and Central Asian nations will install more than 3,000 megawatts of photovoltaic power by 2017, up from 723 megawatts in 2012, according to a projection by NPD SolarBuzz, a New York-based market research firm.
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Citigroup: How solar module prices could fall to 25 cents a watt
Renew Economy
Energy analysts at global investment bank Citigroup suggest that the cost of solar photovoltaic modules could fall beyond most expectations in coming years — and reach a cost of just 25 cents a watt by 2020. The prediction is included in an analysis of the market forces that are likely to shape the world's energy future in the coming year.
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Colorado Walgreens stores going solar
Denver Business Journal
Walgreens announced it is teaming up with solar company SolarCity to equip 22 of its Colorado stores in 14 cities with solar systems. The company estimates once all the solar systems are installed, it will result in the reduction of some 47.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emission in the next 20 years, based on calculations from Environmental Protection Agency data.
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Minnesota's first community solar project powers up
Finance & Commerce
Steve Schmidt teaches a college class on renewable energy and has always wanted to install solar panels on his Corcoran, Minn., home but found the cost prohibitive. Yet in 2012, he became an energy producer after buying one panel in Minnesota's first community-based solar project. Sponsored by Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association, the community solar project will be built on a small, treeless hill behind its Rockford, Minn., office.
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Legislation would encourage more solar energy projects in Cincinnati
Cincinnati Business Courier
Cincinnati Vice Mayor Roxanne Qualls put forth a motion that calls on the mayor's administration to establish new financing mechanisms for expanding the city's solar energy capabilities. Qualls says that she hopes the city can work with local organizations to develop Property Assisted Clean Energy financing.
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Army energy summit at West Point focuses on operational energy and power
U.S. Army
More than 580 cadets squeezed into West Point, N.Y.'s Arnold Auditorium on March 27 to hear from four senior Army leaders on the subject of developing a more energy-informed culture. Lt. Gen. Raymond V. Mason, the Department of the Army deputy chief of staff for logistics, told cadets the Army's push to develop energy-efficient technologies and train its soldiers to be energy-conscious is all about the warfighters.
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Solar gaining traction: Cost, environmental benefits have
many seeing the light

Evansville Courier & Press
For some residents, it's the right thing to do for the environment. For others, it's the promise of eventual utility-cost savings. Others like having an option for powering their homes. Regardless of the reason, solar power is now a more viable option than ever for Tri-State residents, said Ryan Zaricki of Whole Sun Designs in Wadesville, Ind.
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Solar Impulse's 'Across America' tour destinations set for multiple US cities
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
A solar-powered plane that has wowed aviation fans in Europe is set to travel across the United States with stops in Phoenix, Dallas, Washington, D.C. and New York, organizers of the trip announced. The plane, Solar Impulse, is expected to be ready to leave from NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. on May 1, although the actual departure will depend on the weather, the plane's Swiss creators said at a news conference at the NASA center.
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Toshiba enters solar power generation business with 6.5 megawatt plans
Bloomberg
Toshiba Corp., the Japanese maker of flash-memory chips, elevators and nuclear reactors, will enter the solar power generation business through projects with combined capacity of 6.5 megawatts. A 1.5 megawatt plant in Kanagawa prefecture, south of Tokyo, started running on April 1, and three more stations are planned to be set up by the end of March 2014, the company said in a statement.
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SEIA Webinar: Connecticut C-PACE program set for
April 11, 1 p.m. EDT

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Learn about the newly launched C-PACE program and how it will lead to increased solar deployment in Connecticut. The program allows the state's newly formed "Green Bank" to offer property-assessed clean energy financing and program services to municipalities and commercial property owners throughout Connecticut.

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Apple now powering its cloud with solar panels, fuel cells
GigaOM
Apple's massive solar panel and fuel cell farm are now live and providing clean power for its huge data center in Maiden, N.C. By the end of the year, 60 percent of the power for the data center will come from these sources.

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Utilities facing a 'mortal threat' from solar
The Wall Street Journal
Traditional transmission and distribution utilities will have to deal with distributed solar power, and it won't be a pretty fight, according to David Crane, president and chief executive of NRG Energy, a large independent power producer.

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Selling solar power in India's slums
The Atlantic Cities
Arun Kumar is a 20-year-old salesman for Pollinate Energy, a social enterprise NGO that has, in the past five months, sold 400 private solar systems to slum dwellers in north Bangalore in India. Pollinate is one of a growing number of companies betting on "leapfrog" technology designed to help the urban poor in developing nations to skip right over fossil fuels for electricity.
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Japan approves mega solar power project in Kyushu
Bloomberg
A remote island off Sasebo city in southern Japan has won permission to construct one of Japan's biggest solar power plants, the Nagasaki newspaper said. Construction of a 400-megawatt solar power facility is aimed at creating new income sources and securing employment of 150 jobs in the island as the population ages and declines, the newspaper said, citing city council member Hirofumi Oiwa.
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Germany's solar-power success: Too much of a good thing?
Grist
With a long history of coal mining and heavy industry and the aforementioned winter gloom, Germany is not the country you'd naturally think of as a solar power. And yet a combination of canny regulation and widespread public support for renewables has made Germany an unlikely leader in the global green-power movement — and created a groundswell of small-scale power generation that could upend the dominance of traditional power companies.
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Maine bookmobile has wireless service, solar power
Portland Press Herald
The Portland Public Library has unveiled a new bookmobile to increase access to books, technology and education programming for underserved areas of the community. Electricity will be provided through solar panels, and the 24-foot vehicle will have a wireless Internet connection, which will allow staff to distribute borrowing cards and patrons to use the Internet, library executive director Steve Podgajny said.
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An electric car — with a side of solar panels
The Christian Science Monitor
Marrying electric cars with solar panels is a good way of enticing people into buying electric cars, new research shows. Joint efforts from automakers and green energy providers could expand interest in electric cars, one writer reports.
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Solar panel robot doesn't need water to clean
CNET
Saudi Arabia wants to spend over $100 billion to build vast solar arrays and reduce its dependency on oil to generate electricity. But desert sandstorms pose a major challenge to keeping solar panels clean and efficient. Japanese startup Miraikikai is developing a solution to getting rid of this pesky dust and grit — a cleaning robot that doesn't need water.
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NRG rolls out solar pergola to target residential market
Forbes
NRG Solar, which has mostly focused on investing in large solar power plants, has designed a solar electric system with energy storage for the residential market. The company plans to show the system at a conference in Southern California later in April.
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