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Last chance to speak at SPI 2013 | Oct. 21-24 in Chicago
Solar Power International
With only a few days left, proposals to speak in Chicago for the Solar Power International 2013 are due by Friday, April 12. Come speak at North America's premier business-to-business event for professionals in solar energy and related fields. Contact Cheryl Levitt with questions. Interested in exhibiting? Click the headline link for an exhibitor prospectus.
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APS sets record in 2012 for solar power installation
Phoenix Business Journal
Arizona Public Service Co. set a record last year for the amount of solar power installed throughout its service territory, accounting for about 21 percent of the total installed across the state. In a regulatory filing with the Arizona Corporation Commission, APS detailed how it was meeting the state's renewable energy standards that require it to get 15 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2025.
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94,000 solar panels to help power part of Fort Bliss
El Paso Times
VideoBriefThe planned 20-megawatt solar farm at Fort Bliss in El Paso will comprise nearly 94,000 solar panels and could be ready by 2015, officials announced. Fort Bliss Commanding General Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard said he hopes it won't take long for other military installations across the nation to follow Fort Bliss in its efforts to conserve energy, use renewable energy sources and be energy secure.
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Florida's solar energy really sizzles in April
Orlando Sentinel
Nothing brings a surge of solar energy in Florida like the mild, sunny days of April. Hundreds of thousands of solar panels in Jacksonville, Gainesville, Orlando, Kennedy Space Center, Lakeland and Arcadia typically produce more watts of energy this month than any other. And every year — though not without setbacks — the state's combined solar output increases.
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New Colorado bill would expand renewable energy standards
State Bill Colorado
A new Colorado bill is expected to increase renewable energy standards to 25 percent by 2020 for transmission cooperative electric associations that provide wholesale electricity and large coops that provide service to 100,000 meters or more. It also is expected to eliminate the in-state multiplier for new electricity generation resources built in Colorado after Jan. 1, 2015.
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Solar energy projects boom in Bay State
The Patriot Ledger
In Massachusetts, the state with the nation's eighth-highest electricity rates, the residential solar energy market is gathering momentum. Massachusetts ranked sixth of all states in solar installations in 2012, with nearly half a billion dollars spent in the solar energy sector.
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Solar heating up on Wall Street
The Wall Street Journal
Wall Street is feeling the heat from the solar industry. As costs come down and more people take advantage of leasing deals and make the switch, Wall Street is seeing dollar signs. One of the companies taking advantage of the growing market is OneRoof Energy out of San Diego, which recently got a $100 million investment from Morgan Stanley.
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Florida island community converts electrical system to solar energy
WFTV-TV
One Florida island community is taking advantage of one of the state's most abundant resources — the sun. Officials in Pigeon Key, Fla., flipped the switch, converting almost all of its electrical system to solar energy. The 105-foot by 11-foot solar panel will provide 95 percent of their electrical needs.
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Concentrated Solar Power tower technology hits milestone
Aol Energy
Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, a rocket-engine manufacturer based in Los Angeles, has marked a major milestone in technology that will provide reliable solar energy on demand — even when the sun isn't shining. The last of 14 Concentrated Solar Power receiver panels and heat shields have been installed at the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy project, and construction of the 10,400 articulating mirrors, or heliostats, on the 1600-acre heliostat field is underway in Tonopah, Nev.
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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 energy to help light downtown area of Texas city
Austin American-Statesman
Clean energy will mix with vintage design when Downtown Pflugerville Association begins its latest beautification project in Pflugerville, Texas. The Pflugervillle City Council on March 26 unanimously approved the installation of new streetlights. The downtown association is seeing a project several years in planning come to fruition with the installation of custom-designed, vintage-style light posts that will use solar panels for electricity.
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With help from nature, a town aims to be a solar capital
The New York Times
There are at least two things to know about Lancaster, Calif. One, the sun just keeps on shining. Two, the city's mayor, a class-action lawyer named R. Rex Parris, just keeps on competing. Two years ago, the mayor decided to leverage the incessant Antelope Valley sun so that Lancaster could become the solar capital "of the world," he said. Then he reconsidered. "Of the universe," he said, the brio in his tone indicating that it would be parsimonious to confine his ambition to any one planet.
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Solar Power International
The Solar Energy Industries Association has announced it has hired Capitol Hill veteran Ken Johnson, who previously headed up the communications efforts for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and two major committees in the U.S. House of Representatives, as vice president of communications.

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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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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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Bring on solar power in South Carolina
The Herald
South Carolina Sen. Greg Gregory has introduced a bill that would allow solar energy companies to locate in South Carolina and offer lower-cost solar panels to homeowners, churches and schools. The companies would install the panels on the roofs of customers' buildings and sell owners the power generated at a low cost.
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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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At FGCU's solar-powered go-kart race, students combine sun and fun
The News-Press
VideoBriefDriving a solar-powered go-kart he helped build, Naples High junior Jon Baker pumped his fist and yelled at his teammates as he buzzed around the track at 30 mph. Four other Florida area high school go-kart teams ran in similar solar vehicles behind Baker, each painted with its school's colors. About 100 parents and children cheered the kids. It was the type of scene FGCU renewable energy officials have been dreaming of — local residents fired up about solar energy.
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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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Forget a chicken in every pot; America needs a solar panel on every roof
TakePart
The biggest news in solar power is the mainstreaming of distributed generation. Call it a suburban dream, version 2.0: A chicken in every backyard, an electric vehicle in every garage and a solar panel on every roof.
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Editorial: Keep it clean
The Toledo Blade
Ohio's clean-energy law is creating jobs, promoting advanced manufacturing and small business, diversifying the state's power supply, improving public health by reducing pollution and lowering utility bills. Continued investment encouraged by the law will accelerate all of these advantages. State government shouldn't even think of weakening it.
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