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Obama to Challenge Private Companies to Boost
Solar Power Use

The Washington Post
President Barack Obama will challenge companies to expand their use of solar power, part of his ongoing effort to leverage the power of his office to achieve goals that have been stymied by Congress. The new initiative comes as the White House is hosting a solar summit aimed at highlighting successful efforts on the local level to speed the deployment of solar energy.
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Solar EPC Firms Turn to Skid-Based Inverters to Lower Project Labor Costs
Solar Industry
Builders of small commercial-scale, municipal-scale and small utility-scale installations are finding that mounting inverters and attending systems on skids in "power station" configurations can save on labor costs, particularly in regions and projects that require union electricians.
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SEIA Honored as Part of Worldwide Webby Awards Competition
SEIA
In recognition of its remarkable achievement in the area of website design and development, SEIA is being honored by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Science as part of its prestigious 18th Annual Webby Awards competition.
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Building-Integrated Solar Air Heating Systems Hit Milestone
SEIA
According to new industry data, a growing sector of the U.S. solar energy industry has reached a major milestone, with 5 million square feet of building-integrated solar air heating collectors now installed in North America.
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BNEF: Renewable Energy Installations to Rise 37 Percent by 2015
Bloomberg
Renewable energy installations are forecast to rise 37 percent in the next two years, driven by a drop in the cost of wind and solar power that cut the value of investment. "What we're seeing is clean energy competitive with what I call alternative energy — fossil fuel energy," Michael Liebreich, chairman of the advisory board of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said at the research group's conference in New York.
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How to Generate Solar Power Where the Sun Don't Shine
TIME
Solar power requires solar radiation, which, if you're thinking like a solar traditionalist, means a shining sun. But the key to upending that sort of conventional thinking about how we sip "free" energy from the massive thermonuclear fusion reactor seething at the center of our solar system — and, critically, store it when the sun ain't shining — turns out to involve a little something at the crux of a slew of recent breakthroughs, including the hypothetical continuation of Moore's Law.
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Global Solar Dominance in Sight as Science Trumps Fossil Fuels
The Telegraph
Solar power has won the global argument. Photovoltaic energy is already so cheap that it competes with oil, diesel and liquefied natural gas in much of Asia without subsidies. Michael Parker and Flora Chang, at Sanford Bernstein, say we are entering a new order of "global energy deflation" that must ineluctably erode the viability of oil, gas and the fossil fuel nexus over time.

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Solar Impulse Unveils Fuel-Free Plane for Round-the-World Flight
NBC News
The Swiss team that flew a solar-powered airplane across America has unveiled the even bigger plane that they plan to take around the world a year from now. "It's the most incredible airplane of its time," Bertrand Piccard, president and copilot of the Solar Impulse venture, told VIPs who gathered at Switzerland's Payerne Air Field for the first public look at the 236-foot-wide aircraft.

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Economic Success of Clean Energy
Deming Headlight
While Americans know wind and solar energy are clean, they often aren't aware of the economic success story behind these renewable-energy technologies. Wind and solar power have economic benefits that reach far and wide. They have become increasingly affordable, attracting billions in private development, and today are both mainstream and reliable energy sources across America, according to Ken Johnson and Elizabeth Salerno.

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US Senators Call on Obama Administration to Settle Solar Trade War
SolarServer
Warning of damage to the U.S. solar industry, seven U.S. senators have sent a letter to the Obama administration calling for a negotiated settlement instead of tariffs on imports of Chinese solar photovoltaic products.
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Why Your Neighbors Will Finance Solar Panels for Your Roof
The Atlantic
Here's another reason to be nice to the neighbors: They might just give you a no-money-down, low-cost loan to put solar panels on your roof, and once you pay off that debt you'll get essentially free electricity as long as you own your home. Welcome to the latest innovation in renewable energy — the crowdsourced solar loan.
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Turns Out, You Can Make Solar Panels Work in Cloudy Cities
Mother Jones
Solar panels have always made sense in cities that get a lot of sun, at least intuitively. But in recent years, scientists have figured out ways to make them more useful for perpetually gloomy cities like London and Seattle. The solution comes down to organic photovoltaics.
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Rooftop Solar Program Rises in Unincorporated Area
The San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego County officials are predicting a boom in rooftop solar installations in unincorporated areas after the Board of Supervisors approved a program that allows homeowners to finance the work through their property tax bills.
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New High-Efficiency Honey Ultra Solar Module Developed
Clean Technica
A new, record-breaking, high-efficiency solar module has been developed by Trina Solar Limited, according to a recent press release from the noted solar technology company.
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Solar Chimneys Can Convert Hot Air to Energy, But is Funding a Mirage?
National Geographic
Solar updraft technology is attracting interest in desert regions worldwide in Chile, the Southwest United States, Australia, China and the Middle East. Fueled by hot air, rather than direct sunlight, solar chimneys present a compelling prospect for producing clean, renewable energy.
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Can 17,248 Solar Panels Power 1 Pilot Around the World?
The Washington Post
The team behind the Solar Impulse 2 has already flown across the contiguous United States. Now it wants to fly around the globe. Solar Impulse Chief Executive Andre Borschberg told The Associated Press the trip around the world will take 20 flying days. The newly finished plane will be tested in May and June with plans of making the global trek in 2015.
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