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DOE Launches $15 Million Effort to Boost Community Solar
Solar Industry
The U.S. Department of Energy has created a $15 million program to help communities develop multiyear solar plans to install solar electricity for homes and businesses. As part of the Department's SunShot Initiative, the Solar Market Pathways program aims to help communities develop solar financing mechanisms and public-private partnerships to launch solar deployment initiatives, such as shared solar programs.
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SEIA, The Climate Group Join Forces to Expand Solar, Reduce Pollution
SEIA
In celebration of Earth Day — and as a way to encourage the widespread use of non-polluting energy sources — SEIA and The Climate Group have teamed up to create a Facebook campaign designed to accelerate the adoption of solar energy in the United States.
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Georgia Solar Business Booming
The Augusta Chronicle
Georgia's 225-percent increase in jobs related to the solar-energy industry is the highest in the nation as it plays catch-up to other states. The jump comes largely from a combination of prices and Georgia Power's program to add solar-generating capacity, according to Rhone Resch, president of SEIA.
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Google, SunPower Join Forces to Fund Solar Homes
Forbes
Google and SunPower said they are going in on a $250 million fund to finance residential solar leases, in which homeowners pay for solar electricity rather than the solar panels on their rooftops.
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Conservative Heavyweights Have Solar Industry in Their Sights
Los Angeles Times
The Koch brothers and large utilities have allied to reverse state policies that favor renewable energy. Environmentalists are pushing back, but the fight is spreading and intensifying.
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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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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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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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Driven by Small-Scale Solar, Global Clean Energy Investments Rise in Q1 2014
SNL
Global investment in clean energy rose nearly 10 percent in the first quarter of 2014, to $47.7 billion, due mainly to strong investments in small-scale solar in countries like Japan and the U.S., according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
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With Government Help, Solar Grows
Marketplace
VideoBriefThe White House announced new initiatives to support more solar development. But the Department of Energy's inspector general cast a cloud, with a report slamming a $68 million loan guarantee gone wrong — shades of the Solyndra failure.
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Oklahoma Enacts Law Authorizing Tariff on Residential Solar and Wind
Solar Industry
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed Senate Bill 1456, which enables retail electricity providers to impose a tariff on customers who install grid-connected distributed generation systems, such as residential solar power arrays and wind turbines. The measure modifies an existing law prohibiting retail electricity providers from imposing such tariffs.
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Can't Put Solar on Your House? 4 Ways to Invest in Solar Leases
Forbes
The secret sauce for bringing residential solar into the mainstream is the solar lease. With the simple value proposition of little or no money down and cost savings from day one, a homeowner does not have to be an environmentalist or green to be interested in the green of a solar lease.
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Carbon Nanotubes Could Help Us Store and Use Solar Energy Even After the Sun Has Set
The Huffington Post
Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have revealed a novel way to store solar energy in molecules that can be used as fuel to heat homes or used for cooking. According to researchers, the large-scale use of solar energy will require significant advances in storage technologies to meet the demands of an energy-hungry population.
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Commentary: As Nuclear Power Dies, Solar Rises
CNN
At long last, this Earth Day we celebrate the true dawn of the Solar Age. That sunrise is hastened, here and abroad, by the slow demise of the once-touted "too-cheap-to-meter" Atomic Age of nuclear power.
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Japan-Based Solar Company Considering Research and Manufacturing Facility in New York
Solar Industry
Japan-based Solar Frontier and the State University of New York College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering have signed a memorandum of understanding to conduct a technical and economic feasibility study for potential joint research development and manufacturing facility in Buffalo, N.Y.
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