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Solar Industry Uniquely Poised to Help Fight Climate Change
Renewable Energy World
"Do you remember the old Midas TV commercial, 'You can pay me now or pay me later?' Well, I was reminded of that today when reading the latest evidence of climate change. It carried the same kind of blunt warning: Cut pollution now or face enormous consequences down the road," wrote Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA.
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Settlement Reached to Continue Solar*Rewards in 2014
SEIA
Xcel Energy and solar industry representatives have agreed to a settlement that would extend the company's highly popular Colorado small residential Solar*Rewards program and would reopen the medium-sized solar programs until a final plan is approved by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.
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Universal Solar Panel Research Seeks to Flatten Voltage Curves
Solar Industry
Solar panels currently on the market show peaks in the power delivered to the load devices as the load voltages are varied. Thus, in order to deliver maximum power to the load device, the voltage rating of the load device must match the maximum power point voltage of the solar panel. This is very difficult to achieve in practice because the voltage rating of the load device and MPP voltage are determined by entirely different and independent factors.
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GE Invests $24 Million in Welspun's India Solar Plant
Bloomberg
General Electric Co. is investing $24 million in India's largest solar-power plant, drawn by what it called the technology's "incredible potential" in the nation. The investment by GE's financial services unit in Welspun Energy Ltd.'s 151-megawatt photovoltaic plant is the U.S. company's first in the local solar industry.
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Smart Solar Legislation Helps Minnesota Lead in the Midwest
Solar Power World
A map highlighting SEIA's top solar states by capacity seems to forget the middle of the country. But it's true: The Midwest trails other parts of the country largely because the region didn't keep moving forward with solar policy.

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World's Largest Solar Power Plant in Arizona
Forbes
A 290-megawatt project and the largest solar-panel power plant in the world has risen in Arizona and will send electricity to California under a 25-year contract, its owners said.

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The Koch Attack on Solar Energy
The New York Times
At long last, the Koch brothers and their conservative allies in state government have found a new tax they can support. Naturally it's a tax on something the country needs — solar energy panels.

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Solar Power Breakthrough Hints at Cheaper Panels for More Roofs
The Christian Science Monitor
VideoBriefTwo sets of scientists have reported promising results from a new recipe for solar cells, which could result in panels for solar power that are easier and cheaper to make.
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SolarCity Launches Solar Scheme in Nevada
PV-Tech
Solar energy installer SolarCity has announced it is now taking orders for installations in the state of Nevada. The company said free solar panel installations are now available in Las Vegas, offering solar electricity for less than $30 a month.
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Coming Soon: A Better, Poison-Free Solar Cell
CNET
Sure, solar power is clean and green, but to make it more efficient, researchers have had to use some nasty stuff. Until now.
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Hawaii Wants 200 Megawatts of Energy Storage for Solar, Wind Grid Challenges
Greentech Media
Hawaii Electric Co. launched one of the biggest energy storage proposals in the country, quietly opening up requests for proposals of 60 to 200 megawatts of storage project to help manage the solar and wind power that's wreaking havoc with Oahu's island grid.
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Fact Check: How Much Water Does Solar Power Really Use?
KCET
There's an infographic going around lately that claims to show the relative amounts of water used by four different sources of electrical power — coal, nuclear, natural gas and solar. The graphic claims that solar comes out the clear winner in terms of water conservation, using no water at all to generate power. But is the claim correct? Not quite.
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Policies and Programs Have Put New York in a Solar State Of Mind
Solar Industry
A confluence of factors make New York one of the best new solar growth markets in the U.S. lucrative incentive programs, along with recent legislative, regulatory and economic changes. Sound citizen and political support and good market fundamentals make solar energy in the Empire State both a near-term opportunity and a long-growth industry with a sustained future.
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Japanese Space Agency Hopes to Harness Solar Power in 25 Years
CBS News
By 2030, Japan hopes to have an idea operational that now seems to have its roots deep in science fiction — a space-based solar energy farm. According to a recent report by IEEE Spectrum, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has proposed a plan to create a series of geosynchronous-orbiting satellites that could collect solar power, beaming it back to Earth. The agency also reportedly hopes to have it done within the incredibly ambitious timeline of 25 years.
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