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Registration open for Solar Power International 2013 | Oct. 21-24 in Chicago
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Solar Power International is where solar meets business — and this year, they're meeting in Chicago. Solar is growing by leaps and bounds across the U.S., especially in the Midwest. Join us in in Chicago this October for America's largest business-to-business event for the solar industry. Early-bird rates end July 18. SEIA members get extra discounts.
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Energy experts: Deploying more solar in Texas will create new jobs, ensure
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In a new report, energy experts say Texas can help ensure the reliability of its electricity supply by deploying more solar energy, especially during the coming summer months. In recent years, Texas summers have been marked by extreme heat and drought. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas recently issued its Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy, as well as the semiannual update to its long-term Capacity, Demand and Reserves report.
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Renewable energy standards face challenge from fossil fuel interests
Takepart.com via The Huffington Post
A funny thing is happening on the way to conservative attacks on solar energy. Some conservatives are championing renewable energy over fossil fuel interests. The reason is simple: It's called employment. It turns out that renewable energy, popular with American consumers, is also good for American business, and now job-conscious legislators from both parties are listening.
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Sun rising on solar deals
The Times-Union
It was a good time for Mark Halsey, owner of Gene's Fish Fry on Route 4, to put solar power panels on the roof of his landmark, 1970s-era roadside stand. After photovoltaic panels went up late last summer, Halsey noticed that his bill for electricity, which he uses to run his extensive coolers, lights and other equipment, dropped by hundreds of dollars.
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Massachusetts crushes solar goals, aims much higher
Clean Technica
Massachusetts has already surpassed its goal of installing 250 megawatts of solar energy by 2017. Now, the state is planning to increase the goal to 1,600 megawatts. Massachusetts rose to over 250 megawatts from just 16 megawatts in 2009. While solar has been growing fast pretty much everywhere, Massachusetts has seen one of the fastest growth rates in the industry.
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California council votes to require solar power on new homes, buildings
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
Sebastopol, Calif., burnished its liberal credentials by becoming the second city in the state to require solar power systems on new homes and commercial buildings. "We were going to be No. 1," Mayor Michael Kyes said prior to the city council's unanimous vote. "Now we're No. 2."
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Generating solar power on unusable industrial park land
Oakridger
Tennessee solar energy developer Vis Solis Inc. and the German Energy Agency recently dedicated its first U.S. solar project with Christoph Sander, consul general of the Federal Republic of Germany, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau and Mayor Tom Beehan at the Heritage Center in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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50 low-Income households across San Diego to receive free solar energy
Scoop San Diego
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner joined GRID Alternatives and local business Sullivan Solar Power to announce their new partnership, which will provide low-income households across San Diego with free solar installations. The partnership was launched at a solar installation where a multi-generational family of nine is receiving a solar electric system through GRID Alternatives at no cost.
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First solar brings NRG's Alpine Solar online
Greentech Media
At the ribbon-cutting for NRG Solar's 66-megawatt Alpine Solar Generating Facility, completed by world-leading solar-power-plant builder First Solar, NRG Solar Senior Vice President Randy Hickok talked with GTM about the solar business.
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Reports: More solar workers than coal miners in the US
The Daily Beast
Coal accounts for a vastly larger chunk of electricity production than solar. But industry reports suggest there are more solar employees than coal miners in the U.S.
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Harvard aims to help developers make cheaper solar panels
Computerworld
In a move that it hopes will help usher in an age of low-cost solar power, Harvard University's Clean Energy Project in June plans to release a list of 20,000 organic compounds that could be used to make cheap, printable photovoltaic cells (PVC). The list, which the CEP will make available to solar power developers, could lead to the development of very low-cost PVCs.
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How schools are making solar power affordable
THE Journal
Schools around the country are finding their place in the sun. Districts are adding solar to their campuses and their curricula. A 2012 report from Environment California counted 200 solar-powered K-12 schools in the Golden State alone, with plans for 60 more in the next year. Last year, Hawaii announced that it would put solar panels on all of its public schools by 2017.
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Minnesota solar power gets new boost from lawmakers
Minnesota Public Radio
VideoBriefMinnesota could soon take another step ahead in the transition to renewable energy. Minnesota utilities already are replacing coal-fired power plants with windmills, prompted by the state's landmark 2007 Next Generation Energy Act. Partly as a result, the state has a healthy wind power industry. To continue the renewable energy effort, state legislators have introduced bills in the House and Senate that would increase the use of solar systems in homes and businesses.
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Renewable energy standards face challenge from fossil fuel interests
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A funny thing is happening on the way to conservative attacks on solar energy. Some conservatives are championing renewable energy over fossil fuel interests. The reason is simple: It's called employment.

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World's biggest solar PV projects underway in SoCal
EarthTechling
What will become the world's largest solar photovoltaic development is now in "major construction" mode in California's Antelope Valley, about 60 miles north of Los Angeles.

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SEIA applauds new solar goals in Massachusetts
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SEIA applauded an announcement that Massachusetts has surpassed Gov. Deval Patrick's goal of installing 250 megawatts of solar energy by 2017, and the administration plans to expand the Massachusetts solar goal to 1.6 gigawatts.

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Initial municipality-owned solar charging station for EVs opens in Michigan
DailyTech
The city of Lansing, Mich., has announced the opening of the first municipality-owned solar powered electric vehicle charging station in the country. The charging station, which is installed at the riverside city market, has an angled roof acting as both the solar panel and a carport to protect vehicles underneath.
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Commentary: Solar power in South Africa isn't just for the rich anymore
News24
Prices for photovoltaic solar panels are falling globally and soon generating your own electricity by putting a few panels on the roof of your house may become a reality even in South Africa, where small scale solar power has been prohibitively expensive for most until now. What's more, cheap, clean solar energy may provide real solutions for the poorest South Africans who have yet to benefit from access to affordable electricity at all.
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Churches saving costs and the environment at the same time
San Antonio Express-News
St. John's Lutheran Church constructed its towering sanctuary nearly a century ago when congregations spent money to build grand, impressive structures for worship services. Modern heating and cooling systems did not factor into plans then but often drive up utility costs for the same church buildings today. But in solar panels, St. John's says it might have found a solution.
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