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Obama Gives White House Solar Panels (Another)
Moment in the Sun

The Christian Science Monitor
VideoBriefWhite House solar panels are back at the First Family's residence, the Obama administration has announced. The White House solar panels cap off the Obama administration's week of energy and climate change initiatives aimed at raising public awareness of the threats posed by carbon emissions.
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Private Sector Investment in Solar Poised to Explode
Renewable Energy World
Talk about the perfect Mother's Day present for Mother Earth. President Barack Obama has announced at a Wal-Mart in California that 300 leading U.S. companies have taken the "solar pledge," committing to install nearly 1 gigawatt of new solar as part of their business plans. That's a huge increase in the use of solar in the commercial sector, according to Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA.
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Solar Road Could Change How We Power the World
CNET
What if one single source of renewable energy could replace our reliance on coal-fired energy? That's the dream of electrical engineer Scott Brusaw, who, for the better part of a decade, has been working on just such a project. His idea? Cover all the roadways and parking lots in the U.S. with photovoltaic panels to harvest the power of the sun.
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The US Military Could Drive Solar Energy Growth
The Motley Fool via Business Insider
Demand for solar energy is heating up across the United States, and the nation's military is becoming one of the sector's major customers. The Department of Defense wants renewable energy to make up at least one quarter of its total energy use by 2025, and solar energy is squarely within its sights.
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More Solar Energy Powering Corporate America
USA Today
Corporate America is going solar as more companies join President Barack Obama's call to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As solar costs plummet, U.S. corporate giants including Apple, Google and Wal-Mart are turning to the sun to power stores, data centers and other facilities.
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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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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.

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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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High Cost of the Solar Middleman
Clean Technica
If there's no such thing as a free lunch, then how can Americans get solar on their roof with "zero money down" and lower their electric bill? Solar leasing, as it's often called, is a clever market solution to poor federal and state policy design that otherwise requires Americans to do financial acrobatics to power their home or business with solar. But solar leasing adds significantly to the cost of solar energy.
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New York Makes $60 Million Available for Solar Projects
Solar Industry
New York has made $60 million available for solar photovoltaic projects under the third round of the NY-Sun Competitive PV initiative. Administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the funding opportunity is intended for business, industry and institutional sites that are large energy users.
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Could a Space-Based Solar Farm Become a Reality by 2040?
Gizmag
Space-based solar power seems like an idea from a Star Trek script, but given the uncertain future of its power generation industry, Japan stands to gain as much as anyone by exploring this potential source of renewable energy. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is developing a complex roadmap involving a 1-gigawatt extraterrestrial solar farm, a microwave beam and a man-made island in the Tokyo harbor which could be used collect solar energy in space and supply power to Earth by 2040.
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Solar Panels Save Energy, but What About Fire Safety?
South Jersey Times
For a second time in recent months, roof-mounted solar-energy panels have played a role in the severity of a big industrial building fire in South New Jersey. The ResinTech building in Berlin Township was rocked by a three-alarm fire and possible explosions. While the panels are not believed to have caused the incident, firefighters said that the installation atop the factory's warehouse section remained electrified throughout efforts to fight the flames. The situation poses an electrocution risk when high-pressure water is trained on the roof and may have contributed to the roof's collapse.
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Ikea Charges Up Rooftop Solar Ambitions in Australia
Eco-Business
Swedish home furnishing giant Ikea plans to install 16,000 solar panels across its select stores in Australia as part of its global campaign to solely use renewable energy by 2020.
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Bangladesh Leads the World in Small Solar Power Home Installations
Mashable
Bangladesh is known for its apparel manufacturing industry — and for the conditions faced by garment workers toiling in Dickensian factories for a dollar a day. But according to a report, the South Asian nation has become a top hot spot for renewable energy jobs, creating a green workforce as large as Spain's in 2013.
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