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Solar Energy Primed to Help US Meet Energy Needs and Combat Pollutions
EcoWatch
In the ongoing war on pollution, there's an increasingly bright light shining through the haze: solar energy. Today, solar is providing a big boost to our environment. The 14,800 megawatts (MW) of solar currently installed in the U.S. can generate enough pollution-free electricity to displace 18 billion pounds of coal or 1.8 billion gallons of gasoline. For state's trying to meet new, enhanced air quality standards, solar can be a real game changer.
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US Solar Power Rises 79 percent as Home Panels Beat Warehouses
Bloomberg
Homeowners and developers installed 1.33 gigawatts of solar panels in the first quarter, the second-largest total on record, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. Installation increased 79 percent from the same quarter a year earlier with utility-scale projects making up almost two-thirds of the total and homeowner demand surging, the Washington-based trade group said in a recent statement.
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Wal-Mart to Double Number of Solar Projects
Daily Bulletin
Wal-Mart will be doubling the number of on-site solar energy projects at its U.S. stores, with a number of its solar-powered stores already in the Inland Empire.
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US Solar Electric Generating Capacity Explodes in Upside Volume
The Desert Sun
A recent news story regarding the complaint by utilities of solar energy cutting enough into their capacity utilization to request a rate increase by midyear was confirmed by the U.S. Energy Administration's new electric monthly update report. This focuses on the incredible 418 percent increase in U.S. solar electric generating capacity in the last four years.
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The Solar Sector Must Speak Out to Sway IRS Rules on REITs
Solar Industry
There has been a great deal of discussion recently concerning the availability of real estate investment trusts, or REITs, as tax-favored structures for the financing and refinancing of renewable energy projects. Current interpretations of the REIT provisions of the federal tax code preclude REITs from investing in renewable energy projects where the electricity produced is delivered to the grid.
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First Solar CTO: The Dos and Don'ts of Boosting Solar Market Growth
Forbes
Solar electricity accounts for less than 1 percent of the U.S. electricity supply now, so what will it take to dramatically increase that? For the chief technology officer of Arizona-based First Solar, one of the world's largest solar panel makers, piling up money to reclaim the country's lead as a solar equipment manufacturer isn't it.

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SEIA Reviewing Draft Regulations Aimed at Expanding Solar
SEIA
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, released a statement concerning efforts to expand the use of solar energy nationwide by using real estate investment trusts, or REITs, as a source of funding for clean energy projects.

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SEIA Applauds New CSP Report
National Journal
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, released a statement after reviewing the Department of Energy's new report, "2014: The Year of Concentrating Solar Power," which profiles five utility-scale concentrating solar power plants and calls 2014 a "significant milestone in the history of American solar energy."

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Solar Roadways Reaches Full Funding to Transform America Into 'Tron'
BetaBeat
The dream of solar roadways — whole roads, driveways and parking lots replaced by light-up solar panels — has been talked about for years as just a pipe-dream for utopian futurists. That is until recently, when the quixotic Solar Roadways Indiegogo campaign reached its goal of $1 million in funding.
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Improving a New Breed of Solar Cells
MIT News
Solar-cell technology has advanced rapidly, as hundreds of groups around the world pursue more than two dozen approaches using different materials, technologies and approaches to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Now a team at MIT has set a new record for the most efficient quantum-dot cells — a type of solar cell that is seen as especially promising because of its inherently low cost, versatility and light weight.
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Abengoa: CSP with Storage Will Beat Baseload Gas by 2020
Renew Economy
One of the world's leading developers of solar energy says that solar tower technology with storage will be competitive with baseload gas generation by 2020 and able to perform similar functions without the emissions. Abengoa, the Spanish owned developer of a range of concentrated solar power technologies, as well as solar PV, said the dramatic falls in capital costs and rising efficiency levels means that large scale CSP will be competing with combined cycle gas turbines on cost, efficiency and utility by the end of the decade.
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Solar Farmers in Japan to Harvest Electricity with Crops
Bloomberg
Japan's campaign to boost renewable power supplies since the Fukushima nuclear disaster is producing some unlikely winners — vegetable farmers.
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