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SEIA: Solar power reduces military costs and boosts security
Renewable Energy Focus
SEIA has released a first-of-its-kind report detailing how innovative solar technologies are helping the U.S. military meet many of its critical functions — from security and battlefield readiness to cost savings and efficiency.
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SEIA networking event in Napa Valley
SEIA
Come discuss the latest trends in solar with your fellow industry professionals at a networking event on Thursday, June 13, at Domaine Carneros (Napa, Calif.). RSVP to attend.
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New DOE head 'bullish' on solar power
pv magazine
In an online video posted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), incoming DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz has said that he is "bullish" on solar in the country. Moniz also said that the shale gas boom currently going on in the country is a "boon" and should be used as an opportunity to transition to zero-carbon energy sources.
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Army base takes a shine to solar
Discovery News
The Army's second-largest installation, Fort Bliss, Texas, will soon have the Department of Defense's largest renewable power project. A 20-megawatt solar power plant will make use of the sun that normally just broils soldiers necks while on the march. The $120 million project will be a collaboration with El Paso Solar and will power Fort Bliss' headquarters as well as other areas.
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Distributed solar generation poised to surge in 2013 and beyond
Mondaq
In 2012, U.S. installations of photovoltaic solar generation reached 3,313 megawatts, an industry record and an increase of 76 percent over 2011, according to a recent announcement by SEIA and GTM Research. The number of solar installations in the U.S. in 2012 exceeded 90,000, and the rent payment schedule included 83,000 installations of distributed solar generation in the residential market.
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New Jersey landfills, brownfields emerge as new frontier for solar farms
The Star-Ledger
With New Jersey's latest Energy Master Plan encouraging solar projects on landfills and brownfields instead of farmland and greenfields, sites like the one in Kearny landfill have become the latest frontier in renewable energy for the nation's most densely populated state.
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Consumers push Georgia Power for more solar, energy efficiency
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A broad group of consumer and environmental advocates, business officials and nonprofit leaders urged Georgia Power to add more renewable energy to its electricity mix over the next two decades. Georgia Power has no plans to increase its use of solar power beyond a program announced last year.
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80 Kansas City buildings will go solar in ambitious city effort
The Kansas City Star
Kansas City, Mo., turning toward the sun, has signed a deal to install solar panels and equipment on 80 city buildings to meet part of their demand for electricity. Brightergy, a Kansas City solar installer, and Kansas City Power & Light will team up on the project, expected to be completed by the end of the year.
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NREL pursues greater efficiency for solar panels
The Denver Post
American solar-panel makers have been under pressure as prices dropped more than 50 percent in the past five years because of a flood of inexpensive Chinese solar panels. The question is whether American manufacturers can come up with a technological counterpunch.
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Southern California county slashes solar power plant fee
KCET-TV
Riverside County in California has cut the fee it wants to charge for utility-scale solar power developments in the county by two-thirds, following a contentious campaign by the solar industry to get it rolled back. In a 4-1 vote, the county's Board of Supervisors reduced the fee from the $450 per acre per year, which was first proposed in 2011, to $150.
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ET Solar has launched PV modules that had been tested to UL (1000V DC) by Electrical Testing Laboratories Inc. (“ETL”), USA. With 1000V DC certification, ET Solar modules can now be used in projects with system voltages up to 1000V DC rather than 600V DC, offering lower installation costs and improved system performance.
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Trade groups team to promote solar and energy storage
Power Engineering
SEIA and the Electricity Storage Association, an international trade association promoting the commercialization and deployment of energy storage systems, formed a partnership to help grow solar developments and the deployment of grid-scale energy storage. The groups will collaborate on communication efforts, events and policy activities promoting solar energy and storage.
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Energy adviser: Save money by putting solar to work
The Columbian
Investing in solar energy may not be top of mind for many in the Pacific Northwest, and a price tag that can top $40,000 would be enough to give many homeowners pause. But for some local residents, a mix of federal and state incentives and a desire to help the environment offset the initial investment.
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APS, solar industry at odds on value of power from rooftop units
The Arizona Republic
Arizona Public Service Co. and the solar industry have published conflicting studies estimating the value of rooftop solar panels, foreshadowing a debate that will determine the future of the budding solar industry in Arizona.

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Mosaic find 800 investors per million for crowdfunded solar projects
Clean Technica
Mosaic recently announced that 823 people have invested in its largest solar project ever, a 487-kilowatt installation on New Jersey's famous Wildwoods boardwalk.

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North Carolina definitively defeats effort to repeal renewable energy policy
SolarServer
A bill to repeal North Carolina's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Standard has stalled in a committee of the North Carolina House of Representatives, failing to win the support of some members of the Republican party.

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Solar power could save Alaska university, set precedent for other institutions
University Herald
The University of Alaska at Fairbanks is venturing into solar power for their campus, the News-Miner recently reported. A 1-megawatt array of solar panels will be built on the school’s campus, and construction is tentatively set for April 2014.
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Despite growth, Texas lags far behind on solar energy
The Dallas Morning News
Solar is booming in the United States, with total capacity increasing 75 percent last year as equipment prices fell to a fraction of what they were just a few years ago. In places like California and Arizona, rooftop solar installations are becoming as common as chimneys and weather vanes. But not so in Texas, where despite recent growth in hot beds like Austin and San Antonio, the technology remains largely remains on the fringe.
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Solar energy's sunny future
National Journal
Over the past several years, the solar industry has been trying to recover from a crash in the price of silicon — a key component in the construction of solar panels. The crashing price may have killed off Solyndra, but the industry has also grown more competitive with other forms of energy.
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Massachusetts residential solar installations more than quadrupled between 2010 and 2012
Clean Technica
Citing an "eco-conscious population, a growing number of options for going solar, and enticing Federal and state-level incentives," award-winning solar integrator RevoluSun has released Massachusetts Clean Energy Center data showing that residential solar installations have more than quadrupled between 2010 and 2012 in the state.
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PowerOptions entering the solar energy market
The Boston Globe
Massachusetts' largest power-buying consortium is entering the solar energy market, starting with four local colleges and schools that will add solar arrays to their properties. PowerOptions of Boston, which uses the buying power of the consortium to negotiate electricity and natural gas prices for nonprofit and public organizations, will partner with SunEdison, a Missouri-based solar services company.
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