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US Imposes Steep Tariffs on Importers of Chinese Solar Panels
The New York Times
American industry and political leaders have urged the Obama administration to reach a settlement with the Chinese, but that effort has not yet borne fruit. Informally, however, industry leaders have organized discussions between SolarWorld and the Chinese to help foster intergovernmental negotiations. "Although we've succeeded in establishing direct communications between the parties — and are working with all segments of the industry to find a consensus solution — we're quickly running out of time," said Rhone Resch, SEIA president and CEO.
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EPA Proposes Cutting Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Coal Plants
30 Percent by 2030

The Washington Post
VideoBriefRhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, said the rule will have an enormous impact because it is so different from previous air-quality regulations in which power plants installed pollution controls to curb the emissions coming out of their stacks. "This is renewable energy as a compliance technology, and that's a huge change from what it's been in the past," he said. "We think that solar will be an option, one of the technologies of choice for both the utilities and the air directors of these states."
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1 Millionth Solar Module Installed at Solar Star Projects in California
Solar Industry
MidAmerican Solar and SunPower Corp. have installed the 1 millionth photovoltaic module for the Solar Star projects in Kern and Los Angeles counties in California. The projects are now delivering more than 170 megawatts to the California Independent System Operator Corp. grid.
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Solar Power Gains Momentum After Long Struggle in Texas
The Dallas Morning News
Whether solar will take off the same way wind power has remains to be seen. But the recent developments represent the strongest foothold the solar industry has achieved in a state that does not offer the lucrative subsidies that drive development in other parts of the country.
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Solar Trees Producing Power
The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel features SEIA member Hannah Solar and Atlanta's first "solar tree." The tree, shipped in piece by piece, may look like a piece of art but can produce enough energy to power automobiles.
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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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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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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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Florida's Energy Focus
Herald-Tribune
The Environmental Protection Agency's newly proposed rule — designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions at existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030, compared with 2005 levels — faced predictable cries of "job killer" from some Florida lawmakers and industry officials.
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California is 2 Steps Ahead on Climate Rules Proposed by EPA
Los Angeles Times
California's many solar firms are among the businesses that see opportunities to expand if other states scramble to shift their energy strategies to renewable sources. "California made the initial down payment on this industry, and now they're positioned well to benefit economically as the market grows around the country," said Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA.
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Grid Parity for Solar Likely as the EPA Drives Coal Into the Sunset
Solar Industry
The Environmental Protection Agency's sweeping proposal to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants under Section 111 (d) under the Clean Air Act will invariably mean less coal, which should open up a big opportunity for renewable energy, particularly solar and wind power.
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Q1 Solar Installation Figures: The Juggernaut Keeps Rolling
Forbes
The U.S. installed 1,330 megawatts of solar photovoltaics in the first three months of 2014. Numbers from GTM Research and SEIA came out recently showing the second highest quarter in market history. These figures were almost 80 percent above the first quarter of last year.
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South Carolina Law Represents Step Forward, But More Actions Needed
North American Clean Energy
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed legislation that removes some restrictions on solar development and prompts utilities to invest in or acquire a certain amount of solar by 2021. In response to the bill becoming law, Carrie Cullen Hitt, senior vice president for state affairs for SEIA, issued a statement.
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Boost for US Solar as Obama Pledges to Cut Emissions
PV-Tech
President Barack Obama has announced new regulations to cut carbon emissions from power plants. The move, which would be a big boost to clean energy technologies such as solar, would see power plant emissions cut by 30 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.
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