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Solar Energy Breakthrough Could Drop Consumer Price
NASDAQ
You can put a solar panel on the roof of your house, but it won't be efficient unless you're willing to pay more. But a researcher at the University of California at Berkeley said that may be a thing of the past. Ali Javey, a professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, reports finding a far less expensive way to make more powerful semiconductors, which reduces the cost of high-efficiency solar cells, perhaps to the cost level of conventional solar cells.
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Why Buffett, Apple, Google love solar power
USA Today
The $100 billion solar power industry is gaining a lot of attention both globally and domestically, attracting high-profile investment from Wall Street giants such as Apple, Google and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. The United States is the world's third-largest solar market, right behind China and Japan, and it's growing rapidly not just because of private investment but also because of the Obama administration's efforts to make progress against global climate change.
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EPA's CO2 Rule Seen as RPS-Like Driver for Renewables
SNL
Days before the U.S. EPA released a proposed rule to cut greenhouse gas emissions at existing power plants, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, predicted the regulation, if enacted, would be a "game changer," opening untapped markets to renewable energy and forcing utilities to work through their sometimes-contentious relationship with solar faster than they might have otherwise.
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Domestic Solar Cell Makers: Use of Indigenous Products Can Keep
Cost of Power Low

The Economic Times
Domestic manufacturers of solar cells have said that use of indigenous products can help keep cost of solar power low, countering the government's claim that it will escalate after imposition of dumping duty.
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Solar Gives Hawaii Utilities a Run for Their Money
WBUR-FM
AudioBriefHawaii has lots of sunshine and also the highest electricity rates in the country. That makes the Hawaiian Islands an attractive place for solar energy. At least 10 percent of Hawaiians are now using solar, and the number is growing. But access to the electrical grid is proving to be problem in some cases. The utility company, which is tasked with connecting rooftop solar installations to their electric grid, has told some residents they can't connect.
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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 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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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.

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New Nanoparticle Makes Solar Cells Cheaper
Nature World News
Researchers have just unveiled the latest advancement in solar technology, identifying a new and inexpensive solid-state type of light-sensitive nanoparticle. This new form of nanoparticle, called colloidal quantum dots, could potentially lead to less expensive and more flexible solar cells, compared to what is currently seen, according to a study.
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GE Unit to Invest in 32-Megawatt Solar Power Project in Japan
Bloomberg
GE Energy Financial Services Inc., a unit of General Electric Co., will invest in a 32-megawatt solar power project in southwest Japan's Okayama prefecture. The facility will start operation in the first quarter of 2016, according to a statement from the GE unit and the facility's operator, Pacifico Energy K.K. GE didn't disclose the size of its investment nor the project's total cost. It said it's part of its annual spending of more than $1 billion on renewable energy.
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Solar Bill Compromise Reached
CommonWealth magazine
The compromise was hammered out in negotiations between an association representing solar developers and the state of Massachusetts' largest utilities, National Grid and Northeast Utilities. Officials from the state's Division of Energy Resources and the Clean Energy Center helped facilitate the negotiations. "This is what we came up with," said Carrie Hitt, senior vice president of SEIA. "It now will be given to the legislature. They may have a different view of things."
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Renewable Energy Targets Become South Carolina Law
Upstate Business Journal
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a law that creates new targets for renewable energy. The bill pushes utility companies to diversify their energy portfolios and could change the game in a state that has one of the lowest solar energy capacity in the nation.
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Commentary: Solar Bill Good for Environment, Economy
The Daily Breeze
Did you know there are more than 500 local jurisdictions — cities and counties — in California, each with different rules about how to install solar? California can lose its place as a leader in clean energy if efforts to address its complicated regulations and costs are not supported.
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Solar Energy Storage System Market in Germany Approaching a Boom
Clean Technica
The solar energy storage system market in Germany is approaching a boom period, according to many analysts, with a rapid uptick in sales likely as the technology enters wider use. The drive behind this boom is the simple fact that such systems are extremely practical for many people and purposes; most pay themselves off in only a few years, providing yet another way for renewable energy to help cut utility costs for homeowners.
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