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A record Q1 for US solar industry
SEIA
According to the new U.S. Solar Market Insight report, the U.S. installed 723 megawatts in first-quarter 2013, which accounted for over 48 percent of all new electric capacity installed in the U.S. last quarter. Overall, these installations represent the best first quarter of any given year for the industry. In addition, the residential and utility market segments registered first quarter highs with 164 megawatt and 318 megawatt, respectively. Download the free executive summary, and join the free webinar on June 27.
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Network and support solar at The Solar Foundation's Summer Solstice
The Solar Foundation
On June 21, The Solar Foundation will host Summer Solstice, its annual fundraiser that brings together important private, government and nonprofit solar energy stakeholders in Washington, D.C. Organizations can showcase their roles in the solar marketplace while supporting TSF's charitable mission by becoming a sponsor.
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US photovoltaic power installations rise 33 percent in 1st quarter
Reuters
New solar photovoltaic power installations in the United States totaled 723 megawatts during the first quarter, up 33 percent over the same period in 2012, industry analysts said in a recent report. SEIA and GTM Research forecast that during 2013, the industry will install 4.4 gigawatts of photovoltaic power facilities — enough to power about 800,000 average American homes. That will rise to nearly 9.2 GW annually in 2016.
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SEIA joins US chamber, business groups to protest India trade policies
SEIA
SEIA has joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and other leading business groups to protest discriminatory trade policies by India. In a letter to President Barack Obama — signed by SEIA President & CEO Rhone Resch and other top business leaders — India has "engaged in a persistent pattern of discrimination designed to benefit India's business community at the expense of American jobs."
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Japan: The world's new star in solar power
CNNMoney
Until recently, less than 1 percent of Japan's electrical power output came from renewables. But following the catastrophe of Fukushima and the power blackouts that followed, Japan has seen an explosion in investment in alternatives. Solar, in particular, in this averagely photon-blessed country, has seen a seismic rise of late and is this year poised to become the world's largest solar market in volume after China.
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Cold-climate co-ops add solar power
Electric Co-op Today
Electric cooperatives in the upper Midwest and New England are proving that you don't have to be in the Sunbelt to bring solar energy to your members. "We're building 500 kilowatts of solar capacity on four acres near one of our substations," said Bruce Giffin, general manager of Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative.
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Solar panels' money savings 'a good start' for Pennsylvania school district
The Express Times
Pennsylvania schools that adopted solar power say their arrays are performing as expected, in some cases generating 100 percent of building electricity. In the Bethlehem Area School District, five of 22 schools have solar panels.
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Feds approve solar-power project proposed in Arizona
Tucson Sentinel
Federal officials gave a green light to a proposed 100-megawatt solar-power plant near Quartzsite, an Arizona project that supporters say could create 438 short-term construction jobs and 50 full-time jobs.
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Idaho Public Utilities Commission weighs future of rooftop solar
Idaho Statesman
Idaho Power Co. proposes allowing its solar customers to "self-select" the one-year period in which they can use credits they earn generating their own electricity. But it still wants to end its practice of paying customers at the end of that year for the excess power they generated.
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Solar power generation hits record levels in California
KSWB-TV
With Southern California's largest electric generating station broken and scheduled for removal, solar generation levels have reached a record level in California, state officials said. Solar power generation on California's grid set a new all-time high output of 2,071 megawatts.
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DOI approves large solar energy projects
Solar Industry Magazine
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has announced the approval of two major solar energy projects — the 350-megawatt Midland Solar Energy Project in Nevada and the 100-megawatt Quartzsite Solar Energy Project in Arizona.

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Arizona among states pushing solar demand to record levels
Phoenix Business Journal
Arizona is part of a quartet of states that make up the vast majority of solar panel demand and will push the U.S. market to a new record in 2013. That's the point of a report from research firm NPD Solarbuzz.

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North Carolina governor embraces solar power
The News & Observer
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory endorsed solar energy — and the incentive policies that support solar and other renewables — in a public show of support for programs that some lawmakers in his own party have vowed to dismantle.

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Connecticut town to add solar panels to more town properties
Fairfield Daily Voice
Fairfield, Conn., is continuing its efforts to switch to greener energy sources by adding solar panels to town-owned facilities in the near future. The Board of Selectmen approved easements to allow Skyview Development to install photovoltaic panels that will produce solar energy for the local grid, which will then be sold back to the town at a discounted rate in exchange for hosting the panels.
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Solar energy company heating up in Indiana
Inside Indiana Business
An Indianapolis-based green energy company says its future growth is "practically limitless." Solar America Solutions is providing panels for Bio-Response Solutions Inc. in Hendricks County for its $1.1 million expansion. Solar America produces panels that use ultraviolet rays to produce heat.
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Editorial: Green in Massachusetts
The Berkshire Eagle
Massachusetts' No. 2 national ranking in clean technology is a tribute to the green energy policies the state has implemented and encouraged over the last several years. As environmental concerns grow along with the perils of global warming, those policies will pay greater dividends — as long as the state doesn't stray from that path.
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    DOI approves large solar energy projects (Solar Industry Magazine)
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Interior Department announces plans for renewable energy projects on
federal lands

The Daily Beast
Critics have accused the Obama administration of being unwilling to exploit federal lands for energy. But the Interior Department is now taking aggressive action to promote green-power development in areas it controls.
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Minnesota to ask: What is the value of solar power?
Midwest Energy News
Utility customers who own solar panels are doing society a favor, helping to cut carbon emissions and ease transmission line congestion, among other benefits. Or, they're power-grid freeloaders, lowering their own electric bills but sticking everyone else with a bigger share of costs for infrastructure they still depend on after dark.
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