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Wind, Solar Power Ready to Help States Meet EPA Rule
The Hill
With the Environmental Protection Agency recently issuing its first-ever rule limiting carbon pollution from existing power plants, many policy makers in Congress and state capitals are wondering: How can states meet the proposed standards most cost effectively? Republicans, Democrats and Independents can get behind two affordable, reliable and business-friendly solutions that are ready today — American wind and solar power.
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Expect Solar PPAs to Win Big Once EPA Carbon Rules are Laid Down
Solar Industry
Ken Johnson, vice president of communications for SEIA, says all states can and should take advantage of solar as part of their energy portfolio in light of the proposed EPA regulations. "Solar works across all 50 states, can be deployed quickly and scales easily," Johnson said.
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Texas Utility Doubles Large-Scale Solar, Says it Will Be Coal-Free by 2016
Climate Progress
Thanks to new investments in natural gas and utility-scale solar energy, El Paso Electric, a Texas utility with nearly 400,000 customers, announced that its electricity mix will be free from coal by 2016. Thanks to successive investments in large solar projects, EPE has doubled its utility-scale solar portfolio in less than one year.
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New Mexico's Largest Solar Plant Now Open in Luna County
Las Cruces Sun-News
New Mexico State Land Commissioner Ray Powell made a trip to the city of Deming to mark the official opening of the state's largest solar power plant, the Macho Springs Solar Facility, which is on 600 acres of state trust land in Luna County. The project is jointly owned by Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power and by Turner Renewable Energy. The plant was built and will be operated by First Solar.
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New US Codes, Standards Reflect Solar's Rising Importance
Solar Industry
The National Fire Protection Association released the 2014 National Electrical Code last August. The 2014 edition, which will go into effect as states adopt it, has several changes that affect photovoltaic installations. "It was the first time where you saw a variety of solar-related provisions," says John Smirnow, vice president for trade and competitiveness for SEIA. "There were a dozen or so relatively significant changes that were solar specific."
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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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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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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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Xcel Energy to Reopen Solar Power Incentive Program in Colorado
Denver Business Journal
Colorado state regulators have approved reopening Xcel Energy Inc.'s Solar*Rewards program that handles rebates and incentive payments for rooftop and commercial-sized solar power systems. The reopening — and the goals in various parts of the program that deal with small and medium-sized solar power systems — will stand until the Colorado Public Utilities Commission approves Xcel's 2014 plan to acquire renewable energy resources. That approval is expected later this year.
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Why Elon Musk is Doubling Down on Solar Power
Bloomberg Businessweek
Making solar panels is a huge mistake. That's been the big story of the solar industry over the past few years. A glut of solar panel makers flooded the market with their products, forcing prices of solar panels down to crippling levels. The biggest culprit in all of this was China, which twisted the economics of solar panels through its backing of a multitude of firms. Some solar panel makers have muddled along through the dark times, while others such as China's onetime giant Suntech Power been left trying to placate furious investors and navigate bankruptcy.
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6.5-Megawatt Massachusetts Solar Array Repurposes
Tornado-Damaged Land

Solar Industry
In June 2011, a deadly tornado ripped through central Massachusetts, carving a path of destruction through Springfield and towns to the east. In Brimfield, the storm made a ruin of facilities owned by the Springfield Boys & Girls Club. Soltas Holdings, the solar power development business owned by GameChange Racking CEO Andrew Worden, acquired the 300 acres and repurposed them for a 6.25-megawatt solar project.
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SolarWorld, RGS Energy Partner to Deploy American-Made Solar
Panels Nationwide

Business Wire via MarketWatch
SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer, and RGS Energy, a nationwide provider of turnkey solar energy solutions for residential, commercial and utility customers, have signed a supply agreement that aligns the two leading founders of U.S. solar industry. Both companies have operated in the U.S. solar industry for nearly 40 years.
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Aston Martin to Equip Race Cars with Solar-Powered Air Conditioning
Mashable
British sports-car manufacturer Aston Martin will soon be keeping race-car drivers cool with solar-powered air-conditioning systems. The company announced a partnership with Hanergy Global Solar Power and Applications Group to equip cars with ultra-thin solar panels that can power auxiliary features, such as air conditioning, without sucking power from the engine.
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India's Bold Plan to Cover 1,000 Miles of Canals with Solar Power Plants
Motherboard
The concept is beautiful in its simplicity: Take long stretches of open canals in dry, sunny terrain and cover them with solar panels. Which is precisely what India's coastal state of Gujurat is planning to do on a huge scale. In 2012, it launched a project that aims to turn its vast network of canals — which currently spans 11,000 miles — into a massive, serpentine solar power plant.
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