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Renewable Energy Dominates New US Capacity in May
Solar Industry
Renewable energy, including wind, solar, biomass and hydropower, provided 88.2 percent of new installed U.S. electrical generating capacity for the month of May, according to the latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Citing the FERC statistics, renewable energy advocacy group the SUN DAY Campaign says two new "units" of wind power provided 203 megawatts, five units of solar provided 156 megawatts, one unit of biomass provided five megawatts and one unit of hydropower provided 0.2 megawatts.
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NRG CEO: Residential Solar Competitive with Electricity in 25 States
by Next Year

Green Car Reports
Solar power for your home has been around a long time, but for many homeowners, it's required subsidies, special financing arrangements and still delivered long payback periods. That's changing fast, according to the CEO of a major Texas electric utility. David Crane, who runs NRG Energy, says that in fully half the states of the union, electricity from residential solar panels will be cost-competitive with that delivered by local electric utilities by next year.
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Buying Into Solar Power, No Roof Access Needed
The New York Times
For developers, shared or community solar arrays create a new market from the estimated 85 percent of residential customers who can neither own nor lease systems because their roofs are physically unsuitable for solar or because they do not control them — like renters and people living in large apartment buildings. And for those customers, it offers a way into the solar boom, whether they seek to contribute to the spread of clean energy or to reap the potential cost savings.
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California Extends Solar Property Tax Exclusion
SolarServer
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a comprehensive state budget, along with legislation (S.B. 871) that extends the existing solar property tax exclusion until Jan. 1, 2025. "SEIA commends Gov. Brown, as well as the California Assembly and Senate, for extending this longstanding, existing state policy, which was initially established through a ballot initiative over 30 years ago," SEIA president and CEO Rhone Resch said.
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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.

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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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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, SEIA's vice president for trade and competitiveness.

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Cathedral Thinking: Can Houses of Worship Become
Beacons of Sustainability?

The Huffington Post
Tom Kimbis, vice president of external affairs at SEIA, writes: "As they have across the centuries, houses of worship stand ready to heal our wounds. Decades ago in America, we witnessed African-American churches stand valiantly at the forefront of the civil rights movement. Today, we face a crisis that threatens the success of all civil and spiritual missions, regardless of color or creed. Using solar power, the more than 300,000 houses of worship across America can empower both their rooftops and their communities through sustainability."
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2 DC Universities to Buy Solar Power from North Carolina
The Associated Press via U.S. News and World Report
Two Washington, D.C., universities — George Washington University, American University and the George Washington University Hospital — have agreed to a major energy deal to buy more than half their power from three new solar power farms that will be built in North Carolina. The universities announced a 20-year agreement with Duke Energy Renewables to reduce their carbon footprints by directly tapping solar energy.
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New Material Could Provide Massive Boost to Solar Cell Efficiency
ExtremeTech
A group of scientists working with the University of Utah believe they've discovered a method of substantially boosting solar cell efficiencies in a breakthrough that could significantly reduce the total cost per watt — if it can be successfully commercialized.
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Germany Can Now Produce Half its Energy from Solar
ScienceAlert
New data reveals that Germany broke a record at the start of June by generating half its energy from solar power, demonstrating the country's impressive renewable energy capabilities. Germany has had success with solar by encouraging citizens to install panels on their rooftops, rather than focusing on building large-scale solar farms. In fact, 90 percent of Germany's solar panels are on individuals' roofs.
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Project of Distinction Award Winners Announced at PV America
Renewable Energy World
Back by popular demand, the Photovoltaic Project of Distinction Award was presented by SEIA and the Solar Electric Power Association during the General Session at PV America in Boston. The award celebrates major achievements within the solar industry, specifically within the Northeast region of the U.S.
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