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SEIA webinar: Q1 2013 Solar Market Insight Report Overview
SEIA
Join SEIA and GTM Research on Thursday, June 27 at 1 p.m. ET, for a free webinar covering the highlights of the U.S. Solar Market Insight: Q1 2013. The U.S. solar market had a strong first quarter of what is expected to be another record year for the industry. Installations grew significantly over deployment levels in Q1 2012. The growth in Q1 2013 was driven in part by record first quarters in the residential and utility segments. The webinar will highlight emerging trends in Q1, both nationally and in some of the top state markets. The discussion will also focus on detailed PV and CSP market forecasts for the rest of 2013 and beyond.
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SEIA applauds Obama's climate change initiatives
SEIA
Reacting to President Barack Obama's major new plan to combat climate change, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, released a statement that called the plan "a watershed moment in our nation's history."
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SEIA urges industry-wide solutions to China trade dispute
SEIA
With press reports indicating that the United States, China and the European Union have held preliminary discussions on a possible agreement to resolve solar trade disputes, Rhone Resch, president & CEO of SEIA, issued a statement encouraging governments to "identify, as a threshold issue, common interests across the solar supply chain."
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Solar industry calls for market-driven approach to TVA solar programs
The Chattanoogan
TenneSEIA, the state business association representing the solar industry, responded to the closure of TVA's solar programs by publically urging the authority to abandon the practice of setting arbitrary calendar year caps on solar installations and, instead, adopt a market-driven model that decreases incentives based on the amount of solar installed and incorporates the value of solar energy into the budgeting process.
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4th-graders power their classroom with solar energy
U.S. Department of Energy
VideoBriefA group of fourth-graders in Durham, N.C., are showing America the way to a clean energy future. After learning all about solar and other energy sources, Aaron Sebens, a teacher at Central Park School for Children, and his fourth-grade class came up with a bold idea: Make their classroom solar-powered.
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Solar PV capacity quickly expands when states provide the right incentives
The National Law Review
The American solar photovoltaic industry has grown tremendously in recent years. In 2012, more than 3,300 megawatts of solar power were installed throughout the United States, with a record 1,300 megawatts installed in the last three months of the year alone. Falling costs for hardware and installation have accelerated this trend, but it has mainly been driven by public policies that generously reward those who install solar systems.
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SEIA, BlueGreen Alliance announce new partnership
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SEIA and the BlueGreen Alliance, a national partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations, have announced a new partnership to help support their mutual goal — building a robust clean energy economy to power America.
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Colorado PUC OKs more solar capacity for Xcel
Northern Colorado Business Report
The solar industry applauded a decision by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission that allows Xcel Energy Inc. to acquire as much as 33.6 megawatts as part of the company's Solar Rewards program.
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Lifesaving solar power for Army's sniper detection system
Clean Technica
The Department of Defense has been aggressively pursuing alternative energy both as the key to future national security and as a means of reducing troop casualties in the field, and a new Army solar project provides a perfect illustration of the two entwined goals.
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NREL reports solar energy cell with 31.1 percent efficiency
Utility Products
The Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab announced a world record of 31.1 percent conversion efficiency for a two-junction solar power cell under one sun of illumination. The previous record of 30.8 percent efficiency was held by Alta Devices.
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Retrofitting a 112-year-old house with solar panels
Michigan Radio
VideoBrief One Michigan man concerned about climate change has taken action. Matthew Grocoff with Greenovation TV has been working on a 112-year-old house in Ann Arbor, making it energy efficient. Recently, he added solar panels.
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  The Xcell X2 Turbo increases throughput by 25% to a stunning 1500 cells/hour
Komax Solar is launching the next generation of its highly successful tabbing/stringing platform, the Xcell X2 Turbo. This product shines with a stunning 1500 cells/hour throughput, but maintains its foundation and reliability rooted in the most market influential stringer the Xcell X2. The Xcell X2 Turbo will serve existing and new customer’s searching for a high-speed tabber/stringer, demanding a proven field record.

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Sunrun secures $630 million to put solar panels on every house in America
Venture Beat
Sunrun wants to put solar panels on every home in America. The company recently announced that it has secured financing for more than $630 million in residential solar projects, led by JP Morgan.
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94,000 solar panels to help power part of Fort Bliss
El Paso Times
VideoBriefThe planned, 20-megawatt solar farm at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, will comprise nearly 94,000 solar panels and could be ready by 2015, officials announced. Fort Bliss Commanding General Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard said he hopes it won't take long for other military installations across the nation to follow Fort Bliss in its efforts to conserve energy, use renewable energy sources and be energy secure.
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Ask Clinton: How to encourage homeowners to adopt solar energy
Bloomberg Businessweek
Rarely short on advice, former President Bill Clinton agreed to field questions on critical economic concerns from five U.S. civic and business leaders, including three CEOs. One of those CEOs is David Crane of NRG Energy.

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Energy secretary pledges to keep momentum behind solar power
The Hill
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has vowed to shake a few things up at the Energy Department — but the agency's support for solar power is not one of them.

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Air Force's largest solar project planned for Davis-Monthan
Tucson Sentinel
Construction of the largest solar energy array in the U.S. Air Force will begin at the end of June on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz. The project is expected to save the base $500,000 per year in energy costs.

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Wal-Mart, SolarCity install 10 new solar energy arrays in Maryland
PennEnergy
Wal-Mart and SolarCity completed projects at eight Wal-Mart stores and two Sam's Clubs across the state of Maryland that will generate renewable electricity. The energy produced by the new solar power installations will generate about 4.1 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually — enough energy to power nearly 370 homes — and are expected to supply between 5-20 percent of each store's overall electricity use.
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NEA: China should promote solar sector's healthy expansion
Bloomberg
China asked local governments to study policies supporting the development of solar energy in their districts and to explore new markets for the distribution of the technology. Authorities should look closely into the guidelines for adopting the use of solar power, starting with small experimental projects before rolling them out on a bigger scale, Wu Xinxiong, the head of the country's National Energy Administration, said in a statement.
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Solar boat harnessed for research
The New York Times
VideoBriefLast year, after it became the first solar-powered boat to circumnavigate the globe, the Turanor Planetsolar could have taken its 5,500 square feet of photovoltaic cells and eight tons of lithium-ion batteries and sailed off into the sunset. Instead it is becoming a scientific research ship, at least for the summer.
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Solar energy advocates want to make leasing solar panels easier
Wisconsin Public Radio
VideoBriefSolar energy advocates are hoping to make it easier for homeowners and businesses to lease solar panels, rather than buy them. The solar energy industry continues to grow rapidly, but remains a relatively small part of the energy scene in the United States. Advocates say more homeowners, businesses and governments would be willing to go solar, if the upfront costs of buying the solar panels weren't so high.
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South Dakota solar power enthusiast hopes others go off the grid
Argus Leader
Since installing a solar water heating system 40 years ago, Jamie Fisk of South Dakota has been moved by the elegance of using the sun’s energy directly, rather than waiting for it to grow a forest that decays over thousands of years into coal that is mined and sold to a utility, which burns it to heat water into steam to spin a turbine that makes electricity that is sold and distributed through a power transmission grid.
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Steps to take before switching to solar power
St. Joseph News-Press
With long days of sunshine now upon us, there's no better time to consider switching to a solar-power system to save on energy bills. But before you decide on a system, it's important to investigate the energy efficiency of your home, according to the University of Missouri Extension.
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