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Advocates urge Colorado regulators to seject Xcel Energy's anti-rooftop solar proposal
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Renewable energy advocates, businesses and environmental groups joined together to urge the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to reject a new proposal from Xcel Energy that would discourage rooftop solar growth in its territory. The proposal takes aim at net metering, one of the state’s most important programs for encouraging consumer investment in solar power. The utility is using a contested study that has not undergone public or commission review to make its case against the successful solar policy. The Xcel study and subsequent proposal do not fairly value the many benefits that rooftop solar delivers to Colorado.
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Energy efficiency bill will help in fight against climate change
The Huffington Post
Following months of behind-the-scenes maneuvering, it appears the Senate will begin debate soon on critically important legislation which could help American consumers, businesses and the federal government to save hundreds of millions of dollars each year by using less energy. And using less energy gives us a big leg up in the fight against climate change.
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On rooftops, a rival for utilities
The New York Times
For years, power companies have watched warily as solar panels have sprouted across the nation’s rooftops. Now, in almost panicked tones, they are fighting hard to slow the spread. Alarmed by what they say has become an existential threat to their business, utility companies are moving to roll back government incentives aimed at promoting solar energy and other renewable sources of power. At stake, the companies say, is nothing less than the future of the American electricity industry.
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Some states lead by example in solar power
Earth Techling
Environment America Research & Policy Center just released a new report highlighting a solar energy boom across the country. The top 12 solar states ranked by per capita solar are Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, New Jersey, New Mexico, California, Delaware, Colorado, Vermont, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Maryland.
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US solar capacity increased tenfold since 2007
The Coloradoan
U.S. capacity to generate solar energy has tripled since 2010 and increased tenfold since 2007, according to a new report from the nonprofit advocacy group Environment America. Despite the increases, America gets less than 1 percent of its electricity from solar power, but the rapid growth is heartening to solar supporters.
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Sanders to Baucus: Include carbon fees in tax code overhaul
The Hill
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., declining an offer of secrecy, sent an open letter with tax policy ideas to Finance Committee leaders that calls for taxing carbon emissions and ending billions of dollars in oil industry tax incentives. The energy-related portions of his plan would also extend green energy tax incentives through 2020.
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EU, China resolve solar dispute
Reuters
China and the European Union defused their biggest trade dispute by far with a deal to regulate Chinese solar panel imports and avoid a wider war in goods from wine to steel. After six weeks of talks, the EU's trade chief and his Chinese counterpart sealed the deal over the telephone, setting a minimum price for panels from China near spot market prices.
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SEIA responds to Arizona Public Service filing on net energy metering
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Reacting to Arizona Public Service's recommendations to the Arizona Corporation Commission on net energy metering, Carrie Cullen Hitt, senior vice president of state affairs for SEIA, released a statement.

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Beyond rooftop solar panels: Unique solar energy applications
The Daily Fusion
Nowadays when we think about the sun, we also think about solar power and how we can use the sun's extra light to create electricity — usually through photovoltaics, but also through solar thermal power.

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How climate change makes it tough to keep lights on
The Washington Post
There are all sorts of ways that nature can wreak havoc on the U.S. energy system, making it difficult to keep the lights on. But as humans heat up the planet, these sorts of disruptions are likely to become even more common in the decades ahead.

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Massive solar plant a stepping stone for future projects
NPR
The largest solar power plant of its kind is about to turn on in California's Mojave Desert. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System will power about 140,000 homes and will be a boon to the state's renewable energy goals, but it was no slam dunk. Now, California is trying to bring conservationists and energy companies together to create a smoother path for future projects.
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See-through film could turn phones, windows into solar panels
GigaOM
If you look out across the SoMa district in San Francisco, you see many rooftops covered in large solar panel arrays. In the future, they might not be so obvious to the eye, as teams of researchers are working on transparent solar cells that could be worked into buildings’ windows. The leading transparent solar cells work by absorbing as much light as possible outside of the visible range. If a cell absorbs visible light it becomes reflective, rendering it opaque instead of transparent.
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Gosar defends solar tax incentives
The Arizona Republic
U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar said he supports granting solar companies tax incentives, similar to those given to oil and gas companies. He promised that if GOP lawmakers cut solar tax credits in their reform legislation, he won’t support it unless every other energy sector loses tax incentives as well.
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Massachusetts has surprising potential for solar power
The Boston Globe
Massachusetts ranks seventh among the states in the amount of solar capacity installed per capita, not far behind big-sky states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada — with more natural advantages. This spring the state announced it had met its goal of installing 250 megawatts of solar energy, four years ahead of schedule.
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    Resch commentary: A necessary plan for climate action (U.S. News & World Report)
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German solar battery comes to America (GigaOm)
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Milwaukee Brewing Company uses solar power in brewing process
The Star-Tribune
One brewer at the 4th annual Brewfest in Milwaukee stands out for its greenness. Jim McCabe uses 28 rooftop solar panels in the brewing process at his Milwaukee Brewing Company. A sign outside his place in the city's Third Ward says "Milwaukee's 1st Solar Brewery." The solar panels help heat the water to just the right temperature for brewing. Owner Jim McCabe and his master brewer combine the warm water with barley to break down the starches to sugar.
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Lawrence Livermore engineering team makes breakthrough in solar energy research
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
The use of plasmonic black metals could someday provide a pathway to more efficient photovoltaics (PV) -- the use of solar panels containing photovoltaic solar cells -- to improve solar energy harvesting, according to researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. When silicon is treated in a certain way, such as being roughened at the nanoscale level, it traps light by multiple reflections, increasing its solar absorption. This gives the silicon a black surface that's able to better trap the full sun's wavelength spectrum.
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Dallas firm uses solar to power West Texas oil rigs
Dallas Business Journal
The sun can be harsh in West Texas but one Dallas entrepreneur is putting those rays to work powering oil wells. Mark Smith has developed an off-the-grid solar power generator that provides industrial-strength power 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Our power is a complete, standalone power supply off-the-grid,” Smith said.
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This solar charging tent means you can never get away from gadgets
Gizmodo
The Power Katabatic, wears a Goal Zero solar charger up top, a triangular piece that folds with the tent for storage. Inside is a Goal Zero-supplied battery which, when charged up by the sun can bring your survival iPad or other USB device back to life. Based on Eddie Bauer's Katabatic tent, the never-really-off-the-grid version offers 36 sq. feet of interior space and weighs around 8 pounds.
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Study: New Hampshire supports renewable energy
Foster's Daily Democrat
By a two-to-one margin, New Hampshire residents believe there should be a higher priority put on increasing the use of renewable energy instead of increased drilling for oil. Large majorities also say an ecosystem that offers clean water, scenic values, and outdoor recreation is very important to their quality of life, according to new survey research from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire.
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