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$10 billion solar funding tsunami
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Apple has a bigger cash reserve than the U.S. Treasury. Unemployment remains stubbornly high. Venture capital confidence is low. But over the last few months, we've reported on more than $10 billion in various forms of funding going toward solar in the United States from banks, venture capitalists, the DOE, the U.S. Treasury and firms like Google. More

Complete the Q1 SEIA/GTM Research Installer Survey
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Now that the second quarter is over, it's time to collect installation data. If your company was involved in any PV installations during the second quarter of 2011, please complete this survey; it should take you less than five minutes and you could win a Kindle! All responses are confidential and results reported in aggregate only. Your responses help support SEIA's advocacy mission and feed into the Q2 version of the U.S. Solar Market Insight. View the Q1 2010 version executive summary here.

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Complete your company profile in SEIA's US Solar Supply Chain Research Survey and receive a free copy of the full US Solar Market Insight
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SEIA needs your support on our most important research project to date. Our research team is collecting information from the full value chain of solar employers - from upstream raw materials suppliers and manufacturers down to local installers and integrators. This means you! SEIA researchers will contact you via survey, email and/or phone over the next few months to ensure our information on your company is accurate. Please respond to their requests; the data from your responses will support your business through our government affairs work here in Washington as well as in your state by helping demonstrate the growing importance of solar energy to our economy. Contact with questions on this project. Help us today! In appreciation of your help, companies that provide a complete response will receive a free copy of the 86-page full version of the Q3 2010 U.S. Solar Market Insight and one randomly-selected participant who completes the survey will receive a new Apple iPad 2.

Solar industry petitions court in defense of rebate
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Missouri's solar industry is seeking a reversal of last month's court ruling that the state's solar rebate is unconstitutional - a decision that would be a big blow to the renewable energy industry in the Show-Me state. Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green will hear arguments today from the Missouri Solar Energy Industry Association, the trade association for the solar industry, which has asked to intervene in the case and overturn last month's decision. Renew Missouri, the group that got the voter-approved renewable energy law on the ballot three years ago, has also sought to intervene in the case. More

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Solar firms busier as demand increases
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The trees that cover Ruppert Cos.' 600-acre nursery in Laytonsville, Md., now share a small parcel of land with 988 deep metallic blue solar panels that will supply power to the landscaper's five-building headquarters. The company began construction on a new, eco-conscious campus three years ago and the $1 million solar field, a third of which is financed by a federal tax credit, promises to erase its $35,000 annual electric bill. More

Summer of solar
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This has definitely been a summer of solar – both in terms of oppressive heat as well as dozens upon dozens of new solar power systems going online. Recently Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) along with the Matrix Group, commissioned a three megawatt (MW) solar power project in South Brunswick, N.J., that is part of PSE&G's Solar 4 All program, aimed at helping the state reach it solar energy goals. The 12,684 crystalline solar panels cover more than 318,000 square feet of roof space and will produce enough power for 500 homes. More

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Chevrolet dealers install solar-powered Volt chargers
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Chevrolet dealers are installing solar-powered charging stations near their showrooms for the Volt extended-range electric car. "The Chevrolet Green Zone will provide our U.S. dealers with added flexibility when it comes to charging their vehicles, while also reinforcing GM's commitment to renewable energy projects," said Chris Perry, vice president of global Chevrolet marketing and strategy. More

Innovative solar structure shades Sun Devils
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Visitors to Arizona State University's (ASU) Tempe campus soon will be shaded when parking in a lot adjacent to Sun Devil Stadium by an innovative, patent-pending solar structure design that generates 2.1 megawatts (MW) of electricity. This groundbreaking solar installation project marks the first partnership between ASU and NRG Solar, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., which is expanding its portfolio of solar renewable energy projects in Arizona. More

Solar SPEC Pak™ IP68 Connector

Solar SPEC Pak™, conforming to NEC 2008 requirements, offers power handling capabilities to 1000V & a locking latch. Its IP68 rated shell passes the -35° drop test. Rated to 40 amps, this connector will accommodate wire sizes from #24 to #10AWG (0.25 to 4mm²). MORE

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At a business conference this past May hosted by Wired magazine, billionaire Microsoft chairman and influential philanthropist Bill Gates offered his two cents on solar energy: "If you're going for cuteness," he said, "the stuff in the home is the place to go. But if you're really interested in the energy problem, it's those big things in the desert." More


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Denver International Airport doubles solar capacity News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Denver International Airport (DIA) and Constellation Energy (NYSE: CEG) announced the completion of a 4.4-megawatt (MW), ground-mounted solar system. The airport now has over eight MW of solar - the most at any US commercial airport. Constellation Energy built, owns and maintains the solar installation, and DIA will purchase the electricity produced by the system over a 20-year period. More

How much do solar panels boost home sale prices?
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Add a new steel front door to your house and you'll likely recoup the investment if you have to sell. But what about a solar power system? A group of California economists looked at that question in a recent study and found that on average, homeowners in California who install photovoltaic solar panels to power their homes can recover nearly all the investment costs if they move – and that's on top of the annual energy savings. More helps consumers see the light
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Earlier this year, President Obama announced plans to install a solar thermal system and solar photovoltaic system on the White House roof. Though the panels aren't up yet, this was a clear signal that the White House is embracing solar power and it's only fitting that the rest of the nation follow suit. More
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