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Approaching Deadlines for New Solar Power International Programs
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Poster Presentations: Submit a poster presentation to this year's Solar Power International Conference and gain visibility and recognition for your research, innovation, or best practice. Deadline for submissions is extended to Friday, Aug. 16.

Start-Up Alley: SPI is awarding 30 early-stage solar companies the opportunity to present in Start-Up Alley — a designated area on the expo floor designed specifically for new business ventures. Applications are due by Friday, Aug. 23.
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For homeowners who want to go green, leasing solar systems is a good option
The Associated Press via SEIA
Ben Kunz wanted to do "the green thing" and save on his electric bill without paying a lot of money up front. So instead of buying a solar system for his house in Cheshire, Conn., he leased one.

"I thought it was a pretty good deal," he said. "I lean a little environmentalist so I'm concerned about global warming."

Increasing numbers of U.S. homeowners are relying on the sun to meet much of their hot water and electricity needs. In fact, residential electricity produced by solar in the first quarter of 2013 was almost 10 times higher than that generated in 2008, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

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Concentrated solar power getting chance to shine
Energy Biz
Solar prices are coming way down while the technologies to deliver the product are fast improving. But not all ideas are created equal. The question now is whether developers will focus on rooftop solar panels or whether they will renew their efforts in utility-scale solar power.
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Photovoltaic thermal system achieves 86 percent efficiency
Engineering.com
In April of 2013, SunDrum's Photovoltaic/Thermal system achieved 86 percent efficiency on a Massachusetts home during peak hours. This is a record for a PVT system with a fixed (non-tracking) mount. SunDrum also installed a PVT system at the Inn at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. That system is expected to pay for itself in less than three years and provide a 30 percent return on investment. In its first six months of operation, it recouped 25 percent of its installation cost. High efficiency and short payback periods look pretty cool, so let's see how PVT works.
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Plug-and-play residential solar in 5 years? Fraunhofer USA and partners are working to make this a reality
Forbes
Imagine going into your Home Depot, Lowes, local hardware store or ordering online to pick out your solar system. It might have PV modules that are peel and stick. It might have really simple residential rooftop mounting technology. You go to the counter and have the option of having somebody come to install it for you in an afternoon — or doing it yourself. With a grant from the DOE SunShot Initiative, the Fraunhofer USA is striving to make that a reality within five years.
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EU won't impose provisional duties on Chinese solar panels
Reuters
The European Commission will continue an anti-subsidy investigation on Chinese solar panels but has decided not to impose provisional duties, it said. China and the European Union, following six weeks of talks, defused their biggest trade dispute in July with a deal to regulate Chinese solar panel imports and avoid a wider war in goods from wine to steel.
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Hawaii to spend $11 million on capital improvements, including solar photovoltaic system
Pacific Business News
Gov. Neil Abercrombie has allocated nearly $13 million for capital improvement projects in Hawaii, including nearly $10.7 million for work at National Guard and State Civil Defense facilities. About $2.3 million will support three state-run hospitals, including $1 million for the installation of a solar photovoltaic system at Leahi Hospital.
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Small solar the hot trend in future years
Los Angeles Daily News
Little solar involves putting solar photovoltaic panels on rooftops and over parking lots. That takes relatively small investments by a lot of people and companies rather than just a few big operators. It's a completely different model from what large utility companies do now. The possibility of this sea change in solar is suggested by two big cancellations made early this summer.
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Solar-powered smartphones are coming closer, with tests in China
ZDNet
Smartphones should soon be able to charge themselves using transparent Wysips Crystal photovoltaic panels bonded into their screens. And if the idea takes off, tablets and eventually whole buildings could follow.
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For homeowners who want to go green, leasing solar systems is a good option
The Associated Press via SEIA
Increasing numbers of U.S. homeowners are relying on the sun to meet much of their hot water and electricity needs. In fact, residential electricity produced by solar in the first quarter of 2013 was almost 10 times higher than that generated in 2008, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.

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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.

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Advocates urge Colorado regulators to reject Xcel Energy's anti-rooftop solar proposal
SEIA
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.

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SOL: The $350 Ubuntu laptop that runs on solar power
Gizmag
We've seen solar-powered laptops before, but never one that promised to be this energy efficient. WeWi claims the SOL never actually needs to be plugged into an electrical outlet to charge, but it still has the option in case you need to keep working late into the night. The solar panel can even detach and connect to an extension cord, so you can use the computer indoors and still keep it charged with direct sunlight.
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The sun also shines on Harlem — and solar power co-op wants to make some green
New York Daily News
Harlem residents are finding a way to make dollars and sense out of solar panels — forming an energy co-op. The Harlem Solar Cooperative, a network of more than 50 uptown residents, businesses and community organizations, will use collective ownership to more easily access the benefits of solar energy.
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This ski and surf combo could save your life
CNN
Those souped-up water ski machines are ideal vacation-time fun but they've never been cheap. Thanks to British designer Ross Kemp, the world has been graced with a solar-powered watercraft that costs just a third of the price of your average powered water craft.
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    Advocates urge Colorado regulators to reject Xcel Energy's anti-rooftop solar proposal (SEIA)
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US solar capacity increased tenfold since 2007 (The Coloradoan)
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Stained glass that doubles as a solar power source
Popular Science
A cathedral in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, recently installed stained glass windows embedded with solar panels that will connect to the local electrical grid. "Lux Gloria" is one of several large-scale glass installations created by Toronto-based artist Sarah Hall. The collection is designed to blend the aesthetics of hand-painted, colored glass with the Earth-saving functionality of solar panels. The artwork has silver, trapezoidal solar cells of a various sizes sandwiched between layers of colored glass. To achieve the transparent, reflective effect, Hall added dichroic glass to the back of the panels.
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Will today's suburbs become tomorrow's power stations?
Science Omega
Energy experts believe suburban areas are set to play an increasingly important role in electricity generation.
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Your next phone could have a solar panel for a screen
Quartz
The hope for SunPartner's new solar energy technology, Wypsis (What You See is Photovoltaic Surface) is to generate a small amount of reserve charge for your cell phone when its normal battery runs out and you have no access to electricity. Speaking to Quartz, SunPartner's CEO Ludovico Deblois explained just how the technology would work: "Wypsis is a sandwich composed by photovoltaic strips and lens faces. This sandwich is integrated between the display and the touch screen."
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UCSC's solar breakthrough
SantaCruz.com
A team of scientific innovators from UCSC has created a self-sustaining system like this, using a new generation of solar panels. These devices trap just part of the sun's light to produce electricity. The rest passes through, nourishing the growing plants underneath. Solar energy has a promising future, but it fights for land with threatened species, agriculture and California's natural landscape. The UCSC team — boosted by support from NASA — aims for a more cooperative way to extract power from the sun.
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Weaving power generation into the fabric of everyday life
The Guardian
For the final article in her series about alternative energy sources, Lou Del Bello interviewed a scientist who believes the future of energy production is all around us.
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