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America's solar industry looks to play key role in
grid modernization

SEIA
Reacting to a new report issued by the Department of Energy and the White House Council of Economic Advisors, SEIA says its members are well-positioned to assist efforts to modernize the U.S. electric grid and to make it more resilient in the future when pounded by severe weather.
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California aims to 'bottle sunlight' in energy storage push
Reuters
California, whose green ambitions helped the solar and wind industries take root, is taking an essential next step by proposing a sharp rise in energy storage to better integrate renewable power with the rest of the grid. Power from sun and wind fluctuates dramatically, so capturing it for later use makes the supply more predictable.
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Report: Solar energy costs dropping nationally
The Business Review
The cost of going solar has dropped in New York by 44 percent over the past five years, a trend that's playing out across the country. Solar energy has become one of the fastest growing industries in the nation, according to a report by the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
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Out of darkness: Solar power sheds a little light on powerless communities
NBC News
VideoBriefOn the Navajo nation, where 18,000 people live without electricity, low-cost solar power is replacing kerosene and gasoline generators. Eagle Energy, the nonprofit bringing solar power to the reservation, is working to build a market for the green technology.
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Nevada tribe venture to build 1.5 gigawatts of renewable power
Bloomberg
The Moapa Band of Paiute Indians have formed a joint venture with Terrible Herbst Inc. and Stronghold Engineering Inc. to build as much as 1.5 gigawatts of renewable-energy projects on its land in Nevada.
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US solar sector eager to reinforce energy grid
pv magazine
A new report by the U.S. Department of Energy calls for increasing the resiliency of the country's electric grid to weather outages. The nation's solar sector is eager to help. The U.S. solar industry is "well-positioned to assist efforts to modernize the U.S. electric grid and to make it more resilient in the future when pounded by severe weather," according to SEIA.
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Big-box retailers turn to solar: How can electric utilities adapt?
Environmental Defense Fund
The electric utility industry faces the risk of declining revenues as more customers install solar panels on their homes and businesses. Is there real cause for alarm or are these companies crying wolf? Judging by one customer segment — big-box retailers — the threat is real.
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Solar power industry consolidation has upsides
Earth Techling
GE and First Solar announced an important step towards consolidation of the solar industry that will result in the loss of a new solar manufacturing facility in Colorado and, potentially, 350 jobs. The announcement includes lots of good news — which is probably more significant for the U.S.' long-term solar power play as well as overall economic opportunity and job creation.
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It keeps getting cheaper to install solar panels in the US
ThinkProgress
Americans who want to install solar panels on their houses are having to pay less than ever before, a new report has found. The installed prices for solar photovoltaic power systems fell by a range of 6 to 14 percent from 2011 to 2012.
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IBM unveils wind and solar forecasting system
Solar Industry
IBM has developed a power and weather modeling technology to help utilities integrate renewable energy resources into the grid more reliably. The new system combines weather prediction and analytics to forecast the availability of wind power and solar energy.
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Solar panels becoming more mainstream in the Northwest
MyNorthwest.com
Solar panels are still a rarity in most Northwest neighborhoods, but the alternative energy source is gaining in popularity among homeowners. Snohomish County PUD says it has just hit a milestone with a combined solar energy capacity of two megawatts.
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Solar developments in Massachusetts acquired by NYC firm
Boston Business Journal
A New York City firm's deal to buy two major solar power plants under development in Walpole and Gardner underscores the high interest among out-of-state investors in Massachusetts' solar energy market.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Top 20 PV makers shipped 5.8 gigawatts of solar panels during Q2 2013
Treehugger
Quarterly solar photovoltaic module shipments for the 20 leading PV manufacturers exceeded 5.8 gigawatts during the second quarter of 2013. This record-high module shipment volume represents 21 percent growth from the second quarter of 2012 level of 4.8 gigawatts.
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How the far right developed an unlikely interest in solar energy
The Guardian
From the U.S. to Australia, solar energy is increasingly supported as an individual right against centralized control — a headache for many conservatives.
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Solar energy gets another boost from New York lawmakers
Yorktown-Somers Patch
The Westchester County Board of Legislators has exempted the sale and installation of commercial solar energy system equipment from existing county sales tax. The board approved a similar act in May 2011 exempting installation of residential solar equipment from county sales taxes, a landmark law that was later picked up at the state level and signed into law by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
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    Photovoltaic thermal system achieves 86 percent efficiency (Engineering.com)
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Honda goes solar in Japan, will sell renewable energy in 2015
AutoblogGreen
The sun should be smiling on the new Honda facility in Sakura, Japan, where the automaker is installing a "mega solar system" that can produce 10 megawatts a year on a new test course.
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