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Feds approve massive Desert Center solar project
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With federal approval of First Solar's 550-megawatt Desert Sunlight project, three of the four fast-tracked industrial-scale solar projects on public land east of the Coachella Valley, Calif., are, or soon will be, hiring. "We're going to see people back to work pretty quick," said Riverside County Supervisor John J. Benoit. "There will be a large number of construction jobs at the start. We need them now and we need them quick." More

How will US Army Energy Initiatives affect expansion of solar energy?
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The U.S. Army recently established an Energy Initiatives Office (EIO) Task Force, which could have a significant effect on the growth of the solar energy industry. Initiatives now underway by branches of the military could help accelerate that decrease in costs and continued expansion for the growing solar industry. More

Support The Solar Foundation's Solar Jobs Census
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SEIA is again supporting The Solar Foundation (TSF)'s annual Solar Jobs Census, which TSF plans to release at Solar Power International this October. TSF is collecting relevant, detailed workforce information to be used in support of the U.S. solar industry as well as solar workforce training programs throughout the nation. Your participation is critical to TSF's success and to the success of the industry. Please take a few minutes to complete this brief online survey, or send the survey link to your organization's hiring manager. More

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Outlook bright for molten salt thermal energy storage as concentrated solar power grows
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Construction of concentrated solar power (CSP) plants will drive global demand for molten salt thermal energy storage (TES) sales in 2010, driven by demand associated with construction and project planning of CSP plants, upon which they are completely dependent, according to SBI. NaS batteries have been the largest HTS market since they were introduced in 2003, SBI notes. More

Citigroup creates multimillion dollar equity fund for Sungevity
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It's a good year to be a California-based rooftop solar installation company, as such installations are experiencing a boom in the golden state. It's particularly good to be Sungevity. Sungevity announced the creation this week of a $50 million renewable energy tax equity fund created by Citigroup Inc. The Oakland-based company has raised over $120 million since last year. More

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Napa winery pioneers solar floatovoltaics
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A winery in California's vaunted Napa Valley has taken the plunge into solar energy – literally. The Far Niente winery has pioneered the world's first Floatovoltaic system, a floating, grid-connected solar installation. More

Ford will sell solar-powered cars in partnership with panel vendors
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Ford has announced a partnership with San Jose, Calif., based solar panel vendor SunPower that will offer cars powered by rooftop solar panels. The panels will be installed by SunPower in the customer's home, in a package deal priced at around $10,000. Prospective owners of the 2012 Ford Focus Electric can choose the solar option, to offset around 1,000 miles of driving a month. More

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Consumers Energy expands program to buy back solar power
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Consumers Energy is rolling out another round of its popular program to buy renewable energy generated by solar systems owned by its customers, the Jackson, Mich., based company announced. The utility's Experimental Advanced Renewable Program has added two megawatts of electricity through solar panels on roofs and in yards at 102 locations across the state. Following recent Michigan Public Service Commission approval, the program is creating an additional three megawatts, Consumers Energy said in a news release. More

Clean energy is booming and creating jobs
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Clean energy is now creating more jobs for the energy produced than coal or natural gas, and solar energy is the fastest growing industry in the United States, according to industry and academic sources. Solar energy alone employed 93,502 American jobs in 2010 and could grow from 25,000-50,000 this year, economy willing. More

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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

A newly designed solar car takes off
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"The plan is to win," says Nathan Hall-Snyder, a member of the Stanford team that has designed and built a solar-powered car that will race against some of the fastest student-built solar cars in the world. Dubbed the "Fearless Leader" by teammates, Hall-Snyder is the president of the Stanford Solar Car Project, a group of undergraduates dedicated to building and racing solar-powered vehicles. In October, after two years of hard work on their latest creation, Xenith, the team will be heading to Australia to compete in the World Solar Challenge, held every two years. More


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Solar Community and Reliant Energy sign partnership for solar leasing program
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Austin, Texas, based Solar Community and Houston, Texas, based energy giant Reliant Energy have teamed up to offer a new financing option for solar electric power systems. The Reliant Solar Leasing(SM) program is designed to make solar energy easy and affordable. Homeowners installing residential solar panels can now choose between a monthly payment plan or a prepay option. More

Solar Roadways to build solar-powered parking lot
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It looks like roads that use solar power to melt snow are one step closer to becoming a reality - at least for a little stretch of Idaho. Solar Roadways received a $750,000 grant from the Federal Highway Administration to build a parking lot paved with solar panels. More
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