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Upcoming SEIA webinar: FAA's New Solar Rules
Aug. 29 | 1-2 p.m. ET

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The Federal Aviation Administration is updating its rules about siting solar projects at or near airport facilities, including guidelines about siting to avoid instances of glare from reflections off of solar equipment. Bill Petrak from the FAA and Cliff Ho from Sandia National Labs will brief attendees on the new rules and provide a demonstration of the Solar Glare Hazard Analysis Tool. Register now.
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White House being outfitted with solar panels
CBS News
In a bid to increase the building's energy efficiency, the White House will be outfitted with solar panels, a White House official said. The installation will mark the realization of a pledge made by President Barack Obama nearly three years ago.
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A solar system is installed in the US every 4 minutes
Greentech Media
A lot happens in America every four minutes. As it turns out, the U.S. is now installing one solar photovoltaic system every four minutes. If market growth continues at its current pace, the American solar industry could be installing a system every minute and twenty seconds by 2016.
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SolarCity establishes ambitious goal for the solar energy market
Hydrogen Fuel News
SolarCity, a company specializing in bringing solar energy to homes throughout the U.S., aims to have 1 million customers by 2018, an ambitious goal considering the company currently boasts of approximately 68,000 customers nationwide.
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Solar manufacturers may boost capacity as demand surges in Asia
Bloomberg Businessweek
Three major solar manufacturers are producing panels at full speed and contemplating plans to expand capacity to meet surging demand in Asia.
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Charting the fall of solar prices
The Atlantic
The prices of solar cells are falling rapidly — and will keep doing so for the next few years. It's taken 60 years, but solar is tantalizingly close to beating fossil fuels on price.
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Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District putting 50 solar panels where the sun shines
The Business Journal
Roughly 50 solar panels will be installed on the roof of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District's headquarters by year end as part of a broader push by MMSD to become energy independent by 2035.
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Denver International Airport tops US airports in solar energy
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Denver International Airport has completed a new 4.4-megawatt, ground-mounted solar power system, it recently announced. The system, built, owned and maintained by Constellation Energy of Baltimore, is the third large-scale solar project for DIA, bringing the airport's total amount of hosted solar power to more than 8 megawatts — the most solar generation at a commercial airport in the United States.
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Higher education quick to install solar power amid energy efficiency lessons
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The Clean Energy Authority reported on data collected by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education regarding solar installations on college campuses, revealing the amount of installed solar capacity at institutions of higher education increased by 450 percent between 2008 and 2011.
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First Solar to sell 32 megawatts of solar energy to California city
Electric Light & Power
First Solar Inc. and the city of Roseville, Calif., signed a power purchase agreement for 32 megawatts of solar energy to be generated at the Lost Hills photovoltaic power plant that First Solar is developing and will construct in Kern County, Calif.
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Using dynamic pricing to balance solar power with the smart grid
Greentech Media
In New Mexico, a U.S.-Japanese consortium is trying out a new way to match the unpredictability of solar power to a smoothly functioning grid — ringing customer energy prices into the mix. The setting is Los Alamos County, where Toshiba has hooked up a 1-megawatt solar array and a combined 1.8 megawatts of sodium-sulfur and advanced lead-acid batteries via its Micro Energy Management System platform — a software system designed to manage distribution grids with multiple distributed resources.
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DuPont addresses solar energy needs
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At the second anniversary of the DuPont Thailand Innovation Center's opening, DuPont's senior vice president and chief science and technology officer highlighted the importance of the role of DuPont's integrated science in solving some of the world's greatest challenges.
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Commentary: Why utilities are afraid of rooftop solar
ThinkProgress
The solar industry is booming across the U.S., and the numbers are staggering. Residential solar installations in 2012 reached 488 megawatts — a 62 percent increase over 2011 installations. And according to GTM Research, a solar photovoltaic system is now installed every four minutes in the U.S.
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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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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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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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In Texas, oil is big, but solar is cheap
ThinkProgress
Despite foot-dragging by the state's leadership on solar policies, residential solar installation prices recently hit $3.90 per watt in Texas, lower than anywhere else in the nation. It's part of a nationwide plunge in installation prices for the smaller systems — generally 10 kilowatts or less — used for individual homes.
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North Carolina solar development seeing a summer spike
Charlotte Business Journal
SunEnergy1 CEO Kenny Habul says investor interest in financing North Carolina solar energy projects is increasing sharply, allowing his company to propose $311 million worth of new solar construction this year.
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Washington solar company shines despite US-China trade dispute
Puget Sound Business Journal
A small Washington state solar power company is growing at double-digit rates in its niche, even as a solar-related trade dispute between the U.S. and China threatens much-larger companies in the industry.
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Solar photovoltaic power output in Italy hits unprecedented high
pv magazine
Solar photovoltaic scored an unprecedented amount of electricity output, increasing its contribution to Italy's energy mix to 7.3 percent of the total electricity demand in the first seven months of the year.
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