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New White Paper on Valuation of Solar Assets
SEIA
The valuation of solar energy projects is a complex subject and is a source of tension between regulators, developers and debt and equity investors. SEIA and CohnReznick LLP have released a white paper intended to highlight best practices, as well as common pitfalls in valuing solar energy projects including the tangible and intangible assets comprising a fully contracted in-place system. Read or download the white paper.
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Pentagon Awards $7 Billion Of Solar Contracts
PV-Tech
The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded $7 billion of contracts to 22 companies for the right to develop and sell solar energy to the U.S. Army. The winning companies include Gehrlicher U.S., Siemens and Sunpower. Once projects are developed, it is understood winning companies will bid against each other to supply solar power with the remainder of the ring-fenced $7 billion available for purchasing.
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Apple's 2nd Catawba, NC, Solar Farm to Open This Fall
Charlotte Business Journal
Apple Inc.'s second solar farm for its server operation in Maiden, N.C., is expected to start operating in October, according to a filing the Cupertino, Calif., company has made with the N.C. Utilities Commission.
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Tucson is Test Site for New IBM Solar Technology
Arizona Daily Star
The University of Arizona Science and Technology Park is home to several massive solar energy projects as part of its Solar Zone demonstration project. But one recent addition there isn't part of the Solar Zone — it's a small test array tucked away behind IBM Corp.'s building in the tech park.
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Germany Broke World Solar Power Generation Record in July
Treehugger
Germany is not a very sunny place, yet it leads the world in solar power, showing that you don't have to be in the middle of the Sahara desert to generate lots of clean power from the sun. In July 2013, Germany set a new world record, producing 5.1 terawatt-hours, a mind-boggling number that leaves the U.S. far behind with its record for May 2013.
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Are Solar Manufacturers Getting Their Environmental House in Order?
GreenBiz
For the past four years, the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition has been rating the solar energy industry — the manufacturers of solar panels — on their environmental performance and transparency. The latest results, just out, don't reveal a particularly pretty picture. But they don't tell the whole story.
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Solar Mosaic Aims to Raise Crowdsourced Funding for Solar Panels on
Military Base

The Daily Beast
It sounds like the ultimate in left meets right. Organization holds a crowdsourced funding program to put up solar panels — on a military base. A new project allows individuals to participate in the financing of a big renewable energy project on a U.S. defense installation.
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Virtual Net Metering Increases Solar Market Potential
Clean Technica
Many have already heard it's not practical or possible for most people to install solar systems on their rooftops. This is misleading, and the reason for it is that many people don't own their homes outright — they can't install solar panels on other people's property, unless they receive permission to do so. But that doesn't mean their roof couldn't sport a nice solar power system.
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FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff: Solar 'Going to Overtake Everything'
Greentech Media
If anybody doubts that federal energy regulators are aware of the rapidly changing electricity landscape, they should talk to Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. "Solar is growing so fast it is going to overtake everything," Wellinghoff said in a recent sideline conversation at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas.
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First Solar Sells 50 Megawatts of Canada Plants to GE-Led Group
Bloomberg
First Solar Inc., the largest U.S. solar-panel manufacturer, sold three power plants in Ontario, Canada, with a total of 50 megawatts of capacity to a partnership led by General Electric Co. First Solar built and will operate the Belmont and Walpole solar farms, each with 20 megawatts, and the 10-megawatt Amherstburg plant, according to a statement.
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Church Taps Solar Energy for Building
Asheville Citizen-Times
Hominy Baptist Church in Asheville, N.C., is building a family center featuring a large array of solar panels that could generate enough energy to power the building. Church officials recently broke ground on the Ferguson Family Life Center.
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NREL Study: Cost Gap for Western US Renewables Could Narrow by 2025
Solar Industry
By 2025, wind and solar power electricity generation in the western U.S. could become cost-competitive without federal subsidies if new renewable energy development occurs in the most productive locations, according to a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
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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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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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Non-Panel Costs Make a Bigger Difference as Solar Energy Gets Cheap
Grist
A recent graphic on the impact of local permitting on the cost of solar power was such a big hit, that here's a follow-up on "soft costs," the expenses in a solar installation — including permitting — that are not the solar module.
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Solar Panels Installed at New York Recreation Center
The Buffalo News
A partnership between the City of Olean, N.Y., and Bimbo Bakeries has brought a bit of relief over the expense of electricity in public parks. Mayor Linda Witte, flanked by city officials, cut a ribbon to officially mark the installation of new solar panels mounted on the roof of the William O. Smith Recreation Center In War Veterans Park.
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Sunset for Solar? APS Proposal Threatens Sustainability
Arizona Daily Sun
Geoff Barnard recently put 10 solar panels on his roof. Before installing the solar system, Barnard's electric bill was about $60 per month. After installing a 2.6-kilowatt system, his bill dropped to about $10 to $20 per month. One reason for the low bill is that Barnard is now using less electricity from Arizona Public Service and more from his rooftop panels.
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    White House being outfitted with solar panels (CBS News)
Charting the fall of solar prices (The Atlantic)
Commentary: Why utilities are afraid of rooftop solar (ThinkProgress)
A solar system is installed in the US every 4 minutes (Greentech Media)
Washington solar company shines despite US-China trade dispute (Puget Sound Business Journal)
Solar manufacturers may boost capacity as demand surges in Asia (Bloomberg Businessweek)
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Construction Begins on Massive Nevada Solar Plant That Will Power 80,000 Homes
ThinkProgress
Out in the Nevada desert, construction has begun on what will be the largest polycrystalline solar project in the world. The 250-megawatt Copper Mountain 3 solar plant is the third phase of the landmark Copper Mountain Solar complex, currently one of the largest photovoltaic solar plants in the U.S.
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South Carolina Town to Serve as Test Site for Solar Energy Farm
Colleton Today
Mark Walling, Coastal Electric Cooperative's vice-president of engineering and operations, recently watched as Colleton County Council took a first step to bringing a new type of farming to Walterboro. Walling was on hand as council fast-tracked passage of an ordinance that would amend the zoning for a 51-acre tract of land located between I-95 and Hier's Corner Road. That land would become home to the largest solar farm in South Carolina.
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