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Industry Saddened by Deaths of First Solar Employees
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SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch has released a statement after learning of the tragic deaths of two First Solar construction supervisors in a plane crash near the Desert Sunlight solar facility in Riverside County, Calif.
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Updates on Solar Power International 2013 | Oct. 21-24 | Chicago
Solar Power International
Badges will be mailed on Sept. 9 for SPI domestic attendees. Be sure to register by Sunday, Sept. 8 to receive your badge in advance. Already registered for SPI? Don’t miss out on our educational and entertaining special events, including the annual SPI Block Party and a PV-focused tour, demo and workshop at UL's Premier Fire Laboratory.
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Access to Financing Critically Important to Solar's Future Growth
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The U.S. solar industry is booming. U.S. residential installation frequency "hits one every four minutes," according to a recent article in PV-Tech. That puts the U.S. residential solar industry on track to install 128,000 systems in 2013, according to GTM Research.
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Army's Big Renewables Buy Turns to Solar
Earth Techling
Occasionally, arguments break out over whether President Barack Obama is doing enough to move the U.S. from using fossil fuel-sourced energy to using renewables. It's certainly a subject that can be debated, but one thing that needs to be part of the debate is an awareness of all of the not-sexy, not-front-page renewable energy development that the administration is aggressively pushing.
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University Looks to Expand Solar, Wind Power in Push to Reduce Coal Dependency
The GW Hatchet
The Office of Sustainability at George Washington University is taking steps to purchase more solar panels and partner with engineering professors to build a small-scale wind turbine this year, as GW tries to reduce its dependence on coal power over the next decade.
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Final Countdown for Solar Costs in 'Next Generation,' Post-RPS World
PV-Tech
Hardly a conference, webinar or casual conversation between colleagues passes by without earnest discussion about what will happen when the Investment Tax Credit of 30 percent sunsets to 10 percent in 2016. Even though Renewable Portfolio Standards are the main policy driver for utility-scale solar much less is said of what happens when compliance obligations have been met by 2020 (in states including California) or 2025 (in other states such as Nevada).
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The Top States to Make Money Off Your Solar Panels
SmartPlanet
Can installing solar panels on your property in the U.S. make you money? According to NerdWallet, a number of states can make the technology lucrative for the average homeowner.
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A Bet on the Environment: Crowdfunding for Solar
The New York Times
Capitalism is a powerful force that can be harnessed to combat global warming. Billy Parrish is well into making that his next mission, building an online solar energy investment platform that could turn ordinary Americans into mini financiers.
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MassDOT Wants to Build Solar Panels Along Massachusetts Pike
The Boston Globe
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation wants to build a series of energy-generating solar arrays along the Massachusetts Turnpike as part of a green energy initiative. The project is part of the department's so-called GreenDOT initiative implemented in 2012, and it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions while reducing energy consumption, according to MassDOT spokesman Michael Verseckes.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Blue Earth to Build 165 Megawatts of Solar Power Projects
Bloomberg
Blue Earth Inc., a renewable energy company, will build 165 megawatts of solar projects for the U.S. unit of Chinese panel manufacturer Zhongli Talesun Solar Co. and for developer New Generation Power LLC. Blue Earth's Xnergy unit will act as an engineering, procurement and construction contractor for at least 147 megawatts of New Generation projects and for 18 megawatts of Talesun projects, the Henderson, Nevada-based company said.
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Government Subsidy Charges Up German Solar Energy Storage Market
Solar Industry
The German government's new energy storage subsidy is forecast to kickstart the adoption of solar photovoltaic energy storage systems very much as its feed-in tariff program boosted the photovoltaic industry eight years ago, industry research firm IHS said.
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WALL-E Goes to Work for Cheaper Solar Power
Smithsonian magazine
A startup in California has engineered robots to squeeze more juice from solar panels, bringing new efficiencies to a costly process. This robot, about the size of a microwave oven, is the brainchild of QBotix, a company based in Silicon Valley that unveiled its creation in 2012.
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Solar Has Bright Future in Georgia
Savannah Morning News
Despite an abundance of sunshine, Georgia lags behind other states in installing solar power. That's poised to change, and as it does, solar is making new friends out of old rivals.
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Beverage Distributor Big Geyser Goes Solar
Sustainable Business
Big Geyser, a beverage distributor based in Queens, N.Y., carries products from well-known companies such as Vitaminwater, Apple and Eve and Honest Tea, sells to thousands of retailers in the New Year metropolitan area. A 408-kilowatt solar system now graces the roof that will provide all the electricity the facility needs, with enough left over to charge future electric forklifts and delivery trucks.
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Cooperative Solar Energy Farm Now Producing Power
Cape Gazette
Clean, renewable energy is now flowing to hundreds of homes in rural Delaware, courtesy of Delaware Electric Cooperative's Bruce A. Henry Solar Energy Farm near Georgetown, Del. A portion of the 20-acre solar array began producing power in July, but the entire facility recently became operational.
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China's Yingli Joins Solar Recovery
Reuters via Business Spectator
Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. said it expects demand from China, Japan and the U.S. to drive solar panel sales in the second half of the year, joining its Chinese peers in easing dependence on Europe where they face import restrictions.
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