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California Legislature Steps Up Big For Solar
SEIA
On average, the sun shines in Sacramento 265 days a year. It looks like clearer skies and sunnier days are ahead, as the state wrapped up its legislative session on a high note. Four significant solar-related bills were approved by the State Senate and State Assembly — and all four are expected to be signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.
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New Market Report Shows Huge Gains In U.S. Solar Deployment
Renewable Energy World
At a time of heightened tensions in the Middle East — coupled with rising gasoline prices across the United States — there is finally some good news on the energy front. America's solar energy industry is currently on pace to achieve a record-shattering year.
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US Solar Installations Just Had Their 2nd-best Quarter Ever
Think Progress
The second quarter of 2013 was photovoltaic solar power's second-best ever, with 832 megawatts of capacity installed between April and June.
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Solar Plane Pioneers to Partner with Google
NBC News
The company behind Solar Impulse, the first solar airplane capable of flying day and night without using any fuel, is partnering with Google to help promote its goal of circumnavigating the globe in 2015 using only solar energy.
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Energy Bill that Could Change Electric Rates Heads to California Governor
San Jose Mercury News
In a victory for California's rooftop solar industry, a state assembly bill cleared its last legislative hurdle and is headed to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign it. The complex bill, named AB 327 and authored by Assemblyman Henry Perea, tackles residential electricity rates and the solar policy known as "net metering" at the same time.
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Why Are Some Big Utilities Embracing Small-Scale Solar Power?
Inside Climate News
A handful of U.S. utilities have discovered they can save money by encouraging small rooftop solar projects — the same projects utility industry leaders have insisted were too expensive and unreliable to be practical.
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Vegas Sign the Latest Example of Solar Industry's Growth
National Journal
At least some of the solar energy that happens in Vegas will soon stay in Vegas, powering Sin City's iconic welcome sign by as early as year's end. A recently approved plan will rig fake trees with solar panels to light the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign.
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Arizona Solar Plant Produces Electricity — Even After Dark
The Arizona Republic
A massive new solar plant near Gila Bend, Ariz., that has the unique ability to produce power long after the sun sets has begun sending power to the grid. The Solana Generating Station was built by Abengoa Solar, a subsidiary of a Spanish company, and it is sending test power to Arizona Public Service Co. The plant is expected to reach its full capacity in October.
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Report: Commercial Segment Set To Lead Solar Energy Storage Market By 2017
Solar Industry
Currently the smallest part of the global solar energy storage business, the commercial sector is projected to expand by a factor of 700 in the coming years and become the largest market segment in 2017, says a report by IHS.
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Commercial Solar Market: The Big Boom to Come
Solar Novus Today
Currently the smallest part of the global solar energy storage business, the commercial sector is projected to expand by a factor of 700 in the coming years and become the largest market segment in 2017.
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Report: How Solar Remains Attractive Without Key Incentives in California
Forbes
California has become the largest solar energy market in the country thanks in part to its incentives for putting solar panels on the roofs of homes and businesses. Now it's also leading the way in installing projects that rely less on government subsidies.
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New Solar Cell Design Can Handle the Power of 70,000 Suns
Business Insider
Physicists at North Carolina State say they've come up with a way to drastically improve solar cell efficiency. The new design would address one of the biggest problems concentrated photovoltaic solar cells face.

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Solar Energy Deal Tops $32 Billion in August Awards
DoD Buzz
A group of companies, including a unit of Virginia-based Dominion Resources Inc., won the U.S. Defense Department's biggest contract in August, a solar energy deal under a $7 billion alternative-energy program.

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Solar Advocacy Group Cites Benefits of Small-Scale Solar Systems
The Denver Post
Small-scale solar energy provides $11 million in annual benefits to Colorado utility customers and its use should not be curtailed, industry representatives said in a filing with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

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LIPA Solar Pioneer Program Restarted
LongIsland.com
Following a brief suspension, a popular Long Island, N.Y., program that provides rebates for rooftop solar systems is now set to continue. Solar advocates applauded state energy leaders and New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo for ensuring that the successful program continues to serve the region's residents and growing solar industry.
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Incredible Technology: How Solar Sails Could Propel the 1st Starships
Space.com
Sail ships might be the spacecraft that first take human technology to distant stars. Giant sails propelled by the sun's or a laser's energy could be the most viable option for interstellar spaceflight in the not-too-distant future, James Benford, a physicist associated with Icarus Interstellar, a nonprofit group devoted to finding a way to travel to another star system, said during a panel at the Starship Congress conference in August.
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Utah County Firm Plans State's Largest Solar Project for Millard County
Deseret News
The project is a few years out and permits are left to obtain, but the Utah Office of Energy Development is more than a little lit up over a planned solar project for Millard County.
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Ghana's Women Set to Engineer Solar Revolution in Rural Villages
Responding to Climate Change
A pilot project will turn Ghanaian mothers into engineers and entrepreneurs by teaching them how to produce small, cheap and low-tech solar power devices to be sold locally. In the first phase of the project charities and NGOs will play a part in helping women learn how to produce solar-powered mobile phone chargers and some prototypes for other solar-powered devices.
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