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Solar Means Business Report: Top US Commercial Solar Users
SEIA
Businesses, including some of the most recognized brands in the U.S., have adopted solar at an unprecedented rate. Since the first edition of Solar Means Business was released last year, U.S. businesses, nonprofits and government organizations have blanketed their rooftops and properties with over 1,000 megawatts of new photovoltaic solar installations. As of mid-2013, cumulative commercial deployment totaled 3,380 megawatts at over 32,800 facilities throughout the country, an increase of more than 40 percent over last year.
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SPI '13 Presents Dr. Cheryl Martin, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn | Oct. 21-24 | Chicago
SEIA
Solar Power International has a reputation for drawing a high caliber of speakers each year to share insights and experiences with conference attendees, and SPI '13 will not disappoint! Dr. Cheryl Martin, deputy director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy will address attendees at the Oct. 21 opening general session, which will focus on the themes of entrepreneurship and innovation, two invaluable commodities of the solar energy industry.

Attendees can also look forward to Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, and The Honorable Pat Quinn, governor of Illinois, who will also address attendees at the Oct. 21 general session. There is still time to save on pre-show rates. Onsite pricing goes into effect on Saturday, Oct. 19, so register today!

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Solar Power International Set to Take Off in Chicago
SEIA
Solar Power International 2013, North America's premier business-to-business event for professionals in solar energy, will take place Oct. 21-24 at Chicago's McCormick Place. The event, cohosted by SEIA and the Solar Electric Power Association, will provide a platform for discussing a wide variety of trends, new product introductions and critically important issues.
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How the Solar Decathlon Was Won
Renewable Energy World
The Solar Decathlon's mission, at its core, is to showcase one simple fact — homes can be built today that are innovatively efficient from energy to water usage, in a variety of appealing and generally affordable designs. Judging by our own eyes, and the eyes of this year's judges and thousands of visitors over two weeks in California, this year's Solar Decathlon again accomplished its mission.
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Bloomberg: Solar Installs Up Amid Global Decline in Renewables Investment
Solar Industry
Installation of solar photovoltaic power capacity is set to hit a new record of 36.7 gigawatts this year; however, lower costs per megawatt are likely to translate into a lower overall dollar value of investment compared with 2012, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
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Solar Power is Upending the Energy Industry
The Motley Fool via DailyFinance
We're looking at the biggest evolution in electrical energy since Thomas Edison built a small electrical grid in Manhattan in 1882. Since then, the electrical distribution model — centered on the construction of a large fossil fuel power plant and a network distributing electricity to consumers — hasn't changed a whole lot. It's about to.
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Bringing Do-It-Yourself Concept to Solar Power
Times Tribune via Contra Costa Times
An entrepreneurial engineer has brought the assemble-it-yourself concept to solar power. The SolarPod, developed by Mouli Engineering of Eagan, Minn., comes with four solar panels and related parts, including a rack that its developer says are no more challenging to assemble than furniture from Ikea.
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Solar Power 25 Percent of World Energy by 2030?
Earth Techling
An ambitious world power program called Sunpower has been proposed by two eminent U.K. scientists, Sir David King and Lord Richard Layard, as a reaction to the latest IPCC report. Sunpower puts forward a target for solar electricity to make up at least 10 percent of total energy supply by 2025 and 25 percent by 2030 and for the cost of the energy supply to be lower than that of fossil fuel. The Sunpower program of research, development and demonstration would be open to all countries.
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US Solar Energy Development on Record Pace as North Carolina
Continues to Shine

Triangle Business Journal
North Carolina ranks third in the nation for utility-scale solar capacity under construction or in advanced development in the third quarter, according to figures published by SNL Energy. SNL's figures show U.S. solar development continuing at a record pace this year, on track to top the 1,675 megawatts built in 2012.
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Solar and Wind Innovation Reflected in Booming Patents
USA Today
Innovation in solar, wind and other renewable power is booming worldwide, especially in China, and is now eclipsing that in fossil fuels — an about-face that occurred in just one generation, new research shows. In the United States alone, the number of renewable-energy patents exceeded 1,000 annually by 2009 — up from fewer than 200 per year in the 1975-2000 period. In contrast, patents for coal, oil or gas technologies rose to about 300 in 2009, up from 100 annually in earlier decades.
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A Staff of Robots Can Clean and Install Solar Panels
The New York Times
VideoBriefIn a dusty yard under a blistering August sun, Rover was hard at work, lifting 45-pound solar panels off a stack and installing them, one by one, into a concrete track. A few yards away, Rover’s companion, Spot, moved along a row of panels, washing away months of grit, then squeegeeing them dry. Rover and Spot are robots, surprisingly low-tech machines that a start-up company called Alion Energy is betting can automate the installation and maintenance of large-scale solar farms.
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First Solar to Build 250-Megawatt Power Plant in California for NextEra Energy Resources
Business Wire via DailyFinance
First Solar, Inc., has announced it has entered into an agreement to construct a 250-megawatt AC solar power plant in Riverside County, Calif., for a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. The McCoy Solar Energy Project will be located on approximately 2,300 acres of mostly public land provided by the Bureau of Land Management approximately 13 miles northwest of Blythe, Calif.
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Will Quantum Dots Revolutionize Solar Power?
Forbes
The sun will hopefully be the energy source of the future, but currently, solar power provides less than 1 percent of global energy. The reason isn't due to a conspiracy among fossil fuel companies, as some media outlets apparently believe, but because of multiple inherent problems with solar technology. In a nutshell, there is a tradeoff between efficiency and cost.

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Solar Decathlon Showcases 19 Hi-Tech Homes of the Future
USA Today
What will the home of the future look like? Cutting-edge technologies are on display this week in 19 full-sized models at the Solar Decathlon, a biannual college competition.

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New California Law Will Help Expand Solar Deployment
SEIA
SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch released a statement after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark energy legislation AB 327 into law. Resch said SEIA applauded Brown for his commitment to clean energy and added that Brown's efforts to reduce carbon emissions across California "will have a positive and profound impact on the state's future."

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The US Corporate Boom in Solar Power Explained in 5 Charts
Quartz
Global photovoltaic power capacity is expected to hit a record 36,700 megawatts this year, according to market research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Charts included show why the corporate solar business is likely to continue to boom despite the ups and downs of the green tech industry.
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When Disaster Strikes, Solar Has the Power to Save Lives
Solar Industry
This summer, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, completed the construction of a solar power project to provide power to the Homeland Security Center of Excellence in Lawrenceville, N.J. This is the fifth solar power project the Corps of Engineers has helped construct for the New Jersey Army National Guard.
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University Creates 'World's 1st Walkable Solar Panel Pathway'
Gizmag
We typically see photovoltaic panels up on roofs, as they're broad, open surfaces that receive a lot of sunlight. Sidewalks also spend a lot of time in the scorching sun. With that in mind, a team at Washington D.C.'s The George Washington University has created what is claimed to be "the first walkable solar-paneled pathway in the world."
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Japan Next-Generation Farmers Cultivate Crops and Solar Energy
Renewable Energy World
Farmers in Japan can now generate solar electricity while growing crops on the same farmland. In April, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries approved the installation of photovoltaic systems on existing crop-producing farmland. Previously solar generation on farmland, productive or idle, was prohibited under the Agricultural Land Act.
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Green Power: UK Solar Installation Heads for Record
The Guardian
Installations of solar power in the U.K. are likely to top records this year and could offset some of the expensive dependence on gas, research has found, but the global outlook for green energy is still gloomy. Green energy could help to reduce bills.
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