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Top US Companies Receive 2013 Solar Champion
Awards in Chicago

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SEIA has announced the winners of this year's Solar Champion Awards, honoring top U.S. companies for their continued commitment to the deployment of clean solar energy. Costco, FedEx, General Motors, IKEA, Johnson & Johnson, Kohl's, L'Oréal, Macy's, Safeway, Toyota, Walgreens and Wal-Mart were among the companies honored at a ceremony at Chicago's McCormick Place.
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SEIA Leadership Urges Industry to Unite in Face of Challenges
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Speaking at the opening session of Solar Power International 2013 — the largest solar trade show in America — Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, delivered remarks focusing on unity and "staying power" within the industry.
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New Study: Expanded Solar Development Would Save North Carolina Ratepayers $26 Million Annually
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A study recently released shows ratepayers in North Carolina could see $26 million in energy savings annually if the state were to add 400 megawatts of wholesale solar and 100 megawatts of distributed solar generation.
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GTM Research Reveals Top 4 Trends in Residential Solar
Greentech Media
Although the residential market is the smallest solar sector in the U.S., it's the only segment that has seen growth consistently with no seasonal booms or lapses over the last few years. GTM Research Solar Analyst Nicole Litvak spoke at Solar Power International, where she identified drivers for growth and upcoming structural changes ahead for the residential solar space.
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Commentary: The Solar Industry is Red Hot ... Will It Get Hotter?
Energy Trends Insider
The solar industry has been very hot. Record amounts of new solar capacity have been installed over the past two years. The accelerating pace of adoption of solar panels for distributed generation (installed at the point of use, rather than sold into the power grid) and the downward trend of module prices have created exuberance over the industry's future.
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Missouri University of Science and Technology Gets Grant for
Solar Education

St. Louis Business Journal
Missouri University of Science and Technology will receive about $4.3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to support innovative solar energy research and development. The funds will be used to establish the Mid-America Regional Microgrid Education and Training Consortium, which will help develop power engineering curriculum.
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NRG, Exelon See Batteries Boosting Demand for Solar Rooftops
Bloomberg Businessweek
NRG Energy Inc. and Exelon Corp.'s Constellation Unit say interest in combining solar power with battery storage has soared in the year since Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to millions of homes and businesses on the East Coast.
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Solar Power to the People: The Rise of Rooftop Solar Among the
Middle Class

Center for American Progress
Homeowners across the United States have begun a rooftop solar revolution. Since 2000, more than 1,460 megawatts of residential solar installations have been installed across the country, and more than 80 percent of that capacity was added in the past four years. The question is: Who is buying up all of those solar power systems?
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Solar 'Gardens' Let Communities Share Renewable Power
National Geographic
In northern New Mexico, the sun shines nearly every day of the year. If solar energy is going to be viable anywhere, it will be here — and a small electric cooperative in historic Taos, N.M., is taking advantage of it. In addition to supporting new solar projects in its service area, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative is offering its customers the opportunity to buy solar energy from "plots" in a "garden" of solar power generation.
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The New Publicly Funded Solar Projects You Should Care About
Forbes
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a slew of projects that will collectively receive about $60 million and work on making solar electricity more affordable. The projects range from engineering new solar cells to figuring out a more efficient way to market, install and monitor a solar energy projects. The funding also will target efforts to help utilities manage the increasing amount of solar electricity flowing in and out of the electric grid.
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What's Driving States to Adopt Solar Energy?
Power Engineering
A recent report from the Environment America Research & Policy Center identified the top U.S. states for solar energy, ranked by criteria ranging from new and cumulative installed capacity to electrical generation to solar-friendly policies. The top states in order of ranking are Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, New Jersey, New Mexico, California, Delaware, Colorado, Vermont, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Maryland. Many of these states also share some challenges, which are described in the SEIA second-quarter report.
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Solar Means Business Report: Top US Commercial Solar Users
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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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A Staff of Robots Can Clean and Install Solar Panels
The New York Times
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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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 hasn't changed a whole lot — but it's about to.

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Time to Consider Solar Net Metering Alternatives: Storage
Renewable Energy World
The media has recently been full of stories about electric utilities being nervous and downright reactionary to adding solar — and wind — on the electric grid. As this inevitable evolution within the U.S. electricity industry evolves, U.S. distributed energy consumers are becoming the punching bag. But they need not be.
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Amping Up Solar in the Snowy North
Phys.org
Solar farms are a no-brainer in warm and sunny places, but what about in northern climates where snow can cover and even shut down the panels? Michigan Technological University's Keweenaw Research Center is now part of a two-year study that will help answer that question. The aims are to gauge how snow affects solar panels' power generation and determine the best ways to overcome any losses.
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Building Solar Smarts Into the Energy Aware Home
Greentech Media
Someday soon, every home with solar panels on its roof is going to come with its own energy management system to track how much its daily electricity use is being powered by the sun versus the grid — and showing how to optimize that mix to meet monthly budget or environmental impact goals. At least, that's what Vancouver-based home energy startup Energy Aware is hoping.
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Dubai's 13-Megawatt Solar Power Plant Goes Live
Gulf Business
A 13-megawatt photovoltaic power plant, marking the first phase of Dubai's Dhs12 billion Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, has gone live. The facility is now the largest operating solar photovoltaic plant in the region.
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