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SEIA Vows to Continue Efforts to Educate ACC About
'Value' of Solar

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Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, has released a statement after the Arizona Corporation Commission voted to impose new fees on solar customers statewide. While SEIA applauds the ACC's decision to keep net energy metering in place, Resch said SEIA is "deeply troubled" by the precedent-setting action.
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Solar Industry Leaders, Analysts to Convene at US SMI Conference | Dec. 10-11, San Diego
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Hear from FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff and top analysts from NREL and DOE at the upcoming U.S. Solar Market Insight Conference. GTM Research and SEIA are bringing together industry leaders to help attendees navigate complex market dynamics and local policies to reduce installation costs, acquire customers and increase project returns. Connect with your industry peers as well as financiers, policy makers, developers and technology manufacturers.
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Main Street — Not Wall Street — is Growing Solar Energy
The Energy Collective
Since 2000, more than 1,460 megawatts of residential solar installations have been installed across the country, and in 2012 alone, rooftop solar installations nearly doubled the installed capacity added in 2010. These growth numbers are great, but who's behind it? Your first thought might be the wealthy Wall Street bankers or celebrities in Hollywood, but you'd be mistaken.
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US Solar Technology Could Lead Global Energy Storage Race
Greentech Media
Companies and engineers worldwide are pursuing grid-scale energy storage technology that would allow distributed renewable energy sources to easily and efficiently feed electricity into centralized power grids. Once economically commercialized, such technology would find a gargantuan market.
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Special Report with Photos: Apple's Groundbreaking Bet on its
Clean Energy Infrastructure

Gigaom
Apple's two solar farms and one fuel cell farm near its data center in North Carolina are now all live and generating power. The projects are unprecedented in the industry and have helped usher in real change.
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IKEA to Build South Florida's Largest Solar Array
Sun Sentinel
South Florida will soon get its largest solar array, 4,620 panels installed on the roof of a new IKEA store set to open in the Miami area next summer. The array will keep the Swedish furnishings retailer — which also has solar panels on its stores in Sunrise, Tampa and Orlando — as the largest nonutility owner of solar energy in the Sunshine State.
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2 for 1 in Solar Power: New Process Could Revolutionize Solar
Energy Harvesting

University of Cambridge via ScienceDaily
Solar cells offer the opportunity to harvest abundant, renewable energy. Although the highest energy light occurs in the ultraviolet and visible spectrum, most solar energy is in the infrared. There is a trade-off in harvesting this light, so that solar cells are efficient in the infrared but waste much of the energy available from the more energetic photons in the visible part of the spectrum.
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New Solar Cell Model Could Lower Costs
Earth Techling
A new model for solar cell construction may ultimately make them less expensive, easier to manufacture and more efficient at harvesting energy from the sun. For solar panels, wringing every drop of energy from as many photons as possible is imperative.
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Stanford Study Could Lead to Paradigm Shift in Organic Solar Cell Research
Stanford University
Organic solar cells have long been touted as lightweight, low-cost alternatives to rigid solar panels made of silicon. Dramatic improvements in the efficiency of organic photovoltaics have been made in recent years, yet the fundamental question of how these devices convert sunlight into electricity is still hotly debated. Now a Stanford University research team is weighing in on the controversy.
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Tea Party's Green Faction Fights for Solar in Red States
Bloomberg
Here's a riddle to vex the Washington political class: When do Tea Party Republicans stand together with Sierra Club environmentalists? The answer is on their support for solar energy against the monopoly power of traditional utilities in some of the most conservative U.S. states.

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What Solar Power Needs for a Brighter Future
Wall Street Journal
Solar power has been on a roll in recent years, as plummeting prices for solar panels and generous government incentives have helped to make it much more affordable. Advocates are convinced the boom times have only just begun. They predict solar power will become even more attractive to consumers over the next two decades as prices decline further and new technologies lead to expanded uses.

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Solar Panels: Not Just Big Rectangles on the Roof Anymore
Gizmodo
In designing apartments in South Los Angeles, architects at KoningEizenberg had several underlying missions: To restore an 80-year-old structure, to add a new residential wing and to modernize the entire complex, making it more sustainable. In sunny Los Angeles, adding solar energy was a no-brainer.

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VIA Motors Unveils Solar Range-Extending Tonneau Cover
Gizmag
Although the production launch of his company's line of extended range electric pickup trucks and vans will likely be the focus of VIA Motors' Chairman Bob Lutz at the L.A. Auto Show, one optional extra has already caught attention. The company has also revealed a solar panel tonneau cover that will add an extra 10 miles of range to its eREV40 electric pickup truck.
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How Solar Power and Desert Ecosystems Might Get Along
Sierra Wave
A recent public meeting demonstrated the keen interest that the public has in renewable energy, an interest shared in a recent Gallop poll which showed Americans overwhelmingly supporting solar energy. In an alphabet soup of acronyms designating local, state and federal agencies and programs, it was explained to the 50-plus interested citizens in attendance that the state of California is requiring that solar, wind and other renewable sources make up 33 percent of the electricity supply by 2020, which is among one of the most ambitious programs ever attempted.
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Solar Energy Stocks on the Rise
The Energy Collective
The fall for solar stocks happened between February 2011 and November 2012, when the Bloomberg Global Large Solar Energy Index fell 87 percent. Solar stocks are once again stealing the show by regaining 55 percent over the past 12 months. In fact, solar stocks are even outperforming the impressive growth the technology industry exhibited after its slump in the early 2000s.
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Commentary: Crowdfunding Success for Solar Schools: Pilot Project to Launch in North Carolina
National Resources Defense Council
If every public school in the United States saved 10 percent on energy costs by installing solar power, that would be enough money to hire 16,825 new teachers. Imagine what this would mean for our schools and our children, to have the resources to support vital educational programs.
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2 Years After Fukushima, Japan Opens Biggest Solar Power Plant, Reaching a National Milestone in Renewable Energy
International Business Times
Steering away from nuclear power following the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Japan has opened its biggest solar plant. Japan's Kyocera Corp. built the 70-megawatt Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Plant in the country's southwest region. The plant will produce enough electricity to power about 22,000 homes.
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Nigeria: Experts Canvas Solar Energy to Combat Climate Change
Daily Trust via AllAfrica
Stakeholders in the energy sector have advocated the deployment of a well-coordinated solar energy program in the country to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change globally. This was the focus of the 2013 National Solar Energy Forum jointly organized by the Solar Energy Society of Nigeria and the National Centre for Hydropower Research and Development at the University of Ilorin.
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