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SEIA Applauds FERC Small Generation Interconnection Rule
SEIA
Saying it will help to spur solar deployment nationwide, SEIA praised a new rule approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that will expedite and reduce the cost of solar project interconnection, while maintaining the reliability and safety of the electric grid.
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2 Upcoming SEIA Webinars: Learn More About RPS and Energy Storage
SEIA
After you've finished enjoying your holiday break, get back into the swing of things with two new SEIA webinars:
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SEIA Applauds Decision to Abandon New Solar Fee in Georgia
SEIA
Carrie Cullen Hitt, senior vice president of state affairs at SEIA, has released the following statement after a proposed new fee on solar customers in Georgia was dropped.
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Solar Dominates New US Generating Capacity
Earth Techling
Solar's big year just keeps getting bigger. The monthly energy infrastructure report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which tracks utility-scale projects, shows that through October, 190 solar units totaling 2,528 megawatts in installed capacity had been added in 2013. That's more than double the 1,257 megawatts for the same period in 2012 and constitutes 21 percent of all new electrical generating capacity this year.
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World's Largest Landfill Will Soon Be NYC's Biggest Solar Plant
Think Progress
On Monday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that Freshkills Park on Staten Island, once the world's largest landfill, will soon be converted into the city's largest solar energy facility. Once completed, the plant will produce up to 10 megawatts of power — five times more than any solar energy system in the city and enough to power approximately 2,000 homes.
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FERC Hands Down Key Decision; Solar Growth Explodes in October
SEIA
Even though they were overshadowed by the Senate's historic decision to eliminate the use of the filibuster when it comes to most presidential nominees — the so-called "nuclear option" — there were some major developments at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that are critically important to solar and renewable energy.
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What Are the Best Solar Panels
Clean Technica
It's time to answer another one of the common questions that people ask when they first start considering the lucrative and enticing prospect of going solar: "What are the best solar panels?" In the real world, there's no such thing as "the best solar panels," but the closest thing would be "the best solar panels for this application."
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Solar Installer Offers Deal to BMW Electric Buyers
USA Today
Make sense to us: Buy an electric car and get a deal for a home solar unit. It's just great marketing. Who would be most likely to sign up for solar? The same save-the-earth type who just bought a plug-in car. It's happening with SolarCity, one of the nation's largest solar installers, and BMW.
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Scientists Find a Newer, Cheaper Material for Solar Panels
The Philadelphia Inquirer via Arizona Daily Star
Solar panels generate electricity by absorbing sunlight, but that is only half the battle. Once electrons in the panel are energized, they must be channeled in the same direction — a process that typically requires a panel made with layers of two kinds of material. Not in the future, if a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University can help it.
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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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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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SEIA Vows to Continue Efforts to Educate ACC About 'Value' of Solar
SEIA
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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Study: Rooftop Solar Can Reduce Summer Peak Electricity Demand By More Than 50 Percent
Think Progress
A new study by the Pecan Street Research Institute found that residential solar panel systems can cut electricity demand during peak summer hours by 58 percent. The study used data gathered from Pecan Street’s demonstration project — an innovative living test lab that allows the research institute to provide original research on customer energy use, renewable energy integration and smart grid technology.
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The US Has 43 Nuclear Power Plants' Worth of Solar Energy in the Pipeline
Quartz
The boom in solar energy in the U.S. in recent years? You haven't seen anything yet. The pipeline of photovoltaic projects has grown 7 percent over the past 12 months and now stands at 2,400 solar installations that would generate 43,000 megawatts, according to a report released by market research firm NPD Solarbuzz. If all these projects are built, their peak electricity output would be equivalent to that of 43 big nuclear power plants, enough to keep the lights on in six million American homes.
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Enel Green Begins Construction of Chile's Biggest Solar Project
Bloomberg
Enel Green Power SpA, a unit of Italy's biggest utility, began construction on Chile's largest solar farm in the northern Atacama desert. The $60 million Diego de Almagro project will have 36 megawatts of capacity, Rome-based Enel SpA said in a statement on its website. It will produce enough power for about 45,000 homes.
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Duke Energy to Build 3 Solar Projects in Eastern North Carolina
PRNewswire via The Wall Street Journal
Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, has begun construction of three utility-scale solar power projects totaling 30 megawatts in Eastern North Carolina. The 20-megawatt Dogwood Solar Power Project is located in Halifax County, near Scotland Neck. The company is also building two five-megawatt projects, one in Bertie County near Windsor, named Windsor Cooper Hill Solar, and the other, Bethel Price Solar, in Pitt County, near Bethel.
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110 Northampton, Mass., Households Join State Solar Energy Program
The Republican
Taking advantage of a state program, Northampton, Mass., has gone solar in a big way, and local officials are hoping to build on that success. According to Chris Mason, the city's energy and sustainability officer, 110 local households signed up for the program to have solar panels installed, adding a whopping 715 kilowatts to Northampton’s supply of clean power.
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Most Attractive States for Investing in Solar
Clean Technica
There are a lot of ways to evaluate the attractiveness of a place for renewable energy or solar energy investment — and to evaluate the best solar states. Of course, it depends on what factors and assumptions you take into account, as well as what segment of the market you are actually evaluating.
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San Francisco Plans to Revive Solar Finance Program
San Francisco Chronicle
All but killed by the federal government three years ago, an innovative way of financing home solar installations may be poised for a comeback. And San Francisco officials want to be part of that resurgence.
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Bringing Solar Powered Light to Africa
Earth Techling
Africa is beginning to see a new light. A solar-powered light that is. Currently 598 million Africans live off the grid in rural Africa. Many of them still use kerosene lamps to light their homes, a practice that can consume up to 20 percent of each family's income and is harmful to both the environment and the health of the families.
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