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Resch: Extending Renewable Energy Tax Credits Would Preserve Environment, Jobs and Our Future
Ecowatch
Rhone Resch, president and CEO of SEIA, was asked to take part in an online discussion on Capitol Hill as to whether Congress should extend renewable energy tax credits. In some ways, this discussion is putting the cart before the horse. Most importantly, are incentives for renewable energy sources achieving their goals? In the case of solar, the answer is a resounding yes.
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Smart Utilities See Distributed Generation Solar as an Opportunity
Solar Industry
Utilities are no friend of rooftop solar. At least that's the general impression one might get from recent media stories about utilities engaging in net metering disputes with their customers. But while Xcel Energy in Colorado and Arizona Public Service Co. continue their highly publicized disputes with solar customers over rates and fees, some industry onlookers say other utilities are quietly welcoming a future of distributed solar.
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The Most Important Solar Statistics of 2013
Greentech Media
This year was the first time someone could use the words "solar" and "mainstream" in the same sentence and be taken seriously. It's still too early to call solar photovoltaic a truly mainstream energy technology, but as GTM Research VP Shayle Kann recently pointed out, it's getting close. And there a lot of factors to consider other than how it stacks up in today's generation mix compared to legacy resources.
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SolarCity Pledges Solar for Schools
Forbes
The idea that existing schools can save money by installing solar systems isn't anything new. But solar technologies could potentially be even more influential in getting new classrooms into place more quickly in communities where electricity isn't readily available. One well-known company taking this view is SolarCity, which will donate an elementary school solar installation — along with an energy storage component to handle night-time use by the communities they serve — for every 1 megawatt of residential solar that it installs during 2014.
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World Bank Foresees Potential for 20-Gigawatt Indian Solar Future
Clean Technica
India's Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, launched in 2010, is "well-poised to make India a global leader in the development of solar power," according to the World Bank. Aiming to install 20 gigawatts of solar power by the year 2020, India is already well on her way, having grown from an installed solar capacity of only 30 megawatts in 2010 to 2,000 megawatts in 2013.
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Solar Panel Maker to Open in Western North Carolina
News & Observer
A solar panel manufacturer plans to open a facility in McDowell County, N.C., and create 50 jobs over the next three years, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's office announced. The Solar Connection will invest more than $500,000 in a manufacturing plant in Marion, about 40 miles east of Asheville. The plant will make photovoltaic solar cells and related products.
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Missouri is Latest Front in Homeowners' Fight for 'Solar Rights'
Midwest Energy News
A two-year legal dispute over a solar installation in a St. Louis suburb has prompted the latest legislative effort to clarify the rights of homeowners to go solar. Frances and James Babb, facing roadblocks from city officials in Clarkson Valley, Mo., prevailed on Nov. 26, when the Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a 2012 judgment in a case brought by the Babbs and the Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association.
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Apple Makes Progress on Solar-Powered Data Center in Nevada
Gigaom
Construction of Apple's data center in Reno, Nev., is well underway, according to the local Reno Gazette Journal. Apple finished building the first phase of the data center — a 2.5-megawatt, 20,000-square-foot portion — and just recently completed the second phase, which has buildings for engineering support, staff and shipping.
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LBNL Study: Rooftop Solar Adds Thousands to Home Resale Values in California
Clean Technica
Installing rooftop solar panels boosts a home's resiliency and green credentials while cutting utility bills, but does it also increase a home's resale value? The answer according to Exploring California PV Home Premiums, a new Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study, is a resounding yes — at least in California.
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New Material for Solar Panels Could Make Them Cheaper, More Efficient
Argonne National Laboratory via Phys.org
A unique solar panel design made with a new ceramic material points the way to potentially providing sustainable power cheaper, more efficiently and requiring less manufacturing time. It also reaches a four-decade-old goal of discovering a bulk photovoltaic material that can harness energy from visible and infrared light, not just ultraviolet light.

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Ancient, Indigenous Solar Technology Can Free Us From Oil
New America Media
Solar power can deliver heat not only more efficiently than oil but also at a much lower cost — and, writes an architect in the Staten Island Advance newspaper of New York City, ancient, indigenous people are the ones to show us how.

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US Solar Industry Records Explosive Growth in Q3
SEIA
When it comes to renewable energy, you could call it the "shot heard round the world." According to a new report by GTM Research and SEIA, the U.S. installed 930 megawatts of photovoltaics in Q3 2013, up 20 percent over Q2 2013 and 35 percent over Q3 2012. This represents the second-largest quarter in the history of the U.S. solar market and the largest quarter ever for residential photovoltaic installations.

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Imagining the US Supreme Court Covered in Solar Panels
The Atlantic Cities
If you wanted to plaster the Supreme Court with solar panels, the south-facing side of the classical pediment would be the place to put them. Washington, D.C.'s otherwise famously boring, boxy federal architecture actually turns out to be a prime platform for solar power.
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Metaphone: Once a Coal Mine, Now a Solar-Powered Music Hall
TakePart
The green renovation of a one-time coal complex in northern France has produced a building that is alive with the sound of music. Twenty years after officials shuttered coal-mining operations in the town of Oignies, an architectural firm has given its old factories a much needed makeover and added a structure, the Metaphone — a solar-powered concert hall that can play music using its own walls.
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Taking the Kinks Out of the Solar Supply Chain
Solar Novus Today
It's not terribly contentious to say that the solar industry infrastructure is pretty fragmented. Compared to other industries such as automotive and consumer electronics, supply chain infrastructure (the systems, processes and channels and the organizations that embody them) that enable efficient and transparent commerce between businesses, is replete with inefficiencies in the solar industry.
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Engineers' Smart Move Leads to City's Biggest Solar Array
Real Estate Weekly
Innovation by Con Edison engineers has enabled a restaurant supply company in the Bronx to install the largest solar array in New York City and feed excess power into the grid. The 4,760 high-efficiency SunPower panels at Jetro Cash and Carry's Restaurant Depot facility provide 1.56 megawatts of electricity for the refrigeration, freezers and other equipment at the business in Hunts Point.
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Haiti Switches On to Solar Power as Sustainable Electricity Solution
The Guardian
Mirebalais is just an hour's drive north-east of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, but in terms of technological distance traveled, the town might as well be on another planet. Mirebalais is home to a new, well-lit public hospital that can hum with activity round the clock. Seven months after the world's largest solar hospital opened its doors, its 1,800 rooftop solar panels have generated enough energy to charge more than 19,000 electric cars, run six surgical suites, attend to 60,029 patients and safely deliver more than 800 babies.
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Dominion Puts Area Solar-Power Projects into Service
Indianapolis Business Journal
Energy provider Dominion Resources Inc. has placed three solar-power generation projects in Indiana into service. The Richmond, Va.-based company said that the projects near Indianapolis are capable of providing enough electricity for up to 7,200 homes. The projects have 15-year power-purchase agreements with Indianapolis Power and Light Co.
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