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Solar energy organization honors Ohio town
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The Solar Energy Industries Association was in Napoleon, Ohio, to honor the community as "America's Number One Solar Small Town." SEIA chose Napoleon for the honor because of public and private support of the solar industry. More

As NJ solar sector cools, rest of country shows double-digit growth
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The pace of solar installations may be slowing a bit in New Jersey, but in the rest of the nation the third-largest number of systems was installed in the third quarter, guaranteeing a record surpassing last year's total of 1,885 megawatts of capacity. So far this year, 1,992 megawatts of capacity were installed across the country, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. More

SunFed begins installation of solar power system
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SunFed, a Rio Rico, Ariz.-based grower-shipper, has begun work on one of the largest commercial installation of solar power in southern Arizona. The nearly half-megawatt solar system will be mounted on the roof of the company's 46,000-square-foot refrigerated produce distribution facility. The solar system will nearly offset all the facility's electrical consumption as well as drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and further reduce the company's carbon footprint. More

US lawmakers to push tax code change for renewable energy in 2013
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A group of U.S. lawmakers said that they plan to push ahead in the new year to change the tax code so renewable energy projects could qualify for beneficial tax structures commonly used by pipelines and other energy-related companies. Democratic and Republican sponsors of proposed legislation said they think momentum is growing for their idea to allow wind, solar, biofuel and other renewable projects to structure as "master limited partnerships." More

Solar power prices to continue falling through 2025, experts say
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Prices for solar modules — the part of solar panels that produce electricity — will continue to fall, in line with the long-term trend since 1980, according to a survey of experts by Near Zero, a nonprofit energy research organization. However, for prices to keep falling for the long term will require continued commitment to research, such as on materials used for making solar modules. More

Schools go solar to save cash, revive programs
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As energy goes in California, schools are among the biggest users, causing many districts in the state to consider solar power as a way to shave utility expenses. According to a fall report by Environment California Research and Policy Center, the state's K-12 schools spend an estimated $132 per student each year on electricity. When totaled across the entire school system — the largest in the country — the energy expenses amount to $700 million. More

Grant will help churches buy solar panels
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A $150,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Energy Development will go to six churches, four of them in Bloomington, Ind. The Bloomington parishes organized under a single banner, calling themselves Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light. Madi Hirschland, H-IPL vice chair of the board, said each congregation will receive $25,000. More

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Sport facilities use solar, save on electricity
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Homeowners and businesses have increasingly turned to solar to reduce their electricity costs. Large and small installations have been proven to benefit organizations of all sizes, including even major sporting corporations and complexes. Some racing facilities, from top to bottom, have recently installing rooftop solar arrays that slash these large arenas' annual utility bills. More

Maryland town council opts to explore possibility of solar panels
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The Town Council of Manchester, Md., voted to allow Town Administrator Steve Miller to look into alternative energy for the town, in the form of solar panels on town property, at a recent meeting. According to Miller, the solar panels would be a good green project that also made good economic sense for the town. More

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California could surpass renewable energy goals
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California is poised to meet its renewable energy target in the next eight years with a "comfortable margin" to spare as regulators work to promote projects that also help increase "green" jobs in the state. Michael Peevey, president of the state Public Utilities Commission, said programs such as the California Solar initiative are leading the drive to meet a 2020 deadline requiring one-third of the state's electricity to come from wind and solar power. More

More homes take chance on solar
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As the city of Columbia, Mo., works to expand its renewable energy efforts, in part with the installation of solar panels, a small but increasing number of Columbia residents are shelling out the money to have solar panels installed on their own homes. The solar panels are an investment they say will pay off in the long run through rebates from Columbia Water and Light. More

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Helping make solar power cheaper
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The University of Adelaide's Centre for Energy Technology is part of a major solar research initiative aimed at lowering the cost of solar thermal power, announced by the Australian Government. Led by CSIRO, the Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative will be worth a total of over $87 million. The eight-year collaboration aims to lower the cost of solar thermal power from 25 cents to around 10 cents a kilowatt hour. More

Even Northern Alaska has solar power potential
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Extremely low temperatures might suggest to some that solar power is hardly feasible in an Alaskan village located 33 miles above the Arctic Circle. The Kotzebue Electric Association is responsible for the energy supply in the town of about 3,200 residents. Most of the residents are Native American, and the Inupiat people may have lived in the area since the 15th century. More

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