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With 2013 coming to a close, SEIA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide the subscribers with a look at the most-read news stories.

Your regular news publication will resume on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.


BP bows out of solar, but industry outlook still sunny
NPR
From March 7: The solar energy business is growing quickly, but future growth will not include oil giant BP. At the IHS CERAWeek energy conference in Houston, BP's CEO made it clear the company is done with solar. BP, which announced it was winding down its solar business last year, says it is still committed to other renewable resources, such as wind power and biofuels production. But the move away from solar is especially striking considering BP's recent history.
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California towns pass law requiring new buildings to have solar panels
The Daily Beast
From May 16: Two towns in California have passed laws requiring newly built homes to install solar panels. California is already a solar-power-friendly state, currently ranked first in the country with the most solar jobs (third highest per capita) by the Solar Foundation. Is mandating green energy the wave of the future?
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White House being outfitted with solar panels
CBS News
From Aug. 22: In a bid to increase the building's energy efficiency, the White House will be outfitted with solar panels, a White House official said. The installation will mark the realization of a pledge made by President Barack Obama nearly three years ago.
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New year, old woes? Top 10 solar predictions for 2013 revealed
Solar Industry
From Jan. 3: As 2012 closed and 2013 arrived, the question is: What is in store for solar manufacturers, installers and everyone in between? Market research firm IHS foresees little relief from some of the key challenges that rocked the industry this year, but positive signs are also appearing.
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Solar thermal energy costs predicted to halve by 2020
Renew Economy
From Feb. 7: Days after U.S. Energy Secretary Stephen Chu promised that large scale solar photovoltaic would be cheaper than coal and gas before the end of the decade — and a commercial solar PV project in New Mexico appeared to deliver on that very prediction — comes a forecast that the other key solar technology, solar thermal, will also halve its costs over the same time period.
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Rooftop solar market set to grow more in 2013
PV Insider
From Jan. 10: Companies providing rooftop solar modules and services are expected to get a nice boost this year, especially in markets where government led initiatives are making residential and business solar powered buildings cost-effective.
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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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Industry Saddened by Deaths of First Solar Employees
SEIA
From Sept. 4: SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch has released a statement after learning of the tragic deaths of two First Solar construction supervisors in a plane crash near the Desert Sunlight solar facility in Riverside County, Calif.
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New California Law Will Help Expand Solar Deployment
SEIA
From Oct. 10: SEIA President and CEO Rhone Resch released a statement after California Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark energy legislation AB 327 into law. Resch said SEIA applauded Brown for his commitment to clean energy and added that Brown's efforts to reduce carbon emissions across California "will have a positive and profound impact on the state's future."
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Shell sees solar as biggest energy source after exiting it
Bloomberg
From March 7: Royal Dutch Shell Plc says solar power, a business it abandoned four years ago, may expand into the world's biggest source of energy in the next half century. The proposition that photovoltaic panels will be the main power source by 2070 is one of the "New Lens Scenarios" Europe's largest oil company published in a report on energy demand this century.
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Energy secretary pledges to keep momentum behind solar power
The Hill
From June 20: Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has vowed to shake a few things up at the Energy Department &mdashl but the agency's support for solar power is not one of them. Moniz put strong faith in solar power during remarks at a Washington, D.C., conference. That continues the trend set forth by his predecessor, Steven Chu, who was a staunch advocate of the renewable energy source.
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