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As 2012 comes to a close, SEIA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the SEIA Solar Update a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Thursday, Jan. 3.

Which states have the most wind, solar or biomass? New maps tell all
Forbes (Aug. 29, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A national lab in July issued a set of colorful maps that reveal America's resources in renewable energy. Broken down into the major forms &mdash solar, wind, biomass and geothermal — they are an indispensable guide for regions trying to figure out their energy mix, and a fascinating lens through which to view our natural resources. More

Obama's budget would extend treasury grants for wind, solar
Bloomberg (Feb. 15, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
President Barack Obama's proposed budget would renew and extend a subsidy for renewable-energy projects that helps pay for as much as 30 percent of development costs, according to a solar lobbying group. The 2013 budget released would restore U.S. Treasury Department grants that expired in December, a benefit that may add as many as 37,000 solar jobs, Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association, said in a statement. More

Solar company bringing 1,000 jobs to Riverside, Calif.
The Press-Enterprise (Aug. 22, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A company that markets solar panels and has a very bullish outlook about the future demand for its products relocated its operations to a historic-but-long-abandoned Riverside building and hopes to employ as many as 1,000 people there. SolarMax Technology was remodeling the old Food Machinery Corp. building adjacent to the Metrolink station near downtown Riverside. More

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How new financing models could make solar the Facebook of the energy industry
Forbes (Jan. 4, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rapidly dropping polysilicon prices over the past year have inspired several utility-scale solar developments to move forward after many months' pause. At the same time, those in favor of distributed generation have also made strides in improving the business case for small-scale solar, particularly with respect to what is being called "community solar" — centrally located solar projects that enable those who can't necessarily put solar on their own roofs to support and benefit from solar energy. More

Report: US solar subsidies consistent with coal, oil
Reuters (May 2, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
U.S. government support for solar energy is no different from its support for traditional energy sources, despite critics' complaints that the renewable energy source has gotten special incentives, a new solar-industry backed report found. Researchers at the University of Tennessee's Baker Center for Public Policy published an assessment of the incentives and employment impacts of deploying solar energy in the U.S. More

SunPower breaks ground on US Navy solar power plant
Solar Novus Today (Jan. 25, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
SunPower announced that the company has broken ground on a 13.78-megawatt solar photovoltaic power system at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California. The plant is expected to create 140 jobs during construction and generate the equivalent of more than 30 percent of NAWS China Lake's annual energy load, helping to reduce costs by an estimated $13 million over the next 20 years. More

New Jersey General Assembly passes solar energy bill
GetSolar (July 5, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The New Jersey State Assembly recently approved a bill sponsored by Sen. Bob Smith and Sen. President Steve Sweeney. The new legislation will require utility companies to buy 2.05 percent of their power from solar projects in 2014. According to the senators who introduced the bill, it is designed to support continued growth in solar power after a spike in solar popularity solar manufacturers to overproduce. More

Obama's solar story shows success, not failure
The Huffington Post (Jan. 25, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the election season shifts into high gear, we're bracing ourselves for more stories about Solyndra and other so-called "scandals" of the Obama administration. But let's not kid ourselves — Solyndra is a sideshow to the real, incredibly exciting story of solar power over the course of this administration, Brian Keane writes. More

GE unit buys stake in Arizona solar project
Reuters (March 7, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
GE Energy Financial Services, part of General Electric, said it bought a stake in a large U.S. solar power project for $100 million, bringing its investments in the sector to $1.4 billion in the last year. The deal was the latest big solar purchase by companies eager to own utility-scale plants that have benefited from government targets for renewable energy and a now-expired federal grant program that pays a portion of a project's costs. More

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US orders tariffs on Chinese solar panels
Los Angeles Times (May 23, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Obama administration ordered tariffs of 31 percent and higher on solar panels imported from China, escalating a simmering trade dispute with China over a case that has sharply divided American interests in the growing clean-energy industry. The Commerce Department announced the stiff duties after making a preliminary finding that Chinese solar panel manufacturers "dumped" their goods — that is, sold them at below fair-market value. More

Recycling solar panels a big money maker?
Earth Techling (Jan. 25, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Twenty-five is a magic number in the solar industry. Why? Because it is the number of years that most crystalline silicon solar panel manufacturers warranty the power output of their panels. But what happens next? Although the panels can still technically generate power beyond this point, their power output begins to decrease significantly. More

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Manufacturing solar cells becomes 50 percent more efficient
Planetsave (Jan. 4, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Despite suffering repeated funding cuts in recent years, the Department of Energy-funded, Colorado-based, National Renewable Energy Laboratory has recently been churning out technological breakthroughs at a breakneck pace. It announced is a new method for creating solar cells, which looks set to reduce the energy cost of manufacture by 50 percent. More

The economics of installing solar
The Wall Street Journal (Sept. 20, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The big question for any homeowner considering installing solar power is a simple one: How quickly will the system pay for itself? The short answer: It depends on where you live. That doesn't just mean how sunny it is, though weather obviously matters. Just as important are subsidies, such as tax credits and rebates, which differ from state to state and between cities. More

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Solar panel breaks 'one-third of a sun' efficiency barrier
Gizmag (Nov. 8, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Embattled photovoltaic solar power manufacturer Amonix announced that it has broken the solar module efficiency record, becoming the first manufacturer to convert more than a third of incoming light energy into electricity — a goal once branded "one third of a sun" in a Department of Energy initiative. The Amonix module clocked an efficiency rating of 33.5 percent. More

Connecticut culls solar bids, connects with 2
Earth Techling (Jan. 11, 2012)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After fielding nearly two dozen proposals, the Connecticut state government will tap two large solar energy projects to help meet its goal of generating 27 percent of its electricity from renewable resources by 2020. The two 5-megawatt projects, East Lyme Solar Park and Somers Solar Center, were selected from 21 projects submitted in response to a request from the state's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. More

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