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As 2011 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 Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012.

March 2, 2011 issue: What the new US budget means for solar
Renewable Energy World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of this year's budget, which was highlighted by $61 billion in cuts from federal programs. The bill will now move to the Senate where there will likely be amendments and compromise before President Barack Obama signs the bill. Although some things could change, it is an interesting time to examine what the drive to reduce the federal deficit means for solar financing and the solar industry in general. More

Feb. 23 , 2011 issue: A lease on solar panels? Some states pitch in
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For decades, high installation costs put solar energy out of most homeowners' reach. Now a California company is offering a way to make solar panels affordable by leasing them. But there's a catch: Consumers won't get to take advantage of the offer unless their home state provides incentives for clean energy. More

May 25, 2011 issue: Which US states lead in clean energy?
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Eight of the 10 U.S. states that rank highest for their use and support of clean energy are on the West and East coasts, according to a second annual scorecard. More

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Feb. 16, 2011 issue: 10 million solar roof law, stuck in Congress, could get boost from DOE program
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The Department of Energy's new SunShot Initiative to make solar energy as cheap as coal has given fresh hope to industry enthusiasts. And it may even give life to a nearly dead effort in Congress to put solar panels and water heaters on 10 million of America's roofs by 2020. More

Sept. 28, 2011 issue: Westinghouse Solar introduces low-cost, 'all-in-one' home solar power kits
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The price of solar photovoltaic (PV) power modules has fallen drastically over the past year and more. Looking to capitalize on that trend, Westinghouse Solar announced the introduction of "all-in-one" solar power system kits for the home. More

Feb. 9, 2011 issue: How does snow impact a solar home energy system?
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Some of the best states to install a rooftop solar photovoltaic energy system are in the northeast: Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania come to mind. At this time of the year, these states are also known for their heavy snowfall. Unless you've been under a rock, you've probably heard about the record-setting blizzard blowing through the Northeast. More

Aug. 24, 2011 issue: SunPeak Solar selects Suntech for 23 megawatt power plant in southern California
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Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., the world's largest producer of solar panels, announced that it has been selected by SunPeak Solar, LLC, a California-based, privately-owned solar energy project developer, to supply 28.7 megawatts of solar panels for a 23 megawatt solar power plant in Niland, Calif. SunPeak Solar's subsidiary Imperial Valley Solar Company (IVSC) 1, LLC, will oversee the project's construction including the installation of about 100,000 units of Suntech's 285/290 watt Vd-Series modules with advanced SuperPoly silicon processing technology. More

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If you are a solar contractor, we understand your business! WESCO strives to provide complete solutions to our customers who wish to streamline their supply chain. Visit a WESCO branch close to you to see how we can help you with your solar projects. MORE
Performance and Reliability Testing of Photovoltaic Modules

Intertek’s white paper “Performance and Reliability Testing of Photovoltaic Modules” examines PV module manufacturing and the testing and certification of PV products. The paper has a special focus on reliability testing, including key drivers, benefits and challenges manufacturers might face when deciding to invest in voluntary performance and reliability testing of their PV products. MORE

Jan. 19, 2011 issue: Looking beyond the Treasury 1603 cash grant for 2011
Environmental Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In December, President Barack Obama signed the tax legislation that extends the U.S. Department of the Treasury's 1603 cash grant program for the solar and wind industries for one year. With an extension of this program now in place, the solar industry can continue its record growth, creating new employment opportunities for Americans in 2011 and growing the number of solar projects. As momentum in the solar industry continues, the industry must proceed with caution to not make rash decisions. More

April 20, 2011 issue: Costco to sell home solar panel kits
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Next time you're at your neighborhood Costco, you might consider picking up a home solar energy kit along with your three month supply of toilet paper. The big box store, a favorite of many small business owners and big families, will soon sell solar panels from Eugene, Ore.-based Grape Solar. More

2nd Inverter and PV System Technology Forum

The first international conference "2nd Inverter and PV System Technology Forum" dedicated to the interaction of all electrical components of a PV system is taking place in Berlin on January 23 - 24.
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May 4, 2011 issue: How are homeowners and businesses paying for solar energy systems?
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We commonly think that the sun provides free energy. That's true, but photovoltaic panels and other equipment to harvest that energy aren't free. The question is: how are they paid for? More
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