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Arizona Solar Center Blog

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Midsize Solar Installations Grow At Light Speed

As Tim Nilsen steps into one of his barns outside Sacramento, Calif., hundreds of turkeys snap to attention. Turkeys are the name of the game at Nilsen Farms. But his property is also serving up something else - solar energy for about 750 homes in the community.

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Solar Panel Maker Moves Work to China

Aided by at least $43 million in assistance from the government of Massachusetts and an innovative solar energy technology, Evergreen Solar emerged in the last three years as the third-largest maker of solar panels in the United States.

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U.S. Solar PV Doubles In 2010

The latest report from the American Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), in conjunction with GTM Research, looks at the latest growth figures of the entire solar industry across the US and should make for sunny reading for installers and manufacturers of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in that country.

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IREC Releases Comprehensive Report on Net Metering in Competitive Electricity Markets

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) has released a new report today, The Intersection of Net Metering and Retail Choice: an overview of policy, practice and issues, detailing the methodologies states use to accomplish 'net metering' in competitive electricity markets.

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U.S. eyes major solar energy advances

Six states in the western United States were identified by the federal government as potential solar energy zones, two Cabinet officials announced. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Energy Secretary Steven Chu said an environmental analysis identified public land in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah as suitable for utility-scale solar energy projects.

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