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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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Report: $723M in Solar Net Exports from the U.S.

The 11th-hour lobbying effort continues from a solar trade group that wants Congress to extend a program created by the stimulus package that pay for 30 percent of the cost of installing solar power projects. The latest salvo came in the form of a report that touted the United States as a net exporter of solar energy equipment worth $723 million in 2009.

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America’s largest solar PV plant completed in Nevada

Arizona firm First Solar has completed America's largest solar photovoltaic plant, a 48-megawatt facility in Boulder City, Nevada. The company supplied solar panels as well as engineering, procurement and construction services for the Copper Mountain Solar facility on behalf of energy company Sempra Generation.

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Renewable Distributed Energy Generation Market Predicted To Triple

The global electric power industry is evolving from a financial and engineering model that relies on large centralized power plants owned by the utilities to one that is more diverse in both sources of generation and ownership of the generation assets, according to a new report from Pike Research.

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Renewables Are the New 'Space Race' for the U.S., Official Says

Steven Chu, a longtime professor who is now secretary of energy, says the United States is facing a crucial test. With the rest of the developed and developing world moving toward renewable and cleaner energy technologies, he said in a speech Monday, the time is now for the nation to seize the initiative.

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