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Arizona Solar Center Blog

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L.A.'s Long-Term Electricity Plan Calls for Earlier Cutoff of Coal, More Solar

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation's largest municipally owned utility, has released a final draft of a long-term strategy that calls for ending its reliance on coal-fired power sooner than is now planned and ramping up solar and wind energy resources.

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Two Solar Energy Plants, Including 1 GW Plant, Approved for Federal Lands

The U.S. Interior Department has approved a permit for the $6 billion, 1,000 MW Blythe parabolic solar trough project and the 663.5 MW Calico solar power plant on federal lands in the California desert. The Blythe project would be one of the largest solar power plants in the world.

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TUV Rheinland, FM Approvals partner on solar roof standards

Boston-based FM Approval has developed two approval standards covering all forms of solar modules on roof-mounted systems. It will test modules at its lab in West Glocester, R.I. TUV Rheinland PTL will use its lab in Tempe, AZ.

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Caltech, IKEA, Coke Power Up Clean Power Systems

As more organizations focus on "greening" their facilities, they are adding all types of clean power including solar, wind, and fuel-cell technology. As an example, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) just fired up its 1.1-megawatt (MW) solar energy system. In Arizona, IKEA powered up its 75,000-square-foot solar array, consisting of two 300-kW systems at its store in Tempe.

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US Solar Industry Grows Despite Economy

According to a few announcements that have been made at Solar Power International, despite the dismal U.S. economy, the solar industry keeps right on growing. The solar energy industries association (SEIA) along with GTM Research released a report that shows that solar installations in 2010 are up more than 100% over 2009.

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