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The 8 Most Exciting Solar Projects in the U.S.

Sunlight is the world's most plentiful resource. That is, of course, why the United States has scrambled in recent years to supplant dirty, nonrenewable energy sources with ambitious solar projects. This article looks at some of the most exciting solar projects--both existing and planned--in the country.

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Vice President's Report Predicts Solar Grid Parity In 2015

The U.S. is on track to achieve four major innovation breakthroughs thanks to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) investments, according to a new analysis from the office of Vice President Joe Biden. One of the expected breakthroughs is halving the cost of solar power in half by 2015, putting solar electricity prices on par with the cost of retail electricity from the grid.

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Calif. Desert on Pace to Become World's Solar Capital

Southern California is poised to become the world's solar power capital as the Obama administration continues to stamp its approval on large-scale renewable energy projects across the Mojave and Colorado deserts. The nine solar projects, along with one in Arizona and four in Nevada, have been placed by the Interior Department on a "fast-track" permitting schedule that should qualify developers to receive  federal ARRA grants.

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NREL Releases Feed-in Tariff Guide

A new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) examines the growth and efficacy of FITs and focuses on how these policies can be used in the U.S. The policy is known for spurring dramatic growth of renewable energy in Europe during the past decade.

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Home Appliance Efficiency Gains to Deliver Huge National Energy and Water Savings

Home appliance manufacturers and energy efficiency advocates have agreed to improved efficiency standards and tax policies for large appliances. This agreement could save enough energy to meet the total energy needs of 40 percent of American homes for one year as well as save an enormous amount of water resources.

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