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Commentary from Arizona Solar Center Board Members and invited contributors.

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Biological Nanowires to Harness Solar Energy

Research teams in the UK and Arizona State University in the US have received $10.3 million to enhance photosynthesis in an endeavor to develop renewable fuel.

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Tibet Gets Another 10 MW of Solar Power

Suntech Power (STP) has been donating solar power on a small scale to schools, community centers and even a base at the bottom of Mt Everest in Tibet for many years. Yesterday they announced a larger scale 10MW solar project in Chek Kang village.

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SRP customers say they support solar, alternative energy

Salt River Project customers overwhelmingly support alternative energy, especially solar, but most don't want to pay more than about $57 a year for it, according to a recent survey. The utility surveyed 423 customers last month to gauge their support for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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OpEd: Arizona policies help solar gain momentum

Solar jobs are coming to Arizona. Plans for the third manufacturing plant in less than a year were announced last week. And that's on top of a new factory in Goodyear, which opened in October. This is sunny news as Arizona works to rebuild its employment base and broaden its economy.

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48MW Solar Plant, Nation’s Biggest, Comes Online in Nevada

Sempra Generation has opened a Nevada solar photovoltaic plant that it says is the country's largest. Nevada governor Brian Sandoval was on hand to help dedicate the 48 MW Copper Mountain Solar plant, located adjacent to Sempra Generation's 10 MW El Dorado Solar installation on 380 acres in Boulder City, Nev., about 40 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

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First Solar Mesa plant to employ 600

First Solar Inc.'s Mesa plant represents a $300 million investment and 600 jobs for the Phoenix area.
Construction will begin in the second quarter and be complete a year later with the first shipments beginning in third-quarter 2012, officials from the Tempe company announced Thursday morning.

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Businesses along Tucson's 4th Ave. leading solar charge

There's a growing movement on 4th Avenue designed to shine new light on solar power. Two businesses have become among the first in Southern Arizona to be powered 100% by solar energy.

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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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Green-industry training for job seekers offered

There are about 500 openings for Valley residents to receive free training and certification to help them find jobs in the renewable-energy industry, which economic experts believe is expanding in Arizona. Three agencies in central Arizona received about half of a $6 million federal grant the state was awarded to run the State Energy Sector Partnership program.

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Arizona has one solar project on fast track; First Solar still on list

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management this week released an updated list of projects it's hoping to fast-track for development. Arizona got one, and a California facility being built by First Solar Inc. also made the list.

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Arizona 4th in photovoltaic installations

Arizona made great strides in 2010, taking fourth place for deployment of photovoltaic installations, according to a study by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research.

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Bureau of Land Management wants more solar plan comment

The Bureau of Land Management is keeping open the public comment period on its solar plan for an extra 30 days. Comments for the draft solar programmatic environmental impact statement will be accepted until April 16.

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PV Installed at Two Arizona Schools

Kyocera and SolarCity have completed the installation of two solar electric systems in partnership at Phoenix area schools: Copper Ridge in Scottsdale and Cholla Elementary in Casa Grande.

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Solar PPAs For The People: New Collaborative Model Is Open For Feedback

Can the collaborative-development model made famous by websites like Wikipedia also help to standardize and simplify solar power purchase agreements (PPAs)? San Mateo, Calif.-based Tioga Energy Inc. says it has taken a critical first step toward open, accessible PPAs by making its SurePath PPA available to the public and fellow industry members.

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SRP revamps renewables

Salt River Project is revamping its renewable energy portfolio, gathering for meetings starting this week in a effort to determine how the utility will proceed going forward.

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See SRP website for public process to review Sustainable Portfolio Principles.

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China’s New Five-Year Plan and Solar Power

It is official: China is now the world's largest consumer of energy. And its twelfth five-year plan will set annual GDP growth at 7.0% for the next five years. The plan also outlines a tectonic shift in the structure of the Chinese economy away from export-oriented manufacturing in the face of unstable external demand, towards a service-based economy with more domestic consumption.

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Cave Creek Museum celebrates solar power

The Cave Creek Museum celebrated the installation of its 57-panel, 13-kilowatt solar power system with a ribbon-cutting last week.

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USA's Largest Solar Dish Commissioned in Phoenix

Southwest Solar Technologies of Phoenix, AZ has announced the commissioning of North America's biggest commercial solar dish, one of the largest concentrated photovoltaic solar (CSP) thermal dish collectors in the world.

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Gestamp Renewables to build steel facility in Surprise

Gestamp Renewables will set up shop in Surprise in a new building designed to build steel for large solar projects around the state and the Southwest. The project, announced Tuesday afternoon, will employ 50 people in the project's first phase of 75,000 square feet.

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El Chorro restaurant gets green honor

This month, El Chorro Lodge became the first restaurant in Arizona to earn the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design Gold Certification.

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