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At this year's Intersolar North America, solar plus storage takes the spotlight. Also featured are the ITC, and the continuing impressive growth of solar in the U.S.

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PV Complete's new software helps reduce solar costs by integrating AutoCAD and using algorithms that optimize equipment costs. Some engineering tasks are cut from days to minutes.

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New SolarCity fund will finance $400 million in solar projects. The money will be used for solar equipment and installation. The fund was created with an unnamed financial institution.

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Medtronic founder Earl Bakken installs a 176kW ground mounted PV system at his home. It is expected to generate 350 MWh of solar per year.

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Latest Solar Ready Vets graduates prepare to enter solar workforce upon transitioning from active duty to veteran status.

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The Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) launches new website to encourage legislators to include extension in 2015 tax extenders legislation.

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100% renewable energy could become a reality. However, it would take a strong commitment from government at all levels to coordinate at an unprecedented level.

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New system allows homeowners to monitor their solar installations with real time data. System also includes storage and more efficient and smaller panels.

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Solar in the Arctic has become a viable option. With the increased efficiency of solar panels at cooler temperatures and the advances in storage, solar can work well in the region.

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NRDC reports on new solar projects that incorporate the principles of Smart from the Start development. These installations prove that it is possible for solar advocates and wildlife advocates to work together.

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Startup hopes to create a transparent window into solar loans. Company expects solar customers to care where their money is coming from, and who it benefits.

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FERC report shows that the grid can handle clean energy. California's Clean Power Plan demonstrates continued grid reliability with solar power.

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John Farrell of ILSR looks at how utilities are dealing with their customers, particularly ones with home solar. Utilities still have monopoly power, but this is changing as distributed generation expands.