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Solar Power International 2014 shows every sign of being one of the most attended in recent years. Use these tips from Glenna Wiseman and Raina Russo to ace your SPI investment and experience.

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Solar contributes more than a quarter of new utility-scale generating capacity in the first six months of 2014; residential and commercial solar add another big chunk.

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Baker Electric Solar ranks number 2 on the San Diego Business Journal’s sustainability special edition alternative energy suppliers list. This comes after 144% growth in 2013.

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Sunrun partners with SolarBuyer to create new quality assurance program. In addition to initial testing, the program monitors ongoing performance to ensure systems live up to their specs.

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Stem prepares to make the Hawaii electric grid much smarter with 1 MW of behind-the-meter energy storage, in a demonstration project with Hawaiian Electric Company.

INDUSTRY

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Rapid shut-down and other provisions in the 2014 NEC aimed at first-responder safety are causing confusion among solar PV professionals. Some complications still need to be addressed.

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The SUNworks division of Solar3D offers battery storage systems with its solar systems. The storage will optimize the systems for increased cost efficiency and reliability.

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Rapid shut-down and other provisions in the 2014 NEC aimed at first-responder safety are causing confusion among solar PV professionals. Some complications still need to be addressed.

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As net metering and minimum bill discussions continue, John Farrell poses the question, Will distributed solar grow better with a transparent, value-based contract price?

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Solar Power International 2014 shows every sign of being one of the most attended in recent years. Use these tips from Glenna Wiseman and Raina Russo to ace your SPI investment and experience.

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As solar battles heat up, a minimum bill is proposed as a way to help utilities recover costs without penalizing solar customers. Could it bring peace between utilities and the solar industry?

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As Assembly Bill 2145 expires on Friday night without a sponsor, California’s utilities fail to squash community choice aggregation -- a big win that lets communities choose solar and other renewables.

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As the U.S. ups its use of solar and other renewables -- with renewable sources providing 14.3% of energy during the first half of 2014 -- the question remains, is it enough to stop fossil fuels?