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First Solar Launches Free Online Power Plant Assessment Tool (1/20/15)

U.S. thin film manufacturer and project developer First Solar has launched its free Energy Capacity Assessment Tool, which allows potential power plant developers or investors to plot out a PV power plant online to assess its feasibility.  >>

Where the Clean Energy Money Flowed Last Year (1/20/15)

New investments in clean energy — from project financing to government funding to VC — rebounded in 2014 to $310 billion invested globally, just shy of the annual global record for clean energy investments in 2011, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.  >>

There are about as Many Solar Jobs as Coal Jobs in the US (1/20/15)

Putting solar power on rooftops is pretty labor-intensive. You need people to design and manufacture the panels. Then people to market the panels to homes and businesses. Then people to come and install them.  >>


The 51st State
November 17, 2014


Co-op Focus: Solar Project Development & Finance Case Studies
Thursday, January 29, 2015

11am Pacific/2pm Eastern
Estimated duration: 1 hour  >>

The Changing Grid: Smart Inverters in California
Thursday, February 19, 2015

11am Pacific/2pm Eastern
Estimated duration: 1 hour  >>

PV America
March 9-10, 2015

The Westin Boston Waterfront
Boston, MA  >>

Utility Solar Conference
April 27-29, 2015

Rancho Bernardo Inn
San Diego, CA  >>


Expanding Solar Access Through Utility-Led Community Solar

Utilities across the United States are taking a leading role in the spread of community solar projects aimed at expanding access to clean power for customers who, for a variety of reasons, may not want or be able to install solar panels on their roofs.

Utility Solar Market Trends Briefing

Last year was another in a string of perpetually high-growth years for solar deployment. More than 4.2 gigawatts (GW) of new solar capacity was installed at more than 140,000 locations in the U.S., bringing total capacity to 10.5 GW at 450,000 sites (Figure 1).

Utility Solar Market Index

This Snapshot provides an overview of SEPA's 2013 Utility Solar Market Survey. This edition of the Snapshot is presented in an infographic format.