SEIA Solar Update
Dec. 14, 2011

Q3 2011 US Solar Market Insight shows record quarter for US solar installations
SEIA and GTM Research released the U.S. Solar Market Insight: Q3 2011 on Dec. 14. The report covers the latest details in the rapidly evolving U.S. solar industry. A free executive summary is available on SEIA's website, and SEIA members will be able to purchase the full report at a substantial discount. SEIA is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT to review key Q3 findings and what they mean for the industry going forward. Register for the webinar and download the report online today!More

Tennessee solar study says need to stay aggressive
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
Tennessee's solar and related industries provide more than 6,400 jobs in a growing green economic sector, but the state needs to stay aggressive in supporting and pursuing the ventures, a recent report shows. The report released by the Tennessee Solar Institute shows the state has more than 200 organizations involved in solar power, including 174 for-profit entities.More

IKEA adds rooftop solar photovoltaic to all southern stores
Sustainable Business
Retail chain IKEA announced that all operations in the Southern U.S. will be powered by rooftop solar, amounting to a total of 10.7 megawatts (MW) across nine stores and a distribution center. IKEA already has solar photovoltaic (PV) at 12 stores in the U.S. After its southern stores add solar, the company will have solar PV at 75 percent of its U.S. locations — a total of 26.8 MW. More

SEIA Solar Intellectual Property Seminar
Jan. 26, 2012 | Santa Clara, Calif.
Explore emerging issues surrounding intellectual property (IP) and solar technologies. A leading source of innovation, solar intellectual property will continue to be a critical component of expanding the solar energy industry within the United States and abroad. Topics covered will include licensing, international IP issues and mergers/acquisitions. Register today!More

New Apple headquarters could have largest solar installation in the US
PC Magazine
Apple unveiled its revised plans for a new Cupertino, Calif., space age-style campus. And in addition to being home to more than 13,000 employees, the new Apple headquarters could also be home to one of the biggest rooftop solar installations in the United States. More

Rockford Solar Partners receives Department of Energy and Federal Aviation Administration approval
Power Engineering Magazine
Rockford Solar Partners, a renewable energy development joint venture between Wanxiang America and New Generation Power, received Department of Energy and Federal Aviation Administration environmental approval to proceed on an American-based commercial airport solar farm. The company said the airport has over 70 prime acres to install the solar panels, and Rockford is well known for its other green practices and incentives. More

New York trying to create new solar rebate market
Clean Technica
New York solar energy advocates are pushing for the adoption of a new bill that would create a solar renewable energy credit (SREC) market. If enacted, the New York Solar Industry Development and Jobs Act would launch an SREC market starting in 2013. An SREC represents the environmental attributes from a solar facility and is generated each time a certified and registered solar power system produces 1,000 kilowatt-hours (KWh) of energy.More

Solar energy becomes General Electric industrial policy
Seeking Alpha
There are distinct phases in the development of a new technology. The first phase is the era of the start-ups. The second is the era of big capital. America is now into that second phase. Spurred by fears that we're losing "the green energy race," big players like Warren Buffett and General Electric (GE) are replacing older, entrepreneurial companies as leaders of America's solar industry.More

Buy American Solar Amendment passes House and Senate
Sustainable Business
All the solar equipment the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) buys will be made in America, now that the Buy American Solar Amendment has passed both the House and Senate. The amendment closes a loophole in the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act and requires all solar photovoltaic devices that supply power to the department property and facilities are made in the U.S. More

Solar Power to install another rooftop system at Fox
Sacramento Business Journal
Solar Power Inc. is set to install an additional 230-kilowatt photovoltaic system at the 20th Century Fox Studios Lot in Century City, Calif. The company has been contracted by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., also known as Fox or 20th Century Fox, to install the rooftop solar systems on two soundstages, the company announced. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. More

New Jersey adopts energy master plan
NJ Spotlight
Gov. Chris Christie adopted an Energy Master Plan, with changes aimed at stabilizing New Jersey's once flourishing solar energy market, which some fear is threatened by a collapse. For the most part, the final version of the plan sticks to the broad outlines of a draft unveiled this past June, ignoring many criticisms raised by clean energy advocates during public hearings on the proposal. Much of the disapproval focused on a scaling back of renewable energy targets and promoting an increased reliance on natural gas.More

Tigo ramps up funds and production of solar electronics
Tigo Energy, which develops solar electronics to boost power generation from solar cells, announced it has raised a D round of $18 million. The company, which has shipped "hundreds of thousands" of devices, expects to ship more than one million of them in 2012, Tigo CEO Sam Arditi told GigaOM. More