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Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012 at 10:21 am by Solar Energy USA
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The following article contains a recap of solar installation news for the week of January 2nd, 2012:

Large Military Facility To Expand With Solar Energy

Fort Bliss is one of the Army’s largest bases in the United States and will soon be home to $16 million dollars worth of solar panels and energy efficiency improvements. The military base is the first to respond to President Obama’s request for federal agencies to make $2 billion dollars worth of energy efficiency upgrades over the next 2 years. The solar installation will include 5,500 solar panels along with a new utility monitoring system, both of which are expected to save $39 million dollars in energy costs over the next 24 years.

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Solar Panels To Power California Jails

Merced County in El Nido, California recently announced the commissioning of 1.4MW (megawatts) worth of solar panels. The 6,272 panel California solar installation covers 4.5 acres among 2 different solar arrays and will provide nearly $9 million dollars worth of energy savings for California residents. The correctional facilities also installed energy efficient lighting upgrades.

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Ford Manufactures New Electric Car With Solar Energy

The all-new 2012 Ford Focus Electric includes many innovative bells, whistles, and features including being manufactured using solar power.  Back in March of 2011 Ford announced the completion of a new 500kW solar powered assembly plant in Michigan. The plant also includes 10 electric vehicle charging stations at the plant to demonstrate advanced battery charging technologies using renewable energy and other smart-grid advances.

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Solar Trade Groups Announce Merger

Yesterday the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced a merger with the Solar Alliance in an effort to focus on state-level solar policies and to speak as the voice of the solar industry in all government arenas. The SEIA represents 1,100 solar companies around the country while the Solar Alliance includes three-dozen solar companies and works with state officials and policymakers to advocate for more solar energy across the U.S. One top priority of the merger is to extend the 1603 Treasury Grant Program which allows businesses that install solar energy systems to receive an up-front cash grant instead of a tax credit.

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