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Dec 14

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MDV-SEIA’s Kickoff Solar Education Session in Virginia

MDV-SEIA hosted its inaugural solar education session at the Shirlington Library in Arlington last night, which proved to be a great success. Jon Hillis of Prospect Solar led the event and gave a presentation on the difficulties surrounding the solar industry in the state of Virginia, including what residents should expect when ...

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Sep 14

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Solar Growing on Eastern Shore of Maryland

  Counties throughout the Eastern Shore of Maryland are investing in solar at an increasing rate. Much of this investment has come about as a result of the Renewable Portfolio Standard, which was put in place by Governor Martin O’Malley back in 2006.  The mandate calls for 20 percent of Maryland’s energy to be produced […]

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Aug 14

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Solar’s Future Getting Clearer

Researchers at Michigan State University have pioneered a new development in solar energy technology called transparent solar luminescent concentrators. These panels have a great deal of potential because they would allow the windows of cars and buildings to generate power without blocking the view or requiring a set of separate ...

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Aug 14

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Lack of Demand Could Drive Power Industry to Promote Electric Vehicles

Increasing solar PV production has created a significant reduction in overall domestic electricity demand. As a result, leaders among power utilities are exploring the possibility of tapping into the transportation sector of the energy industry. The Edison Electric Institute published a report this past June outlining the potential ...

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Jul 14

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Saving Companies and Consumers Money in the District: Your Board of Directors Hard At Work

In May 2014, MDV-SEIA Board Member and DC Policy Committee Chair Ken Stadlin, President and CEO of Kenergy Solar, analyzed and created a comparison between existing DCRA permit fees, the fees proposed in the April 2014 Version 1.0 of DCRA Solar PV Permitting Process, and the proposed Budget Support Act pending with DC Council. Why ...

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Jul 14

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2014 Board of Directors Election Results

MDV-SEIA held elections for four (4) open board seats this year, and we are pleased to announce that the following candidates were elected by majority vote of the membership: Tony Clifford Standard Solar Anthony E. (Tony) Clifford is MDV-SEIA’s Immediate Past President. He joined Standard Solar, Inc. of Rockville, Maryland as its ...

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Nov 13

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Barriers to Solar Power

While the use of solar power has been encourage in the US with subsides and tax incentives, there are still many barriers left that solar power must conquer before this source of power becomes a more widely used. This year, has seen it’s share of solar barriers, with state bills introducing a net metering limit, […]

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Nov 13

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Solar Storage and the Future of Solar Energy

            A main problem with solar energy have is the fundamental fact that once the sun goes down, solar energy cannot be produced. Therefore, the storage of energy created during the day must be integrated into the system to allow of usage during hours when the sun is not present. There are a few methods […]

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Nov 13

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Solar Powered Vehicles: The Future of Transportation

In 2010, the number of cars on the road passed the one billion mark with a grand total of 1.015 billion vehicles worldwide. The U.S. takes up the largest percent of these vehicles, with 239.8 million as of 2011 or about 660 vehicles for every 1000 people. The total number of vehicles worldwide is estimated […]

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Oct 13

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Building the Future: Smart Homes

With rising prices of gas and oil, the cost of powering a home is increasing at an uncomfortable rate. However, with developing technologies, homeowners are turning towards “smart-homes,” technologically integrated, energy (and money) saving houses. Switches to lights, the garage door, heating and cooling systems, sprinklers, and ...

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