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'Revolutionary' New Solar Energy System Picked Up By Several Home Builders

The most efficient solar photovoltaic (PV) panel on the market today is capable of turning about 20 percent of the sun's energy into electricity. This number is slowly but surely increasing, as technology continually improves. But in an ideal world, solar panels would convert a larger portion of the sun ray's into useful energy.

On this topic, EchoFirst may be onto something. In addition to using sunlight to generate electrical power, as conventional PV panels do, the company's energy system captures the sun's thermal energy, which may then be used for heating water and home air conditioning.

The result, according to the company, is a system that operates at around 50 percent efficiency. Here's more on how it works:

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Nevada School District Goes Solar to Save Money, Enivronment

You can add the Pershing County School District in Nevada to the long list of districts across the country that have installed solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems atop their schools to save money on utility bills and promote environmental consciousness.

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Nevada To Host Two New Solar Plants, Create Jobs

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Tuesday, December 21 2010 under: Solar Industry News, Solar Thermal, Nevada Solar, Solar Technology

It's been quite the busy day in Nevada in terms of solar energy, as developers of two major solar power plants took steps toward completing their projects.

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Nevada Solar Project is Now Nation's Largest PV Plant

The largest photovoltaic (PV) power plant in the United States was completed last week, as Arizona-based First Solar finished building the Copper Mountain Solar Facility in Boulder City, Nevada, 40 miles east of Las Vegas.

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Nevada Solar Installation OK'd, Could Create 1,300 Construction Jobs

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar yesterday approved a 500-megawatt (MW), 6,320-acre solar power facility to be built in Nevada's Amargosa Desert, just east of Death Valley National Park. Dubbed the Amargosa Farm Road Solar Project, it is the eighth project approved by the Secretary since early October and is expected to stimulate Nevada's economy by creating both temporary and permanent clean energy jobs.

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Salazar Signs Off On Nevada Solar Power Project

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Thursday, October 14 2010 under: solar development, Solar Industry News, Nevada Solar, SPI, Energy Policy

U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar ushered in the second full day of the 2010 Solar Power International (SPI) expo on Wednesday by signing off on the first large-scale solar energy project to be built on public land in Nevada.

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Nevada May Become Epicenter for U.S. Solar Development

There may be no better way to turn around a struggling state economy than by promoting renewable energy jobs. So goes the collective mindset of Nevada Senator Harry Reid and U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, as they announced yesterday a plan to bring a solar thermal testing site to the state of Nevada. Construction of the site is set to begin in 2011 and bring thousands of long- and short- term jobs to the state, which currently has a 14 percent unemployment rate, according toCSMonitor.com. - Home foreclosures, another economic barometer, are high, too: one in every 79 homes are in foreclosure, according to fox5vegas.

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VEA Brings Affordable Solar Hot Water to California, Nevada

If you're in the market for a solar water-heating system and live in the right part of California or Nevada, the Valley Electric Association (VEA) might have the best deal in town.

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Coal Dropped in Favor of Solar, Gas for Nevada Project

Posted by Adam Sewall In Wednesday, March 24 2010 under: Nevada Solar, Solar PV Panels, Utility Solar

Energy project developers have dropped their plans for a coal-fired power plant in southeastern Nevada, opting instead to deploy a combination of solar panels and natural gas turbines.

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Struggles Over California, Arizona Desert Solar Power

When Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) spoke earlier this week about the need to ramp up clean energy production in the state, she raised a few hackles by emphasizing her interest in nuclear power. It's not a renewable technology, of course, but it's emissions-free, and as we all know the list of pros and cons might as well be endless for all the controversy it causes. The Arizona Times pointed out that the last nuclear plant in the country was completed two decades ago about an hour outside of Phoenix. Since then, we've steered clear, but Brewer thinks nuclear should not only be part of the state's energy solution moving forward, but the "cornerstone".

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