The solar panels at Bluffsview Elementary School were once such a novelty that people flew in from Chicago just to take a look. The vice principal of the Worthington school was invited to Washington, D.C., to speak about the project.
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Clean energy is more than a bright spot in Arizona's economy; it's also increasingly central to our national security.
Sunshine is an economic driver for Arizona. The state "is on the right track," Gov. Jan Brewer declared in October, "when it comes to fostering job growth in the solar industry."
The City of Raleigh, which has long been an innovator in terms of energy leadership, is touting the opening of a brand new solar power facility located on city government property. In addition to LED lighting, electric car chargers, and solar powered lights, the city can now boast of a large solar power facility.
With the price of solar panels falling more than 50 percent last year, what is the impact on the U.S. solar industry as it battles to compete with China?