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@OCISolarPower thinks 'economic development' in #solar plans. @SolarIndustry

Demand for large-scale utility solar projects in the U.S. is increasing at an impressive clip, and the economic development associated with this growth is reaching the critical mass required to garner the interest of communities nationwide. According to the latest data from the Solar Energy Industries Association, 845 MW of solar energy were installed across the country during the first quarter of this year, augmenting the record-breaking 3,313 MW installed in 2012. Photovoltaic installations grew 76% in 2012 over 2011, with an estimated market value of $11.5 billion. This not only demonstrates the growing demand for renewable energy at the community level, but also underscores the realization of how powerful renewable energy projects can be as economic development drivers. Increasingly, community leaders and taxpayers are joining forces with local governments to help brin...

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