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  • American Solar Energy Society
    http://www.ases.org/
    The national organization offers solar information and organizes events. Go here find your regional chapter or to subscribe to Solar Today magazine.
  • BP Solar USA
    http://www.bp.com/
    Information on solar technology, government incentives and system purchasing. Features a savings calculator.
  • Cooler Planet
    http://www.coolerplanet.com/
    Enter your street address to find solar installers in your area. Also features interactive solar maps, cost calculators and solar resources.
  • Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
    http://www.dsireusa.org/

    Search by state for comprehensive lists of all the information you could need about government incentives in your area.
  • Earth4Energy
    http://www.earth4energy.com/solarpower.php
    Information on building and installing your own solar power system.
  • Find Solar
    http://www.findsolar.com/
    Enter your zip code to find solar installers in your area. Also features interactive solar maps, cost calculators and solar resources.
  • Fire Mountain Solar
    http://www.firemountainsolar.com/
    Based in the Northwest, this company sells all sorts of solar and renewable energy products and equipment.
  • Go Solar Power For Homes
    http://www.gosolarpowerforhomes.com/
    An independent blog updated daily with solar power news.
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
    http://www.nrel.gov/programs/solar.html

    Scores of information and research prepared by the federal government. Learn just about everything there is to learn about photovoltaics.
  • Northwest Solar Center
    http://web.me.com/green_island_trust/Northwest_Solar_Center/
    Lots of information on incentives and research reports on solar power. The Northwest Solar Center is a partnership between Washington State University and Shoreline Community College.
  • Puget Sound Solar
    http://www.pugetsoundsolar.com/
    Solar system installers, plus a map of Seattle-area installations and project pictures.
  • Sanyo Solar Ark
    http://www.sanyo.com/solarark/en/
    Learn about Sanyo's giant solar museum and exhibits. But it's in Japan.
  • Seattle City Light Solar Program
    http://www.seattle.gov/light/solar/
    Solar information, directory of recommended installers, upcoming events and permitting information (Seattle only).
  • Solar Electric Power Association
    http://www.solarelectricpower.org/
    Information on utility programs and resources on solar energy. Features a directory of solar installers and a schedule of events.
  • Solar Energy Industries Association
    http://www.seia.org/
    Federal and local news about solar power, tons of solar facts, resources on solar technologies and membership information.
  • Solar Industry Magazine
    http://www.solarindustrymag.com/
    Get news and insider knowledge about solar power. Connect with people in your area and find upcoming events.
  • Solar Power International
    http://www.solarpowerinternational.com/
    The home page for 2009's Solar Power International Expo, happening Oct. 27 to 29 in Anaheim, Calif.
  • Solar Power: Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_power
    An in-depth look at solar thermal and photovoltaic solar power. But don't blindly trust everything you read on Wikipedia.
  • Solar Washington
    http://www.solarwashington.org/
    News, events and resources from the Washington state chapter of the American Solar Energy Society.
  • Snohomish County Solar Express Program
    http://www.snopud.com/solarexpress
    Information about incentives and resources for Snohomish County residents to install solar appliances.
  • Snohomish County Solar Planet Power
    http://www.snopud.com/planetpower
    Provides grants to generate renewable energy on sites within the Snohomish County Public Utility District.
  • Sunergy Systems
    http://www.sunergysystems.com/
    An installer in Washington and Oregon with information on commercial and residential systems.
  • USDOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
    http://www1.eere.energy.gov/solar/
    Scores of information and research prepared by the federal government. Includes information on the Solar America Initiative and Solar America Cities programs.
Quick Facts

Because a solar-panel grid is interconnected, shade on just one of the panels can result in a dramatic loss of overall power output, even when the rest of the array is in direct sunlight.
— Northwest Solar Center

Scientists are developing antireflective solar panel coatings inspired by butterfly and moth wings.
— Physorg.com