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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

BP Solar customers reported an average savings on their electricity bills of 73 percent a month.
— BP Solar

Japan aims to control one-third of the solar market by 2020 and possibly create 110,000 jobs.
— Bloomberg news