Welcome to our newly designed newsletter! Session Solar has a lot of exciting changes coming up and we look forward to keeping you informed.

As always we welcome your feedback and look forward to working with you.

Best regards,

Christie McCarthy
VP Sales and Marketing
Session Solar
Email: c.mccarthy@sessionsolar.com


One change we’ve made to keep you better informed is our creation of a monthly specials section on the front page of our website to make sure you don’t miss out on our limited time offers. Be sure to check it out!

Our product catalog has recently been updated on our website to reflect lower pricing on many products this year. Click here to see the updated catalog.

We are pleased to announce that in April, we will be opening an additional warehouse in New Jersey to meet the growing demands of the east coast market. You can still count on us for reliability and now, shorter turnaround times for East Coast deliveries.

Session Solar now offers comprehensive project development services to solar installers, including detailed system performance, financial feasibility studies that demonstrate ROI for end users, financing options, and development capital sources for optimized terms. If you are having a hard time competing with some of the big integrators, or have a project that requires a little more muscle to get off the ground, we'd like to help you succeed!

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Due to popularity, we will be extending our special offer on KACO string inverters through the month of March. This offer will be ending at the end of March, so don’t delay call today!

Buy a blueplanet 3502xi or 5002xi and receive a FREE watchdog monitoring unit, plus installation DVD.

Check Out Our Complete MARCH 2011 SPECIALS

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Our next upcoming tradeshow will be at PV America in Philadelphia, P.A. April 3-5. Please stop by our booth at #830 to meet Cale Garamendi, our Project Developer. With several years in the business, Cale can provide insight on industry trends and best practices for getting your solar projects off the ground.

Christie McCarthy and Jim LaBrie
Electric West – Long Beach, CA - February 23-25

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Schott, Trina and Scheuten modules are all in stock at remarkably low Q1 prices!

KACO Inverter Special: Extended through March by popular demand!

KACO 3502xi
Regular: $2050
Sale Price: $1848
With FREE watchdog monitoring and installation DVD

KACO 5002xi
Regular: $2525
Sale Price: $2347
With FREE watchdog monitoring and installation DVD

Prolog Ethernet monitoring only $450

S-5! Clamps only $7

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Energy Tax Law Alert: Energy-Related Tax Proposals in President's 2012 Budget
The Obama Administration released its proposed budget for 2012, which includes a number of revenue proposals that would have a direct impact on the financing of renewable energy projects. Some of the more significant proposals are described by viewing the full article.

California Senate Approves Tougher Clean Power Mandate
California Senate has passed a bill that requires all public and private utilities to get 33 percent of their electricity supplies from renewable sources by 2020. If it becomes law, the legislation would end a years-long political wrangling and make the state home to the toughest renewable energy mandate in the country.

The Senate passed the bill, SBX1 2, Thursday mostly along party lines and the bill is now headed to the Assembly. Brown hasn't yet said whether he wouldsupport it, though he has styled himself as a cleantech governor, just as his predecessor Gov. Schwarzenegger did.

State law currently requires utilities to get 20 percent of the electricity from clean power by 2010 and has an executive order in place, signed by former Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2009, to require 33 percent by 2020. The California Air Resources Board also has adopted the same mandate last year by invoking its authority to carry out AB32, the climate change bill that passed in 2006 to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions.

Codifying the 33 percent mandate into law also would make it harder to change it, and as a result some lawmakers have attempted to pass a bill in the past few years. State Sen. Joe Simitian, a Democrat from Palo Alto, has tried to do this three times, including the bill passed by the Senate Thursday. In one of his earlier attempts, the bill won approval in both houses of the Legislature, but Schwarzenegger vetoed it.

One sticking point was the bill's requirement that would limit the utilities' ability to import renewable power from out of state. The current bill removed that instate
requirement. Supporters say the bill is necessary to bring more jobs and tax revenues to California. Opponents say it will send electricity prices soaring and cost the state and consumers too much money.

California's major utilities already have turned to power producers from nearby states such as Arizona, Nevada and Oregon to buy solar and wind power. In fact, the largest photovoltaic power plant in the U.S. is currently the 48 MW Copper Mountain Solar in Nevada, and was completed by Sempra Generation last year to serve customers of Pacific Gas and Electric. Developers of a Nevada transmission project that is getting a federal loan guarantee also hope to export renewable power to California via the new transmission line.

Related article: California Senate Approves Rules for Renewable Energy

Solar on the Farm
From Wyoming to Carolina and New York, solar success stories are starting to emerge from the AG industry. Solar powered water systems are seeing fast payback on their investments and assistance from the USDA is making it even more affordable. Farmers and ranchers are using PV to heat water & greenhouses; power water pumps, irrigation systems, lighting & electrical fencing; and drying crops and grains. If you would like to learn more about saving money, increasing self-reliance and reducing pollution in the agriculture industry, please contact us.

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60 Old El Pueblo Road
Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Phone: (831) 438-9000
Fax: (831) 438-9010

2011 Tradeshows

PV America
Booth #830
Philadelphia, PA
April 3-5

Raleigh, NC
May 18-20

San Francisco, CA
July 12-14

SPI: Solar Power
Dallas, TX
October 17-20

About Session Solar

Session Solar is a national wholesale solar distributor and project integrator. We understand the varied needs of solar installers and offer a range of support services, including name brand products, competitive pricing, free technical design, phone support and strong working partnerships.

Session Solar is the U.S. subsidiary of SolarMarkt AG, founded in 1985 in Freiburg, Germany as a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, one of the largest photovoltaic (PV) research institutes in Europe.