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US solar industry grew 69 percent in first 6 months of 2011
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The U.S. solar industry continued its mercurial growth trend throughout the first half of 2011, with photovoltaic installations growing 69 percent in the first half of 2011 compared to 2010, according to a new report. During the first half of 2011, nearly 575 megawatts of photovoltaics were installed. Like 2010, growth is set to accelerate throughout the rest of 2011, with a total of 1,750 megawatts slated for installation in the U.S. in 2011. More

China further tightens controls on rare earths
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China's Ministry of Land and Resources has ordered a further tightening of controls on strategically vital rare earths used in advanced manufacturing, for the sake of what it says is "sustainable and healthy development." The new order calls for tighter controls over unauthorized exploration, mining, processing and sales of such minerals. It cites Vice Minister Wang Min as calling the materials the "vitamins" of modern industry. More

U.S. Department of Energy bans older fluorescent lamps from market
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As part of its ongoing quest to improve energy efficiency in the United States, the Department of Energy's rulemaking of 2009 will eliminate most of the remaining commonly used types of T12 linear fluorescent lamps by July 14, 2012. The reason is those lamps' relative inefficiency compared to their more energy-efficient alternatives. Recognize that the magnetic ballasts that are required to operate those T12 lamps were already phased out in October 2010. This major change will directly affect many commercial, retail and institutional businesses; it will even affect some residences. More

Majority of largest companies realize sustainability is good for business
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The 2011 edition of the annual Carbon Disclosure Project Global 5001 report, which examines carbon reduction activities at the world's largest public corporations, has found for the first time in the 10-year history of the survey that the majority have climate change actions embedded as part of their business strategy. The report attributes this to growing board-level awareness of the link between energy efficiency and increased profitability. More

DOE SSL program offers up to $10 million for manufacturing research and development projects
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The U.S. Department of Energy announced the availability of up to $10 million in funding for solid-state lighting technologies. The DOE will invest in projects to accelerate manufacturing research and development related to SSL technologies, including LEDs and organic LEDs. The DOE will select between two and four projects that together will receive up to $10 million, and will focus on achieving significant cost reductions through improvements in manufacturing equipment, processes or monitoring techniques. More

LG to invest $6.7 billion in solar, EV batteries, LEDs and water treatment    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Life's good, South Korean electronics maker LG likes to say. But making life green will make the company money, if a new investment in green business by parent company LG Group pans out as expected. The company said that it plans to invest more than $6.7 billion in green businesses by 2015. The investment is expected to yield about $8.4 billion in revenues and create 10,000 new jobs by the end of 2015, according to reports. It's all a part of a strategy the company calls "Green New Business." More

Visa, MasterCard to raise small-purchase fees
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Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. will raise debit card fees charged for small-ticket purchases to the full amount allowed under new rules, according to an analyst. Fees may increase from 8 cents on a $2 purchase to 23 cents, Thomas McCrohan, an analyst at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, wrote in a note. They will eliminate the so-called interchange portion of the fee, charging the highest amount allowed by rules announced in June. More

Building websites: Small, medium and large
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In the last millennium, the most common screen resolution was 640 by 480 pixels. Most websites at that time were being designed for 800 by 600 screens, which was rapidly becoming the standard. Now, it's not enough to build for this size screen; it must also be sized to fit laptops, smartphones and tablets. But, is it enough to just make the site fit the screen, or do you need to rethink your content? More
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