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Investors loved wind, solar, efficiency in 2010
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Investors loved the opportunities of the wind and solar sectors and the quick returns of energy-efficiency firms in 2010, according to a U.S. market report by Peachtree Capital Advisors. More

Looking beyond the Treasury 1603 cash grant for 2011
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In December, President Barack Obama signed the tax legislation that extends the US Department of the Treasury's 1603 cash grant program for the solar and wind industries for one year. With an extension of this program now in place, the solar industry can continue its record growth, creating new employment opportunities for Americans in 2011 and growing the number of solar projects. As momentum in the solar industry continues, the industry must proceed with caution to not make rash decisions. More

New GTM Research report examines concentrating solar power technology, costs, and markets
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GTM Research has published a new report that specifically looks at the concentrating solar power (CSP) market and presents the strengths and weaknesses it has found for four major technologies: parabolic trough, power tower, dish and linear Fresnel reflector. The report, entitled, "Concentrating Solar Power 2011: Technology, Costs and Markets" remarks that between 2011 and 2013 the CSP market is expected to see growth between $3 billion and $10 billion. However, after 2013, GTM Research predicts that the CSP market may fall upon tougher times. More

New solar funding option for Massachusetts residents
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Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts is known for his commitment to solar power and as he kicks off his second term as governor, he has implemented a new solar rebate program that will help home and business owners in the state finance photovoltaic systems. The Commonwealth Solar II Rebate Program has a $1 million funding pool and will help homeowners in the Bay State to install solar panel systems of all sizes and businesses to construct commercial systems up to 10 kilowatts of capacity. More

PV equipment suppliers post record backlogs in Q4'10
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Quarterly PV manufacturing equipment spending by c-Si ingot-to-module and thin-film panel producers grew for the sixth consecutive quarter during Q4'10 to $2.9 billion, as double-digit Q/Q manufacturing capacity growth continued to grip the PV industry. Rising equipment demand from Asian cell manufacturers will be the primary driver of global industry revenues during 2011, forecast to grow from $10.7 billion in 2010 to $11.7 billion. More

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A solar solution to industrial property glut?
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A large solar farm will start operating this week in Jackson, Tenn., pumping some of its power into the Tennessee Valley Authority grid and some into a nearby warehouse building and plant. It's the latter half of the equation that has an investor excited. More

First Solar gets final environmental approval for AV Solar Ranch One, construction to start in Q3
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One of the largest photovoltaic power plant projects in First Solar's North American pipeline moved another step closer to buildout, as the environmental impact report for the AV Solar Ranch One has become final and is no longer subject to appeal. Principal construction should begin on the 230MW (AC) site in northeast Los Angeles County in Q3 2011, according to company sources. More

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5 things you can do to continue Gabriel Giffords' solar advocacy
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Among her many causes, Rep. Giffords has been one of the leading advocates of solar energy and energy independence in Congress. Here are five ways you can support her efforts. More
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Patriot Solar Group's Fixed Pole Mount Systems increase module production by up to 15% over flat mounted panels

Patriot Solar Group’s Fixed Pole Mount Systems, manufactured in Michigan, are available up to 4kW modular systems and can be constructed to utility scale size. The system’s ability to manually adjust for the change of seasons allow an increase in module production by up to 15 percent over flat mounted panels. MORE
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Solar sensing technologies from Ocean Optics help create a smarter, more reliable way for manufacturers to harness the power of the sun. Whether measuring transmission in solar cell production or assuring quality in photovoltaic panels, look to Ocean Optics for an answer. MORE

Colorado solar school opens its doors
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The rush of skiers who will descend upon Colorado during these snowy winter months may want to check out a new school that recently opened, the Ecotech Institute; it is the first and only college focused entirely on preparing workers for careers in renewable energy and students recently started taking classes there. More


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Solar power behemoth planned for Springfield, Mass.
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Western Massachusetts Electric Co. plans to construct a 4.2-megawatt solar power project in Springfield, Mass., which would be the largest solar project under development in New England. The $22 million project would involve installation of 17,000 solar panels on a capped landfill on Cottage Street. The project would generate enough electricity to power approximately 1,700 homes. More

Southern California Edison bringing 800 MW of solar onto the grid
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Investor-owned utility Southern California Edison says it has signed contracts with SunPower Corp. and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures Inc. for 831 MW of solar power. The solar photovoltaic projects, which are located in California's Kern, Los Angeles and Merced counties, will be interconnected to existing and new transmission lines. More

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Storing solar and wind power is a base-load conundrum
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So with the excellent solar and wind resources here, why not increase our RPS to 50 percent, 80 percent or even 100 percent? The problem is "base load." That's the minimum amount of power that must be available from the utility at all times, and it changes with daily and hourly predictions based on historical data and current trends. More

The shifting landscape for PV projects in 2011
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Competition is stiff in the solar manufacturing industry, with companies like Evergreen announcing its departure from the United States to China in order to reduce costs. Enormous global module supply has come online in the last two years to help fuel the rapid build-out in Europe, China and elsewhere, resulting in dramatic declines in solar module pricing. Some investment firms, like Gleacher and Company, are modeling module prices at around $1.30/watt right now. Others are actually predicting wholesale module costs at $1.10 in the next few weeks. More

New Fuse and Fuseholder Combo for PV Systems

Schurter’s new quick-acting ASO fuse provides protection up to 1000 VDC in a compact 10.3x38mm size. Offered with the FSO touch safe fuseholder, the combination meets the required robust circuit protection for the growing solar industry.

Council to debate French Quarter solar power
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Technology and preservation butt heads this week at the New Orleans City Council. A French Quarter resident wants to add solar panels to his Esplanade home in the historic district. "We're only looking at a small portion of the roof that would be visible in one block...less than a block," says Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer. More

Olympia, Wash., bus riders will soon wait in shelters lit by solar energy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Olympia, Wash.'s, public transportation system already has made strides toward reducing its carbon impact by adding in electric car-charging ports, and both biodiesel and hybrid electric buses into its transport system. But on Jan. 11, it took another important step when Urban Solar Corp. announced that it reached an agreement with Intercity Transit of Olympia, to provide solar-powered bus shelters with light-emitting diodes. More

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Apple continues to investigate solar power for mobile devices
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A recently revealed patent application shows that Apple is continuing to research solar power as a potential secondary power source for its mobile devices. The application, which describes an auxiliary solar cell that interfaces with a device's battery, was published earlier. More

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