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Concentrating solar power market expected to boom this year
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Despite competitive PV prices and lingering environmental and financing concerns, concentrating solar power (CSP) technologies are poised for gigawatt-scale adoption this year, according to a new report from Lux Research. Additionally, future growth is expected to remain healthy as the generation stack increasingly incorporates CSP plants in excess of 100 MW. More

New solar hot water rebate in Massachusetts cuts price in half
Clean Energy Authority    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Massachusetts residents will have another reason to think about installing a solar hot water heater on their home -- more incentives. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) will launch the rebate program next week, which along with other incentives can halve the cost of installing a solar hot water system. More

Can the US help its solar power industry reach financial liftoff?
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"This is our generation's Sputnik moment," President Obama said at the top of his State of the Union address to Congress. He was expressing a vision of his administration's high-stakes campaign to help American companies claim leadership in future clean energy technologies. More

The report card is in: What has the ARRA done for solar?
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Two years ago this month, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), a far-reaching economic stimulus package with a significant focus on renewable energy investment. Now, as report cards and progress reports are issued for the ARRA, the solar sector is examining how this legislation has helped propel its successes over the past two years and whether both the ARRA and the solar market itself have lived up to expectations. More

Thin-film solar silicon cell reaches record 12 percent efficiency    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
United Solar, the thin-film subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. announced it achieved the highest efficiency rating to date for a large area solar cell using its thin-film PV silicon cell -- 12 percent. National Renewable Energy Laboratory measured and confirmed the 12 percent conversion efficiency rating of a large-area solar cell using United's proprietary Nano-Crystalline silicon. More

Schuco to Attend AHR Show

Jan 31-Feb 2 visit booth N3915 at Las Vegas Convention Center and see Schuco's fully integrated Thermal and PV solutions.

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New solar power plant up and running at CSU
The Associated Press via Bloomberg    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Colorado State University says a 5.3-megawatt solar plant on its Foothills Campus in Fort Collins, Colo., has started producing electricity. CSU says the plant started producing power in December. Fotowatio Renewable Ventures owns and operates it, and CSU is buying power produced by it at a fixed rate for 20 years. More

Florida's National Audubon Society receives free solar array
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The National Audubon Society's Blair Center at the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary went live with a donated solar array on Jan. 29. California-based REC Solar donated the system to the Audubon for its ecosystem restoration efforts and its work saving birds during the oil spill that ravaged the shores of Louisiana in the summer of 2010. More

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Find out what leading solar panel manufacturers already know – high-quality Steinbach Diaphragms and PTFE cut both production costs and downtime.

Study: By 2030, world can run on renewables
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Scientists from Stanford University and the University of California at Davis have crunched the numbers and come up with a plan for how the world might economically and feasibly make the move to renewable energy in the next 20 to 40 years. More

Why green energy still needs Uncle Sam's help
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At a solar power company in downtown San Francisco, Edward Fenster plans on doubling his workforce to 8,000 people in the next year. Fenster is chief executive of SunRun, a company that puts solar panels on residential rooftops. More

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CITEL est. in 1937 specializes in the manufacturing and sale of Surge Protective Devices to its worldwide customers. These devices protect sensitive electronic equipment from destructive transient overvoltages originating from lightning strikes and electrical disturbances.

Area solar panels shrug off rigors of winter weather
The Toledo Blade    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The expected snowstorm is likely to tangle traffic and close schools, but it may not stop Ohio's largest solar array from producing electricity. The 159,200 solar panels at the PSEG Wyandot Solar Farm in Wyandot County, Ohio's Salem Township typically generate enough heat from absorbed sunlight to clear accumulated snowfall, said Curt Judy, manager of development at PSEG Solar Source LLC, the array's owner. More
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Busch Introduces New COBRA Dry Screw Vacuum Pumps

Busch launched a new range of dry screw, single-stage vacuum pumps suited for processes in solar and semiconductor industries. The COBRA DS series maximizes production uptime, reduces energy consumption and provides a high ROI.

These pumps are capable of advanced monitoring and interfacing between the pump and the process tool. Monitoring of water and nitrogen flow, motor speed, motor current and many others parameters is possible. MORE
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Power-One opens first North American manufacturing    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Inverter manufacturer, Power-One, Inc., has opened its first North American manufacturing facility in Phoenix to produce photovoltaic and wind power inverters. More

Canton, Mass., dump may soon be a solar powerhouse
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A Canton, Mass., landfill closed for more than two decades will soon be transformed into New England's largest solar electric development, officials are expected to announce. Approximately 24,000 solar panels installed across 15 acres -- think 11 football fields -- would be able to power more than 750 homes, its developers said. More


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Solar company introduces system monitoring tool for Facebook
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One of the biggest issues facing the domestic solar industry in the U.S. is the lack of access to data that both installers and end users face. After a solar panel array is installed, homeowners often are at a loss over how to manage their systems; a new app on Facebook, however, could change that. More

Solar energy job creation -- Is the US competitive?
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The international race to create solar energy jobs is alive and well. There are several reasons why solar energy jobs are increasing. One of the main reasons is that the cost of solar energy generation has significantly decreased in the past few years. For instance, Professor John O. Blackburn, a professor of economics at Duke University, along with Sam Cunningham, a Duke graduate student, published a report in 2010 demonstrating that solar energy costs have actually become lower than nuclear energy costs. More

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SolarCity and Citi's new fund for residential solar
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In a vote of confidence for SolarCity and residential solar, Citi, a global financial services firm, just announced a new fund to finance $40 million in residential solar projects in 2011. This is the first collaboration between SolarCity and Citi, and Citi's first investment in residential solar power. It is, however, the twelfth fund that SolarCity has received for this purpose. More

Energy: The obstacles to scaling up solar power
TIME via Ecocentric    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
President Obama laid down a bold challenge to America in his State of the Union speech last week: get to 80 percent clean energy by 2035. Clean energy is a deliberately vague goal, since it will likely include nuclear, natural gas and (not really existing) clean coal in the mix. 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.

Solar systems for domestic hot water or electricity are eco-friendly investments
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"The days are getting longer, and I'm thinking I ought to make use of those extra rays to help the environment. The big decision seems to be between a solar electric system and a solar water heater. Which one should I choose?" This question is pure joy for the Green Lantern. Unlike paper vs. plastic, coal vs. natural gas or escalators vs. elevators, your dilemma is a win-win: In most cases, both of these products will shrink your environmental footprint. More

Solar takes wind in test
The Spokesman-Review via Renewable Energy World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Blustery gusts keep a wind turbine spinning at Inland Power and Light's corporate headquarters on the West Plains, but solar panels are the real powerhouse at the utility's alternative energy pilot project. More

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The transmission imperative for renewables
Renewable Energy World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's an interesting time to be involved with electricity. The power industry is on the verge of the biggest changes since the days of Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse. Recent breakthroughs around the world in power transmission systems have made it imperative for the U.S. to develop a more intelligent, flexible, long-haul transmission network that can carry renewable energy from remote locations to major population centers. More

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