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2011 Solar Leadership Summit presented by The Solar Foundation and SolarTech
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SEIA's charitable research arm, The Solar Foundation, has partnered with SolarTech to present its 2011 Solar Leadership Summit in Santa Clara, Calif., on March 29 and 30. The Summit features over 70 expert speakers on creating market-based solutions to accelerate the widespread adoption of solar. Register before Feb. 15 for a 25 percent discount. The first two companies/individuals to donate $450 or more to The Solar Foundation will receive a free ticket to the Summit (valued at $625)! To get your free ticket and help support The Solar Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit, contact Andrea Luecke at or (202) 469-3732. More

US awards $27 million to reduce cost of solar energy systems
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The U.S. Department of Energy awarded about $27 million to nine companies developing technology aimed at making solar energy more affordable. The agency said its long-term goal is to cut the cost of utility-scale solar projects by 75 percent by 2020, to $1 a watt, according to a statement. More

SolarReserve gains final regulatory approval for 150MW Crossroads CSP plant
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On Feb. 7 SolarReserve LLC announced that it has received final certificates of environmental compatibility from the Arizona Corporation Commission for the 150MW Crossroads Solar Energy Project. The concentrating solar power plant will use molten salt power tower technology, which will allow it to store 10 hours of heat and generate electricity on demand. More

Decision to move solar energy event being fought at Capitol
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When the United States Department of Energy held the world's first Solar Decathlon, its home -- logically -- was the nation's front lawn, the National Mall. This year, however, it might be shuffled to the nation's side-lawn as the National Park Service attempts to revitalize the over-tromped National Mall. But, Democratic members of Congress say the event doesn't impede NPS' revitalization plans and want the event to remain on the mall for its symbolism of the nation's support for renewable energy. More

Pendleton strives to go green with new photovoltaic system
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Camp Pendleton is going greener with the use of renewable energy, by developing a photovoltaic system or "solar panels" which were unveiled in the Stuart Mesa, Calif., housing community, Feb. 3. The project was first announced in July 2010 and is now ready to ensure Camp Pendleton is one of the most environmentally friendly military installations. 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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Solar power reaches southern West Virginia coalfields
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A group devoted to creating alternative energy jobs in Central Appalachia is building a first for West Virginia's southern coalfields region -- a rooftop solar array, assembled by unemployed and underemployed coal miners and contractors. More

How does snow impact a solar home energy system?
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Some of the best states to install a rooftop solar photovoltaic energy system are in the northeast: Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania come to mind. At this time of the year, these states are also known for their heavy snowfall. Unless you've been under a rock for the past few weeks, you've probably heard about the record-setting blizzard blowing through the northeast. More

Steinbach Diaphragms and PTFE
- What's in YOUR Laminator?

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

2 years later, the positive influence of ARRA investments cannot be debated
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Two years after the enactment of ARRA, indications are strong that the Recovery Act is aiding the U.S. in attaining its goal of doubling renewable generation capacity over the next two years. Renewable energy has taken hold in the U.S. with installations of new wind turbines and solar panels occurring regularly. More

More homes, businesses generate electricity, cash with TVA program
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Carly and Ed Wansing in Ashland City, Tenn., showed a $100 credit on their most recent home electricity bill, but they aren't cashing out the money. They are among more than 400 property owners who, with the help of the Tennessee Valley Authority and local power distributors, have homes and businesses that are also mini-power plants, cranking out electricity for which they get paid. More

Citel Inc.

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.

Most view solar power favorably
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Public sentiment is continually shifting toward the use of renewable and clean energies, and a recent poll shows that solar energy is the most accepted form of green power. Solar energy is viewed favorably or very favorably by 79 percent of consumers, according to a new survey conducted by Pike Research. 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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California proposal presents 4 strategies to let the sun shine in
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The solar sector in California stands to receive a potentially significant boost if a four-pronged renewable energy policy and business initiative introduced these week by state legislators is signed into law. Assembly Speaker John A. Perez and Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg have introduced the Clean Energy Jobs Initiative, which is designed to both accelerate renewable energy deployment in California and aid the budget-beleaguered state in resolving its persistent fiscal crisis. More


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Strong US-led SolarWorld results lift sector
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Strong results from German solar energy firm SolarWorld and its upbeat assessment of the U.S. market raised hopes for the whole sector and lifted shares of European as well as U.S. peers. More

GWS technologies to develop 1,500-acre Colorado Plateau Alternative Energy Project
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GWS Technologies Inc. announced Feb. 3 that it has begun design and engineering on a proposed 1,500-acre commercial wind and solar farm under development on the Colorado Plateau northeast of Flagstaff, Ariz. Phase I of the project consists of wind turbines and solar panels combining wind and solar generating capability, which will allow electrical generation during almost any weather conditions and mitigate spikes in energy production. More

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Michigan utilities power up renewable energy efforts
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Michigan utilities are adding to their wind and solar portfolios as they strive to meet the state's mandate to generate 10 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2015. A massive wind farm under construction in Gratiot County north of Lansing is one of the most recent efforts by Detroit Edison to bolster its renewable energy portfolio. More

Hawaii doubles customer-sited solar power installations
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Hawaii's efforts to build a clean energy future got a tremendous boost in 2010 as the number of customer-sited solar electric installations on Oahu, Hawaii Island and Maui County more than doubled over 2009. 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.

SCE brings online 12.5MW solar capacity in California
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Seven new solar power plants capable of providing electricity for 8,125 average homes are now online for Southern California Edison customers, the utility announced. The newest solar photovoltaic installations, located in Ontario and Redlands, Calif., have a combined peak generating capacity of 12.5 million watts. More

Want check out solar on your home? There's an app for that!
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Let's say it's a gorgeous day, you're looking at your roof and thinking it's finally time to go solar. Or you're sitting at work, wondering how much power your solar array is putting out. Either way, there are a bunch of apps for mobile devices like iPhones and iPads that can help you out. More

The Right Way to Install PV

A 30-year power source on a 30-year roof, along with S-5!® zero-penetration technology, creates the most sustainable roofing solution available, all without compromising the roof’s warranty!

Solar photovoltaics: A high-tech commodity
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Woodlawn Associates interviewed nearly 20 U.S. and European solar developers, integrators, and financiers to gauge their impressions of PV module vendors and learn how they could improve. The maker's nationality has little relationship to module consideration. PV modules are viewed as commodity-like, with cost as the top consideration, though financing, stability, and integration/flexibility are ways to differentiate. Utility-scale developers are also concerned that some module vendors also develop projects. More

EPA announces program to aid in creating sustainable communities
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the formation of "Sustainable Communities Building Blocks," a program designed to help interested communities adopt sustainable planning methods. Ways to promote renewable energy development by reviewing and amending zoning codes are among the practices to be emphasized. More

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