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Obama's budget would extend treasury grants for wind, solar
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President Barack Obama's proposed budget would renew and extend a subsidy for renewable energy projects that helps pay for as much as 30 percent of development costs, according to a solar lobbying group. The 2013 budget would restore U.S. Treasury Department grants that expired in December, a benefit that may add as many as 37,000 solar jobs, Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association, said in a recent statement. More



IKEA powers up stronger solar commitment, new electric vehicle charging stations
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Forging ahead with its green power agenda, IKEA is expanding its solar commitments in the U.S. yet again and installing more charging stations for electric cars. IKEA now plans to bring rooftop solar power to 85 percent of its stores and distribution centers in the United States. Installation of arrays and electric vehicle charging sites continues apace with one each completed since the first of the year. More

Darden Restaurants now has Florida's biggest privately owned solar array
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Darden Restaurants Inc. is dedicating a new array of solar panels that is so large it creates a canopy over the four-story parking garage at the company's headquarters in south Orange County, Fla. It is, essentially, a utility-scale power plant, rated at 1.1 million watts. It also counts as a new point on the timeline of alternative energy in Florida. More



Bakersfield saluted as one of California's top solar cities
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Pacific Gas and Electric Company saluted Bakersfield, Calif., for becoming one of the state's top solar cities. PG&E also recognized its customer, First Congregational Church, UCC, whose solar installation was instrumental in Bakersfield's ranking. The finding, recently announced in an Environment California report, rated Bakersfield sixth in the state in solar generation with 16 megawatts. More

Performance and Reliability Testing of Photovoltaic Modules

Intertek’s white paper “Performance and Reliability Testing of Photovoltaic Modules” examines PV module manufacturing and the testing and certification of PV products. The paper has a special focus on reliability testing, including key drivers, benefits and challenges manufacturers might face when deciding to invest in voluntary performance and reliability testing of their PV products. MORE


Solar power to pay Nevada city's debt, government costs for decades
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Boulder City, Nev., is best known as the home of Hoover Dam, once the largest hydroelectric power plant in the country. But the rapid expansion of solar power projects is quickly making a name for the city as the first solar-financed town in America. A solar power building boom is happening in the community, located about 25 miles south of Las Vegas. This boom will soon generate enough revenue to eliminate Boulder City's municipal debt and stabilize its financial needs for years to come, according to Mayor Roger Tobler. More


Steinbach Diaphragms and PTFE
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ArgusON, an SPX brand, provides solar power monitoring & site management services for commercial systems. Our National Operations Center manages 29,000 customer locations 24/7/365. www.arguson.com


Vote Solar releases survey findings on solar energy in California
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Vote Solar, a nonprofit solar advocacy group, in partnership with Probolsky Research, announced the findings of a recent survey to assess the attitudes toward solar energy development in California's Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. According to a release, results indicate that a decisive majority of citizens in California's desert communities strongly support the development of solar power facilities in their counties. More

State of The Union address calls for comprehensive energy approach
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Although President Barack Obama's Jan. 24 State of the Union address contained only a singular mention of solar energy, he reiterated his commitment to expanding clean energy project development in the U.S. and ending subsidies to fossil-fuel companies. "We've subsidized oil companies for a century," Obama said. "That's long enough. It's time to end the taxpayer giveaways to an industry that rarely has been more profitable and double down on a clean energy industry that never has been more promising. Pass clean energy tax credits." No specific details on these tax credits were provided. More



Solar tower will power Las Vegas at night
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SolarReserve has completed the central point of a solar project that uses molten salt storage to deliver power to the grid well after the sun has gone down. The startup company said it has completed the 540-foot tower of the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project near Tonopah, Nev., which is expected to start delivering 110 megawatts by the end of 2013. When it comes online, it's projected to have 10 hours of storage, the longest full-load storage capacity for a solar plant. More

Growatt Inverters Lead the Industry

A new leader has emerged! Growatt Solar Inverters provide the highest energy efficiency and performance - ranked in Top 5% - and lowest cost-per-watt in the industry. The advanced circuitry and superior manufacturing process...in a lightweight, compact design… ensures years of stable, reliable power. And coming next quarter: Made In U.S.A.  MORE


Opinion: Congress can keep Maine's solar momentum going
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As written by Kale Inoue, "The solar industry is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise struggling economy. I speak from personal experience. My solar company, Talmage Solar Engineering Inc., has grown by more than 400 percent over the last three years. Since the recession hit, we've hired scores of installers, engineers and administrators and paid employees more than $1 million in wages, which helps bolster our community. In addition, our company has generated millions of dollars in taxable revenues, and we've spent tens of millions of dollars procuring system equipment made in the U.S by domestic manufacturers." More


Superior Flow Measurement and Control
The new GF40/80 mass flow meter/controller achieves unprecedented performance, reliability and flexibility in many gas flow applications. At the heart of the GF40/80 is MultiFlo™ gas and range programmability allowing you to reconfigure the device for new gas calibrations and full scale ranges without removing the device from the line. Learn More
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Kadlec Regional Medical Center gets energy efficient with solar panels, wind turbines
Tri-City Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Tri-Cities' infamous "400 days of sunshine" now are helping power Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Wash., with the recent installation of an array of solar panels on the hospital's roof. The solar panels, along with two miniature wind turbines, were part of a multi-million dollar energy efficiency project Apollo Solutions Group pitched to the hospital to help Kadlec save money on its energy bills. More



US to invest more in solar power
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Putting $12 million in hardware and pilot projects in the solar power sector will provide much-needed stimulus to the U.S. economy, an official said. U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the White House was putting $12 million behind hardware and the development of pilot programs tied to the solar power sector. More


Inverter and PV System Technology Forum - USA 2012

The conference deals with the special characteristics of the American Inverter and PV System Technology market and will take place on February 27 and 28, 2012 in San Francisco.
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Bonding & Grounding Facts

For the facts on Field Modification of UL Classified Tray, download Legrand/Cablofil’s new Technical Guide and White Paper.
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US Department of Energy launches solar training
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The U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative is developing two new training programs that will be available through the Solar Instructor Training Network in spring. This nationwide collaboration between community colleges, labor training centers and nine regional training providers is intended to provide high-quality photovoltaic occupational skills courses and training for every state in the country. More


SolarSet Potting Compounds and Sealants

Epic Resins is a custom formulator of Epoxy and Polyurethane compounds commonly used in the solar industry. Contact Epic today to discuss your application needs!
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EXPERIENCE TOMORROW'S PHOTOVOLTAICS TODAY

Our goal is to surpass the requirements of international certification organizations and to anticipate tomorrow's technical standards. That is our guarantee of a bankable and profitable investment, for the long term.
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Honda and BMW installing solar panels at auto facilities
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Honda and BMW are among the latest auto manufacturers to begin incorporating on-site solar electricity generation at some of their facilities. Honda has been installing solar power generation systems at its operations in various locations around Japan, so far reaching a combined capacity of 3.3 megawatts. More

Solar startups set new power records
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If solar startups Alta Devices and Semprius were in the server business, one would be developing a deluxe high-powered server while the other would be stringing thousands of Linux boxes together. Both approaches, though, are showing promise at bringing the cost of solar power down. Alta Devices said it set the record for the most efficient solar cell, able to convert 23.5 percent of sunlight into electricity. The University of California at Berkeley spinout said the efficiency mark, verified by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, is a step toward commercializing its novel solar technology. More
 
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