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A lease on solar panels? Some states pitch in
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For decades, high installation costs put solar energy out of most homeowners' reach. Now a California company is offering a way to make solar panels affordable by leasing them. But there's a catch: Consumers won't get to take advantage of the offer unless their home state provides incentives for clean energy. More

Budget season begins: Will renewable energy get the ax?
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President Obama's proposed fiscal-year 2012 budget reflects his administration's focus on promoting renewable energy, but these goals are at odds with those of the 112th U.S. Congress, which began work this year with intensive deficit-reduction weighing heavily on its collective mind. More

Solar products testing labs opening in Connecticut, North Carolina
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A university in Connecticut and one in North Carolina are getting a chance to play a key role in the growth of "green" technology. The University of New Haven and North Carolina State University are developing special labs to test solar thermal products, such as systems that run household hot-water heaters using the sun's energy. More

Texas town known for refinery pollution does solar
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Life in Pasadena, Texas, has always revolved around energy. It was the refineries surrounding this Houston suburb that provided its economic and social foundation, as well as its nickname, "Stinkadena." As oil prices skyrocket, the nation talks about becoming less dependent on foreign oil and some scientists say pollution is causing climate change. Now Pasadena has laid a stake in tomorrow's energy. More

Multilayered solar cell boosts efficiency
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Solar Junction's solar cell is like a tiny layer cake able to crank out more power per inch than most cells. The 4-year-old company said it expects to start production of its high-efficiency solar cells by early next year in its home town of San Jose, Calif. It is also awaiting word in the next few months on an $80 million loan from the Department of Energy, which would give it favorable financing to expand its current demonstration plant to produce 250 megawatts worth of cells per year, said co-founder Craig Stauffer. More

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Solar Decathlon students want back on National Mall
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Since 2002, the U.S. Solar Decathlon has brought together teams from 20 institutions of higher learning each year to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses in a competition that seeks to balance affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency -- and since 2002, that competition has been held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. More

Renewable energy growth requires expanded transmission line system
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There were two things almost everyone agreed on at the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership's workshop on transmission lines and renewable energy development in the southern California region. More lines will be needed to take the region's solar, wind and geothermal power to coastal markets, but getting them will be a long, complex process. More

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Feinstein says GOP bill would halt energy projects
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Dozens of renewable energy projects around the country, mostly in the West, would be unable to get off the ground if House Republicans are successful in scaling back a program that helps companies obtain financing for solar, wind and geothermal plants, critics of the proposal said. More

Somerset County's push to add solar panels is largest coordinated effort in N.J.
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Somerset County, N.J., is on track to become a solar powerhouse by adding to an existing network of solar panels that is already being called the largest coordinated effort in the state. More

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Ohio grants for solar panels are tapped out
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When a salesman showed Chris Whitemyer how a state grant would help cut the price of a set of solar panels from $47,000 to about $8,000, the Wooster resident jumped at the chance to install some on his house. But everyone else was jumping, too. So many businesses and homeowners sought money from the state's Advanced Energy Fund that the Ohio Department of Development stopped taking grant requests Nov. 5. 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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Colorado's PV industry threatened by Xcel Energy
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Xcel Energy, Colorado's largest investor-owned utility with over 90 percent of the state's PV market, announced catastrophic changes to its "Solar*Rewards" customer-sited PV incentive program. The immediate result is that sales activity in Xcel's customer-sited PV market has come to a grinding halt. Xcel Energy's "Solar*Rewards" program will not accept new project applications until the Colorado Public Utilities Commission addresses the issue. More


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Arizona's First Solar considering Mesa for site of sun-panel factory
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First Solar Inc., the world's second-largest manufacturer of solar panels, is considering building a factory in Mesa, Ariz., bringing about 600 new jobs to metro Phoenix, according to sources close to the deal. More

Arizona Solar Power Society pushing for $825M to boost installations
Phoenix Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Phoenix-area solar group is trying to spur interest in an $825 million program to help support solar installations at homes and businesses as companies struggle to secure incentives and financing. The Arizona Solar Power Society is looking to develop a fund to provide loans and leases for residential and business customers. More

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Silicon solar cells ditch the wafers
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Technology Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Startup Crystal Solar hopes to take some of the cost out of high-performance single-crystalline solar cells by eliminating conventional silicon wafers. The company says it has developed a wafer-free process for making 50-micrometer-thick solar cells with over 15 percent efficiency, with the possibility of higher efficiencies. Because the process doesn't waste much silicon, Crystal Solar expects to produce cells for half or even a third of the cost of conventional cells. More

Scottsdale, Ariz., debates newly passed solar permit laws
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Planning officials in Scottsdale, Arizona drafted legislation for solar panel permit requirements that could reverse stringent regulations the city adopted in January, The Arizona Republic reports. The bill passed last month by the city was controversial as solar installation companies said it imposed unnecessary fees and would delay solar panel installations in the city. 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.

DOE loan guarantees for solar keep comin', now SoloPower
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The DOE says it has offered SoloPower a conditional commitment for a $197 million loan guarantee to retrofit and expand its thin-film panel plant in Wilsonville, Ore. More

What does SolarCity's expansion say about the future of residential PV?
Renewable Energy World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The announcement went out. Industry analysts and supporters have reposted, analyzed, reacted-to, and re-tweeted it all over: SolarCity continues to expand up through the mid-Atlantic and into the Northeast with the recent acquisition of groSolar's residential division. More

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Solar collector doubles as greenhouse shade
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Solyndra has found a second use for its solar collector as a shade for greenhouses. The company said that its solar collectors, which are an array of solar cell-covered glass tubes, are being tested at agriculture research centers in Italy and the University of California, Davis. More

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