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What the new US budget means for solar
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The U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of this year's budget, which was highlighted by $61 billion in cuts from federal programs. The bill will now move to the Senate where there will likely be amendments and compromise before President Obama signs the bill. Although some things could change, it is an interesting time to examine what the drive to reduce the federal deficit means for solar financing and the solar industry in general. More

SEIA releases 'Guide to Federal Tax Incentives for Solar Energy, Version 5.0'
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How will your company take advantage of the extension of the 1603 Treasury Program and 100 percent bonus depreciation? SEIA's updated "Guide to Federal Tax Incentives for Solar Energy" will help you learn how to calculate your tax basis and depreciation basis as well as update you on changes in the section 1603 Treasury grant program. The guide is free to SEIA members and can be downloaded by logging into the members-only section of

Free Webinar
Learn about updates to the guide from guide author Keith Martin of Chadbourne & Parke LLP Thursday, March 3 from 1-2 p.m. EST (10-11 a.m. PST). This webinar is open and free to SEIA members and non-members but the guide is only available to SEIA members.

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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.

Discounts available for 2011 Solar Leadership Summit
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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. This is a conference you don't want to miss. Early-bird registration has ended, but the first 50 people to donate $50 or more to The Solar Foundation will receive a 20 percent discount coupon (valued at $140)! To get your discount coupon and help support The Solar Foundation (a national 501(c)(3) research and education nonprofit) contact Andrea Luecke at or (202) 469-3732. Click here to read the press release.

US DOE and Masdar collaborate in testing cutting-edge solar PV coating technologies
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The U.S. Department of Energy and Masdar, Abu Dhabi's multifaceted renewable energy initiative, announced that they will collaborate to test the performance of specially coated solar photovoltaic modules designed to avoid the moisture and cementation problems currently faced by PV module producers worldwide and prevent dry dust adhesion. More

US plans for green exports
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When it comes to exporting green energy, talk tends to center on whether or not the U.S. can compete with China. But that has little bearing on the international business activity of California-based Greenhouse Holdings, which builds eco-friendly infrastructure. More

Renewables still suffer from economic crisis
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The global renewable energy market is still suffering from the effects of the financial crisis which started in 2008, according to a report published by Ernst & Young. More

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Energy researchers measure New York's sunny side
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Exactly how much sunlight hits the five boroughs of New York? That question prompted researchers at the City University of New York to spend months poring over terabytes of data, part of a project to quantify the city's potential for solar electricity. To solve the sunlight riddle, the researchers dispatched a laser-wielding airplane on low-flying missions over the city. 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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100-year-old oil well converts to solar power
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After a century of pumping crude, an oil well in Bakersfield, Calif., has a slightly greener outlook. A start-up called GlassPoint has converted the well's steam powered pumping system to solar power. The solar cells are housed indoors, and are positioned to catch optimal rays through an elaborate system of motors and movable aluminum coated mirrors. More

Biggest solar rooftop installs in New Jersey?
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The competition for Biggest Rooftop Solar Installation in the Country is heating up, and the battle is focused squarely on New Jersey. In early January, Solar Power announced it would build a 5 MW capacity system -- "the largest of its type in the nation" -- in Cateret, N.J. Later in the month came word of plans for "the largest single-roof solar system in North America," set for a mall in Elizabeth, N.J. More

Leaving the grid behind
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In 2009, despite the recent economic recession, the U.S. solar industry grew by more than 30 percent, and projections by the Solar Energy Industries Association have called for continued strong expansion in the near future. According to Clinton Porter, government affairs, sales and marketing specialist for KACO, a leading producer of solar inverters, the U.S. solar industry has averaged approximately 25 percent annual growth over the past three years. More

Solar heating and cooling needs new materials
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Solar thermal systems have undeniably benefitted from continual incremental improvements, but not much about the most commonly used flat-plate collector seems to fundamentally alter. More


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EnergyOne Technologies to construct solar station in California
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Renewable energy developer EnergyOne Technologies has signed a letter of intent with a private party to construct 0.25MW solar station on in Frazer Park, Calif. EnergyOne plans to use it's newly patented Photovoltaic-Capacitive Battery Storage solar panels that integrate a thin film solar cell with a thin film ultra-capacitor and a thin film Nickel Zinc storage battery all in a single multi-layered unit. More

Gestamp Renewables to construct steel factory in Surprise, Ariz.
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Gestamp Renewables was joined by Arizona government officials as it announced plans for its 27-acre Solar Steel factory at the Skyway Business Park in Surprise, Ariz. The new facility will include a steel fabrication factory and the U.S. headquarters for Gestamp Solar Steel. More

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Michigan Utility DTE Energy issues RFP for large-scale solar
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DTE Energy, a Michigan-based utility, has issued a request for proposals to identify qualified companies that can work with DTE Energy on large-scale solar energy installations. More

Wisconsin: Helios USA opens 40 MW solar panel factory
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Helios USA, LLC, has opened a new manufacturing facility in Milwaukee. More than 50 new jobs are expected to be created. More

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Deal gives SolarCity a 10-state footprint
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SolarCity, a fast-growing solar company based in Foster City, Calif., recently announced that it is acquiring the residential division of groSolar, the largest residential solar installer on the East Coast. SolarCity provides solar power system design, financing and installation, and currently operates in six states -- Arizona, California, Colorado, Oregon, Maryland and Texas. More

Solar power helps schools slash energy spending    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Solar energy can help reduce carbon emissions, of course -- but an even bigger benefit to cash-strapped public school districts may be the cost savings that it can engender. Across the nation, schools are installing solar arrays to not only teach their students first-hand about renewable power but reduce their energy outlays. More

Solar Power Inc. installs PV array on movie studio    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The spotlight shining on actors shooting movies at Twentieth Century Fox Film's historic Building 99 is powered by the sun thanks to a new photovoltaic array on its roof. On Feb. 22 Solar Power, Inc., said it completed the installation of a 160-kilowatt photovoltaic array. More

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