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Impact of the Japanese disaster on the PV industry
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The magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck Northeast Japan on March 11, and the tsunami that followed later, killed thousands and devastated huge parts of the country. In the process, multiple nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station were damaged; two of them have already partially melted down, and the cooling system at a third has failed. Despite the extreme gravity of the situation in Northern Japan, much of Japan's industrial heartland in the central part of the country did not suffer significant damage, and have power and water at normal levels. With the exception of M. Setek's facilities, Japan's solar manufacturing industry appears to be mainly intact. More



Putting America back to work with clean energy
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Investing in green jobs will immediately address two of our country’s most important challenges: lowering unemployment while improving our energy system. For these specific reasons alone, these investments would be worthwhile. But these investments will also significantly improve our economy in the long term, making it more productive and efficient. More

New figures reveal another record year for PV projects in Germany
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New figures released by Germany's Federal Network Agency show that 1,073 MW of PV were installed in the country in December—the second-highest monthly capacity for the year. Although no end-of-year rally took place, 2010 was another record-breaking year for the German PV industry, says Bonn, Germany-based market research firm EuPD Research. More

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Last chance -- Discounts available for SolarTech 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 an innovative conference you don't want to miss! To get your 20 percent discount coupon, contact Andrea Luecke at andrea.luecke@solarfound.org or (202) 469-3732. More

Midwest's largest solar thermal project unveiled in St. Paul, Minn.
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The largest solar thermal project in the Midwest was unveiled atop the RiverCentre convention center in St. Paul, Minn. The $2 million project includes 144 solar panels covering about half the size of a football field on the center's roof, according to a news release from District Energy St. Paul, which operates the project. More



Inverters get ready for growth
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Despite the slowdown in PV module demand, many inverter manufacturers actually increased capacity over the past year as they prepare for a rapid resumption of growth in a number of key markets. More

America's largest solar PV plant completed in Nevada
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Arizona firm First Solar has completed America's largest solar photovoltaic plant, a 48-megawatt facility in Boulder City, Nevada. The company supplied solar panels as well as engineering, procurement and construction services for the Copper Mountain Solar facility on behalf of energy company Sempra Generation, a sister company of the California utility San Diego Gas & Electric. More

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Municipal governments turn to solar power
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Solar power is gaining traction among businesses and homeowners, as solar projects generally pay for themselves over time and eventually turn revenue-positive. Increasingly, some municipal governments are investing in solar for the same reason. More

Solar Ambassador network launches nationwide
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Gainesville, Fla.-based nonprofit Clean Energy Logistics Lab, Inc. launched its network of Solar Ambassadors. At the solar ambassadors' site, findsolarpro.com, people interested in going solar can learn about each ambassador's solar project and installation process. More
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Hot showers and cold beer: Consumer attitudes about solar
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According to a recent study cosponsored by SolarTech and San Jose State University, to move solar PV to consumer mass market adoption, solar companies need to simplify their proposals, provide more information about actual system performance and reliability (case studies), and focus more on marketing a unified system offering as opposed to a confusingly piecemeal set of products. More



Canadian Solar to build third SkyPower solar park
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Canadian Solar Inc. and SkyPower have entered into a third engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement to build a 10.5 MW solar park in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Canadian Solar is one of the world's largest solar power companies. SkyPower is Canada's largest owner and developer of large-scale solar projects and most recently was awarded 148.3 MW through thirteen power purchase agreements by the Ontario Power Authority under the Feed-in Tariff Program. More

Can Europe compete in the global solar thermal market?
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The status quo in Europe is clear: the solar thermal industry is facing a very uncomfortable situation with shrinking markets in Germany, Italy, Austria and Spain. Meanwhile, the music is playing outside Europe in countries like India, China and Brazil. More

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First Solar plans major manufacturing plant in Arizona
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A leading solar-power company has decided to build a large factory in the Phoenix area, a significant step in Arizona's efforts to be part of the growing solar-energy industry. The decision also will create much-needed jobs. Tempe, Ariz.-based First Solar Inc., one of the world's top solar-panel makers, announced that it plans to begin work within weeks on a $300 million, 600-employee factory on the former site of the General Motors Desert Proving Ground in Mesa, Ariz. More

Western Pacific, EchoFirst develop solar-thermal system
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A new and unique photovoltaic solar system that provides both hot water and air in addition to electricity will be rolled out in the North Bay by Western Pacific Solar of Santa Rosa, Calif. The long-time construction-turned-solar company has partnered with Fremont's EchoFirst Inc. (formerly PVT Solar) to distribute the Echo system, a patented technology that does away with cumbersome solar thermal panels, using waste heat from solar panels to heat water. More

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Chicago's Willis Tower to get solar windows
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Chicago's Willis Tower, formerly known as Sears Tower, was the world's tallest building from 1974 to 1998 and remains the tallest building in the U.S. to this day. Its 1451-foot (442 m) height adds up to enough window area to keep a window washer busy for life, or space for enough solar panels to be comparable to a 10 acre solar power plant. More

Sempra promises even bigger Nevada solar plant
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San Diego-based Sempra Energy says it is working on a 200-megawatt solar plant 40 miles southeast of Las Vegas. It recently dedicated a 48-megawatt solar farm there, which together with an adjacent 10-megawatt facility, makes the complex the nation's largest photovoltaic plant in the country. Each megawatt is enough to power about 650 homes. More

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Municipal governments turn to solar power
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Solar power is gaining traction among businesses and homeowners, as solar projects generally pay for themselves over time and eventually turn revenue-positive. Increasingly, some municipal governments are investing in solar for the same reason. More

Stung by oil prices, US may warm to oil alternatives
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The latest surge in oil prices may help the renewable energy industry reach a turning point after years of boom-and-bust cycles long dictated by the rise and fall in gas prices. More



Jon Harrington: Good news for solar energy in Colorado
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The Solar*Rewards Program by Xcel Energy will be reinstated this month at a reduced up-front rebate and an extended performance based renewable energy credit. The rebate program compromise was agreed upon by PSCo and the solar energy industry. More


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