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SEIA president lauds US solar industry
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The president of America's Solar Energy Industry Association, Rhone Resch, used a speech at a solar energy conference to congratulate the sector on its tremendous growth in 2010 and to highlight the solar industry's importance to the U.S. bottom line. More



GE to build massive thin-film US solar plant
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General Electric plans to build a thin-film solar factory in the U.S. that will produce solar cells that have an efficiency of 12.8 percent, the company announced. In conjunction with this news, GE also announced that it has acquired PrimeStar Solar, a company GE has had a stake in since 2008. More

Solar is all about efficiency
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As squeezing out efficiency improvements on the module level becomes harder for manufacturers, the industry is turning toward gaining efficiencies in other areas like financing, permitting, installation and back-office management. More

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Complete the Q1 SEIA/GTM Research Installer Survey!
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Now that the first quarter is over, it is time to collect installation data again. If your company was involved in any PV installations during the first quarter of 2011, please complete the survey; it should take you less than five minutes and you could win a Kindle. All responses are confidential and results reported in aggregate only. Your responses will help support SEIA's advocacy mission and feed into the Q1 version of the U.S. Solar Market Insight. You can view the Q4 2010 version, the "U.S. Solar Market Insight: 2010 Year in Review." Complete the survey at http://www.gtmresearch.com/survey. Questions? Contact surveys@greentechmedia.com.

Officials see New York as a major hub for solar energy industry, job growth
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Already seen as a magnet for the semiconductor industry, Capital Region, N.Y., is getting ready for its second act. Two announcements have area economic development officials saying the area is primed to become a new hub for solar energy, an industry long concentrated overseas but growing larger in the United States every year. More



Texas has chance to become leader in solar energy
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What began on Jan. 10, 1901, when the Lucas well blew in Spindletop, near Galveston, continues today as Texas claims the top spot in wind energy production. This leadership is built on predictable and supportive economic and regulatory policies that allow Texas to responsibly exploit our state's abundant resources. Now Texas must create the same environment for solar energy or watch the world's fastest growing energy sector pass us by, and with it, thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment. More

Google invests in BrightSource's Ivanpah solar project
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BrightSource Energy Inc. has closed financing for the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System. As part of the financing, BrightSource finalized $1.6 billion in loans guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Energy's loan programs office. The company also announced that Google will join NRG Solar LLC and BrightSource as an equity investor in the project by making a $168 million investment. More

Cooper B-Line's Solar Training Roadshow

Cooper B-Line’s Solar Training Roadshow is traveling across America April – May, 2011. These two-hour sessions cover topics like the latest trends in solar, the benefits of our new ARISTA™ Monolithic Solar Mounting System and more. Enjoy refreshments and networking opportunities, too. For locations, dates and more details, click here.


Oregon city offers incentives for solar energy installation
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A cowboy grasping the reins of a bucking bronco has long been the image of this farm and ranch town. It's the emblem of the annual Pendleton Roundup, a celebration of Pendleton, Ore.'s colorful past, when pioneers on the Oregon Trail settled the prairie. Today, solar panels might just outnumber cowboys. More
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Feds set to open Indiana solar power project
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The federal government is preparing to throw the switch on six acres of solar panels atop a mammoth office building that's set to boast Indiana's largest solar power project. On April 29, an array of 6,152 solar panels on the roof of the Maj. Gen. Emmett J. Bean Federal Center in Indianapolis will begin generating more than 2 megawatts of electricity an hour. That's enough to power about 1,000 homes. More

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Startup trying to make solar panels smarter
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Solar panels can share a problem with Christmas tree lights. If one panel in an array stops working–or pumps out less electricity because of shade, dirt or bird droppings–the results can hurt the performance of other panels that are strung together. Or so says Tigo Energy, a startup that is tackling the issue and is receiving more money to help that effort. More

Clean Energy Pathways to develop solar plant in North Carolina
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Renewable energy firm Clean Energy Pathways has signed a joint venture agreement with Green Mountain Properties to develop a $28 million solar power plant in Green Mountain, N.C. As per the agreement, Green Mountain will provide 40 acres of land for the solar power facility. More



New solar testing plant opens in New Mexico
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A laboratory designed to help extend the efficiency of photovoltaic solar power generation recently began operations in New Mexico. CFV Solar Test Laboratory, a 25,000-square-foot facility in Albuquerque, will soon begin conducting large-scale testing on several types of solar generation technology, including flat panel, thin film and concentrating, according to a report from the Associated Press. More

Colorado resort town considers a solar future
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Citizens of Aspen, Colo., are now mulling whether to allow a number of solar farms to provide electrical power to the town. Due to unclear language in a 2009 city ordinance related to the way solar energy fits into its conservation initiatives, an upcoming Aspen City Council meeting could set the town's renewable future in a new direction, according to a report from the Aspen Times. More

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Industrial gas company to receive solar energy
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An industrial gas company from Trexlertown, Penn., is installing solar panels to cut costs and improve their energy situation. Air Products and Chemicals is using solar panels that are made by its customers, in hopes that the $9 million project will create approximately 2 megawatts of new capacity this summer, according to Pennsylvania news source, The Morning Call. More

Shell Eco-Marathon gears up for this week's race
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Teams of teenagers will do next week what American and international auto manufacturers have apparently never tried. They will display the wildly fuel-efficient vehicles they've created. Seventy teams of high school and college students will race their high-efficiency vehicles in Houston in the Shell Eco-Marathon April 14 and 15. More

GE EV Charging Stations now at ONTILITY

Plug-in power is coming to a parking lot near you from two companies you can trust, GE and ONTILITY. Electric cars are rolling in rapidly increasing numbers. In response, GE announces its EV Charging Stations, now available through national renewable energy product distributor ONTILTY. Call now to get plugged-in!


Solar water heating in commercial buildings poised for 20 percent yearly growth, study says
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Businesses are increasingly installing solar water heating to help them meet environmental goals and hedge against rising energy prices, according to a study. The report by research and consulting firm AltaTerra Research says that the U.S. solar water heating market is growing at about 20 percent per year in the commercial sector, a significant acceleration from long-term trends. More

33 percent RPS legislation signed into law in California
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U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu and California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. will join SunPower and partner Flextronics in dedicating a new solar panel manufacturing facility in Milpitas, Calif., where Governor Brown will sign into law California's expanded Renewable Portfolio Standard. More

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Progress Energy Florida integrating solar power
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Progress Energy Florida is adding more renewable energy to its grid by entering into a power purchase agreement with BlueChip Energy, a solar energy provider for utility, governmental, commercial and residential applications. More

Chromasun completes solar thermal system at SCU
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Industrial rooftop solar solutions company Chromasun and its partners have activated a 60-collector solar thermal system at Santa Clara University. SunWater Solar, based in Richmond, Calif., installed the system, which features the Chromasun MCT module — a utility-scale flat-plate solar thermal collector packaged for rooftop deployment that utilizes solar energy for commercial and industrial cooling, space heating and hot water needs. More

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2 solar-centric conferences dominated last week's headlines
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At two renewable energy conferences held last week, PV America, in Philadelphia, and the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Conference in New York City, solar and the U.S.'s commitment to it was the hot topic. At the Bloomberg conference, a panel discussed the implications of a new study, "Who's Winning the Clean Energy Race?" by Pew Charitable Trusts showed that the U.S. fell behind both Germany and China in terms of private clean energy investments in 2010. More


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