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Photovoltaic component prices to fall
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Prices for components used in photovoltaic solar systems will fall in 2010, but not as much as in 2009. Crystalline module prices last year fell by 37.8 percent; solar wafer prices plunged by 50 percent and polysilicon prices dropped 80 percent, according to researcher iSuppli. Prices will continue falling but at slower rates. In 2010, crystalline module prices will drop 20 percent; wafer prices will decline 18.2 percent and polysilicon prices will fall 56.3 percent. Prices will continue to fall through 2012, says the researcher. More



Residential Installer Bureaucracy and Administration Cost Survey
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In an effort to help reduce the cost of solar installations, SEIA is collecting data on bureaucratic and other administrative costs faced by residential and small commercial installers. SEIA's residential deployment working group has put together a survey designed to assess the size, scope and nature of costs directly associated with these issues. Answering this survey will help SEIA determine the average costs for residential installers to comply with various incentive application requirements, interconnection and net metering rules, and local permitting and inspections.

The survey is only for companies that install residential (<10 kW) solar PV and solar thermal systems, and should take less than 15 minutes to fill out. Completing this survey will help SEIA work to reduce the time and money your company spends on paperwork and permitting. The information collected will remain confidential and will only be reported in an aggregated fashion.

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Dow Jones corporate HQ to host major solar power array
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Business news and information publisher Dow Jones & Company is set to install one of the largest solar systems for a single commercial site in the U.S. The publisher of The Wall Street Journal will host a 4.1 megawatt solar photovoltaic system at its corporate offices in South Brunswick, central New Jersey. The system will include more than 13,000 solar panels covering nearly 230,000 square feet of parking space on Dow Jones' 200-acre Bernard Kilgore campus. More

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Edison blankets warehouse roofs with solar panels
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The view from a warehouse roof here is consistent. In every direction, there are blocks and blocks of warehouse roofs baking in the Southern California sun. Rather than letting them sit bare, a California utility hopes to blanket roofs like these with solar panels to produce enough electricity to power 162,000 homes. More

Maryland bill could increase payments for solar PV owners -- for a while
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Maryland's House of Delegates has joined the state Senate in approving a bill that would raise the percentages of solar electricity that utilities must buy to meet requirements of the state's renewable portfolio standard. A related part of the bill is even more important for solar-electric owners and future owners, because it is expected to lead to increased payments -- for a time -- that they can receive for generating solar energy. More



Promising CNT coating suffers from unexpected wrinkles
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NIST and North Dakota State University researchers have discovered that a promising nanotube coating has unexpected wrinkles, and is seeking ways to keep the nanotube network from changing too much in response to stress. The coating may improve solar cells, providing a cheap, flexible, transparent coating that conducts electricity, as well as semiconductor devices. More

Thin-film PV looks to close performance gap
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Comparing commercial module performance with champion cell performance, this article considers some of the reasons for the performance gap in thin-film PV technologies, and examines future costs and efficiencies. More

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Trina Solar launches solar PV modules and systems
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Trina Solar is launching two black residential solar photovoltaic modules for homeowners and small businesses, and a multicrystalline solar PV module for large, ground-mounted systems. More

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You own the roof, but not those pricey panels
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When the sun beats down on John Dick's roof, a barely audible hum emanates from the cool fieldstone basement under his 105-year-old home. Mr. Dick is one of hundreds of Massachusetts residents who had solar panels installed on his home last year, but what's different about this system is that he does not own it. The Tory Fort Lane resident is among a growing number of residential solar users taking advantage of power purchase agreements with a third party company that owns and maintains the photovoltaic system. More
 


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