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WMECo solar program receives national award
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Western Massachusetts Electric Company's Silver Lake Solar Facility has received the Photovoltaic Projects of Distinction Award from the Solar Electric Power Association and the Solar Energy Industries Association. More

Solaria opens new manufacturing plant and solar array at Fremont headquarters
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Solaria has officially unveiled its new manufacturing plant and solar array at the company headquarters in Fremont, Calif. The opening ceremony was attended by Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom, EPA Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld and several other state dignitaries. More

Lincoln Renewable Energy signs $41 million project finance deal for New Jersey solar project
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Lincoln Renewable Energy, a developer of U.S. solar and wind power projects, announced the close of a $41 million power sales and project finance deal with Macquarie Energy LLC. As part of the deal, Macquarie Energy will enter into a long-term purchase agreement for power and renewable energy credits from LRE's New Jersey Oak Solar project. Macquarie Energy will also provide construction finance and term debt to the project. LRE will be the long-term owner of the facility. More

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Solar power producers want customer access
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Green energy advocates are pushing for a change in state law to allow solar power producers to sell electricity directly to homeowners and businesses. Such a change would upend North Carolina's longstanding energy policy, which doesn't let consumers choose their electricity provider. The proposal is opposed by the politically powerful electric utilities in the state that don't want to lose customers and sales revenue. More

Homes' solar panels often boost values
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Shell out the money to install solar panels on your home, and you'll probably recoup that investment when it comes time to sell the house. You may even make a little profit. More

New York City looking to bring the heat with solar panels on top of landfills
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New York City will create solar power plants on top of sealed landfills that could generate power for 50,000 homes, part of a renewed effort to reduce climate-changing carbon gas emissions. The program, announced by Mayor Bloomberg, could cut the reliance on emergency generators that burn petroleum-based fuel on hot days when electricity demand peaks, said Jason Post, a spokesman for the mayor. More

Builders offer green tract homes with nearly zero utility bills
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To stand out in a still-sluggish housing market, major builders are starting to sell affordable tract homes that come with solar panels and nearly zero utility bills. On Earth Day, Meritage Homes will begin offering a "net-zero" home that's designed to produce as much energy as it uses annually. 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.

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" here. Complete the survey at Questions? Contact
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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.

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Incentives power solar industry's growth, creation of jobs    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Taxpayer and ratepayer dollars invested in the solar power industry are paying off in New Jersey, not only in generating electricity but also in creating much needed jobs. New Jersey ranks second only to California in the use of solar power, according to the state Board of Public Utilities. More

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Solar-panel makers gain as Fukushima spurs Japan's anti-nuclear movement
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Akiko Hirai says the Hamaoka power station 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) from her home evokes such dread of the crippled Fukushima plant that she would spend $6,000 installing solar panels if it helped make Japan nuclear-free. More

State grant pays for new panels at nonprofit housing
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A nonprofit that operates an affordable-housing complex for senior citizens and the disabled in Salem, Mass., celebrated a new installation of solar panels paid for with a $256,000 state grant. Three rows of ground-mounted panels are expected to generate about 35,000 kilowatt hours a year in electricity for Preservation of Affordable Housing Inc., the owner of Salem Fairweather, a building with 127 apartments. More

Solar farm prompts Salt River Project to change rebate
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Arizona developer Randall Jackson got Chandler City Council zoning approval earlier this month to cover the plot across the street from Chandler-Gilbert Community College with 565 rotating solar panels surrounded by a block wall and shrubbery. According to the zoning application, he will sell the generated power to Salt River Project. But the plan to cover vacant land with solar panels without any direct residential or business user took SRP by surprise and has prompted the utility to change its solar-rebate program and exclude such ventures from financial incentives after May 1. More

Massachusetts firm wins big solar contract for Cape and Vineyard
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Solar power developer American Capital Energy Inc. said it has won an $85 million contract to install 18.2 megawatts of solar power on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard. The North Chelmsford, Mass.-based company said it received the contract from the Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative. The projects will reuse capped landfills and will be financed by private investors, the company said. More


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The road ahead: PV manufacturing expansion and equipment purchases
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Following a year of favorable market demand growth (139 percent), PV cell manufacturers have embarked upon aggressive expansion plans in support of ambitious shipment guidance for this year. Consequently, the scale of expansions announced is creating a $15.2 billion revenue opportunity for PV equipment suppliers this year — an increase of 41 percent year over year, according to a new report from Solarbuzz. More

US helps homeowners get loans to improve energy efficiency
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Many U.S. homeowners are now eligible for up to $25,000 in federally insured loans to make energy-efficient upgrades such as adding insulation, sealing ducts or replacing windows. 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 energy professionals seek to set solar standards
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Solar-energy professionals have launched a local industry-standards group — believed to be one of the first in the nation — to hold installers accountable for their work through inspections and a code of ethics. The Southern Arizona Solar Standards Board invites solar-energy-equipment installers to join and pledge to meet minimum technical standards for installations and to follow ethical standards. More

Can solar get to $1 a watt?
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The elusive goal may be here soon — or maybe not. The Department of Energy earlier this year unveiled a program, called SunShot, geared to bring the price of solar down to $1 a watt by 2017 and to 73 cents by 2030. But is it possible? More

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Fotowatio breaks ground on Webberville solar plant in Texas
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A California unit of the Madrid-based solar energy company Fotowatio SL completed financing and began construction on a 30-megawatt photovoltaic project in Texas. RES Americas Inc., a unit of U.K.-based Renewable Energy Systems Ltd., will build the Webberville Solar plant and provide maintenance services for five years, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures Inc., said in a statement. More

Total Solar Direct brings solar electricity (PV) directly to residents
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Total Solar Direct, an Internet based retailer of grid-tied home PV systems, announces the commencement of business operations. Total Solar Direct sells high quality, prepackaged PV systems delivered on one pallet directly to homeowners across the country. More

Glass Powders for Solar Cell Metallization

Ceradyne-VIOX is a leader in the development and production of specialty and electronic-grade glass powders for front and back solar cell metallization. Standard or custom formulated compositions available.

Indiana prison uses solar power to heat water
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An Indiana prison is using solar power to provide hot water for inmate showers, and a state official says county jails should consider doing the same. More

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