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Global PV market to reach up to 12.7 GW in 2010
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The global photovoltaic market could grow by up to 12.7 gigawatts in 2010, up 76 percent from last year, the world's largest industry association said, adding Germany would remain the No.1 single solar market until 2014. More

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Nonprofits find ways to pay for renewable energy
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The Upper Scioto Valley School District in Ohio, battered by a slowdown at a nearby Ford Motor Co. plant, wanted to explore alternative energy when it developed a plan to fix its budget and create jobs. It had a square mile of land where it could put wind turbines and tap some of the best wind resources in the state. It just needed the money. More

Purple pokeberries may hold secret to cheap solar power
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Pokeberries, the weeds that kids smash to stain their cheeks purple-red, may help spread solar power across the globe, believe researchers at Wake Forest University's Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials. Nanotech Center scientists have used the red dye made from pokeberries to coat their efficient and inexpensive fiber-based solar cells. The dye acts as an absorber, helping the cell's tiny fibers trap more sunlight to convert into power. More

Pennsylvania offers $16 million in clean energy grants
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Pennsylvania is offering $16 million in grants for clean energy projects, in the latest funding round from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority. Developers can apply for up to $1 million per project, with $2 million of the total set aside for municipal projects and those in and around Duquesne Light Company's electric service territory. More

Arizona Public Service makes additional cuts to solar incentives
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Arizona Public Service Company has slashed its solar incentive rates -- dropping the rate from $2.15 per installed watt to $1.95 per installed watt. The utility has received the number of applications needed to hit a trigger point that reduces the incentive, the Phoenix Business Journal reports. The Arizona Corporation Commission has approved APS' action. More

Georgia utility expands commitment to solar power
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More homes in Georgia will be powered by solar energy in the coming years, thanks to changes in a state utility's green energy plan. An announcement from Georgia Power said that its plan has already been approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission, setting the stage for more residents to adopt solar energy. More

Solar-power concentrator plants to be put up in Bohol
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A new form of solar power that is similar to harnessing the heat of the sun's rays through a magnifying glass is what will be set up and used as a source of electricity in Bohol, according to engineer Carlos Itable, Bohol Electric Cooperative-1 general manager. He said in an interview that the technology is being proposed to Boheco by Utah-based Renewable Energy Development Corp. More

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650,000 now buy power from green utility programs
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More than 850 utilities in the U.S. now offer green electricity tariffs, with more than 650,000 people now participating. New figures from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's survey of utility green power programs said that 6 billion kilowatt-hours of "green" electricity was sold through premium green electricity tariffs during 2009. More

Shrinky Dinks sparks another giant nanostep forward for low cost solar power
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The nanotech company Shrink Nanotechnologies, Inc. has just announced that it has formed a subsidiary, Shrink Solar LLC, in order to market a solar film that could be used to retrofit windows and other elements of existing buildings to function as mini solar power stations. The technology can also be applied to conventional silicon crystal solar panels to boost efficiency. More

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Foiling solar bandits
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The solar power industry racked up another year of steady expansion in 2009. But a less sunny side of the industry also continues to boom: solar panel theft. In just the last two weeks, thieves have struck two schools in the San Francisco area removing about $50,000 worth of panels and related equipment. More

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