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President Obama to visit Fremont to push solar energy
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President Obama plans to visit Fremont to tour the Solyndra solar energy manufacturing facility and speak to workers about jobs and the economy, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters. Reason for the trip: the Department of Energy last year offered Solyndra, Inc. -- which manufactures photovoltaic solar panels -- a $535 million loan guarantee funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support the construction of a new commercial-scale manufacturing facility. More

Bacteria may aid solar energy technology
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U.S. scientists say they are studying the light harvesting properties of purple bacteria in hopes of adapting their natural designs in solar technologies. University of Miami scientists said purple bacteria are single-celled microscopic organisms that live in aquatic environments, such as the bottom of lakes and in sea corals. More

Analyst interviews: Alternative energy stock review
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The Alternative Energy industry is going through a recovery after emerging from the global recession and the cascading fall in global crude oil prices. Last year, quite a few alternative energy companies were in the trough. And although these companies have recovered from their lows, their valuations still remain attractive. More

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Solar electric installations reach record highs in Minnesota
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A record number of solar photovoltaic systems were installed in Minnesota in 2009, according to the Minnesota Utility Solar Integration Rankings compiled by the Minnesota Department of Commerce's Office of Energy Security. The rankings, designed to highlight utilities in Minnesota that are leading the integration of solar electricity into the grid, found a record 71 new solar electric systems with a combined record capacity of 384 kilowatts were installed in 2009. More

BrightSource Energy raises funds for big solar plants
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BrightSource Energy has raised $150 million to fund the construction of large solar power plants in the southwest U.S. over the next six years, the company said. New investors in the Oakland, Calif.-based company include the California State Teachers Retirement System and Alstom, the France-based conglomerate that develops power generation and rail projects. More

What makes a roof 'good' for solar?
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More and more Americans are discovering that they can significantly reduce their electricity bills by installing a rooftop solar photovoltaic system. In fact, with the right mix of solar rebates, tax credits and a number of other variables -- like net metering and a high marginal price for electricity from the grid -- installing a PV system can truly be a great investment. More

Concentratring solar power
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The U.S. continues to invest in a diversity of new technologies that will provide safe, clean, abundant, and renewable energy for an energy-hungry world. These include some remarkable technologies called Concentrating Solar Power or CSP. CSP technologies concentrate the sun's energy and capture that energy, which then drives an engine or turban to produce electrical power. More

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Energy efficiency and conservation
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Any solar-electric system is an investment, and the idea is to pay back the initial cost quickly by cutting utility bills, then start generating income. But most homeowners waste a disturbingly large percentage of the energy they purchase from the utility. Before considering solar electricity, it's essential to look at how much energy you use, how much it costs you, and how investing in conservation can affect the bottom line. More

First Solar awaiting China decision on subsidy
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U.S. company First Solar, which plans to build the world's largest solar power plant in Inner Mongolia, could hear from China in coming months the amount of subsidy it will get, the company's president said. More

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Victorville campus to unveil high-efficiency solar project
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The sprawling solar installations gobbling up California's deserts have a new competitor, one that claims to generate more energy at lower costs while using less open space. Known as concentrator photovoltaics, or CPV, the technology is featured in an installation that will be revealed Tuesday at Victor Valley College. More

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