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    Southeastern US to get first giant, 400 MW, PV project
    CleanEnergy    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The Southwestern U.S. has dominated the world of utility-scale solar projects over the past few years, with news of deals being signed for solar-power plants as large as one gigawatt or more. But now the Southeastern U.S. looks like it will soon be home to one of the world's largest solar projects, a 400-megawatt photovoltaic farm being built by National Solar Power, LLC. More



    SolarWorld turns its back on Asia; US becomes key PV focus
    PV Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In a move away from the Asian regions, SolarWorld has sold its stake in a South Korean solar panel production facility, stating that it prefers to focus on Western photovoltaic markets. In an announcement, the German company says it has profitably sold its shares in its South Korean joint venture. More

    Solar PV BOS costs to surpass PV module costs by 2012
    Solar Novus Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As solar PV module prices continue to decline globally, balance-of-system (BOS) components will assume a majority share of a PV project's total cost per watt within the next year, according to GTM Research. In 2010, BOS costs accounted for approximately 44.8 percent ($1.43 USD per watt) of a typical, utility-scale crystalline silicon (c-Si) project, with that percentage forecasted to increase to 50.6 percent in 2012. More

    Steinbach Diaphragms and PTFE
    - What's in YOUR Laminator?


    Find out what leading solar panel manufacturers already know – high-quality Steinbach Diaphragms and PTFE cut both production costs and downtime.
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    New California law expands tax exemptions for solar projects
    Solar Industry    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Gov. Jerry Brown, D-Calif., has signed into law A.B.15, which revises existing law in order to formally broaden the availability of property-tax reassessment exemptions - a key incentive - for solar installations. More

    Future of federal solar programs in doubt
    USA Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The solar power industry is facing a double threat from a Congress that may turn off the flow of federal subsidies and take a pass on mandating renewable-energy standards that would increase demand. The Republican-led House, focused on cutting spending and philosophically opposed to subsidizing solar power and clean energy, has targeted federal grant and loan guarantee programs to reduce or eliminate. More



    Federal loan guarantees for solar are vital
    The Arizona Republic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In the near future, one of the largest solar-power plants in the world will be up and running near Gila Bend, generating 280 megawatts of clean, renewable energy for Arizona Public Service customers. That's enough to power more than 70,000 homes. Solana will create hundreds of new jobs - and not just on-site. The project will use specialized curved-glass sheets produced by Rioglass Solar, another Arizona-based company. More


    50 years of polysilicon innovation
    Hemlock Semiconductor Group is celebrating 50 years of producing high-quality polycrystalline silicon for its customers in the semiconductor and solar industries. Learn more at hscpoly.com.
    EXPERIENCE TOMORROW'S PHOTOVOLTAICS TODAY

    Our goal is to surpass the requirements of international certification organizations and to anticipate tomorrow's technical standards. That is our guarantee of a bankable and profitable investment, for the long term.
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    Solar projects to get first dibs on 24 BLM sites
    Denver Business Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Solar projects will get the first crack at landing federal permission to use about 677,000 acres of land in six Western states, including Colorado, the Bureau of Land Management said recently. New applications for other uses for the 24 parcels in Colorado, California, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico, such as new mining claims, will be deferred for two years, the BLM said. The official "Notice of Segregation of Public Lands" will be published in the Federal Register soon. More

    Cooper Industries Solar Energy Solutions

    Cooper Industries offers integrated solar PV balance of system solutions that increase efficiency and reduce total installed costs. Like Cooper B-Line’s ARISTA™ Monolithic Solar Racking System, featuring pre-assembled supports and Cooper’s pre-wired combiner boxes. See more Cooper innovations by clicking here. Then visit us at Intersolar North America, Booth #7722.


    Ohio solar project a go
    The Columbus Dispatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    The largest solar-power project in the Midwest will be built in a rural area of eastern Ohio. Plans for the Turning Point Solar array, announced in October, have been set in motion by American Electric Power signing an agreement to buy electricity from the 49.9-megawatt development. More


    Designed for fast and low cost installation due to few parts, no drilling and partially pre-assembled. Ideal for minimal roof loads requirements due to ballast free design providing a distributed weight of ≤3lbs/ft2. Product can start to collect energy sooner and longer than crystalline due to ability to produce power in low light conditions. Flat rate system pricing; includes cables and inverters.

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    AETI's 1000 Volt UL 1741 Solar Inverter

    American Electric Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AETI), the leading global supplier of power delivery solutions to the traditional and renewable energy industries, announced the industry’s-first UL1741 tested, 1000 Volt, 1 MW utility-scale Integrated Solar Inversion Station called ISIS™. To learn more, visit http://www.aeti.com/solar.
    Connect and monitor PV systems

    Whether you’re a module or inverter manufacturer, PV systems designer or installer, Phoenix Contact can help improve efficiency, save time and reduce labor costs. Our comprehensive line of solar solutions includes power terminal blocks, connectors, wiring solutions, surge protectors, motor starters and current transformers.
    Learn more and request a brochure.


    Solar energy companies find niches in Northeast market
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    Despite the recession and Maine's relative lack of solar-energy incentives compared to nearby states, a couple of solar energy companies in southern Maine are doing well and growing, mirroring nationwide industry trends. More



    First Solar on tap for $4.5 billion in federal loans
    MarketWatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    First Solar Inc. shares rose recently after the U.S. government said three of the company's solar generation projects in California could qualify for up to $4.5 billion in conditional federal loan guarantees. More


    Arguson

    ArgusON, an SPX brand, provides solar power monitoring & site management services for commercial systems. Our National Operations Center manages 29,000 customer locations 24/7/365. www.arguson.com
    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.


    Solar developers scrap thermal plants in favor of PV
    Reuters via Climate Spectator    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Developers of solar thermal power plants are scrapping plans to use steam technology in favor of ever-cheaper solar panels that are easier to finance and could help assuage concerns about the systems' environmental impact. More

    Solyndra: The new shape of solar.

    Thin film PV technology in a whole new form. Tubular modules use both direct and reflected solar radiation for maximum power production from any sun angle. Extremely low profile and light weight are the perfect solar solution for modern membrane roof systems. Streamlined installation keeps costs low.
    Contact ONTILITY today for a quote!


    PV Testing and Certification: The next step
    Solar Novus Today    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    PV manufacturers must obtain the required certifications for electrical safety requirements, as described in "PV Testing and Certification from Single-Source Providers." In this article we'll look at how manufacturers can opt to take a few more steps to perform market differentiating performance and reliability testing, making the process simpler and more efficient. More

     
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