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    Cool roofs and solar panels - a natural marriage of sustainable technologies
    Green Building Pro    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It seems like a natural marriage of sustainable technologies . . . solar panels and cool roofs. Why not combine the energy-saving logic behind cool roofs with the energy producing value of a rooftop solar system? One company reports that the output of its solar power system when combined with a cool roof increases 20 percent due to the improved collection of reflected and diffuse light. How do cool roofs designed to reflect sunlight work with solar panels, which are designed to absorb it? Rather than working against the panels, the reflectivity of cool roofs sends more light to the panels from all directions. More

    Complete the Q2 SEIA/GTM Research Installer Survey
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    Now that the second quarter is over, it's time to collect installation data. If your company was involved in any PV installations during the second quarter of 2011, please complete this 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 help support SEIA's advocacy mission and feed into the Q2 version of the U.S. Solar Market Insight. View the Q1 2010 version executive summary here.

    Steinbach Diaphragms and PTFE
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    Find out what leading solar panel manufacturers already know – high-quality Steinbach Diaphragms and PTFE cut both production costs and downtime.

    Complete your company profile in SEIA's U.S. Solar Supply Chain Research Survey and receive a free copy of the full U.S. Solar Market Insight
    SEIA    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    SEIA needs your support on our most important research project to date. Our research team is collecting information from the full value chain of solar employers - from upstream raw materials suppliers and manufacturers down to local installers and integrators. This means you! SEIA researchers will contact you via survey, email and/or phone over the next few months to ensure our information on your company is accurate. Please respond to their requests; the data from your responses will support your business through our government affairs work here in Washington as well as in your state by helping demonstrate the growing importance of solar energy to our economy. Contact with questions on this project. Help us today! In appreciation of your help, companies that provide a complete response will receive a free copy of the 86-page full version of the Q3 2010 U.S. Solar Market Insight and one randomly-selected participant who completes the survey will receive a new Apple iPad 2.

    Solar panel sales soar, as Americans look to curb high electricity bills
    WINK-TV    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As the summer heat sizzles, more Floridians are turning to solar energy to offset climbing electricity costs. You may start to notice a spike in solar panels on Southwest Florida roofs. Sales for the solar energy options are soaring across the nation, up 66 percent in the first quarter of 2011, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. 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

    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.

    Giant solar, wind projects get approval from Salazar
    Clean Energy Authority    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Last week, Department of Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar approved two major solar projects, a major wind project and a power transmission project, for transmitting electricity across land controlled by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). With his approval, the projects have a final, smaller hurdle left to clear. Meanwhile the department said it would start analyzing new solar land set-aside projects and issue a supplement to the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Solar Energy Development (Draft Solar PEIS), which spans solar projects on federal lands in six states. More

    The pressure to add clean power in California
    GigaOm via Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Setting renewable energy mandates for utilities has been the big policy hammer that forces the use of wind, solar and other sources of cleaner power in the U.S. The pressure has intensified in California now that utilities are required to meet at least a 33 percent mandate by 2020. More

    Executive program a launching pad for innovation
    Renewable Energy World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    When the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) launched the Executive Energy Leadership Program in 2007, the goal was to inform private and public decision-makers about renewable energy and energy efficiency as well as inspire them to adopt clean energy technologies. From President Obama touring the roof top solar installed at Denver Museum of Nature & Science to Business Modeling for Solar to Hydrogen Energy Storage, the program has yielded many significant success stories. But, 2007 Energy Execs graduate and Prologis Vice President for Renewable Energy Drew Torbin has raised the bar — significantly. More

    US: solar heating and cooling R&D renewed
    Solar Thermal World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In policy lobbying even a single sentence included in a bill is, in some cases, already a huge success. This is exactly the case for the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that has recently passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives. "The Committee supports ongoing Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) research and development activities within the Building Technologies Program", is the key sentence in the report that accompanies the bill. 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.
    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
    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.

    Smyrna, Tenn., solar farm sowing green energy
    The Daily News Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    In 98-degree weather with the sun shining brightly above them, hundreds of employees and a handful of local dignitaries gathered under a tent to celebrate the new 6-acre solar farm at Schneider Electric. Adjacent to the celebration sits a field of roughly 3,500 solar panels that pull enough energy from the sun to power 25 percent of Schneider Electric's 195,000-square-foot Smyrna,Tenn., facility at 330 Weakley Lane. The energy management company, which employs 1,250 people in the state, also has facilities in La Vergne and Nashville and has operations in more than 100 countries. More

    Solar power gardens springing up in urban areas
    GigaOm via Reuters    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    So-called "solar community gardens," or solar power systems that are community owned and shared, are starting to pop up in cities across the country, according to Ucilia Wang in a post on Reuters website. Wang, a renewable energy journalist, said the gardens serve residents who pay to own a piece or subscribe to the power without having to own the equipment. She writes that the electricity goes to the grid and to the local utility, which credits the owners and subscribers' energy bill each month. More

    Los Angeles paves the way for solar neighborhoods
    Cal Finder    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    For home-buyers in Los Angeles, there's a new feature that may pique your interest: solar energy systems included in the asking price. Los Angeles-based KB Homes has marketed solar panel home bundles for years, but they're upping the ante with their first all-solar-powered community in Antelope Valley. More

    Why PACE deserves to return
    Greentech Enterprise    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Last week, a bipartisan trio of House Representatives announced legislation to reinstate local governments' right to run PACE energy retrofit programs. By the time the "PACE Assessment Protection Act of 2011" had a bill number assigned this morning, an impressive 15 co-sponsors from both ends of the political spectrum and all corners of the country had thrown their support behind it. More

    Solar SPEC Pak™ IP68 Connector

    Solar SPEC Pak™, conforming to NEC 2008 requirements, offers power handling capabilities to 1000V & a locking latch. Its IP68 rated shell passes the -35° drop test. Rated to 40 amps, this connector will accommodate wire sizes from #24 to #10AWG (0.25 to 4mm²). MORE

    Smart grid growing pains? Hawaii solar hits a snag
    Smart Grid News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    As Hawaii's solar installations approach mandated limits in several areas, more and more home and business owners are backing away from plans for solar projects because they could be required to pay for an expensive study to determine if the increased solar load would affect grid stability. The solar business is booming in general, with Q1 2011 growth at 66 percent over the same time last year, according to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. But Hawaii's dilemma is a perplexing example of how smart grid technologies are struggling to cope with the growing popularity of solar power, and how utilities are trying to deal with the significant challenges of constantly fluctuating amounts of PV power being pumped into the grid. More


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    Sealcon - Cable Glands for Solar / Photovoltaic Industry!

    SOLAR (PHOTOVOLTAIC) FITTINGS: New Nylon Black ULf1 (746C) Approved Cable Glands made with UV / Ozone Stable material. NEMA 4x & 6 (IP 68/69K), Threads: NPT/Metric/PG No Minimum Orders! 2D/3D CAD!
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    Solar leasing companies head eastward
    The Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
    "We've got to make solar feel simpler than people see it today," says Patrick Crane, the chief marketing officer for the California-based solar leasing outfit Sungevity. Is the solution a free popsicle? More

    Federal regulators adopt new transmission planning, payment rule
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    Federal regulators adopted a new regulation under which transmission project developers could obtain faster approval for proposed transmission projects and more easily spread the costs of building new facilities among utilities that would benefit. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's decision on transmission cost allocation caps years of debate over how the U.S. can promote development of new, costly transmission lines and substations that are needed to strengthen the grid and ship new wind, solar and other renewable energy to end-users. More
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