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SunPower, Citi create $105 million solar leasing fund for homeowners
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SunPower Corp. and Citi announced a new $105 million fund for residential solar leasing projects. Citi is contributing $80 million to the fund. SunPower, which makes solar panels and builds systems, will use the fund to extend its 20-year SunPower Lease program to customers in eight states, expanding the financing options available to homeowners interested in solar power systems. More

NABCEP seeking input on company accreditation proposal
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NABCEP invites owners and senior management personnel of residential and light commercial PV Installation companies to offer their views on the proposed Company Accreditation program that it has been working on. Respondents will be afforded an opportunity to offer general comments on the accreditation program proposal. The accreditation program criteria was developed through a collaborative process involving a committee of business owners and senior managers. The intent of the survey is to validate the work of the committee and gather input that will enable them to review the markets' response to their efforts and further fine tune the criteria to meet the needs of the PV installation industry. Please visit to take part in the survey before Aug. 15, 2011.

Department of Energy invests $50 million in solar panel manufacturing
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The U.S. Department of Energy announced that it is investing $50 million in the SUNPATH program, which is designed to promote solar panel manufacturing in the United States. The United States manufactured only 7 percent of the world's solar panels last year, according to the Energy Department. That's down from 27 percent in 2000 and 43 percent in 1995. More

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New York architect promotes solar by investing
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A growing number of businesses, policymakers and regular homeowners are coming to see solar power as a realistic alternative to traditional sources of energy. But not all of these forward thinking individuals have taken the next step to invest in a solar installation. New York-based architect Michael Shilale decided not to fall into that group. More

Solar power glass house helps pump oil
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The sun's energy will replace natural gas as the fuel for drawing more oil from the ground in Oman. GlassPoint Solar announced that it has signed a deal to install a 7-megawatt solar power system for Petroleum Development Oman to aid oil extraction. The solar system, which is essentially a glass house with solar concentrators, will generate the steam needed to pump oil from existing fields. More

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Oregon holds top solar manufacturing spot through tax incentives
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Oregon was recently recognized as the nation's leader for solar manufacturing in a report by the Solar Energy Industries Association. According to the executive director of Oregon's SEIA chapter, Glenn Montgomery, the success of manufacturing in Oregon can be attributed to panel manufacturers SolarWorld and Sanyo. More

US DOE helps fund solar project
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United States Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced that the Department of Energy has finalized a $967 million loan guarantee to Agua Caliente Solar, LLC, which will help fund the construction of the Agua Caliente Solar project, a 290-megawatt photovoltaic solar generating facility in Yuma County, Ariz., that will utilize thin film solar panels manufactured by First Solar, Inc. The project sponsor, NRG Solar LLC, estimates the photovoltaic generation facility will fund approximately 400 construction jobs and 10 full time operating jobs, and when completed will be one of the largest plants of its kind in the world. More

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Coming soon to Home Depot: Grape Solar
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Grape Solar isn't the largest solar panel maker in the world, but it does seem to understand retailers. The company - which assembles panels in Oregon with components sourced from a wide variety of suppliers in China - will soon begin selling its panels at Home Depot locations. A formal announcement is due soon. More

BrightSource seeks OK for new solar power plant
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BrightSource Energy of Oakland has applied for state approval of a new solar power plant in Southern California capable of producing enough electricity for 178,000 homes. The Hidden Hills Solar Electric Generating System will use 340,000 pole-mounted mirrors to focus sunlight on two central towers, generating heat to create steam and turn turbines. More

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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

GE Invests up to $40 Million in eSolar
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General Electric Co. (GE) bought a minority stake in the California-based solar company eSolar this week. As a result of the deal, Paul Browning, President and CEO of Thermal Products for GE Energy, will join eSolar's Board of Directors. ESolar already had a licensing agreement with GE Energy, which granted it exclusive worldwide rights to eSolar's modular technology for its Integrated Solar Combined Cycle (ISCC) power plant solution. This solution, when combined with GE's own "FlexEfficiency" 50 Combined Cycle Power Plant technology, is able to deliver fuel efficiencies over 70 percent. More


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Solar Power International 2011 robust program covers
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Solar Power International 2011 (SPI '11) offers a comprehensive educational lineup featuring 36 conference sessions in six professional tracks, 14 instructional workshops and six interactive Solar Idea Swaps. SPI '11, the premier business-to-business global solar conference and expo takes place Oct. 17-20 at the Dallas Convention Center. Presented by Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), SPI '11 is designed to serve and advance the solar energy industry. More

Staunton based solar firm powers up Washington and Lee
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The Shenandoah Valley is already home to Virginia's largest solar power system. But it's about to get one that's even larger, and a Staunton company is behind both of those cutting-edge power projects. Over 1,500 solar panels will crank out 450 kilowatts of electricity from the rooftops at Washington and Lee University. The project aims to show how energy stewardship can make financial sense. More
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