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Self-cleaning technology from Mars can keep terrestrial solar panels dust free
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Find dusting those tables and dressers a chore or a bore? Dread washing the windows? Imagine keeping dust and grime off objects spread out over an area of 25 to 50 football fields. That's the problem facing companies that deploy large-scale solar power installations, and scientists have now presented the development of one solution -- self-dusting solar panels -- based on technology developed for space missions to Mars. More

Energy Deptartment ponies up $120 million more for building energy efficiency
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The U.S. Department of Energy announced that it has earmarked $120 million to be divided among about 120 organizations working to weatherize buildings for greater energy efficiency. The grant money will be distributed under the banner of its Weatherization Assistance Program, which has already retrofitted thousands of homes across the country. More

Bright future for microinverters says IMS Research    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With approximately 15 entrants wanting to stake a claim in the emerging solar microinverter and DC-DC power optimization market, rapid growth is required to avoid failures. According to a new report from IMS Research, the market is forecast to generate more than $1.5 billion in revenues over the next five years with device shipments growing 100 percent per year, totaling more than 16 million units. As expected the key market will be residential, offering power output defense from shading and inverter failures, according to the market research firm. More

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Clean energy laws, utility costs make New Jersey a solar hotbed
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Edward Fischer of Pompton Lakes finally got solar panels this week on his tidy, 1950s Cape Cod with sky blue shutters. He had been trying for nine years to figure out how to afford them. But two years ago he gave up when he was quoted an out-of-pocket price -- with rebates -- of $30,000. Then, he read a newspaper article in January about a California company that had a better method for financing solar power. More

Historic Massachusetts town goes solar
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The Town Hall of one of the oldest towns in the United States has adopted one of our nation's newest forms of energy-generating technology. The Town Hall in Ipswich, Mass. -- founded in 1633 on Massachusetts' north shore -- has been solar-powered for just over a week, thanks to Ipswich's persistent leaders and some unlikely funding sources. According to the Boston Herald, the system accounts for 30 to 35 percent of the Town Hall's daily energy needs. More

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Law requires Illinois utilities to buy solar power
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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law requiring utilities to buy a percentage of their power from solar energy sources by 2015. The law says utilities must purchase a half-percent of solar power by June 2012. The mandatory percentage doubles each year, until reaching 6 percent in 2015. More
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    Massive solar power project planned in Illinois
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    A utility-scale solar energy facility is being planned for Rockford, Ill., state governor Pat Quinn announced. Rockford made headlines recently in the solar world when Wanxiang America Corp. announced plans to build a solar-module factory in the town, which is located northwest of Chicago. Now, Rockford will also be the site of a large solar panel array. More

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    New tariff could boost Georgia solar capacity
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    The chairman of the Public Service Commission says that a Georgia utility could soon boost the amount of solar power it offers to customers. Lauren "Bubba" McDonald says that Georgia Power Co. will propose a new solar tariff it would use to purchase an additional 2.5 megawatts of electricity generated by solar power from independent producers. More

    Northwest Indiana sun strong enough for planned solar farm?
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    As scarce details of plans for a $75 million solar farm in Schneider, Ind., trickle out, one energy expert cautioned such an ambitious project may struggle in sun-weak Northwest Indiana. Joan Brennecke, director of the University of Notre Dame's Energy Center, praised investment in solar power but said the Hoosier state isn't the ideal spot for it. More

    Study finds ample opportunities in solar for new entrants
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    As the burgeoning solar and wind power markets continue to expand, industry value chains are looking to adopt measures to sustain anticipated growth. For many component producers, the market growth rate will translate into a need to increase existing capacities, build new plants and spread out to new geographies. According to a recent study performed by Frost & Sullivan, markets for certain components of the solar and wind markets will present budding opportunities for new entrants, as growth rates are expected to exceed present manufacturing capacity. More

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