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SolarCity gets $1 billion federal housing contract
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The federal government tapped SolarCity for the largest residential solar project in history, a $1 billion effort to install panels at 124 U.S. military bases during the next five years. SolarCity will place solar systems on as many as 160,000 military housing buildings, base warehouses and administrative buildings. The first installations, at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, are already under way. More

Solar industry shakeout leads to more large projects
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The laws of supply and demand are actively at work in the solar industry with two direct effects: the death of some solar panel providers and a boost in the number of solar panels installed in the U.S. Research company Solarbuzz reported that rapidly falling solar panel prices this year contributed to a sharp increase in planned non-residential solar projects. Two months ago, the pipeline of projects was 17 gigawatts' worth of solar capacity; it now stands at 24 gigawatts. More

Los Angeles re-opens solar rebate program, offering $40 million in incentives
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The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's has relaunched its popular Solar Incentive Rebate Program this month - and has already received 112 applications. Most notably, over 80 percent of the applications submitted are for residential customers. More

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50 years of polysilicon innovation
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Samsung SDI sees $70 billion global solar cell market by 2020
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South Korea's Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. said it expects the global solar cell market to be worth $70 billion by 2020, more than double last year's $30 billion, with falling prices and government support expected to drive demand globally. Choi Chang-sik, executive vice-president of the company's solar energy division, told Reuters in an interview that a growing aversion to nuclear power after the radiation crisis in Japan and rising oil prices would lift demand for solar energy. More

Trina Solar sets solar power world record with new 'Honey' PV module
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Trina Solar has set what looks to be a new world record for electricity produced by a multicrystalline solar PV module. A 156 x 156 millimeter, 60-cell module produced a peak 274 watts of electrical power in laboratory testing, a result confirmed by TUV Rhineland. More

AMSC Utility-Scale Solar Inverter

AMSC’s SolarTie™ utility-scale PV inverter is a fully optimized, comprehensive solution for grid management support and grid interconnection compliance. It includes AMSC’s proprietary Smart Grid Interface plant controller, which provides precise regulation at the POI and plant monitoring to enhance system reliability and availability. Visit AMSC at SPI Booth #3403.
Superior Testing Technology From KomaxSolar
Komax Solar produces an array of testing solutions that offer ultimate performance providing a high return on investment. From standard display to automatic decision testers (based on electroluminescence, backlight inspection, and IV curve measurements), we offer the perfect configurations and enhanced technology to optimize your PV manufacturing process*

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Cooper B-Line’s ARISTA™ Monolithic Solar Racking System and EnviroShield™ Wireway offer integrated balance of system solutions that install quickly, saving time and money. ARISTA’s pre-assembled components support portrait and landscape mounting; EnviroShield is the first quick-connect Type 3R wireway that’s UL Listed and CSA Certified. For more benefits, click here.

City College's green Solar Roofpod to compete in international competition
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Situated on the rooftop of a building on City College's Harlem campus, with neo-classical architecture as a backdrop, the sleek 750-square-foot Solar Roofpod has a solar trellis that collects energy, and a computer-controlled heating and ventilation systems designed for maximum energy efficiency. Designed and built by dozens of engineering and architecture students from City College, the cutting-edge pod is headed to Washington, D.C., to compete against collegiate students from 19 other teams across the world as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon. More

Model home in Brandon, Fla., eliminates electric bills
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Los Angeles-based KB Home plans a nationwide rollout of its first net-zero house, designed to essentially eliminate monthly electric bills. It chose Brandon's Emerald Oaks neighborhood, near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Highway Road, to unveil its first model. More


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Christopher Associates - Your Solar Solution

Christopher Associates, Inc. is your source for industry-leading Solar Solutions. We distribute the world’s top-selling PV module manufacturing materials and equipment.

Automation where the sun shines
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Looking to get into a market that can bring renewed vigor to a company's bottom line, many machine builders have looked for opportunities over the past few years in the solar game - where the market has seen growth rates of anywhere from 25 percent to 55 percent annually (depending on whose numbers you believe). Machine builders from the semiconductor and flat panel display industries, in particular, have brought their automation know-how to the world of solar cell and module manufacturing. More

Solar panel factory & power plant set for US-Mexico border
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Mexico is getting in on the rush to produce solar energy in the Southwest. Baja Sun Energy announced the establishment of the first integrated solar business in Mexico. The company plans to both manufacture solar panels and build a solar electric plant to harvest energy from those panels in the desert near Mexicali, along the U.S.-Mexico border. More

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'Successful' testing for North America's largest solar dish
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Phoenix-based Southwest Solar Technologies Inc. has reported the successful on-sun testing and proof of concept of a highly advanced solar-turbine power system. The full-scale prototype test was the first operational validation of the integrated system, which uses a large parabolic solar dish with mirrors that concentrates the sun's energy to power an air-based open cycle turbine that produces electricity. More

Around the world on solar power alone
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Almost a year ago, the Turanor PlanetSolar, a sleek catamaran that bears a resemblance to a giant water beetle, set off from Monaco on a voyage around the globe. Later this month it will arrive in Singapore, having amassed proof that it is possible to traverse the world's oceans on solar power alone. More

Eaton: Everything Under the Sun

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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.
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

A. O. Smith Cirrex® Solar Thermal
Water Heating System

With Solar Energy Factors up to 10.1, the Cirrex® Solar Thermal Water Heating System is ENERGY STAR® qualified and rated OG-300 by the SRCC. Up to 70% of the energy needed for a home’s water heating can be captured from the sun, meaning the Cirrex can significantly reduce operating costs. To learn how Cirrex can save energy in your home, visit
Microsemi: Industry-leading PV Solutions

Our innovative PV solutions deliver the performance and reliability required for demanding power harvesting, power management, power switching, and power monitoring applications. To learn more about our
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High Performance Stability -
Over the years every technical device experiences a decline in performance – even solar modules. The question here though is how much – or better yet: How little? In a long-term study conducted by the renowned Fraunhofer-Institute the SCHOTT Solar modules still achieved over 90% of their performance even after 26 years.
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