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US solar capacity expands by 69 percent, led by commercial projects
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Developers installed 69 percent more U.S. solar power capacity in the second quarter than a year earlier, led by commercial and government projects. Developers installed 314.3 megawatts of solar photovoltaic power in the second quarter, compared with 186.5 megawatts in the same period a year earlier, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight report released by Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research. More

US solar power growth accelerates
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The US solar power industry employs more than 100,000 people, twice as many as it did two years ago and more than the steel industry or coal mining, the industry's trade group has said. In a bid to deflect some of the bad publicity the industry has attracted since the collapse last month of Solyndra, an innovative solar module manufacturer that was backed by a $535 million federal government loan guarantee, the Solar Energy Industries Association is emphasising its job creation and growth. More

SoCore begins solar installations at 53 Walgreen stores
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Chicago-based SoCore Energy is helping to bring solar power to Walgreens stores across the state of Ohio. The company began building solar installations at the first 20 retail locations in Cincinnati earlier this month, and expects to have 53 projects completed by Nov. 11. That would bring the total number of solar installations at Walgreens stores up to 136, and could generate a total of two megawatts of energy for the chain. More

US solar project pipeline jumps as module prices fall
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The U.S. development pipeline for non-residential photovoltaic (PV) solar projects has increased from 17 gigawatts (GW) to 24 GW in just two months. Solarbuzz says large cuts in factory gate module prices over the summer are responsible for the jump in development activity. More

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.
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

Study: Drop in 2010 solar costs may accelerate
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The cost to install solar power in the United States fell by 17 percent in 2010 and is on pace to drop even faster this year, according to a new report issued by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The total cost to place solar systems on homes and businesses in 2010 excluding government incentives dropped to $6.20 per watt from $7.50 in 2009. This is the fastest drop in the 13 years of data included in the study by the Berkeley Lab, which is managed by the University of California and partly funded by the U.S. Energy Department. More

Solar power use: Top 10 countries
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Solar power is of immense importance in modern times. With pollution breathing heavy on the present civilization, it just cannot do without wind and solar energy. Countries across the world have geared up to develop alternative energy sources for better living. More

Redskins' FedEx Field unveils solar installations
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FedEx Field in Landover, Md., home to the Washington Redskins, unveiled its new two-megawatt photovoltaic system on Sept. 15. The array, installed by NRG Energy, Inc., is the largest at an NFL stadium to date, according to the company. More

GE to double capacity at Brazil's biggest solar energy project
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General Electric Co., the world's biggest maker of electricity-generating equipment, will add one megawatt of power capacity to Brazil's largest solar plant, and may eventually expand the facility to 50 megawatts. GE will erect panels next to MPX Energia SA's facility in the northeastern city of Taua, GE said in a joint statement with the Brazilian energy company that's controlled by Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista. MPX's existing one-megawatt plant comprises of 4,680 panels, enough to power about 1,500 households, GE said. 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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ARISTA™ - Innovation for All Seasons

Innovation for all seasons – that’s ARISTA™ Monolithic Solar Racking System for PV commercial rooftop applications. ARISTA’s design, refined through advanced wind tunnel testing, better addresses roof capacity constraints. And its system profile allows snow to drift around and away, not accumulate, for year-round peak performance. To learn more, click here.

Denver airport uses more solar power than any other in US
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Over the summer, the Denver International Airport switched on its third large-scale solar installation, a 4.4-megawatt ground-mounted systems spearheaded by Constellation Energy. The airport, the world's 10th largest, now has eight megawatts of capacity - more than any other commercial airport in the United States. 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.

Cost of solar in US dropped 17 percent in 2010, report says
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The average cost of solar energy systems in the United States decreased by 17 percent in 2010 and another 11 percent in the first half of 2011 - a record drop, according to a new report. According to a report released by the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, market-building policies are driving pre-incentive solar system costs down, from reductions in the costs of installation labor to overhead costs. More

Businesses and utilities helping drive solar industry
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Last year turned out to be a banner year for the solar industry. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association's annual report, homeowners saw fit to add another 264 megawatts of residential solar installation, an increase of nearly 70 percent from the year before. As the price of these systems drops and retail electricity rates continue to climb, residents have come to realize that solar simply makes sense. More

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Solar goes mainstream at Emmys
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Solar power has continued to move into the American mainstream. A solar canopy at the Primetime Emmy Awards provided shading for celebrities on the red carpet and onsite power for broadcaster Fox. The 50-kilowatt system, made with SolarWorld panels, was visible throughout the "Countdown to the Emmys" pre-show outside the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. More

SK innovation agrees to invest $50 million in solar company
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SK Innovation Co., South Korea's biggest refiner, agreed to invest $50 million in closely held thin-film panels production company HelioVolt Corp. to obtain a key technology for its solar batteries business. The investment will help the company to test the feasibility of commercial production of copper indium gallium selenide, or CIGS, photovoltaic technology owned by Austin, Texas-based HelioVolt, to lower the cost of producing solar batteries, the SK Group unit said in an emailed statement. The investment will be made with affiliate company SK Technology Innovation Center. More

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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®Tax
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One of the industry’s most advanced solar thermal systems available on the market today, A. O. Smith’s Cirrex® Solar Thermal Water Heating System is eligible for a federal tax credit of 30% of the total installed cost with no maximum. Additional state and local incentives may also be available. Visit to locate rebates in your area.
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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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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