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California firm completes North America's largest solar rooftop
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Industrial and commercial contractor Oltmans Construction Co. has completed installation of the largest rooftop solar facility in North America. The 8.6-megawatt system covers 1.2 million square feet of roof space on a warehouse in Rialto, Calif. More

National Solar Jobs Census 2011 - sponsors needed!
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Please join SEIA and SEPA in supporting The Solar Foundation's critical solar research by sponsoring its high-profile National Solar Jobs Census 2011 Release Party at Solar Power International in Dallas on Oct. 19. The Solar Foundation relies on your tax-deducible sponsorship for continued success. Sponsorships range from $1,000 - $5,000 and demonstrate your leadership in helping to strategically position solar in the minds of policymakers and the public. Through high-level research and education, The Solar Foundation promotes the use of solar to meet the world's energy needs. But we can't do it without vital industry support. To sponsor The Solar Foundation's Census 2011 Release Party, please contact Andrea Luecke, Executive Director, at 202-469-3732.

There is still time to join SEIA and SAVE at Solar Power International 2011!
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Don't miss the chance to save $400 on SPI '11 registration! Full Conference Registration gives you the best value and most access including all General and Concurrent Sessions, Opening Reception, Solar Idea Swaps, Exhibition (all three days), SPI Block Party at Gilley's and online session recordings. Join SEIA ( by Oct. 12 to receive the member discount!

Solar-panel imports from China said to face US trade complaint
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Solar manufacturers, including a unit of SolarWorld AG, are preparing a U.S. trade complaint against China, as they seek to counter low-cost and subsidized imports, according to people familiar with the matter. The case, which would be filed at the Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, would be one of the largest targeting China, with political implications as both nations race to develop clean-energy technologies. 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

DOE awards $1.1 billion in new solar loan guarantees
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Despite the recent collapse of solar manufacturer Solyndra, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded loan guarantees totaling $1.074 billion to two solar companies developing power plants - one in Nevada and the other near Phoenix. The announcement comes amid GOP calls in Congress to investigate the $535 million loan guarantee to California-based Solyndra, which declared bankruptcy earlier this month. More

Bipartisan study concludes American support solar 2 to 1
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A recent poll by two polling companies, one Democrat, one Republican, found that twice as many U.S. citizens favor solar and clean energy than those who don't. That's despite the recent Solyndra bankruptcy filing, which could cost taxpayers up to $535 million through the Department of Energy's Loan Programs Office. 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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Is Your BOS Provider Bankable?
Shouldn’t your BOS provider be BANKABLE for the life of your solar modules/FIT contract? From layout to logistics, Cooper Industries is your #1 choice for reliable, integrated balance of system solutions. Click here to learn more, or visit us at Solar Power International, Booth #6639.

First Solar to build 130-megawatt solar plant in Southern California
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The developer of a 130-megawatt solar power project in Southern California has selected Arizona-based First Solar to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the project. Tenaska Solar Ventures, the solar energy affiliate of Nebraska-based energy company Tenaska, said the appointment was a "major step" in the development of the Imperial Solar Energy Center South project. More

Constellation Energy starts construction on 16.1-megawatt photovoltaic system in Maryland
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Constellation Energy has commenced construction on a 16.1-megawatt DC grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) solar installation in Emmitsburg, Md. The solar power system, valued at about $60 million, will be financed, owned and operated by Constellation Energy as part of the state of Maryland's Generating Clean Horizons initiative. More


ArgusON, an SPX brand, provides solar power monitoring & site management services for commercial systems. Our National Operations Center manages 29,000 customer locations 24/7/365.
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.

Growing solar power industry signals need for federal and state support
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Clean energy advocates have long looked to solar power as a way to break the country's dependence on foreign oil. However, the cost of obtaining the energy has so far outweighed the economic and environmental benefits. That may now be changing. More

Chevron using solar-thermal steam at enhanced oil recovery plant
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Chevron Corp., the second-largest U.S. oil company, is extracting crude from a southern California field using steam produced by a 29-megawatt solar-thermal power plant. BrightSource Energy Inc.'s system uses mirrors to focus sunlight on a boiler at Chevron's Coalinga, Calif., enhanced oil recovery project, the solar company said recently in a statement. More

Sealcon - Cable Glands for Solar / Photovoltaic Industry!

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Solar boat promotes path to cleaner fuel
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She's traveled more than 35,000 kilometers hugging the equator, powered entirely by the sun. PlanetSolar, the world's largest solar powered boat, recently stopped off in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor as part of its 18-month journey around the world. More

Solar energy project acquired by Exelon Corp.
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Exelon Corp. acquired the planned 230 megawatt Antelope Valley Solar Ranch One in California from First Solar which will build, operate and maintain the project. Exelon said it expects to invest up to $713 million in equity in the project through 2013. More

Eaton: Everything Under the Sun

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Providing complete solutions for contractors
If you are a solar contractor, we understand your business! WESCO strives to provide a complete solar solution to our customers who wish to streamline their purchasing and reduce transaction costs. Stop by our booth at SPI to see how WESCO can help you with your solar projects. 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

A. O. Smith Cirrex® Solar Thermal
Water Heating System
Cirrex® from A. O. Smith is the latest advancement in solar thermal water heating and the greenest solution available to homeowners today. An all-in-one solar thermal water heating system, Cirrex simplifies specification and installation. With Solar Energy Factors up to 10.1, Cirrex is ENERGY STAR® qualified and tax credit eligible through 2016.
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
award-winning bypass solutions, low-profile switching modules, smart meter power management capabilities, and mixed-signal, low-power
cSoC and FPGA solutions, please visit solutions/solar.
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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