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US solar market to grow 42 percent annually
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The U.S. solar market for photovoltaic and solar thermal electricity generation is projected to grow annually by 42 percent to reach 44 gigawatts by 2020 as long as the industry can attract $100 billion worth of investment, according to a report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The market researcher expects rapidly declining equipment costs combined with stronger government support to spur growth over the next decade. More

Complete the Q3 SEIA/GTM Research Installer Survey
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Now that the third quarter is over, it is time to collect installation data again. If your company was involved in any PV, solar heating and cooling, or solar pool heating installations during the third quarter (July-September) 2010, please complete the survey; it should take you less than five minutes and you could win an iPad. (One lucky installer from Oregon was selected to receive an iPad for his participation in the Q1/Q2 survey.) All responses will be confidential and results will be reported in aggregate only.

Data will be used to help SEIA and GTM Research track the development of the U.S. solar energy industry and publish quarterly reports.

You can complete the survey at If you have any questions, please contact

Outcome of US congressional elections could affect US energy policies
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While neither renewable energy policies nor greenhouse gas regulation have featured as major issues discussed in the Nov. 2 elections, such policies will likely be strongly impacted by the change in political leadership. Chief among the policies identified as significant by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the potential for extension of the Treasury Grant Program, created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus package), which allows solar producers to apply for a 30 percent solar investment tax credit as a grant. More

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Despite clean-tech lull, investors remain hopeful
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As new investment numbers show, no easy money is flowing to U.S. clean-technology companies. The sector suffers from the overall uncertainty in the venture market, coupled with fears over investing in businesses that require a lot of capital. More

Solar plant will help Hawaii achieve energy independence
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A 5-megawatt concentrating solar power project on the Hawaiian island of Oahu broke ground this week -- and when the solar installation is up and running, it will help Hawaii produce more of its energy renewably. More

The SolarEdge PV safety solution

SolarEdge provides the industry’s first fully automated solution for electrocution prevention and PV fire safety. PowerBoxes automatically shut down each PV module as long as the inverter is deactivated or AC power is disconnected. The solution is built-in to the PowerBoxes and requires no added hardware or cost. Watch video

How much do solar panels cost?
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When it comes to solar power, however, not many of us know how the cost of solar panels is measured. Nor, for that matter, do we immediately see the relationship between the cost of solar power and the value of solar power. Unlike a tank of gas, the value of which is enjoyed (and used up) more or less immediately, solar panels deliver their value over a number of years. More

Delaware cop cars go green with solar power
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The Fenwick Island, Del., police department has installed small solar panels in four police vehicles to cut down on gas use and avoid dead batteries. "With the increase in the amount of electronic equipment mandated to be put in vehicles, it's become more and more of a problem," says Fenwick Island Police Chief William Boyden. More

Removable solar panels save money, allow for rental
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A Chicago company is changing the way solar panels are assembled, installed and maintained, allowing municipalities and commercial companies to save money and obtain continuous solar power. More

Patriot Solar Group Tracking Systems

Patriot Solar Group, located in Michigan, engineers and manufactures Solar Tracking Systems. Our systems include: Single-axis Trackers, Dual-axis Trackers, Pole Mounts, Ground Mount System and our Sun Scout controller. Whether you have a small project or a large commercial or utility scale project, Patriot Solar Group has an excellent product line to fit your needs.
Register to attend FREE 15-min seminars at Agilent's SPI 2010 booth and collect your prize!
Agilent Technologies will be at the Solar Power International 2010 Show in Los Angeles, CA from October 12 – 14 (Booth 5545 in the Kentia Hall). Check out our solution demonstrations for solar cell, solar panel, inverter and converter testing. Register here for application presentations offered at our booth and claim your prize.
Solar Sensing from Ocean Optics
Solar sensing technologies from Ocean Optics help create a smarter, more reliable way for manufacturers to harness the power of the sun. Whether measuring transmission in solar cell production or assuring quality in photovoltaic panels, look to Ocean Optics for an answer. MORE

Solar power projects face potential hurdles
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The long-promised solar building boom in the desert Southwest is finally under way. Here in the Mojave Desert, a dice throw away from the Nevada border, giant road graders and a small army of laborers began turning the dirt for BrightSource Energy's $2 billion Ivanpah project, the first large-scale solar thermal power plant to be built in the United States in two decades. More

Planar power: Flat sodium-nickel chloride battery could improve performance, cost of energy storage
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A redesign of sodium-nickel chloride batteries promises to overcome some of the obstacles long associated with rechargeable batteries. Replacing their typical cylindrical shape with a flat disc design allows the battery to deliver 30 percent more power at lower temperatures, according to work published by the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the Oct. 8 issue of ECS Transactions, a trade journal. More

SunPower gets Air Force Academy deal
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SunPower Corp. will help build a 6-megawatt solar power system at the United States Air Force Academy. San Jose, Calif.-based SunPower will work with Colorado Springs Utilities on this project. More

Citel Inc.
CITEL est. in 1937 specializes in the manufacturing and sale of Surge Protective Devices to its worldwide customers. These devices protect sensitive electronic equipment from destructive transient overvoltages originating from lightning strikes and electrical disturbances. MORE

Solar panels the new attraction at Edison-Ford Estates
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Solar panels are the newest addition to the Edison-Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Fla. We found out why the new age technology was installed -- and it's not just to save money on the electric bill. The use of solar power is an idea that Edison had figured out decades ago. More

In California's Mojave Desert, solar thermal takes off
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By year's end, regulators are expected to approve a host of solar energy projects in California that could eventually produce as much electricity as several nuclear plants. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, John Woolard, the CEO of the company that has begun construction on the world's largest solar-thermal project, discusses the promise -- and challenges -- of this green energy boom. More

Dow's POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles awarded UL certification
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The Dow Chemical Co. says that the DOW POWERHOUSE Solar Shingle has become the first residential solar roofing shingle with an integrated connection system to receive Underwriters Laboratories safety certification. More

Could more solar energy jobs be coming to the US?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The clean energy sector has been touted as a job creator for U.S. citizens as many analysts believe that this is the future of energy. As a result, the solar industry has been taking off recently, with a number of individuals believing that the sector could be what saves the manufacturing field. With an estimated 7 million manufacturing jobs lost between 2000 to 2009, many people believe that there is work to be done for the sector in terms of putting Americans back to work. More


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Solar efficiency, effectiveness
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As solar technologies continue to evolve, new techniques and development of methodologies for implementing solar installations occur to make the process virtually seamless. This leads to more and more companies from all over the world to continue to look to this renewable energy source as a low-risk, high-return investment. More

Facility would be Virginia's largest solar installation
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Here's a quick word-association game: Virginia. Do you think about tobacco? Sure. What about solar power? Probably not. That's because Virginia's clean energy infrastructure is lagging behind many other states despite the fact that the region gets more than ample sunshine to necessitate solar energy. But Virginia is finding a way to marry what it's known for—tobacco—with what could be the unlikely future power source of the state: solar energy. More

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Logitech introduces wireless solar keyboard
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Logitech has introduced a solar-powered, wireless keyboard that removes the hassle of always having to have batteries on hand. The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750, unveiled Monday, powers itself whenever there's light, even indoors, the company said. A full-charged Solar Keyboard can stay charged for at least three months in total darkness. More

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