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Solar power cost to equal fossil fuel expense within decade, BP forecasts
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The cost of generating power by capturing the sun's energy will fall about 10 percent a year in the next decade until it equals the expense of producing electricity by burning fossil fuels, a BP Plc official said. As conventional fuel prices rise and solar power falls, generation costs may reach parity in as little as five years for some fossil energy sources, Vahid Fotuhi, Middle East director of BP Solar, said at a conference in Abu Dhabi. Solar power costs about 20 cents a kilowatt-hour now, he said. More

EPA: More renewable fuels required
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The Obama administration Monday increased the amounts of ethanol and other renewable fuels it wants to see as part of the nation's gasoline supply, but a senior official took aim at the practice. Responding to a congressional mandate, the Environmental Protection Agency will require that 13.95 billion gallons of transportation fuel comes from renewable sources in 2011, or about 8 percent of domestic gasoline and diesel supplies. More

Rooftop solar systems starting to warm up
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For years, Elena Baum had wanted to install a rooftop solar energy system at her home in the Lafayette Shores neighborhood in Norfolk, Va., but the cost deterred her. "It's a big financial outlay at the beginning, and you have to want to wait for it to pay for itself," she said. "It certainly doesn't make sense in the short term." More

SEIA/GTM US Solar Market Insight Report
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Subscribe now and save 60 percent! SEIA has partnered with GTM Research to create an unparalleled analysis of the U.S. solar industry in a quarterly report series titled U.S. Solar Market Insight. The research findings include market conditions, opportunities, and outlook for the photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar power (CSP) and solar heating and cooling (SHC) markets in the U.S. The reports are available in three versions: a free Executive Summary focused on national data and trends, a Brief Report with detailed data on state and market segments, and the Full Report with even more detailed state and component-level data. SEIA Members get a 60 percent discount on the brief and full reports. E-mail with questions about the reports.

Getting down to business at COP16
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The world's leaders will begin to trickle into Cancun, Mexico, to discuss global climate policy at the U.N.'s COP16 Climate Summit. As many have already pointed out, expectations are much lower than the sky-high hopes of last year's COP15 meetings in Copenhagen. While expectations on global diplomacy side have been dampened, the private sector's role in reducing harmful carbon emissions is poised for growth. More

Schuco to Attend AHR Show

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Salt River Project streamlines approval process
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Salt River Project -- one of the largest utilities in Arizona -- has developed a new and streamlined plan for approving Arizona solar service agreements, reports the Phoenix Business Journal. The new process should help stimulate greater investment in rooftop solar installations in Phoenix, Tempe and other Arizona cities. More

Solar power storage enabled by dirty water
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Solar power systems work well during the day, but it is usually very expensive to store the energy to use at night in batteries. This is where Nocera had an insight. Inspired by photosynthesis, Nocera and a post-doctoral student determined that they could use solar energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, storing the hydrogen in a fuel cell for use during the night. Any type of water can be used -- even waste water. 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.
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Solar Vests Now Available

Patriot Solar Group’s “Highly Reflective” Solar Vests are not only very visible, but also have a high-capacity lithium battery in which you can charge with either solar energy or normal electricity. Our Solar Vest is a fusion of fashion and technology that keeps your electronic devices fully charged when you're working outside.
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

Legislature pays down solar rebate backlog, but deficit remains
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The Florida legislature approved the use of $31 million in federal stimulus funds to pay for a portion of two energy rebate programs begun under Gov. Charlie Crist: one for rooftop solar panels and the other for energy-efficient air conditioners. The solar rebate program had a backlog of $52 million. More

Hawaii Utility introduces new feed-in tariff website
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Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) activated a new online portal that will let its customers submit feed-in tariff applications. The utility -- one of three owned by Hawaii energy giant Hawaiian Electric Industries -- hopes to make applying for a FIT even easier for ratepayers. The tariffs, which are widely used in Europe, guarantee payment rates to those who produce renewable energy. More

Los Angeles County rejects defense contractor's objections to solar plant
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The battle pitted Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., a giant defense contractor that operates a sensitive radar testing center in the Mojave Desert north of Los Angeles, against a proposed solar power plant project widely supported by local residents and business groups. Solar won. More


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Silverado Power inks renewable power deals with SCE
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Silverado Power has made the bulk of several renewable-power agreements announced Friday by Southern California Edison. San Francisco-based Silverado Power, a maker of solar photovoltaic systems, will provide power from ground-mounted installations in Lancaster and Victorville, Calif. More

Solar-powered boat visits Sunshine State
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A solar-powered boat on a first-ever around-the-world voyage stopped in the Sunshine State over the weekend. Having arrived from Monaco, the Turanor PlanetSolar is believed to be the largest and most advanced solar powered boat ever built, according to the Miami Herald. It is aiming to circle the globe fueled only by sunlight and the four-day Miami visit is one of two U.S. stops. More

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Solar panels in Haverhill, Mass., cover 5 acres
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It is the talk of neighbors who have watched workers in hard hats come and go from the site since the summer. Construction of a solar energy farm on Hilldale Avenue is nearing completion. When activated, it will harvest the rays from the sun and convert them to enough electricity to power 175 to 200 homes each year. More

Connecticut solar power: Small state, large dreams and depleted funds
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It may the nation's third smallest state, but Connecticut's electric rates are among the highest in the country. In 2009, Connecticut's average rate was more than 74 percent above the national average and up until the end of October, when New York officially surpassed them, Connecticut's electric rates trailed only those of Hawaii's. As a result, it was not surprising to see Connecticut make the necessary legislative changes to support cheaper renewable energy, particularly solar power. More

New Fuse and Fuseholder Combo for PV Systems

Schurter’s new quick-acting ASO fuse provides protection up to 1000 VDC in a compact 10.3x38mm size. Offered with the FSO touch safe fuseholder, the combination meets the required robust circuit protection for the growing solar industry.

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AZZ Galvanizing Services owns and operates 33 hot dip galvanizing facilities serving the after-fabrication steel market coast to coast.

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