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Clean energy leaders unite, write Congress to extend 1603 tax credit grants
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Due to expire at year-end, a coalition made up of more than 750 clean energy companies, small businesses and other organizations sent a letter to Congress calling for legislators to extend the Department of the Treasury's Section 1603 grant program for another year. The signatories represent organizations employing hundreds of thousands of Americans employed in the growing, increasingly diverse clean energy economy from all 50 states. More



Molten salt keeps solar power flowing
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By storing solar energy in molten salt, BrightSource Energy can now build one less solar power plant. The company said that it is adding energy storage to three planned solar projects it has already contracted with utility Southern California Edison. More

Concentrated solar energy plant to power Conference of the Parties
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South Africa's first concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) plant will be supplying electricity for the 17th annual Conference of the Parties (COP17) climate talks in South Africa. Soitec (Euronext) constructed the 500 kilowatt facility in just a month. The CPV plant was officially inaugurated by South African President Dr. Jacob. G. Zuma on Dec. 4. More


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Arguson

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. www.arguson.com


New York's new 32 megawatt photovoltaic array is largest in Eastern US
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On Nov. 18, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), BP Solar International, Inc. (BP Solar) and Brookhaven National Laboratory officially turned on the switch at the new, 32-megawatt Long Island Solar Farm — the biggest in the region. "It's the largest east of the Mississippi, and among the largest constructed on federal property in the U.S.," said LIPA spokesperson Vanessa Baird-Streeter. More

Prism solar raises $4.5 million equity investment
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Prism Solar, a manufacturer of products that improve the efficiency of solar energy collection, has raised $4.5 million in a round of venture capital, according to a recent filing by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Prism's core technology is based on holographic optics, which can use any photovoltaic cell technology. More



The 7 biggest solar projects under construction right now
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Despite all the talk of Solyndra and Chinese solar companies dumping their products onto the U.S. market, the development of projects in the U.S. continues apace. Driven by falling costs for photovoltaics and California's Renewable Portfolio Standard, many utility-scale projects are in the works in the Southwest United States. These seven mega projects were culled from Solar Energy Industries Association research on all the major projects completed, under construction or under development in this country. More

$1 billion-plus solar power project gets private funding
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A California-based solar company announced that it has lined up enough private financing to begin what it says will be the largest residential solar photovoltaic project in U.S. history — powering as many as 120,000 military housing units. SolarCity sought a loan guarantee last year from the U.S. Department of Energy to finance part of its five-year, $1 billion-plus plan to install, own and operate rooftop solar panels for privatized U.S. military housing communities nationwide. More


Superior Flow Measurement and Control
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If you are a solar contractor, we understand your business! WESCO strives to provide complete solutions to our customers who wish to streamline their supply chain. Visit a WESCO branch close to you to see how we can help you with your solar projects. MORE
Performance and Reliability Testing of Photovoltaic Modules

Intertek’s white paper “Performance and Reliability Testing of Photovoltaic Modules” examines PV module manufacturing and the testing and certification of PV products. The paper has a special focus on reliability testing, including key drivers, benefits and challenges manufacturers might face when deciding to invest in voluntary performance and reliability testing of their PV products. MORE


Department of Energy announces solar initiative
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The United States Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu announced $12 million in funding for the awardees of the Rooftop Solar Challenge. Lynn Jurich, president and co-founder of the solar power company SunRun, and Saint Paul, Minn., Mayor Chris Coleman were also in attendance. More



Green groups pan new solar energy fees
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Dominion Virginia Power is under fire from the Sierra Club and alternative-energy proponents after the Virginia State Corporation Commission approved the company's proposal to charge some self-generating customers a monthly fee. The fee, which was approved on Nov. 23, applies only to customers who generate between 10 and 20 kilowatts of power per month. According to state filings, Dominion Virginia Power will be able to charge $2.79 per kilowatt in distribution charges plus an additional $1.40 per kilowatt in transmission charges, totaling $4.19 per kilowatt. More

International Energy Agency says solar may provide a third of global energy by 2060
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Solar technologies such as photovoltaic panels, water heaters and power stations built with mirrors could provide a third of the world's energy by 2060 if politicians commit to limiting climate change, the International Energy Agency said. Energy from the sun could play a key role in de-carbonizing the global economy alongside improvements in efficiency and imposing costs on greenhouse-gas emitters, the agency said in a report. More


2nd Inverter and PV System Technology Forum

The first international conference "2nd Inverter and PV System Technology Forum" dedicated to the interaction of all electrical components of a PV system is taking place in Berlin on January 23 - 24.
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SolarSet Potting Compounds and Sealants

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Solar stocks soar on upgrades, central bank moves
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U.S.-listed solar stocks soared after Auriga analyst Hari Chandra slapped "buy" ratings on four companies in the battered sector, including China's Trina Solar Ltd. and U.S. panel maker SunPower Corp. The move by major central banks to add liquidity to the world's financial system will ease financing for photovoltaic solar projects, Chandra said in research notes in which he upgraded his ratings on Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd., Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. and MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. in addition to Trina and SunPower. More

Optimism on solar energy: Energy secretary suggests ways domestic firms can prosper
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U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu struck an optimistic note about the future of solar energy, but said the economic benefits of the emerging clean-energy industry will be reaped elsewhere if the business is not encouraged at home. "Invented in America but made in China is not good enough," Chu said. "Invented in America, made in America has to be the way to go." More
 
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