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California's PG&E, Sempra and Edison get solar-purchase approvals
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California's three largest utilities received approval from state regulators to buy electricity from 17 solar energy plants. The California Public Utilities Commission approved the power-purchase agreements totaling 444 megawatts in a recent meeting, according to commission filings. California law states that utilities should get 20 percent of their generation from renewable resources by the end of 2013, 25 percent by the end of 2016 and 33 percent by the end of 2020. More



Hawaii homeowner cashes in big with Hawaii Solar
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One homeowner living in Manoa, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu, is a prime example of the benefits of solar power. Kenneth Chang is the first homeowner in the state of Hawaii to take advantage of the feed-in tariff program. In 2009, the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), which is the state's largest utility, put the Hawaii Feed-in Tariff program into effect. More

SEIA Finance Seminar and Tax Workshop — open for registration
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Jan. 25-26, 2012 | New York
Attend this highly-rated seminar and learn from top attorneys, developers and financiers making investments into the solar industry today. Sessions cover the latest hot topics in solar financing: post-1603 considerations, debt financing, private equity investment, hot state tax issues and more. Walk away with key information from the experts who are truly getting solar finance done. Register today!


Instant Foundations for Solar Arrays

Product innovation is synonymous with the CHANCE® name. Our helical piles offer quick and easy installation for ground mount solar arrays. Contact us today.
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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


SEIA Solar Intellectual Property Seminar — program update
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Jan. 26, 2012 | Santa Clara, Calif.
Check out the updated agenda for SEIA's new seminar covering emerging issues surrounding intellectual property and solar technologies. A leading source of innovation, solar intellectual property will continue to be a critical component of expanding the solar energy industry in the U.S. and abroad. Topics covered will include protecting, monetizing and licensing intellectual property, as well as corporate concerns. Register today!




Buffett buys 49 percent stake in $1.8 billion NRG solar power plant
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Warren Buffett's MidAmerican Energy Holdings agreed to buy a 49 percent stake in NRG Energy Inc.'s $1.8 billion Agua Caliente solar project, the billionaire's second investment in solar recently. The 290-megawatt power plant is being built in Arizona by First Solar Inc., which expects to complete the installation of its panels by 2014, New Jersey-based NRG said in a statement. More

Gehrlicher Solar enters US market
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With two completed systems and six more under construction, Gehrlicher Solar America Corp. announced that Gehrlicher Solar has successfully entered the U.S. market. The U.S. subsidiary of Gehrlicher Solar AG began operations in late 2010 and is headquartered in Springfield, N.J. More


Superior Flow Measurement and Control
The new GF40/80 mass flow meter/controller achieves unprecedented performance, reliability and flexibility in many gas flow applications. At the heart of the GF40/80 is MultiFlo™ gas and range programmability allowing you to reconfigure the device for new gas calibrations and full scale ranges without removing the device from the line. Learn More
WESCO:
Providing complete solutions for contractors
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


County to sign off on land sale for solar power complex in Laughlin, Nev.
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The sale of 9,000 acres of county land near Laughlin, Nev., which is likely to be approved by the Clark County Commission, represents a small step toward development of a massive solar power complex by its Chinese backers. The county's asking price for the land — $4.5 million — is far below two appraisals that put its value at between $29.6 million and $38.6 million. More



Wind and solar power upgrade for US stadium/shopping complex
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A one-megawatt solar panel and additional wind energy project will build on an existing 525-kilowatt photovoltaic solar power system at a massive U.S. shopping center and stadium complex. NRG Energy and The Kraft Group has announced an electricity supply agreement for Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. More

Minnesota gets grant to reduce cost of solar installations for small businesses, homeowners
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Minnesota got some bright news this month when the U.S. Department of Energy announced the recipients of its Sunshot Initiative Rooftop Solar Challenge. The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources (DER), was awarded more than $263,000 to help make solar installation faster and less expensive for small businesses and homeowners. 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

Epic Resins is a custom formulator of Epoxy and Polyurethane compounds commonly used in the solar industry. Contact Epic today to discuss your application needs!
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New manufacturing developments hoping to reduce the cost of solar
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Solar power, from large-scale power plants to residential solar installations, has seen dramatic growth, even as many declared the end of the solar era. And while the industry has come across stumbling blocks such as reticence from state governments, according to Environment and Energy Publishing, some new developments in the technology could help push solar electricity even further into the mainstream. More

Solar panels still going strong after 25 years
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Many solar panels come with a 20 or 25 year warranty these days, but most modules haven't been installed for anywhere near that long. Will they last the distance? It has already been proven that they can in real-world conditions. More

Mount View solar energy project first of its kind
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Students at Mount View High School in Welch, W.Va., will be beginning a renewable energy project aimed at learning more about solar energy and incorporating it into their local community, one of the first of its kind in the nation. Edward Evans, athletic director for the school, said the school will be mounting 22 250-watt solar panels on top of the school for students to use for research purposes. The program may also allow the school to become a demonstration site for future solar energy projects. More
 
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