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SEIA Solar Update
As 2010 comes to a close, SEIA would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the SEIA Solar Update, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011.

March 3, 2010 issue: Scaling up solar power
MIT Technology Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In 2006, semiconductor-equipment giant Applied Materials got into the solar-power market in a big way. At the company's headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., you can see just how big: a ceiling-mounted crane lifts a piece of glass the size of a garage door onto a table for testing. The glass sheet, covered with a thin orange film of amorphous silicon, is destined to become one of the world's largest solar panels. More

Sept. 22, 2010 issue: The 8 most exciting solar projects in the US
Fast Company    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Sunlight is the world's most plentiful resource. That is, of course, why the United States has scrambled in recent years to supplant dirty, nonrenewable energy sources with ambitious solar projects. More

May 19, 2010 issue: New Jersey solar rebate program crashes, lawsuit filed
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New Jersey ran out of four months' worth of solar rebates in a day. Less money was available than originally budgeted for in December because Gov. Chris Christie took $158 million from the Clean Energy Fund to help close an $11 billion state budget gap. More than 1,000 people, including some contractors who camped out the night before, claimed $6 million in residential and $1.5 million in non-residential one-time payments when the Office of Clean Energy opened May 3. More

Nov. 17, 2010 issue: Analysis: US solar industry wants grant program extended
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A federal grant program aimed at spurring investment in the U.S. solar industry expires at the end of this year, and its supporters are scrambling to get it extended in the lame-duck session of Congress. More

June 30, 2010 issue: How one New Jersey county is financing a multi-million-dollar solar project
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We've got to hand it to New Jersey -- the oft-maligned Garden State is slowly but surely securing its place as a renewable energy leader. Last year the state's board of public utilities approved a $200 million contract between Petra Solar and Public Service Electric and Gas for the installation of over 200,000 utility pole-mounted (and grid-connected) solar panels. More

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Aug. 25, 2010 issue: Self-cleaning technology from Mars can keep terrestrial solar panels dust free
ScienceDaily    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Find dusting those tables and dressers a chore or a bore? Dread washing the windows? Imagine keeping dust and grime off objects spread out over an area of 25 to 50 football fields. That's the problem facing companies that deploy large-scale solar power installations, and scientists have now presented the development of one solution -- self-dusting solar panels -- based on technology developed for space missions to Mars. More

Oct. 20, 2010 issue: A cheaper route to solar cells
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A company that secured a Department of Energy grant to pursue a breakthrough idea in the manufacture of solar cells plans to announce that it has raised $20 million to commercialize its technique, which it says will reduce the price of solar panels by 40 percent. More

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July 28, 2010 issue: New solar panel factory is destined for Oregon
Daily Finance    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Over the past year, states have jockeyed to create so-called "green jobs" by showering incentives on renewable energy companies seeking to set up factories. Oregon is the latest state to notch a big win in that effort: A Silicon Valley solar company has announced plans to build a large factory near Portland. More
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Patriot Solar Group Offers New Solar Charger

Patriot Solar Group’s camouflage solar charger blends in with the outside environment. It can charge your laptop, cell phone, PDA, DVD player, MP3/ MP4 player, digital camera and other hand held electronic devices. The charger includes standard connectors for your electronic devices. MORE
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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

Sept. 1, 2010 issue: 1,000MW plant in California marks new milestone in solar expansion
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Federal regulators are nearing final approval of what would be the largest solar power plant in the world, a milestone that sets a new standard for the industry and marks a major advancement in the Obama administration's efforts to expand renewable energy production nationwide. More

Sept. 29, 2010 issue: Solar energy industry likely to gain from proposed legislation
Cooler Planet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Recently-introduced legislation in Congress has the potential to make solar energy and other clean technologies more widespread than ever. A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman, has proposed implementing a national renewable electricity standard that would bring about a significant increase in the amount of clean energy generated nationwide. More

July 7, 2010 issue: President announces $1.9 billion for solar power plant, manufacturing sites
The Solar Home & Business Journal (formerly Sunpluggers)    Share    Share on
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President Barack Obama has announced nearly $2 billion in federal loan guarantees for major solar manufacturing and power plant projects in Arizona, Colorado and Indiana. Such loan guarantees are a financial backstop, not a direct subsidy. They serve as a kind of insurance that encourages private financing. More


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Nov. 3, 2010 issue: Outcome of US congressional elections could affect US energy policies
Solar Server    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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

June 30, 2010 issue: Democrats fail to reach agreement on energy bill
Bloomberg Businessweek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Senate Democrats, meeting for the second time in a week for talks on a planned energy bill, still haven't agreed which "clean energy" programs are justified after the BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. There were "many, many suggestions on ways to move forward" during "robust" talks, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, told reporters in Washington, D.C., after the meeting. More

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March 24, 2010 issue: Boosting the power of solar cells
MIT Energy Initiative    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New ways of squeezing out greater efficiency from solar photovoltaic cells are emerging from computer simulations and lab tests conducted by a team of physicists and engineers at MIT. Using computer modeling and a variety of advanced chip-manufacturing techniques, they have applied an antireflection coating to the front, and a novel combination of multi-layered reflective coatings and a tightly spaced array of lines -- called a diffraction grating -- to the backs of ultrathin silicon films to boost the cells' output by as much as 50 percent. More

March 31, 2010 issue: Is solar changing utilities or are utilities changing solar?
Renewable Energy World    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Utilities and solar companies haven't historically had a very positive relationship. In the past, people in the utility sector scoffed at the fringe solar industry, certain that it would never have a real impact on their business. People in the solar industry eyed the utilities with distrust, certain they were blocking progress in any way they could. Today, as utilities start to embrace solar — even developing their own projects — that relationship is changing for the better. 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.

Nov. 3, 2010 issue: How much do solar panels cost?
GetSolar    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
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

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