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Beluga Shipping GmbH, the global market leader in the project & heavy lift shipping segment, today announced plans to make further investments in the super heavy lift market, extend its existing business segments, and improve its overall service offering. Initially, additional growth is expected in the offshore wind farm sector. Later on, the offshore market is expected to become Beluga's second main pillar alongside the attractive niche market of project and heavy lift cargo shipping: the company's core focus since it was founded in 1995.For more than 12 months Beluga has been engaged in the development and construction of the P-3 ship series. These special multi-purpose heavy lift project carriers will be fitted with cranes capable of lifting weights of up to 2,000 tons in tandem using their on board 1,000 ton cranes. The market conditions for these carriers have significantly improved over the last 18 months allowing Beluga to further extend its position as global market leader.In addition, Beluga is engaged in the construction and development of erector ships for its Joint Venture with Hochtief Construction AG: BELUGA HOCHTIEF Offshore. These erector ships - a type of jack-up vessel - will be able to load, transport and even install

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Canadian Solar and Green City Energy have jointly installed a 1MW solar system in the city of Haertensdorf, Germany.The solar system, situated in Zwickau, is part of the Burgersolarpark installation. The two companies have fitted solar modules on a total of 16 rooftops with a surface of 17,000sqm. The modules by Canadian Solar will produce 1,000,000Kwh of green solar energy per year - enough to power approximately 300 households, Canadian Solar said.Andreas Horn, division manager photovoltaic at Green City Energy, said: "All the partners involved in the project showed a great deal of partnership. This reduced friction to a minimum, so we managed to install the system in no time at all. And also with regard to technology, with Canadian Solar and its high performance modules we had a very strong and reliable partner."A service of YellowBrix, Inc.(Source: Datamonitor) 

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Laredo Ridge Project Commences Construction Near PetersburgState and local officials and community leaders attended a ceremonial groundbreaking held today for the Laredo Ridge Wind project near Petersburg.The project was developed by Midwest Wind Energy, LLC of Chicago and is owned and operated by Laredo Ridge Wind, LLC, an affiliate of Edison Mission Group (EMG) of Irvine, Calif., a subsidiary of Edison International. All of the electricity produced at the site will be sold under a 20-year contract to the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD).Gov. Dave Heineman spoke at the event. He was joined by Petersburg-area State Senator Kate Sullivan, Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood and Chairman of the Legislature's Natural Resources Committee Chris Langemeier. Representatives of U.S. Senators Mike Johanns and Ben Nelson and Congressman Adrian Smith were also among participants in the program with Ron Litzinger, CEO of EMG; Ron Asche, president and CEO of NPPD; and Mike Donahue, executive vice president of Midwest Wind. More than 100 people attended the event held at Werner Hall in Petersburg.Litzinger and Donahue presented golden shovels to commemorate the occasion to the governor and Asche.Gov. Heineman said, "Nebraska is on the move in wind energy development. I fully expect Nebraska to

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-- wind, solar and geothermal incorporated within development of world's greenest parking facilityGreenscape Capital Group Inc. is pleased to announce that Green Park Denver LLC ("GP") has selected solar and wind energy suppliers for its Denver parking facility. The facility design utilizes solar, wind and geothermal energy sources amongst other operational green features.WindEight vertical access wind turbines, manufactured by Mariah Power, are being installed around the main entrance drive. These turbines are designed to operate in urban settings. At 30 feet tall and 4 feet wide, the Windspire wind turbine has a sleek propeller-free design and operates in an ultra-quiet manner. The wind turbines generate power when the wind blows against its vertical airfoils, causing it to spin. The power is then converted into AC electricity and is immediately available to power items that require electricity at the GP facility. The installation is being completed by Vibrant Solar, based out of Denver, Colorado.SolarSix pole mounted solar arrays totaling are being installed at the GP parking facility by Piper Electric, based out of Arvada, Colorado. The solar panels being utilized are Evergreen solar panels. The panels have the industry's lowest voltage per watt rating and utilize UL4703 certified cables. Evergreen

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Solar Park Initiatives, Inc., a solar project developer ("SPD") for utility scale solar projects, today announced it has consummated a Plan of Merger and Reorganization with its wholly-owned subsidiary, Solar Park Acquisition Corp., and Critical Digital Data, Inc., a publicly owned Nevada corporation which trades on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board under the symbol CDIX.OB."Management is pleased to close this transaction for our shareholders at a time of heightened activity for both Solar Energy Initiatives and the newly created SPI," stated David Fann, Chief Executive Officer of Solar Energy Initiatives, Inc., a parent company of Solar Park Initiatives. "With SNRY focused on securing municipal contracts and finalizing projects from its pipeline, and SPI concentrating on large scale solar parks, we believe we are positioned to grow our operations and establish ourselves as a market leader within the solar energy arena. Our management team will now be able to concentrate on their specific levels of expertise in order to grow revenue, expand market presence and increase earnings. This spin off is in line with our strategy of positioning SNRY for long-term growth, while creating value for our shareholders."About Solar Park Initiatives, Inc.Solar Park Initiatives intends to develop land for large

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Researchers at Dow Corning and The University of Toledo (UT) announced today that the organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding to engage in collaborative discussions on photovoltaic (PV) solar research and development efforts to help reduce the cost of solar energy to make it a viable and economically competitive energy option globally."Both Dow Corning and UT want homes and businesses throughout the world to take advantage of clean, renewable energy from the sun," said Gregg Zank, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Dow Corning. "It is essential that businesses, academics and the government collaborate in order to accelerate the advancement of solar technologies.""UT's capabilities for industrial collaboration have been greatly strengthened over the last three years through the founding of the Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization - PVIC in 2007," said Prof. Robert Collins, the Center's Principal Investigator, a Distinguished University Professor and the NEG Endowed Chair in Silicate and Materials. "PVIC affiliated faculty are committed to a collaboration with Dow Corning in which UT's expertise in photovoltaic thin film and nanomaterials research and solar cell development complements Dow Corning's global leadership in materials for PV manufacturing and installation. PVIC faculty are also deeply committed

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Businesses keen to switch to renewable energy systems could be deterred by the Government's dithering over the announcement of a new scheme to reward consumers for reducing their carbon footprint.That's the view of Charles Houston, partner at Going Solar, who has written to Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, to urge him to finalise and publish details of the Renewable Heat Incentive, which is set to come into effect next April.The RHI, a government-backed plan which allows individuals, companies and organisations to earn money for the heat generated from their renewable energy systems such as solar thermal panels and heat pumps, is set to replace the Low Carbon Building Programme ph2 grant, which was suddenly closed to new applications in May.To date, the Government has yet to release details of the new scheme, stating that it is committed to meeting its renewable heat energy targets, but wants to review the proposals in view of the current economic climate."Many companies like Going Solar have been working hard to communicate to businesses the benefits of switching to renewable energy systems. We're so far behind in this country but, in the past year or so, momentum has been gathering

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DEK Solar has announced the appointment of Steve Fuszard as its new Production Team Leader. The move is part of the division's drive to fully integrate the build of its metallization platforms into the successful Lean Manufacturing Build Programme now proven throughout the DEK organisation.Having already dramatically reduced PV industry lead times worldwide, the next phase of this initiative looks set to yield even faster equipment turnaround times for DEK Solar customers. In his new role, Steve will be charged with developing the build processes of the company's award-winning PVP1200 photovoltaic metallization platform to incorporate the organisation's commitment to lean build initiatives. His focus will be twofold; to refine the overall build process and also to work closely alongside suppliers to ensure on time parts delivery and a streamlined global supply chain. 

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Etrion Corporation commissions Phoenix Solar as general contractor . 3.5 megawatts in Borgo Piave, Lazio, Italy . Contract value of approximately EUR10 millionSulzemoos 19 July 2010 / Phoenix Solar AG, Sulzemoos (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading international system integrator listed on the German TecDAX, has been commissioned by Etrion Corporation (TSX: ETX), a Canadian energy company, as general contractor for the turnkey construction of a 3.5 megawatt (MW) ground-mounted photovoltaic plant in Borgo Piave in the Lazio region of Italy. The contract value is approximately EUR 10 million.Phoenix Solar is responsible for the planning and construction of the solar power plant. After the plant has been commissioned, Phoenix Solar will also provide Etrion with operation and maintenance services. Trina Solar crystalline solar modules and SMA inverters will be used for the plant.Construction work has been scheduled to start in August 2010 to enable the plant to be connected to the grid by the end of the year. The plant will generate and supply approximately 5 million kilowatt hours per year of environmentally friendly electricity to the grid. 

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Frost & Sullivan report details private-investment opportunities in Southern Africa July 19, 2010 -- Technology development and deployment funds for financing the growth of low-carbon technologies in sub-Saharan Africa, including funding for wind energy and solar energy projects, have been established, according to Frost & Sullivan. According to the group, more than $200 million in private-sector financing is available for clean energy projects. According to the company's report, Financing Clean Energy Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, the key challenges to the financing of such wind energy, solar energy, biomass and hydropower projects in sub-Saharan African countries is a lack of clarity on targets for renewable energy projects. On top of that, the sub-Saharan African countries each face their own unique challenges in terms of an underdeveloped policy and regulatory environment and a lack of funding for suitable projects. The company says a combination of private sector investment and government funding will be the key to ensuring that sufficient capital is available for financing renewable energy projects. "In spite of its potential, the sub-Saharan Africa region is yet to fully realize the significant prospects to develop renewable energy projects," says Frost & Sullivan Program Manager, Cornelis Van der Waal. "The lack of

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