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A COMPLEMENTARY ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN NEW GENERATION POWER MICHIGAN, PATRIOT SOLAR GROUP, MARTIFER SOLAR USA, WANXIANG AMERICA, WINDEMULLER ELECTRIC, STARR COMMONWEALTH, SOLAR STREET LIGHTS USA, AND ANDERSON ENVIRONMENTAL & ENGINEERING, New Generation Power Michigan, LLC announced today that it is bidding 100 MW of solar renewable energy and 100 MW of wind renewable energy projects for a total of 200 MW of renewable energy projects for Detroit Edison Company's RFP. The projects are estimated to cost between $650 and $700 million dollars and will bring green investment and quality jobs to Michigan. The New Generation Power Michigan Team includes the following major members:• New Generation Power is the prime contractor and manages the renewable energy system• Patriot Solar will provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction and racking materials for PV solar projects• Martifer Solar USA will provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction for PV solar projects• Windemuller Electric will provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction for wind generation projects• Starr Commonwealth provides the land to build solar and wind facilities• Wanxiang America provides solar PV panels Made in USA• Solar Street Lights USA provides solar engineering• Anderson Environmental & Engineering provides environmental permitting and assessments "We are excited to have such an extraordinary team," said Dr. Chirinjeev Kathuria, President of

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Hayakawa International Ltd a leading manufacturer and supplier in wire harnesses and cables have announced the opening of two new factories in China's leading industrial destinations.The Hayakawa Group, with the inclusion of these new factories, currently operates a total of seven factories in China along with 9 factories across 5 other countries meaning Hayakawa Group are well placed to continue servicing Global and domestic demands."This enables a Global Wire Harness solution to be delivered to all major continents whilst maintaining a low cost manufacturing base." said Phill Harry, Managing Director of Hayakawa International Ltd."Strategically placed Sales and Purchasing offices further enhance our global competence and aids us to deliver effective solutions" Phill stressed.The first factory, based in the Guangdong Province of Southern China was introduced in order to support and meet the demand of Hayakawa's current domestic sales in China, with the second factory located in the Anhui Province in Mid-Eastern China.To find out more about Hayakawa visit the website at www.hayakawa.co.uk 

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National Energy Administration to fully support Clean Energy Expo China and Wind Power Asia The naming of clean energy, especially wind power as one of its main beneficiary in China's 12th Five-Year plan is expected to be a boon to the domestic industry for the coming years.The Chinese government has announced its 12th Five-Year plan signaling its commitment for non-fossil energy consumption to reach 11.4 per cent in relation to the primary energy consumption and by 2020 to reach 15 per cent.To fulfill the plan objectives, the security of energy supply and the reasonable control of total energy consumption, China is said to vigorously promote the efficient use of clean energy, and make great efforts to develop clean energy, mainly in the area of wind power.As an important component in the clean energy mix, the wind power industry poses great potential in the next five years. Based on an analysis by the Global Wind Energy Council, China's total wind power installed capacity is forecast to reach 13 GW by 2015, 25 GW by 2020 and exceeding 50 GW by 2030.

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New products at the 26th Photovoltaic Symposium in Bad Staffelstein At the 26th Symposium on Photovoltaic Solar Energy in Bad Staffelstein from 2 to 4 March Sputnik Engineering is presenting its new communications software MaxTalk 2. This tool monitors and manages the measured values of any number of solar power plants fitted with SolarMax inverters. Users can query the present status of their solar power plant, the operating data, statistics, measured values and device parameters. In comparison to the previous version (MaxTalk), the user guidance of MaxTalk 2 has been greatly enhanced. The new professional version MaxTalk 2 pro also permits registered installers additional configuration options to meet the requirements contained in the medium-voltage guideline of Germany 's Federal Association of Energy Suppliers and Water Utilities applicable to solar plants in Germany from April 2011. More flexibility for plant layouts Sputnik Engineering has increased the flexibility of SolarMax MT string inverters, introduced in 2010, (rated output: 10, 13 and 15 kW) , to allow for greater flexibility during plant layout. Instead of six kilowatts of generator output per MPP tracker, it is now possible to connect a maximum of nine kilowatts of generator output. This will give

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centrotherm photovoltaics AG benefited significantly from last year's boom in new orders in the solar sector, and has achieved record results in the 2010 financial year according to preliminary figures. Revenue grew 22.6 percent to EUR 624.2 million (2009: EUR 509.1 million). Total operating performance increased to EUR 681.2 million (2009: EUR 536.0 million). Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) grew from EUR 58.6 million to EUR 101.3 million, representing a 16.2 percent EBITDA margin on revenue (2009: 11.5 percent). Operating earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) doubled to EUR 75.4 million (2009: EUR 37.2 million), equivalent to a 12.1 percent EBIT margin (2009: 7.3 percent)."The figures show that we were optimally prepared for the solar boom with our innovative strength, state-of-the-art production systems, and excellent customer service", commented Dr. Thomas Riegler, CFO of centrotherm photovoltaics AG. "In particular, we further expanded our high market share in the Solar cell & Module segment. We anticipate that business will continue to run successfully in 2011."High order book position and record new order intake Despite adjustments to the order book, the order book position appreciated to EUR 843.8 million as of the year-end (2009: EUR 797.4 million). Due to a

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At this year's 5th International Solar Industry and Photovoltaic Exhibition & Conference in Shanghai (SNEC) GP Solar GmbH presents its newest product advancement in laboratory measuring technology, the GP ISO-TEST .Waf. The wholly owned subsidiary of centrotherm photovoltaics AG will also present consumables - some with improved recipes - under the new brand, >GP Solar Materials<. All of these developments aim at further increasing efficiency in solar cell production.GP ISO-TEST .Waf is an essential measuring tool for achieving the highest cell efficiencies. The unit tests isolation resistance between the front and back sides of diffused wafers following chemical edge isolation. The prototype of the measuring device will be on display at SNEC.In addition to a completely revamped design, the new GP ISO-TEST .Waf offers numerous updates in both technology and handling. The new electronics and user display are integrated directly into the housing. Improved mechanics makes the device much easier to use. "These improvements deliver reliable process monitoring results, increase production efficiency, and at the same time optimize the cost structure for our customers," explains GP Solar managing director Dr. Eric Rüland. "Series production of the GP ISO-TEST .Waf will begin in March."Under its new >GP Solar Materials<

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In what is regarded as milestone decision Finish authorities granted the water permit to Suurhiekka offshore wind farm, the first full scale offshore project of the country. The project of 80 turbines has been developed by wpd since 2007 and aims for start of construction in 2014 - depending on the government's decision on a support mechanism.The water permit includes the decision on the environmental acceptance and has only to be completed by a technical approval prior to start of construction. The permit was granted by the Regional State Administrative Agency of Northern Finland yesterday.The advanced stage of the Suurhiekka project puts the question of remuneration for offshore wind in the focus of Finish energy politics. Without offshore, Finland cannot reach its national goals for 2020 and a support for offshore wind is therefore under discussion."During the last four years we pushed the project through the various stages. We now ask for a debate on a remuneration model for offshore wind so that we reach the final stage: Suurhiekka offshore wind farm producing energy for 300 000 Finish households!", comments Heli Rissanen, Deputy Managing Director of wpd Finland OY.wpd Finland Oy is part of the wpd Group which has realized

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Intersolar invites international solar companies to submit applications for the solar industry's most distinguished award for innovationOn June 8, 2011 the fourth annual Intersolar AWARD is being presented at Intersolar Europe. The award pays tribute to innovative products and services in the fields of Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal Technology and PV Production Technology. This year, the Intersolar AWARD particularly reflects the industry's international character and global importance: For the first time exhibitors of Intersolar India in Mumbai are invited to put their applications forward alongside exhibitors of Intersolar Europe in Munich and Intersolar North America in San Francisco. This increases the number of companies entitled to participate to over 3,000. Exhibitors interested in taking part can submit their application from February 15 to April 1, 2011.Favorable political framework conditions, such as the Renewable Energy Sources Act in Germany or the National Solar Mission launched by the Indian government in early 2010, are leading to continuous growth in the solar industry worldwide. Intersolar has grown in step with the industry, right down to its globalization. Because it is the only global event-series for the solar industry, Intersolar has the unique ability to bring together the most influential solar markets around the world.Challenges

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17 February 2011 saw the naming of two more 13,100TEU container vessels for Rickmers Group in Ulsan, Korea. Leo Rickmers and Scorpio Rickmers will come into service for their charterer Maersk Line as Maersk Edmonton and Maersk Elba. Leo Rickmers was named by Manuela Steffens, wife of Jan Boje Steffens, CEO and Managing Partner of Rickmers Holding while Joan Engelstoft, wife of Morten Engelstoft, Senior Vice President and COO of Maersk Line, named Scorpio Rickmers.Built by the world's largest shipyard, Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, Korea, the two new vessels belong to a series of eight 13,100 TEU container ships which have been chartered for a ten-year-period to Maersk Line. Four similar sister vessels were delivered last summer.With a length of 366m and a breadth of 48.2m, these ships will be capable of navigating the "new" Panama Canal, after its completion. Propulsion is by a Hyundai-Wärtsilä diesel engine, which gives a max service speed of 24.3 knots at an output of approx 68,000kW. The main engine is also able to run at considerably lower output and speed, making "slow steaming" possible. Furthermore this reduces both CO2 and SOx emissions to a minimum. 

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Can you imagine your cellphone tower that transmits signals to your mobile handsets running on solar energy? That is set to happen soon, with as many as 400 telecom towers to be powered by panels that will sit on them, reflecting light from the sun to produce electricity that will be used by the towe rs.The towers, which will get started in April in a R 120-crore project under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), will kick off in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and involve state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd and tower infrastructure firm GTL and Indus Towers.Of the 400 towers, installed at R30 lakh each, 100 will be of BSNL. The ministry will subsidise about 30 % of the tower costs.Telecom towers need electricity to transmit signals, for which, towers are connected through grid in cities."But, in the uneven areas where the grid connectivity is erratic, ministry has planned to construct Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) plants to generate DC electricity, which in turn will be stored in the battery to get consume for transmitting signals" minister for new and renewable energy Farooq Abdullah told HT.Ministry officials say the

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