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Pastes Optimized for New Silicon Cell ArchitecturesFerro Electronic Materials, a leading supplier of materials for fabricating photovoltaic silicon solar cells for more than 25 years, introduced a new series of silver and silver/aluminum contact pastes at the 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition held in Valencia, Spain, September 6--9. The PS 33-650 series--the result of more than five year's research--is new-generation technology that provides contacts for new high-efficiency silicon cell designs such as n-type, bi-facial, and interdigitated back contact solar cells.Ferro's PS 33-650 series conductor pastes enhance electrical efficiency through their low contact resistance, optimum bulk resistance, and excellent line resolution and aspect ratio. These materials are suitable for various cell designs based on n-type or p-type wafers, and have excellent solderability and adhesion when used with leaded or lead-free solders. The cadmium- and phthalate-free pastes are RoHS-compliant and are completely compatible with lead-free aluminum inks used for emitter formation in some n-type silicon configurations."It is challenging to produce low contact resistance to the passivated p-surface while maintaining low leakage current across the junction," said Aziz Shaikh, Ferro director of photovoltaic R&D. "These new p-surface contact materials provide low contact resistance to passivated boron-doped emitters while maintaining good

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Wind Works Power Corp. is pleased to announce it has signed a joint venture agreement to develop a 20 megawatt (MW) wind energy project in Germany. The agreement is with Energy Farming International GmbH (EFI), one of the leading wind farm developers in Germany. EFI has developed over 1,000 MW in the past 10 years, and currently manages several operating wind farms in Germany.The joint venture project is Wassertrudingen, a 20 MW project located in a known area of high wind resource in Germany. The agreement calls for Wind Works to make an initial payment of 100,000 Euros, which it has now made, as well as fund 1.4 Million Euros in development costs according to milestones over the next 12 months, successively increasing Wind Works' equity stake to 50%.The project is expected to be fully permitted by mid 2011 with a construction start date in late 2011. The total project cost is estimated to be 30 million Euros."This project is important for our growth and diversification strategy as it adds a 3rd project in the proven wind market of Germany, commented Dr. Ingo Stuckmann, CEO and director of Wind Works." All 3 of our German projects have short term revenue

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State of Michigan Provides Funding SupportCompanies Will Work to Develop Material-Enabled Automation TechnologyThe Dow Chemical Company (Dow), Astraeus Wind Energy Inc. (AWE) and MAG Industrial Automation Systems (MAG) announce today a project that will be a catalyst for the advancement of the wind industry enabled by funding from the state of Michigan.The companies have signed an agreement to collaboratively develop material-enabled automated manufacturing solutions focused on improving and enhancing the manufacture of wind turbine blade components, and finished blades, for the wind industry. The need for U.S. energy independence and economic security, coupled with the search for lower impact power sources, is driving demand for clean, alternative energy solutions like wind energy.Also today, the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) board finalized a Centers of Energy Excellence designation and a $6 million grant for AWE to establish operations with an initial focus on the production of spar caps -- the "backbone" of a wind turbine blade. The grant will also be used by Dow for material development and optimization, and by MAG for designing, constructing and demonstrating a prototype automated system for manufacturing the spar cap. Designed to help the state diversify into renewable energy technologies, the state funding matches U.S. federal

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Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd in Singapore, a subsidiary of TecDAX listed Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93) based in Sulzemoos, Germany, has founded a subsidiary in Malaysia. The headquarters of Phoenix Solar Sdn Bhd are located in Kuala Lumpur. The company will develop and build turnkey ground-mounted and rooftop photovoltaic plants.The range of products and services also comprises stand-alone photovoltaic systems and building-integrated solar plants.At the end of July, Malaysia's Ministry of Energy announced the introduction of feed-in tariffs for photovoltaic plants from the year 2011 onwards. The National Renewable Energy Policy and Action Plan provides for an increase in the production of electricity from renewable energies from one percent to5.5 percent by 2015. Under an official draft drawn up by the Malaysia Energy Centre, photovoltaic electricity is to be remunerated at a converted rate of around 21 to 44 eurocents per kilowatt hour over a period of 21 years, with an annual degression rate of eight percent for newly installed systems.Parliament is expected to consult on the National Renewable Energy Policy and Action Plan in October.Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd, Singapore, has already completed two projects in Malaysia. On Friday 17 September, a rooftop plant with a peak power of 169

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SunEdison, a leading worldwide solar energy services provider and subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., was awarded a ground-mounted 14.5 megawatt (MW) solar service contract with Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (DMAFB) in Tucson, Arizona.The 14.5MW solar installation is made possible through a solar power service agreement in which SunEdison will finance, design, construct, operate and maintain the approximately 130 acre ground-mounted solar deployment. SunEdison will also maintain a long-term ground lease agreement with DMAFB for the use of their land for the solar installation. In return, DMAFB will purchase the energy produced from the solar power plant to offset their demand from the grid at long-term predictable energy pricing. There are no upfront costs required from DMAFB for the solar deployment."With our strong financing capabilities and our track record of timely large-scale deployments, SunEdison is able to provide smart solar solutions with no upfront capital costs and long-term predictable energy pricing," stated Jaime A. Smith, Vice President of Sales for SunEdison. "SunEdison is proud to be awarded this contract and looks forward to working with DMAFB to the completion and activation of the solar power plant."When completed, the 14.5MW solar farm will produce approximately 31.5 million kWh of energy annually

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Direct Energy and PURE Energies are pleased to announce a new partnership which will promote a cleaner environment and energy efficiency for residential homes - at no cost to the home owner - through a unique offer which bundles home services with solar power."Pairing solar power - a renewable resource - with high efficiency heating and cooling equipment and annual maintenance service is an amazing opportunity for home owners to embrace a greener home and realize substantial energy savings," said Chris Buitron, Senior Marketing Director, Direct Energy Home Services. "We are always promoting energy efficiency tips and measures to consumers at large, while working to develop innovative ways to help our customers be more energy efficient."PURE Energies - a provider of the world's leading PV (photovoltaic) solar panels and inverters - will install and service solar systems that would normally cost between $40,000-80,000. Homeowners can choose from different 'bundle' plans based on PV panel size. Each bundle is a combination of high efficiency heating and cooling equipment and products and a related maintenance package. Annual maintenance is core to ensuring cooling and heating appliances run smoothly and efficiently during their lifespan."We're excited to partner with Direct Energy and provide customers

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- 125 wind turbines, 200 MW of capacity to be installed near Breckenridge- Utility increases its renewable energy portfolio to nearly 4 percentDetroit Edison's largest contract to purchase renewable energy was approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today, setting in motion a 20-year agreement with Invenergy Wind that will result in 200 megawatts (MW) of new wind energy in Michigan.The agreement - which represents a $1.1 billion commitment to renewable energy by Detroit Edison - paves the way for Invenergy Wind to install and operate a 30,000-acre wind farm near Breckenridge in Gratiot County, Mich.The new wind farm will host 125 1.6-MW GE wind turbines and will be the largest wind farm in the state. The wind turbines are expected to be operational by late 2011 after a year of construction and will have the capacity to power nearly 54,000 homes."This contract represents a large step in Detroit Edison's growing renewable energy portfolio," said Steve Kurmas, Detroit Edison president and chief operating officer. "Just as important are the economic development ramifications and building the state's renewable energy industry."The contract with Invenergy Wind is one of many agreements the utility expects to sign to provide renewable energy to its

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Diversified infrastructure, finance and media company General Electric Company has opened two new wind turbine service centres in Albert Lea and Pipestone, Minnesota.Making this announcement on Tuesday, the company said that these two centres expand its support for customers in the Midwestern US, which has the most potential for wind energy projects.The centres will serve as headquarters for GEaEUR(TM)s highly trained wind turbine technicians in the region; helping to bring together a wider network of support and expertise to best meet customer needs.GEaEUR(TM)s Pipestone office, which opened in December 2009, currently services an installed base of 573 GE 1.5 megawatt (MW) wind turbines.The Albert Lea office, online earlier this year, supports an installed base of 507 wind turbine generators.In addition, GE also plans to open a service centre in Iowa, which will provide support to 571 1.5-MW wind turbines in the area.The company said that the regional service centres will be similar to GEaEUR(TM)s existing wind turbine service centre in Sweetwater, Texas.GEaEUR(TM)s wind turbine service centres provide customers with performance warranties, operation and maintenance services and turbine upgrades 

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U.S. DOE Award Administered by Sandia National Laboratories Will Fund Developments Deploying High-Penetration PV to the GridAdvanced Energy Industries, Inc.("Advanced Energy") today announced that PV Powered, Inc., an Advanced Energy company, has been selected to continue development work funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP) and administered by Sandia National Laboratories. The effort is focused on lowering the barriers to adoption of solar energy on the utility grids of North America. Stage 3 represents the final stage of the competitive portion of the SEGIS program and is focused on commercialization of the technologies developed under previous stages.Key development targets for this program include commercialization of new algorithms to optimize the energy harvest of the inverter and PV system, advanced communications technologies that enable distributed PV systems to communicate with power utilities, and next-generation controls functionality that will allow utilities to manage networks of distributed power sources.The SEGIS program was chartered in 2008 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as part of the Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP) focused on developing technologies that make solar power cost-competitive with traditional generation sources. A key aspect of this work is developing advanced functionality for utility system

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Alternative Energy Partners, a provider of comprehensive alternative energy solutions, today announces the formation of a new subsidiary, Elan Energy Corporation ("Elan Energy").Elan Energy, a Florida corporation, will integrate and coordinate the various energy products and services offered by Alternative Energy Partners ("AEGY") to its clients. AEGY's operating subsidiaries include Sunarias Corporation (http://www.sunarias.com), a solar thermal energy provider, Shovon, LLC, (www.shovon.com) a provider of remote-controlled energy management systems, and SkyNet Energy, Inc., which is developing four solar energy power generation projects in Eastern Europe. AEGY has signed letters of intent to acquire three operating energy installation and service companies in Dallas, Texas, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Phoenix, Arizona, which will be managed by Elan Energy, and which are expected to be the first of multiple similar acquisitions designed to expand the reach of AEGY nationwide.The combined annual gross revenues of the three companies is expected to exceed $15 million, and significant operating expense reductions are anticipated through the central management and control by Elan Energy. AEGY is engaged in due diligence and anticipates closing on the three companies by the end of September, assuming satisfactory results of its due diligence investigations. AEGY also is in continuing discussions to acquire several other

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