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Understanding interplay between domestic vs. foreign manufacturing looking at pressure points such as ease of access, quality and transportation the question that rings out again and again is "Can North American manufacturers really compete on price and quality with China and Asia?". Well MAKE consulting have been doing critical work in this area for a number of months and have the statistics ready to view.Dan Shreve, the MAKE's company director, is well versed in the nuances of this topic and can help both turbine OEM's and their tier 1 and 2 component providers ascertain the economic pros and cons of domestic sourcing and how to solidify their position against growing Asian competition.The challenges faced though to the OEM's and their Tier 1 and 2 suppliers are tricky. They need to become increasing adaptive, showing the ability to ramp up production based on customer demand, while maintaining a high level of quality in their products. All this while fighting to keep production domestic, proving that they can not only compete with Chinese and European factories but deliver at the right cost in shorter lead times. Suppliers are learning how to apply robust lean manufacturing strategies to reduce costs whilst they

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Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc., a developer of flexible thin-film solar modules, announced today that Green Earth Energy and Technology will begin distribution of Ascent Solar's lightweight, flexible, high-power thin-film CIGS modules for building integrated (BIPV), and portable power solutions in Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and Germany. The agreement with Green Earth Energy and Technology gives Ascent Solar access to multiple segments in Europe's solar market including direct integration into building materials for residential and commercial solutions.Ascent Solar President and CEO Farhad Moghadam stated, "We are pleased to announce our agreement with Green Earth Energy and Technology. This relationship will give us access to new and emerging market opportunities in building applied photovoltaics that could provide significant opportunity in Europe over the coming years. We also expect that other products in our lineup of flexible, lightweight CIGS modules will be marketed through this relationship."Green Earth Energy and Technology will participate in the Intersolution Solar Energy Expo in Ghent, Belgium, January 27-29, 2011.About Ascent Solar Technologies:Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. is a developer of thin-film photovoltaic modules with substrate materials that can be more flexible and affordable than most traditional solar panels. Ascent Solar modules can be directly integrated into standard building materials, commercial

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Britain boosts Europe's most efficient and developed processes for offshore wind turbines, according to The European Offshore Wind Standards, Permitting and Markets report."Denmark was leading in terms of offshore wind policies in Europe, but recently the UK has over taken as a result of its "rounds" system. This has proved very efficient at bringing a large number of projects online very quickly," says Morten Holmager, renewables manager at Offshore Centre Denmark.The report identifies many country-specific challenges, but findings from the report have found general teething problems exist across all countries.Common barriers in the permitting process include regulatory requirements falling under a number of departments (though many countries are now streamlining this aspect); the party politicisation of renewables; long lead times to obtain the necessary permits, and weak spatial planning policies.Since investment decisions are influenced by the permitting and planning of wind farms, delayed consents can increase the risk profile of an offshore wind project and affect its economic viability. Slow consenting also makes it difficult to schedule resources, and it can prohibit innovation. A slow permitting process can mean that turbine design has moved on by the time developers get around to installing turbines. 

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Meyer Burger has successfully concluded a large contract of overCHF 160 million for wire saws with an existing customer in Asia. The wire saws are scheduled to be delivered during 2011.Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) announced today that the group member MB Wafertec (Meyer Burger Ltd) successfully concluded a large contract for the supply of slurry based wire saws with an existing customer in Asia. This customer plans a further increase in production and puts its trust in the high-tech equipment and process know-how of Meyer Burger. Peter Pauli, CEO Meyer Burger Technology Ltd says: "We are proud that our customer continuously puts its trust in our advanced equipment as well as our expertise and experience. This underlines our commitment to deliver the highest quality at best cost of ownership in the industry."Further information:Werner BuchholzHead of Corporate CommunicationsTel +41 (0) 33 439 05 06w.buchholz@meyerburger.ch 

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Increased demand and investment has placed strain on a budding supply chain, driving vertical integration in the European offshore wind sector. In a nascent industry like wind vertical integration has its share of risks. But as a way to bypass supply chain bottlenecks, vertical integration has a clear upside at this stage of the sector's development.In May 2010 French energy giant Areva took full control of German wind turbine manufacturer Multibrid, forming a new subsidiary called Areva Wind. A few months later in October a long-term partnership agreement was sealed with Beluga Hochtief Offshore, a joint-venture between Hochtief Construction and Beluga Shipping, securing the use of a purpose-built jack-up vessel for offshore wind park installation. Other notable examples of vertical integration in 2010 included energy conglomerate Siemens buying a 49% stake in A2SEA, a supplier of installation vessels for offshore wind farms, for 115million euros and last December's move by RWE Innogy to invest in purpose-built vessels for installation of turbines and foundations. United Technologies Company (UTC) also recently completed its £139.5million buyout of wind turbine maker Clipper Windpower.There is a serious limitation in terms of specialised providers across the supply chain in offshore wind. Whether it's cables, turbines, skilled

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Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC ("Nautilus Solar") announced today its entry into the Florida solar market with the acquisition and development of two distributed generation projects, as well as the development of a third greenfield utility scale project. In Gainesville, Nautilus Solar is currently constructing the Green Cove 131 kW solar photovoltaic project at the Regional Airport, and a 352 kW solar system on the roof of The Exchange Shopping Center.For both projects in Gainesville, Nautilus Solar entered into a Power Purchase Agreement with the Gainesville Regional Utility ("GRU") under its Feed-in-Tariff program. Under this agreement, the GRU has agreed to buy the power generated at a fixed rate for 20 years. Construction of both systems is expected to be completed by the end of April 2011.Nautilus Solar CEO James M. Rice said, "With these projects we are pleased to enter into the Florida Solar Market. Gainesville Regional Utility has shown renewable energy leadership by offering one of the first municipal Solar Feed-in-Tariff programs in the country. We look forward to working with them on these project and others in the future."The Green Cove solar project is being installed on two RD Air Services, LLC hangers. Each

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Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited ("Yingli Green Energy" or the "Company"), a leading solar energy company and one of the world's largest vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturers, which markets its products under the brand "Yingli Solar", today announced that the Company has become an Official Premium Partner of FC Bayern Munchen ("FCB"), one of the most successful and popular football clubs in the world.The announcement was made during a joint press conference at the Allianz Arena, home to FCB, before the match against 1. FC Kaiserslautern. Journalists from all over the world attended the event. Dr. Jason Liu, Vice President of Yingli Green Energy and Mr. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Chairman of the Executive Board of FCB, warmly welcomed the new partnership and addressed the media.Yingli Green Energy's sponsorship agreement as an Official Premium Partner in the renewable energy business sector commences season 2010/2011 (2nd leg) and continues until the end of 2013/14 season. The Company is granted a series of marketing rights, including ticketing and hospitality, advertising and media/public relations as well as the right to market and sell its solar products in the official FCB fan shops."We are excited to be an Official Premium Partner of FCB. FCB is one

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The developer of the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm has joined 21 utilities, state agencies and other organizations intervening in the proposed merger of NStar and Northeast Utilities.Cape Wind Associates LLC was granted the special status to participate in the state Department of Public Utilities review of the merger on Jan. 6. Also on the list of interveners are Cape Light Compact, Attorney General Martha Coakley, and the Conservation Law Foundation, an environmental group that supports Cape Wind.Northeast Utilities and NStar announced the merger in October. The companies have a combined value of $17.5 billion.The DPU approved a deal between Cape Wind and National Grid for half of the power from the 130-turbine wind farm. The company has not sold the remaining power from the project and Cape Wind's opponents fear the state is trying to force NStar to the table through its review of the merger.National Grid delivers electricity to Nantucket and other parts of the state where Cape Wind's power will add about $1.50 to the average electricity bill for a customer who uses 618 kilowatt hours a month. The price of the contract between Cape Wind and National Grid will rise by 3.5 percent each year.NStar delivers

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Praxair Electronics has won three new contracts with solar customers in China. Under the new contracts, Praxair is supplying:• silane, ammonia and bulk atmospheric gases to ShanXi LuAn Solar Energy in Changzhi, Shanxi Province;• silane to Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co. Ltd in Jiangsu Province; and• silane and ammonia to Realforce Solar, a subsidiary of Realforce Group in Jining, Shandon Province.ShanXi LuAn Solar Energy is a producer of crystalline silicon solar ingots, wafers and modules and is expected to increase its production capacity to 1 gigawatt within two years. Trina Solar Energy was founded in 1997 and has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange since 2006. Trina Solar Energy has developed a fully integrated business, from the production of monocrystalline and multicrystalline silicon ingots, wafers and cells to assembly of high quality modules. Realforce Solar is a producer of polysilicon solar cells and modules with 60 megawatts of annual capacity and plans to achieve 480 megawatts of annual capacity. Its product will be used to set up megawatt-scale solar photovoltaic on-grid power stations in China and will be exported to Europe and Australia."Praxair's gas and deposition material offerings play a key role in helping leading solar companies drive

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A million pound contract to install probably the UK's biggest solar power project to date has been won by a fledgling Midlands-based provider of renewable energy solutions.Going Solar fought off fierce competition to clinch the deal to fit around 2,200 photovoltaic panels on to a series of warehouse roofs in Ipswich, Suffolk, which will span 1.1 acres.The installation, set to start in February and due to be completed in early March, is designed to generate up to 500kW, enough power to supply more than 100 homes.The company, from Neen Sollars, Worcestershire, and headed by directors Charles Houston and Andy Perkins, made the best impression during the competitive tender process organised by a London-based renewable energy developer."Although Going Solar are only a relatively new business, the developer was not only won over by our know-how and desire to deliver a successful project, but also by our impressive track record of customer satisfaction," explained Charles Houston. 

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