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A full line manufacturer of liquid filled, encapsulated and ventilated electrical transformers for utility, industrial and commercial applications, today announced it has completed the purchase of certain assets of AAER Inc. ("AAER"), a technologically advanced, megawatt-sized wind turbine manufacturer based in Quebec, Canada. Pioneer previously announced its intent to acquire these assets on June 3, 2010.Under terms of the purchase agreement, Pioneer acquired most of the inventory, capital assets, intangible assets and intellectual property of AAER through Pioneer Wind Energy Systems, Inc. ("Pioneer Wind"), a newly formed subsidiary, for CDN $450,000 (approximately US $431,500) in cash.Pioneer Wind intends to build upon AAER's achievements and will start by fulfilling $15 million in outstanding orders for six turbines to be delivered to U.S. customers in the next six months. Longer-term, Pioneer Wind intends to manufacture increasingly advanced wind turbines that produce clean, efficient and renewable energy, while providing superior service focused on customers in the community wind and industrial market segments.Nathan Mazurek, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer, commented, "This acquisition is a significant evolutionary step for Pioneer that not only diversifies our capabilities but is expected to enhance our electrical transformer business as well. Specifically, we have developed an equipment

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INTERSOLAR EUROPE -- National Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE: NSM) and Green Energy Solar (GESOLAR), a leading provider of solar energy products and services, have developed GESOLAR brand modules with embedded SolarMagicTM power optimization technology from National.The award-winning SolarMagic product line combines National's unique expertise in power electronics with advanced monitoring and management capabilities to maximize energy capture across a solar installation. GESOLAR's high-efficiency polycrystalline photovoltaic (PV) modules incorporate SolarMagic power optimization to offer an affordable "smart panel" solution to the underperformance issues common with solar energy installations.National and GESOLAR will demonstrate SolarMagic smart panels at Intersolar Europe in Munich, Germany, June 9-11, 2010. Visit National Semiconductor in Hall B5, Booth #429 and GESOLAR in Hall A3, Booth #462."National Semiconductor and GESOLAR share a commitment to bringing quality technologies to market and expanding the viability of clean energy around the world," said Mike Polacek, Senior Vice President, National Semiconductor. "Together we developed 'smart panels,' high-performance solar modules that enable residential and commercial solar systems to cost-effectively produce significantly more energy than that produced by standard panels.""We are excited to collaborate with the pioneer in power management electronics to develop the next generation of solar panels," said Stephen Tong, CEO of GESOLAR.

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The low-carbon investment needed to stop rising greenhouse gas emissions is impossible to achieve without massive applications of private sector capital. The private sector is looking urgently for investment signals out of the next United Nations Ministerial negotiations in Cancún at the end of the year. Due in part to market uncertainty, 2009 investments in the Clean Development Mechanism have dropped 50 percent. Reversing this trend will require an immediate refocus by negotiators on financing, market mechanisms and the role of business in delivering on global climate goals. The Climate Solutions Business Coalition represents billions of dollars in private capital in the clean energy sector, investor community and carbon markets. In a statement released today, Climate Solution Businesses call for the following outcomes by Cancún: 1) Business urges the Parties to set aside their "nothing is agreed until everything is agreed" mindset and take actionable decisions in Cancún on critical issues such as technology, REDD+ and capacity-building. 2) Business needs to see a firm plan to mobilize public and private sector investments to reach the US$100 billion target by 2020 at COP 16 in Cancún. Following through on this promise from Copenhagen will be a

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The Swiss inverter manufacturer unveils three devices from the new MT series at the world's largest solar technology trade fair Intersolar The new multi-tracking (MT) series adds three devices to Sputnik Engineering's product portfolio in the power output range of 10 to 15 kilowatts. Unlike the smaller string inverters of the SolarMax S series, the MT series feeds the grid with three-phase power. The maximum feed voltage of the MT inverters is 900 volts. This permits longer modular strings than before, which means a reduced need for wiring and less line loss as well as greater flexibility. The new multi-string concept also permits building plants with only one inverter on roofs whose surfaces, orientations and inclinations vary. The European efficiency of the inverters is 97,5 percent. Full power at temperatures as high as 50 degrees Sputnik's developers have again optimised their cooling concept. At ambient temperatures up to 50 degrees Celsius the inverters still deliver full power. The protection type IP54 permits indoor as well as outdoor installation. And installation is simplified by the device's light weight and the installation bracket included in the delivery. DC circuit breaker, graphics display with integrated data storage, a status

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SOLON, the Berlin-based manufacturer of solar energy products, will present an innovative tool for remote control and monitoring of solar power plants at Intersolar 2010, the world's largest trade fair for solar energy from June 9-11 in Munich, Germany. The SOLON SCADA system is a web-based monitoring, control, and reporting system, specially designed for use in the energy provider and large-scale power plant sectors. The SOLON SCADA system delivers real-time, 24-hour information on a power plant's vital data - from the current output to the components and detailed analyses. Rapid detection of potential malfunctions in the power plant operation can help to minimize downtimes while maximizing yields. The SOLON SCADA system is the first system which, via a WEB 2.0 interface, makes it possible to not only remotely monitor but also control and provide maintenance for solar power plants. No additional software is required. Users with a computer connected to the Internet can access data on the system, weather, production, or even the status of servicing via the SOLON SCADA system; furthermore, it can also provide trend charts, target/actual analyses, and business case reports. It can be used as well to make comparisons between SOLON power plants at different sites.

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Solyndra, Inc., a manufacturer of innovative cylindrical photovoltaic (PV) systems for commercial rooftops, today announced that LPS Industries, a diversified manufacturer and leader in the flexible packaging industry, has completed the largest Solyndra installation in the United States to date, a 704kW installation in Moonachie, New Jersey."Our goal with this project was to demonstrate LPS Industries' commitment to conducting business in an environmentally responsible manner, but it had to make economic sense," said Madeleine Robinson, CEO of LPS Industries. "Solis Partners specified the Solyndra panels with a new "cool roof", allowing us to generate the most energy possible from our roof while reducing our overall energy use. Our customers have been thrilled to hear of our decision. The system is up and running and we expect a strong return on our investment."The LPS installation consists of approximately 3,800 Solyndra solar panels, producing over 825,000 kWh of electricity and eliminating more than 1,100,000 pounds of CO2 emissions annually - enough energy to remove 93 cars from the road or power more than 100 residential homes per year according to United States Environmental Protection Agency calculations. Solis Partners designed, engineered and installed the system in combination with a new white ‘cool' roof

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Improvements in photovoltaic technology will play a key role in meeting the world's energy needs as the global population soars to more than 9 billion people over the next 40 years, DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman said Monday.At a ceremony announcing the opening of a new photovoltaic applications lab at DuPont's Chestnut Run facility, Kullman said the expanding population will significantly increase global demand for alternative energy sources.The challenge for DuPont, officials said, is making that energy affordable."It has to be an economic reality to help the world solve these issues," Kullman told an audience that included DuPont employees and customers, Gov. Jack Markell and U.S. Rep. Michael Castle.Research at the new lab, which will work in collaboration with DuPont photovoltaic labs in Switzerland and China, is aimed at using new materials and engineering processes to make harvesting and using energy from the sun more efficient and less expensive. The ultimate goal is to achieve "grid parity," where the cost of electricity from solar energy systems is equal to that for electricity from conventional energy sources such as fossil fuels."Today, there's still a pretty big gap," said David Miller, president of DuPont Electronics and Communications.Miller said DuPont is taking a three-pronged

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Wind Works Power Corp. is pleased to announce it has acquired a 100% interest in Wind Park Burg I, a 4 megawatt (MW) fully permitted wind energy project located near Magdeburg, in the eastern part of Germany.Wind Park Burg I Highlights:-- Fully permitted, construction-ready wind energy project;-- Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) via Feed-in Tariff at 9.52 Euro cents for   20 years;-- Project financing now in process;-- Construction expected to commence late 2010;-- 2 Enercon E82 wind turbines will be used. Enercon is the market leader   in Germany with over 50% market share in 2009, and is number 4 in the   world;-- Site has one of the best wind resources in Germany;-- Investment value: $ 10 Million Euros."This acquisition is our first project in Germany and provides valuable market diversification to complement our 80MW of power contracts in Ontario and our 275MW project pipeline in the United States. Germany is a proven wind market that currently generates in excess of 7% of the country's electricity.", comments Dr. Ingo Stuckmann, Wind Works' President and CEO "Wind Park Burg I is a fully permitted project which we were able to acquire given our 10 year-network of

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As recognition of its contribution towards the successful execution of 99 MW CLP wind power project at Theni, India, SGS received Vestas award.Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world's largest wind turbine manufacturer, seller, installer and servicing company, honored SGS with an award as recognition of its contribution towards the successful execution of a wind power project at Theni, India.The Theni Wind Farm project was developed by CLP India Pvt. Ltd., one of the major wind farm project developers in India. Located in the south western part of Tamilnadu, a southern state of the country, the facility consists of 60 Vestas V82 geared wind turbines. Each turbine has a capacity of 1.65 MW IEC Class IIB machine with a blade diameter of 82 m. After a six-month long completion period, the Theni Wind Farm was officially opened in May, 2010.Acting as contract engineer during project execution, SGS was responsible for ensuring that all activities were carried out at the site by the contractor in line with the final agreement. In doing so, SGS supervised the quality of construction works, the fulfillment of the technical parameters and kept the project within the scheduled time and contracted price.To minimize the client's risks, SGS

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BlueChip Energy, a provider of solar energy solutions for residential, commercial, government and utility applications, has started its stage one of the Rinehart solar farm, a 10MW utility-scale solar facility in Central Florida.The Rinehart solar farm project, located in Lake Mary, Fla, will have a total capacity of 10MW and an annual generation of approximately 1.5millionkw hours. This is equivalent to the annual energy use of roughly 1,100 area homes. It will cover a portion of the 380,000sqft rooftop space and surrounding acreage of BlueChip Energy's Lake Mary facility.The solar farm is being built in stages. The first stage is expected to be completed by July, 2010. Stage two is a roof top plant consisting of 500 kW. Subsequent stages will consist of a third, 1.4 MW rooftop system and 8 MW of ground-based systems.(Source: Datamonitor) 

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