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Phoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the German TecDAX, today presented "The True Value of Photovoltaics in Germany" study on the calculation of the differential cost of photovoltaic electricity and the costs and benefits of photovoltaics. The intention of this study is to present an objective standpoint on the as yet very emotional debate on the charges from photovoltaics borne by electricity consumers.The findings of the study carried out by A.T. Kearney, a consultancy company highly experienced in energy issues, focus on four key statements:1. The stock market price on the Leipzig-based European Energy Exchange is unsuitable as a benchmark for pricing photovoltaic electricity. In effect, photovoltaic electricity substitutes for peak- and medium-load power stations run on gas and hard coal in the power grid. This is why the full costs of these fossil-based sources of energy should be compared with the costs of photovoltaics. A mere adjustment in the calculation reduces the charges levied for photovoltaics in 2011 by up to 18 percent, namely from 1.67 cents per kilowatt hour (ct/kWh) down to potentially 1.38 ct/kWh. If, in 2011, the volume of systems installed comes to six gigawatts rather than the 9.5 gigawatts

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RMT, Inc. (RMT), a leader in the engineering and construction of renewable energy facilities, is expanding its presence in Canada. The company, operating as RMT Canada Construction Inc., will provide site development support, engineering and construction services for wind and solar energy facilities."This is very familiar territory for RMT," explains RMT President, Steve Johannsen. "We've been providing environmental and energy consulting services in Canada for over 20 years, including site development support for over 700 MWs of wind energy. Our clients and business partners are eager for us to bring our construction expertise to the Canadian renewable energy market."After entering the wind energy design/build market in 1996, RMT quickly became a top provider of engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services in the U.S. Their EPC project pipeline currently includes over 420 MWs of wind energy and 340 MWs of solar energy, including the recently announced 18 MW Pilesgrove Solar facility in New Jersey."RMT has established itself as a 'bankable' firm that delivers projects on time and within budget," said Frank Greb, RMT Vice President and General Manager. "With the design and construction of over 3,800 MWs of wind energy and 300 miles of high-voltage transmission

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The renewable energy markets of Africa have been experiencing increasing demand with continued development and this provides exciting opportunities and challenges for the renewable energy industry.The Wind Power Conference, to be held at the Cairo Ramses Hilton Hotel in Egypt, will take place on December 13th and 14th, with interactive workshops to be held on the 12th and 15th. SGS will be holding its presentation on day 2 of the conference, Tuesday 14 December 2010 at 10.30 am.Organized by IQPC, the annual Wind Power Conference is an important international event for the wind energy industry, where experts annually gather to discuss wind energy industry trends, technological developments and the changing regulatory landscape. This year's conference will have a particular focus on Africa and many topics are to be covered at the Wind Power conference. These include the outlining of environmental regulations for renewable energy and energy efficiency, the examination of technical components and combined energy sources, an exploration of the latest methods for integrating wind power energy into Africa's electrical grid and the planning of the design of transmission and distribution networks. Focus will also be given on how to attract and secure international funding.SGS, with its team of experts

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As of September 2010, SGS has become a member of Suisse Eole, an association for the promotion of wind energy in Switzerland. As a newly recognized Suisse Eole member, SGS attended its first meeting of the association on September 14th in Bern. During the one-day event SGS held an informative presentation on Site Assessment for Wind Farms and presented its wide portfolio of renewable energy services. ---In September 2010, SGS successfully became a member of Suisse Eole, an association for the promotion of wind energy in Switzerland. For the first time in its capacity as a Suisse Eole member, SGS took part in the meeting of the association held on September 14th, 2010 in Bern. During the one-day event SGS held an informative presentation on Site Assessment for Wind Farms and presented its wide portfolio of renewable energy services to the key market players in the wind energy sector in Switzerland.Suisse Eole (Only available in German), founded in 1998, aims at improving the site-specific framework for wind energy in Switzerland, both ensuring project quality and providing information on the advantages of wind energy. Moreover, one of its objectives is to produce around 1,500 GWh of wind energy, which represents 2.5%

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First Reserve Corporation, the world's leading private equity firm in the energy industry, today announced that it has entered into a euro 276 million project financing facilities agreement for the Rovigo solar plant in Northeast Italy. First Reserve acquired the 70 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) power plant from Sun Edison LLC, a division of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. (NYSE: WFR), in September 2010, which when completed later this year is expected to be the largest operating solar power plant in Europe.The lenders participating with First Reserve on the financing agreement include Banco Santander, Unicredit Corporate Banking, Credit Agricole, Dexia Crediop, Natixis and Societe Generale.The Rovigo plant was acquired by First Reserve, through the previously announced joint venture established between First Reserve Energy and SunEdison, which is a minority investor in the joint venture. Investment programs managed or advised by Partners Group AG and Perennius Capital Partners SGR are expected to also invest in the project with the First Reserve joint venture.First Reserve was advised by Ashurst LLP, SunEdison was advised by Studio Carnelutti and the lenders were advised by Gianni, Origoni, Grippo & Partners.About First ReserveFirst Reserve is the world's leading private equity firm in the energy industry, making

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Day4 Energy Inc. (TSX: DFE), a leading global provider of solar photovoltaic products and solutions, announces that it has completed its acquisition of ACI ecoTec GmbH ("ACI") in an all stock transaction of up to 9.18 million common shares. At the completion of the acquisition 5,400,000 common shares of the company were issued at a price of $0.90 per share. The balance of the common shares may be issued subject to earnout provisions as set forth in the purchase agreement related to this acquisition."This is truly a momentous day for both organizations" noted George Rubin, President of Day4 Energy. "Over the past three years, Day4 Energy has successfully commercialized its patented Day4 Electrode and Guardian technologies, and completed the industrial scale-up of its proprietary manufacturing processes. Today, with a strong track record of superior in-field performance of our advanced photovoltaic modules, we are well positioned to evolve our business model towards offering our customers a turn-key manufacturing system for our Day4 branded solar pv modules" concluded Mr. Rubin.With the acquisition of ACI complete, Day4 Energy is uniquely positioned to significantly alter the traditional approach to manufacturing and distributing solar photovoltaic cells and modules. ACI, located in South Germany, develops,

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Gamesa Technology Corp., a world leader in wind turbine manufacturing, will launch its new G97-2.0 megawatt (MW) turbine platform for the North American market at the Canadian Wind Energy Association's annual conference and exhibition, one of the wind energy industry's premier events. The new G97-2.0 MW Class IIIA model is specially designed for low-wind sites, a segment from which Gamesa expects over half of all future on-shore demand.The new Gamesa G97-2.0 MW has a swept area 16 percent higher than the existing G90, coupled with an increase in energy output of almost 14 percent. The new wind turbine also features a new aerodynamic blade tip design and the Gamesa NRS® (Noise Reduction System) control system to ensure maximum output with minimum noise. Other prominent characteristics of the wind turbine include:A 97-meter-long next-generation rotor for low wind sites;Cutting-edge blade technology: manufacture of lightweight blades using fiberglass, carbon fiber and pre-impregnation methods;Pitch and variable speed technology to maximize energy output;Gamesa active yaw system to ensure optimal dynamic response to complex terrains;Preventative maintenance system; andLocal grid connection compliance.The new Gamesa G97-2.0 MW wind turbine not only provides higher performance (improved power curve and reduced noise emission levels), but it also comes with an

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Oldcastle Precast was contracted by Synergy Electric to design, engineer and manufacture the precast solar panel ballasted foundations for the more than 6,000 solar panels that cover 6 acres. The $ 9 million NAVFAC solar energy project is located on top of an old landfill on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA, known as the Box Canyon Landfill. The Camp Pendleton solar project is the Navy's largest photovoltaic system in San Diego County funded by federal stimulus money. The photovoltaic system will provide almost 1.5 mega watts of renewable energy, enough to provide electricity to power 400 homes.Oldcastle Precast, the leader in the manufacture of precast concrete products, supplied the solar precast concrete ballasted foundations to Synergy Electric who was awarded the $ 9 million contract to construct the Navy's largest photovoltaic system in existence. Synergy Electric owner, Diane Keltner, explained that to avoid disturbing the earth, the solar panels will be attached to frames anchored by precast concrete blocks, set in beds of gravel on the ground. She believes the design is likely to catch on, as people realize the panels can be installed without affecting the ground beneath.Oldcastle Precast's non-soil penetrating precast ballasted footings that support the

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Today, Solarsense UK Ltd. starts operating Britain 's largest private solar power plant. Solarsense has installed the 200 kilowatt plant on the cowhouse of the Worthy Farm in the town of Glastonbury in southern England . The grounds are used as a venue for Europe 's largest open-air music festival, attended by roughly 200,000 guests from all over the world."Our portfolio perfectly matches the individual segments of the important British photovoltaic market. That is why we are so pleased that this impressive project has also been fitted with SolarMax inverters," said Daniel Freudiger , General Manager of Sputnik Engineering International AG and Head of Sales & Marketing at the company's Swiss headquarters in Biel . Solarsense has purchased the inverters from Sundog Energy Ltd., one of the leading British companies for renewable energy systems.In Glastonbury two SolarMax TS series central inverters convert the direct current from more than 1,100 solar modules into grid-compliant alternating current. The yield is enough to supply 40 households with energy. In addition, the solar plant eliminates 100 tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year."We decided in favour of Sputnik Engineering for our inverters because of their high quality," explains Kerry Burns, General Manager of the

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The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) is pleased that the European Commission has released a document, "Wind energy developments and Natura 2000", which provides clear guidance to national and regional authorities on how to ensure that the development of wind farms in Natura 2000 areas is compatible with the EU's Birds and Habitats Directives.The European Commission's guidance document states that "appropriately sited and well designed wind energy developments are generally not a threat to biodiversity". Indeed, the guidance document highlights that: "if planned properly, modern wind energy activities can not only avoid impacting on wildlife but can also on occasion actively contribute to biodiversity conservation." EWEA emphasises that wind farm developers are today required to undertake an Environmental Impact Assessment before construction of a farm can start. In addition the EU's Habitats Directive (Article 6) includes substantive safeguards that must be applied to wind farm projects deemed likely to have an adverse effect on a Natura 2000 site. Overall, wind power's impact on birds, bats, other wildlife and natural habitats is extremely low compared with many other human-related activities. Natura 2000 is an EU-wide ecological network of nearly 26,000 sites in the 27 EU countries which, according to the

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