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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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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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Chevron Energy Solutions, a unit of Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX), announced three solar and energy efficiency projects in Orange County, Calif. The projects are expected to save the City of Brea and two school districts more than $40 million over the life of the projects through energy efficiency improvements and the installation of more than 3 MW of solar power generation. By reducing the purchase of utility power, these three projects are expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 88,000 metric tons, equivalent to the carbon sequestered by more than 18,500 acres of trees.City of Brea - The city will become the largest municipal producer of solar energy in Orange County once the 1.8 MW of solar panels are installed at the Community Center, Civic and Cultural Center and Reservoir City Pump Yard. Chevron Energy Solutions designed the solar systems and will build, install, operate, maintain, measure and guarantee the systems' performance for the city. The company also designed and will implement a citywide street lighting upgrade and interior and exterior lighting retrofits and improvements to heating, ventilating, air conditioning and energy management controls. The solar and energy efficiency improvements generate savings to pay for the infrastructure costs and

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BUSINESS leaders on the frontline of the solar energy revolution will meet at a major conference later this year to plot the UK's future in the rapidly growing market.The Solar Flair 10 conference will see key players in the photovoltaic sector gather at Lumley Castle, County Durham, to discuss the future of the emerging industry and the many opportunities that lie ahead.As the government steps up its drive to channel more solar-generated power into the national grid, delegates at the event will explore how businesses and consumers can reap the rewards of going solar.Earlier this year the Government introduced feed-in tariffs for solar photovoltaic systems to help generate investment in the UK renewable energy market and create a more sustainable future for the country's national grid.Speakers at event, which include representatives of the Centre for Renewable Energy at Durham University and the Electronics, Sensors and Photonics Knowledge Transfer Network (ESP-KTN), will look at how government incentives will fuel ongoing growth in the sector while also examining solar power's future relevance to the construction, space technology and power generation markets.The conference has been organised by County Durham Development Company (CDDC) on behalf of the event's financial backer, ESP-KTN.CDDC's managing director Stewart

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Meyer Burger continues to benefit from the very positive market environment in the solar industry and increases its guidance on net sales. For fiscal year 2010, Meyer Burger expects net sales to reach about CHF 800 million now. The increase is based on expected deliveries and sales recognition until the end of the current year. Meyer Burger Technology Ltd (SIX Swiss Exchange: MBTN) announced today that it increases its guidance on net sales for fiscal year 2010. For the first half year of 2010, Meyer Burger achieved an increase in net sales of 67% to CHF 356.9 million. From today's perspective, taking into account the expected deliveries and acceptances of machines by customers until the end of this year, the guidance on net sales for the entire year 2010 is increased from previously approximately CHF 730 million to approximately CHF 800 million (net sales achieved in the previous year CHF 420.9 million). The order income from regions Asia and Europe remains very positive and as a result, Meyer Burger Group's current order backlog has exceeded the level of CHF 1 billion for the first time. The fact that Meyer Burger benefits so much from the positive development

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The multiple world champion in orienteering racing has fulfilled her dream of a modern home. As from now, Simone Niggli-Luder's family will be living in a home which conserves resources and is energy efficient. The EnergyPlus house was built to comply with the Minergie standard and produces more energy than it uses. The MegaSlate® solar roof system from 3S Photovoltaics generates around 30% more energy than the family needs for heating and electricity. On 28 October Cantonal Councillor Barbara Egger-Jenzer presented the Minergie certificate to the family at their new home in Münsingen near Berne. Careful use of land and resources and an energy-saving construction method were the guiding principles of the architects, dadarchitekten, in Berne, who turned the Niggli-Luder family's dream into reality. The result is a modern family home certified according to the Minergie standard, built of local wood and other natural, sustainable materials. It reflects the lifestyle of the world champion's family in harmony with nature and successfully combines comfort, aesthetics and eco-consciousness. Building shell and electricity production in one The MegaSlate® solar roof system from 3S Swiss Solar Systems AG in Lyss ensures optimum output of the solar panel system installed on the available roofage. With

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Carl Zeiss SMS GmbH, a leading supplier for photomask metrology and repair tools and Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS), a world leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, today announced a collaboration to support the ZEISS tool family for in-die metrology solutions for the 32-nanometer (nm) technology node and below. Synopsys will offer support for ZEISS' PROVETM, the next-generation registration metrology tool, through Synopsys' CATSTM, the technology-leading mask data preparation solution. Using CATS as the data preparation engine, mask engineers using PROVE can benefit from improved efficiency and usability of a registration metrology system that meets stringent overlay accuracy requirements.Strong optical proximity correction and double patterning techniques, required to extend 193-nm lithography to the next technology nodes, demand greater photomask pattern placement accuracy. The new PROVE system meets these increased demands with its groundbreaking concept of 193-nm illumination optics. It delivers an in-die metrology capability for measurement of the smallest production features without placing registration marks, enabling mask makers to measure and analyze registration in critical areas on the mask.The new CATS module, currently in limited customer availability and generally available in March 2011, enables a fast, efficient and fully automated flow for the setup of photomask

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In which phase of development is a particular technology or a particular area of technology? This is a key question for companies which develop and market technology-based services and products. The Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV) has now made it possible to forecast the future. PRV is the first on the market to offer this type of business intelligence tool which is based on patent information.Technological development in a particular field of technology is simulated in the new service Foreseeker. A Foreseeker analysis is based on patent data and its results respond to a number of strategic questions. It also includes the use of advanced mathematical methods to simulate a forecast of future development. The results is an important basis for strategic decisions that can save significant amounts of money since the results can help companies to increase the reliability of the assessments of when and where technologies should be developed or phased out.Foreseeker creates new opportunitiesForeseeker is developed by the Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV). Ervin Dubarić, who along with Omar Al-Askary, is one of the creators and architects of the service: "With the help of Foreseeker, it becomes possible to see further into the future than what we are accustomed to. It can make a major difference for a company's competitiveness. Foreseeker

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