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Preparing for deployment of monitoring equipment while saving New Jersey $1 millionGarden State Offshore Energy (GSOE) today announced it was moving forward with plans to install state-of-the-art mobile wind resource assessment equipment - SeaZephIR - a patented, floating platform with an integrated ZephIR LIDAR system powered by solar and wind energy. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities recently approved the move, a key step in evaluating the GSOE site.GSOE has already invested significant resources in developing this advanced technology, and, in response to the board's action, is moving forward with the next steps needed to deploy the equipment this year and begin testing meteorological conditions at its proposed offshore wind farm site 20 miles off the New Jersey coast. SeaZephIR will be installed to assess wind resources and monitor water conditions and will be supplemented with additional resources to survey avian and marine life. The information gathered will be used to evaluate any potential environmental impacts and used as a guide to aid in the design and engineering of GSOE's project."Receiving this approval from the BPU and preparing to deploy this advanced technology is an important milestone for our project and New Jersey's efforts to make progress toward actual

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The Wisconsin Wind Works, a one-day symposium on October 13, will feature panel speakers from the first tier wind production and aftermarket operations and maintenance sectors. Panel hosts and moderators include representatives from AWEA, Office of Energy Independence, Milwaukee 7, and Great Lakes Wind Network.Symposium attendees will:Learn about Wisconsin's 1st tier market from Wausaukee Composites and Milwaukee Machine Works. Develop connections with the newest netrant to the Wisconsin wind energy supply chain, Ingeteam (INDAR). Indar Electric Division VP Adolfo Rebollo will be the featured lunch speaker.Gain insight into aftermarket wind opportunities from L&S Electric, Energy Maintenance Service (EMS), a subsidiary of Broadwind Energy, and ZF Gearbox repair and rebuild services.Attendees can expect additional insight into:• Current industry issue and trends including 2010 to 2013 forecasts Market entry strategies for 2nd and 3rd tier manufacturers• Differences between purchasing direct versus. integrators• Expected aftermarket opportunities for regional manufacturersIn addition, the Symposium offers extended networking opportunities, great food and cocktails, and more all inside the Frontier Airlines Center, the most architecturally stunning convention facility in the Midwest. Register at www.tinyurl.com/wiscwind WPE 

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The strong winds off the Atlantic Ocean could become a cost-effective way to power much of the East Coast-especially North and South Carolina, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia, a new study says. The report by the conservation advocacy group Oceana argues that offshore wind could generate 30% more electricity on the East Coast than could be generated by the region's untapped oil and gas. It predicts that wind from the ocean could be cost competitive with nuclear power and natural gas to produce electricity.The study appears just as new developments are starting to push U.S. efforts to catch up with Europe and China on tapping the energy in offshore wind. Great Britain recently opened the world's largest wind farm, and China built its first pilot offshore wind farm in 2008, using turbines from one of the nation's largest wind turbine producers, Sinovel.The Department of Energy earlier this month issued a draft plan for creating a U.S. offshore wind energy program."Offshore wind energy can help the nation reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, diversify its energy supply, provide cost-competitive electricity to key coastal regions, and stimulate economic revitalization of key sectors of the economy," the study says.One of the nation's first

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• The Spanish multinational has opened a new manufacturing facility located in Wallaceburg (Ontario), from which it will distribute 1 and 2-axes trackers both to Canadian customers and those in north-eastern USA (Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Illinois, among others).• The new plant in Wallaceburg, which is over 20,000 square feet with 2 acres outside for storage, will reach a production capacity of 8,000 solar trackers per year and already has orders to be delivered to its customers at the beginning of November.• The opening of the new MECASOLAR factory in Canada is due to the excellent prospects of the Canadian solar photovoltaic market and the good results obtained by its delegation and factory in California. In fact, the company plans to expand its facilities in Canada in 2011 to meet the demands of this market.The Spanish multinational MECASOLAR-specializing in the design and manufacture of solar trackers and fixed structures and part of the solar photovoltaic group OPDE, has opened a new manufacturing facility in the Canadian city of Wallaceburg (Ontario ), adding to its existing factories in California, Greece and Spain. MECASOLAR will employ 25 people full time in the new manufacturing

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United Solar, a leading global manufacturer of building-integrated and rooftop photovoltaics under its UNI-SOLAR(R) brand -- and a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices announced today it has signed an agreement to supply a 870 kW building-integrated photovoltaic system to New Jersey Resources Clean Energy Ventures (NJRCEV).Developed with United Solar's technical expertise, the system will use thin-film laminates to generate clean, renewable energy and help reduce the building's carbon footprint by up to 800 tons of CO2 annually. United Solar is a leading global manufacturer of UNI-SOLAR brand lightweight, flexible, thin-film, low impact and low profile solar laminates."This project with New Jersey Resources Clean Energy Ventures is an excellent example of like-minded companies working together to provide clean, renewable energy that is not only cost-effective, but also shows good stewardship of resources in the communities where they do business," said Mark Morelli, President and CEO of United Solar's parent company, Energy Conversion Devices.NJRCEV will lease over 300,000 square feet of roof space from a commercial warehouse owner for a period of 20 years and has entered into a concurrent Power Purchase Agreement with the warehouse owner. As a part of this $5 million project, NJRCEV will install a new

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Installation Marks Major Milestone in 12-Year PartnershipCal Poly Pomona University is celebrating becoming carbon neutral at its 16-acre John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies with an event called "Plug into the Sun: Green Light to Carbon Neutral." The milestone was made possible by the installation of concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar energy systems from California-based Amonix, Inc., the recognized leader in designing and manufacturing CPV solar systems for sunny and dry climates and a 12-year partner of the Lyle Center.California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger sent his congratulations, saying, "California is leading the nation with our comprehensive energy policy that is reducing our reliance on foreign oil and creating jobs. These types of projects promote the growth of clean, reliable energy in our communities, and I applaud Cal Poly Pomona and Amonix for their commitment to renewable solar energy generation. It is great partnerships like this one between a California-based company and a world-renowned university that will keep California a leader in this booming industry."The Lyle Center plant will use two Amonix CPV solar systems to generate 210,000 kW hours of clean, renewable energy annually, displacing 85 metric tons of greenhouse gases -- the equivalent of planting 53 acres of trees. The

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Company's CPV Technology Shortlisted for Sustainable Technology Innovation of the Year AwardCool Earth Solar, an innovative solar company providing clean energy, has been named a finalist in the 2010 Platts Global Energy Awards, an annual competition honoring top achievers in the utility industry.Established in 1999 and widely recognized as the "Oscars" of the energy industry, Platts Global Energy Awards highlight corporate and individual innovation, leadership and superior performance in 17 categories spanning the entire energy complex. The 2010 finalists were selected from more than 200 nominations and represent energy companies from 21 countries on three continents.Cool Earth Solar is a finalist in the Sustainable Technology Innovation of the Year category, which recognizes eco-friendly, first-mover technologies that produce, capture or save energy. The company has created a breakthrough concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) technology that can massively scale to meet power demands at prices competitive with traditional fossil fuels. Unlike most solar energy systems that require large amounts of heavy, expensive materials, Cool Earth Solar's inflated CPV solution is based on ordinary thin-film plastic and air. When inflated, Cool Earth Solar's concentrator naturally forms a shape that focuses sunlight onto a PV cell and magnifies it by up to 400 times. This design

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NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, announced today that its subsidiary Heartland Wind Funding, LLC has issued Class B membership interests to JPM Capital Corporation in exchange for approximately $71 million up front and a commitment to fund expected capital contributions of approximately $195 million in the future. Heartland Wind consists of 309 megawatts of wind energy projects in North Dakota and Iowa."This transaction represents a unique structure for NextEra Energy Resources where the tax equity investor makes an initial up front payment and additional investments over time tied to the production of the wind projects," said Armando Pimentel, chief financial officer of NextEra Energy, Inc. "We're very pleased that we have a new and innovative tool to raise tax equity for existing projects that have been previously financed with project debt."NextEra Energy ResourcesNextEra Energy Resources, LLC is a clean energy leader and one of the largest competitive energy suppliers in North America. A subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc., NextEra Energy Resources is the largest generator in North America of renewable energy from the wind and sun. It operates clean, emissions-free nuclear power generation facilities in New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin as part of the NextEra Energy nuclear fleet,

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Tucson-based SOLON Corporation, a subsidiary of SOLON SE and one of the largest crystalline silicon solar module manufacturers and provider of turnkey solar power plants in the U.S., announced a contract with Arizona Public Service (APS) to develop, design and construct an 18-megawatt (MW) solar power plant featuring SOLON's turnkey system design, high-efficiency modules and single-axis trackers. APS, Arizona's largest and longest-serving electric utility, serves more than 1.1 million customers in the state.Once installed this system will be one of the largest photovoltaic (PV) systems in the country, creating more than 550 local jobs during construction, and ultimately capable of generating enough solar energy to power more than 4,500 homes. Located on 145 acres of land, the system is scheduled to start construction in the first quarter of 2011 and be completed in 2011. APS will own and operate the solar production facility.As a complete PV system provider, SOLON is handling the Gila Bend, Arizona-based project for APS every step of the way-from site development and system design, to engineering, procurement and construction. The project features SOLON's Velocity MW Solar System, which will provide 18 preconfigured, one-megawatt modular solar fields specifically designed to help utilities quickly scale to capacity. In

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New 18-Megawatt Plant to Be Located in Gila Bend's New Solar ZoneArizona Public Service Company's drive to develop more solar energy took another step forward today with the announcement of an 18-megawatt solar photovoltaic plant to be located 70 miles southwest of Phoenix in Gila Bend.The plant will be owned by APS and sited in the town's new Solar Overlay Zone. The municipality has designated a geographic area as a fast-track permitting district for new solar photovoltaic projects. Permitting in this area will take less than three months, instead of the typical one to two years. By locating the new project within the boundaries of the Solar Zone, construction can begin in early 2011 with a completion date in November 2011.APS has selected SOLON Corporation, a subsidiary of SOLON SE, as the project developer. SOLON Corporation's North American headquarters, which includes a manufacturing facility, is located in Tucson."This project enables APS to continue building its renewable energy portfolio and helps us develop Arizona's vast solar resources," said APS President and Chief Operating Officer Don Robinson. "Our customers will benefit for years to come from this partnership between APS, SOLON and Gila Bend."The plant will sit on 145 acres currently used

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