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Vestas Wind Systems has secured an order to help produce 33 new turbines for a New Hampshire wind farm, a contract that experts say should help sustain work at its Windsor plant.The Weld County operation, where the blades will be constructed, temporarily halted turbine work in December in light of weak sales.\"The turbines will maximize the project\'s wind resource, providing clean reliable electricity . . . for New England,\" according to a news release issued Thursday.Vestas officials did not return phone calls to provide details about the price tag of the new deal with Granite Reliable Power Windpark in New Hampshire.The turbines will not go into production until 2011.This is the second major deal the Denmark-based manufacturer has struck with a New Eng land firm. Vestas supplied 22 turbines for another project in Maine that began operation in October.The new agreement, according to economic-development experts, should help restore production activity at the Wind sor plant.In recent months, the facility\'s 500 employees have been assigned to training, maintenance and other jobs.\"They\'ve been retooling it (the Windsor division) to accommodate the production of a larger blade,\" said Larry Burkhardt, president of Upstate Colorado Economic Development in Weld County.\"This is definitely good for

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The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) this week at a workshop in Turkey, said that Turkey must exploit its huge wind energy resources if it wants to meet its increasing power demand while becoming less dependent on energy imports. The workhop on integrating wind power was held in Ankara and organized by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) in cooperation with the Turkish Wind Energy Association (TWEA/TÜREB). The event brought 300 representatives from industry, government and national electricity companies together to discuss the potential for wind power development in the country.Turkey\'s installed wind capacity tripled during 2007 from 50 megawatts (MW) to almost 150 MW. It tripled again during 2008 to reach 433 installed MW, and by the end of 2009 it had almost doubled to 801 MW. At the same time, the Turkish government announced a 30% objective for renewable energies by 2023 with plans to push wind energy up to 20,000 MW of installations for the same year.\"With an average growth in power demand of 8% each year, this means that if the 20,000 MW target is met, wind power will cover one fifth of Turkey\'s power demand by 2023\" said Christian Kjaer, CEO of EWEA. \"With huge

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With a surplus of both land and sunshine, Texas could easily be the nation\'s leader in solar power generation but needs more help from state leaders, advocates said Wednesday.A coalition of environmentalists, politicians and more than 80 businesses held events around the state to release a letter urging Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas Public Utility Commission to take more action promoting solar power use.The group noted that Texas, which produces and refines a huge portion of the nation\'s oil, already is home to many companies in the solar business as well as plenty of high-tech and energy industry expertise. So they say there\'s no reason only 0.01 percent of the state\'s power should come from the sun.\"We\'re here today to call on Governor Perry to use his authority to make Texas go solar,\" Environment Texas spokesman Sriram Madhusoodanan said at a 5,000-square-foot home in suburban Dallas that produces its own solar energy. \"Right now is really the time for Texas to take the lead, to lead the world.\"Perry spokeswoman Allison Castle said the governor supports all sorts of alternative energy in Texas, which leads the nation in wind energy production. Three major solar projects are scheduled to begin this

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Funds from the $787 billion stimulus package and other federal assistance kept growth in the renewable energy sector strong in 2009, a trend that will probably persist as federal investment continues to pay off over the coming year, industry leaders said in a teleconference Tuesday.The picture was especially good for the solar industry, which created almost 20,000 new jobs in 2009 while adding 470 megawatts in generating capacity, a record, according to Rhone Resch, the president of the Solar Energy Industries Association. The solar industry could create as many as 45,000 new jobs in 2010 if Congress extends several tax incentives and grant programs set to expire at the end of the year, Mr. Resch said.\"I think 2010 is going to be a bigger year than 2009,\" he said. \"Most analysts expect the solar industry to grow by 100 percent this year.\"Yet while the near-term outlook for renewables is mostly positive, the industry\'s long-term prospects will be shaped significantly by energy legislation under consideration by Congress, the executives said. At the top of renewable executives\' wish list was the passage of a national renewable energy standard, which would require all utilities to generate a certain fraction of electricity from sources

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Renewable Energy Corp. ASA, the Norwegian maker of solar-energy components, fell to a record low in Oslo trading after predicting lower earnings this quarter.Renewable Energy, known as REC, fell 6.87 kroner, or 20 percent, to 27.61 kroner, the lowest since the initial public offering in May 2006.Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization will be \"significantly lower\" in the first quarter compared with a year earlier amid lower prices for solar modules and wafers, the Hoevik-based company said.This is \"really bad news for the case of earnings expansion in 2010,\" Einar Kilde Evensen, an Oslo-based analyst at DnB NOR Markets, said in a note to clients. He recommends investors sell the shares.REC had a fourth-quarter loss of 1.05 billion kroner ($178 million), compared with a profit of 1.11 billion kroner a year earlier. Analysts expected, on average, a profit of 110 million kroner, according to a survey.Lower sales prices, impairments and plant expansion costs hurt earnings. REC took an impairment charge of 1.5 billion kroner in the fourth quarter, mainly from its so-called mono wafer and module businesses and its Sovello plant in Germany.‘Difficult Year\'\"2009 was a difficult year for REC,\" Chief Executive Officer Ole Enger said at a presentation.

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Defying the impact of a depressed economy on market movements, the Linde Gases Division of The Linde Group closed 2009 with more than 6GWp (Gigawatt peak) of production capacity across its global photovoltaic (PV) customer base. Linde demonstrated increased market traction securing multiple new contract wins and renewals with leading thin-film and crystalline manufacturers worldwide including GS Solar and Suntech in China, Euro Multivision, Indo Solar and Solar Semiconductor in India, and Bosch, Malibu and Masdar in Germany. Winding down 2009 on an optimistic note, Linde is training its sights on a promising 2010-11 with an aggressive focus on innovation to help PV module manufacturers to drive down costs and reduce carbon footprint. The Company is collaborating with customers in Asia and Europe to achieve sub-$1 per Watt thin-film silicon costs, and is pushing the boundaries of innovation in on-site fluorine generation, silane production and turnkey installations of bulk and specialty gases supply systems. On the back of stronger demand in Europe, and booming markets in China, India, Italy, Japan, Taiwan, and the United States, Linde sees three key trends impacting industry growth during 2010-11: 1. With imminent reductions in feed-in tariffs,

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Austin Energy has devised a new approach for incentivizing solar power among its commercial, multifamily, and non-profit customers.The municipal electric utility said the new approach saves $2.4 million over the life of the program compared to the old way of administering the program for those customers.Rather than provide an upfront rebate on the installation of solar systems, Austin Energy will pay for each kilowatt-hour of electricity produced over a 10-year period. This is known as a fixed performance-based incentive (PBI) and it achieves two goals. First, it provides a fixed payment flow to a system owner by which payback can be calculated and second, it encourages proper design and maintenance of systems to maximize their production.Over the next five years, the PBI program is expected to pay, on average, 8 cents per kWh of solar energy produced with program funding sufficient for almost 260 solar systems, each up to 20 kW in size. Total PBI payments over the next 14 years under the plan are projected at $4.8 million.\"When you combine federal tax credits available for solar installations along with the incentive this program provides, energy savings for most businesses and apartment communities will pay for their system in 6-8

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Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD) (Nasdaq: ENER), the leading global manufacturer of thin-film flexible solar laminate products for the building-integrated and commercial rooftop markets, today announced financial results for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2010.Total consolidated revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2010 were $52.9 million compared to $103.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2009 and $42.9 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2010. For the second quarter, the company reported a net loss of $39.1 million, or $0.92 attributable to ECD shareholders per fully diluted share. In the year-ago period, net income was $13.0 million, or $0.31 attributable to ECD shareholders per fully diluted share. In the first quarter of fiscal 2010, the company reported a net loss of $11.8 million, or $0.28 attributable to ECD shareholders per fully diluted share.For the six months ending December 31, 2009, total consolidated revenues were $95.9 million compared to $198.9 million in the prior year. Net loss for the first six months of fiscal 2010 was $50.9 million, or $1.20 attributable to ECD shareholders per fully diluted share. For the year-ago period, net income was $24.9 million, or $0.58 attributable to

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* Stimulus funds powered most renewables to expand in 2009* Energy groups stress domestic job creation* Call for federal energy standard, extended tax creditsBy Deborah Zabarenko, Environment CorrespondentWASHINGTON, Feb 9 (Reuters) - U.S. industry executives from the wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal and biomass sectors pushed on Tuesday for a federal renewable energy standard, which they said would foster economic growth and create jobs.A federal standard could spur these industries at a time when China is moving swiftly into alternative energy production, said Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association.If Congress establishes a federal renewable energy standard, a percentage of the energy generated in the United States would have to come from renewable sources.Some 30 countries -- including China and the European Union countries -- and 29 U.S. states already have renewable energy standards, Bode said in a telephone news briefing. President Barack Obama has urged Congress to set a national standard that would require 25 percent renewable power by 2025. But lawmakers have yet to act.While 2009 was generally a year of expansion for renewable U.S. energy firms, Bode said, Chinese companies outpaced their competitors. China surpassed Germany to become the world\'s biggest builder of wind turbines and

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A new bill modeled in part on successful solar energy programs in New Jersey and California was introduced in Congress last week with support from both of the Garden State\'s Senators and U.S. Rep. Albio Sires.The bill - which has the somewhat clunky title of the 10 Million Solar Roofs and 10 Million Gallons of Solar Water Heating Act of 2010 - would authorize rebates which, along with other incentives, would cover up to half the cost of the 10 million solar power roof systems and 200,000 water heating systems (which would provide, as the bill title says, 10 million gallons of water heated by solar). Like in New Jersey, nonprofit groups and state and local governments would also be eligible for the incentives.Sires, who represents much of Jersey City in the 13th Congressional District, estimates that the bill could create 1.35 million direct and indirect jobs over the next decade.\"New Jersey has taken a leadership role in solar energy technology - we are second in the nation in producing solar energy and have the second highest number of solar installations,\" Sires says in a statement. \"As America faces challenges such as unemployment and rising energy costs, this legislation will

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