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A special three-part series in last week\'s San Jose Mercury News, entitled \"The Cleantech Revolution,\" highlighted the enormous economic opportunity in the clean-tech sector and warned that the U.S. is quickly falling behind while Asia seeks to gain global market dominance.In its analysis of the clean technology market, the Mercury\'s rhetoric is grand and its data convincing. The first part of the series begins:\"Cleantech is poised to be the valley\'s third great wave of innovation - not just the next big thing, but perhaps the biggest thing ever. Confronting the peril of greenhouse gases and climate change happens to be a multi-trillion-dollar business opportunity.\"The numbers provided support this claim: U.S. yearly utility bills exceed $1 trillion annually and the global energy and transportation market is estimated at $7 trillion. The wind and solar industries - valued at $80 billion in 2008 - are projected to triple in 10 years and employ 2.6 million people. Smart-grid technology, according to Morgan Stanley, will grow to $100 billion by 2030 and Cisco Systems believes smart-grid communications infrastructure could be worth $20 billion in the next 5 years.In a nod to its geographic location, the paper focuses primarily on Silicon Valley\'s

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Solyndra, Inc., a manufacturer of innovative cylindrical photovoltaic (PV) systems for commercial rooftops, today announced that Umwelt-Sonne-Energie GmbH (USE Projects), an authorized reseller, has completed the largest collective Solyndra project to date. The project consists of 1.9 MWp of generation capability installed on 10 rooftop sites in Belgium owned by a large international food retailer. The power generated by the systems will be sold to local utilities under an agreement with the building owners."This is a great example of how Solyndra's PV systems can take advantage of underutilized commercial rooftop space to generate significant power. The project also offers a good model for how distributed power generation can work in an urban setting," said Chris Gronet, Solyndra CEO and founder. "USE Projects designed and delivered a PV system that we believe can enable the highest energy production per roof over the system lifetime while taking advantage of Solyndra's low overall installation costs."Solyndra's cylindrical, thin film PV systems are designed to generate more electricity from typical low-slope commercial rooftops while providing significantly lower installation costs than conventional flat plate PV technologies. The Belgium project involved the installation of 1,928 kWp on 10 sites in ten cities, and was completed in just

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Fidelis Energy Inc. (PINKSHEETS: FDEI) ("Fidelis" or the "Company") wishes to advise that Company management will be in attendance at the 1st International Conference and Exhibition on Photovoltaics, Solar, Thermal, Solar Architecture, Equipment, Materials and Systems at the World Trade Centre, Mumbai, India, during March 4-6, 2010.Fidelis Energy executives will meet to discuss the upcoming 2010 solar development projects, along with operators, and will also meet with various delegates representing local Indian governments. The Company aims to maximize the strategic opportunities available by participating at this significant event to enhance future business development.The PV & Solar Expo 2010 provides a common and dynamic platform to all stakeholders in the field, such as central and state governments, manufacturers, solution providers, financial and banking organizations, research and development firms and academic institutions.About Fidelis Energy Inc.Fidelis Energy Inc. ("FDEI") is an energy company focused on developing, constructing and operating solar energy projects exclusively or in partnership with other energy companies. Fidelis is also in the development stage of designing solar photovoltaic (PV) cell technology products and plans to manufacture and distribute these products in the future.Fidelis owns a unique patent pending solar cell technology based on photovoltaic cells with integral light-transmitting wave guides

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Hamlin Energy Solutions, a division of Hamlin Companies, furnished and installed 52 Uni-Solar 136 photovoltaic panels for a historical property, Morey Residence, in Durham, NC. This 7,000 watt solar power rooftop system is estimated to generate approximately 10,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy each year, and 200 carbon free megawatt hours over 20 years.Rajendra Morey, property owner, said, "My wife and I are excited about the solar rooftop power plant that was designed and installed by Hamlin Energy Solutions. We had considered the idea of making a real and lasting contribution to generation of carbon neutral energy in our community". One of the challenges during the planning stages for the owner was "to design a solution that maintained the State Historic Landmark Designation of our house, one of the few Modernist architectural houses in this approval in the State". He further adds, "Hamlin was excellent in working within the constraints of the Historic standing of our house while optimizing other design concerns. They were patient in facilitating the delays required to gain concurrence on design proposals by the State Historic Commission".Hamlin Energy Solutions provides cost-effective BIPV (building-integrated photovoltaic) thin film laminate materials to generate solar energy, which is used to

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Intel has contracted for new solar electric installations at its sites in Oregon, Arizona, California and New Mexico. The new installations will generate approximately 2.5 megawatts of clean solar energy.About 800 kilowatts of the total will be generated at Intel in Oregon, adding to a 100 kilowatt electric photovoltaic system at Intel's Jones Farm campus energized in December 2008.The new installations are planned to be completed over the next seven months. Specific locations at Intel's campuses in Oregon will depend on engineering studies. All the installations will use the power generated on their respective site, making them a more efficient source and saving distribution transmission losses.According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, over 25 years the new solar installations in Oregon will offset an estimated:32.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide,94,576 pounds of sulfur dioxide, which causes acid rain, and6,432 pounds of particulates, which can cause asthma.Intel has also renewed and increased by 10 percent its purchase commitments for renewable energy credits to more than 1.43 billion kilowatt hours. This is more than 51 percent of the company's estimated 2010 U.S. electricity use.Intel's purchase commitments correspond to the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of nearly 134,000 average American homes

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A Spanish company plans to invest $1 billion to build a large solar energy production plant in New Mexico.Gov. Bill Richardson joined Wednesday with executives of GA-Solar and its parent company, Gestamp Corp., to announce the photovoltaic solar plant. It will cover 2,500 acres near Santa Rosa in eastern New Mexico.The plant will take four years to complete and will produce 300 megawatts of electricity, enough to supply power to 50,000 households a year.The project will employ 300 construction workers and provide 75 permanent jobs.Power produced by the plant will qualify for state tax breaks for renewable energy.Madrid-based Gestamp is a multinational company producing automotive and steel components and has renewable energy projects. 

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N.Y. Gov. David Paterson visited SUNY-ESF today (Jan. 27, 2010) to announce a major energy initiative that would lead to the installation of up to 100 megawatts of solar photovoltaic systems at public buildings throughout the state.Paterson said the photovoltaic arrays would be installed in schools and government buildings by 2014, increasing by five times the amount of solar energy currently produced in the state."ESF is the catalyst of the green economy here in Central New York," the governor said. "Today we are actually going to make history as we embark on an unprecedented clean-energy initiative."Paterson said a request for proposals was issued today. Richard Kessel, president and chief executive officer of the New York Power Authority, said responses are due back on Earth Day, April 22, and that work should begin by the end of the year. Kessel said the project would not only help protect the environment but also create jobs and position New York as a leader in the development of sustainable and renewable energy sources.Dozens of elected officials and business and civic leaders gathered in ESF's Bray Hall rotunda for the announcement.

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When it comes to their positions on energy and the environment, Ted Turner and Southern Co. Chief Executive David Ratcliffe seem as compatible as Felix and Oscar of "Odd Couple" fame.The latter shared an apartment, though; the media mogul and the utility executive are going into the solar energy business together.On Tuesday Turner and Ratcliffe announced an alliance to pursue renewable energy products with an initial focus on "developing and investing in large scale solar photovoltaic projects in the U.S. Southwest."Some of the projects under consideration are on property owned by Turner, the largest individual landowner in North America, with more than 2 million acres. Southern will own 90 percent and Turner 10 percent of the alliance, which will build an unspecified number of solar farms to generate electricity.The deal grew out of a relationship between Turner and Ratcliffe in which the two publicly stated divergent views."The chairman of the Southern Co. does a great job representing the fossil fuel industry and coal," Turner once said, adding he wasn't fond of Southern's reliance on coal and nuclear energy. "Coal, we know, is going to kill us. Nuclear just might. I would rather see us put more of our emphasis on

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Intel Corp.'s Folsom campus is targeted to have the largest of eight new solar power systems the company plans to install in four states.Intel announced Monday that it has new contracts for generating approximately 2.5 megawatts of solar energy at new solar power projects in California, Oregon, Arizona, and New Mexico.Intel spokesman Mark Pettinger said the approximately 1-megawatt-plus solar field to be built in Folsom will cover about six acres of ground on the southwest portion of Intel's property between Highway 50 and Iron Point Road.The solar field will provide up to 7 percent of the Folsom campus' overall power supply.Intel said the Folsom site will be one of the largest non-utility ground-mounts in California. It's the only one of the planned Intel installations that does not involve solar panels installed on rooftops.Intel's Folsom campus employs nearly 6,000.The Santa Clara-based chip maker said the announcement is part of a larger commitment to green, efficient energy use on its campuses."Intel is committed to renewable energy to reduce our own carbon footprint as well as to spur the market and make renewables more economically feasible for individuals and businesses to deploy," said Brian Krzanich, vice president and general manager of Intel's manufacturing

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Q-Cells SE, Solarworld AG and competing solar-energy companies face a dimmer outlook for investment and jobs as the German government considers cutting subsidized power prices.Lower rates may reduce profit for panel makers and strip Germany of its title as the largest market for photovoltaic panels, said Karl Kuhlmann, chief executive officer of S.A.G. Solarstrom AG, a builder and operator of solar power plants.Government officials debated rate reductions in meetings yesterday without making a final decision. Any reduction will have to be debated in parliament and may happen as early as April, lawmakers said.At stake are about 10 billion euros ($14.1 billion) of investments in new factories and research through 2013 and an industry employing about 50,000 people, according to the Germany solar industry lobby group."The German panel producers will be hit hard," Kuhlmann said. "The result of such a strong decline will lead extremely quickly to job losses in Germany."S.A.G. will likely reduce its investment this year in Germany when lower rates come into force and expand in other markets, the chief executive said. Banks will also demand that capital be invested in solar plants, slowing growth, and there will be a "massive" decline in ground-mounted systems compared with rooftop

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