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Solar Energy Initiatives, Inc., with businesses in solar project development, distribution and workforce training, today announced it has signed a letter of intent with a School District in Pennsylvania to install and operate approximately 4 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic (PV) systems on government buildings. The Company anticipates that the projects will break ground in the Fall of 2010 and be completed sometime in the Spring of 2011.Solar Energy Initiatives will provide all solar equipment for the installation on the sites and sell the newly generated solar electricity to the buildings at a discounted rate. The Project is expected to provide energy savings to the District over a 20-year term and does not require any out of pocket costs to the District. The project will utilize approximately 17,000 solar panels totaling 4 megawatts of installed capacity and is projected to reduce hazardous carbon dioxide emissions by 6,000 tons, annually."I am extremely pleased with SNRY's capacity to secure these profitable commercial agreements," stated Mr. David Fann, Chief Executive Officer of Solar Energy Initiatives. "These contracts represent a fraction of the vast amount of pending commercial opportunities in our constantly growing operational pipeline. We are encouraged by the significant growth opportunity that they

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"Football for Hope. Energy for Hope." press conference to be hosted in Johannesburg, South Africa in conjunction with FIFAYingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) ("Yingli Green Energy" or the "Company"), a leading solar energy company and one of the world's largest vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturers, which holds the brand "Yingli Solar," today announced that it will provide its expertise in solar energy to power "20 Centres for 2010", the official campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa(TM). This campaign is part of the Football for Hope movement, which is using the power of the game for positive social change. It is led by FIFA, world's football governing body, and streetfootballworld, a social profit organisation that links relevant actors in the field of development through football, and their affiliates such as Yingli Green Energy.Yingli Green Energy will actively support the campaign by providing solar power to training centres across Africa. Yingli Solar calls this "Football for Hope. Energy for Hope." The company will supply the centres with solar installations that will, for instance, power pitch lighting, computers or study rooms in those centres. Of the 20 centres, five are being built in South Africa and 15 in

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SOLON SE and Saint-Gobain Building Distribution Deutschland GmbH (SGBDD) have concluded a framework contract spanning several years to deliver solar modules with a capacity of over 70 MW. The building materials retailer is currently making a foray with its sales activities into the growth segment of photovoltaics. Using its own ‘Solarkauf' brand SGBDD has developed a shop-in-shop concept that includes all PV products necessary to install a solar power system. It offers solar modules from SOLON in the segment for premium products. By the end of the year ‘Solarkauf' shops will have been integrated into a total of 45 branches. The defined assortment of photovoltaic products can also be ordered nationwide at nearly 250 sites where the building materials retailer is represented. SGBDD places great value on trained professional staff in order to provide customers with qualified advice. For this reason SOLON provides employees working in this new business area with comprehensive specialist training on issues related to photovoltaics ultimately allowing staff to provide expert advice to professionals such as craftsmen and even to end consumers. "This is a meeting of two strong brands. Establishing a sales network with Saint-Gobain Building Distribution puts us even closer to our customers in

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System will be one of the nation's largest corporate solar power installations "Helping lead America to a new era of clean energy"Calling it a demonstration that "a clean energy future is both possible and profitable" and "groundbreaking in every sense of the word," U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez of New Jersey praised a Dow Jones & Company solar energy project at a groundbreaking ceremony in South Brunswick.The solar power system at Dow Jones' 200-acre corporate campus will total 4.1 megawatts when it is completed early next year. The system will be one of the nation's largest corporate solar power installations and is expected to generate the equivalent of 15% of current electricity needs for the facility."I salute Dow Jones for its leadership. The company is demonstrating that a clean energy future is both possible and profitable," Senator Frank Lautenberg said in his comments to nearly 1,000 Dow Jones employees gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony."This will be one of the most outstanding examples of what America's clean energy future looks like, and it will be yet another innovation in the long innovative history of Dow Jones & Company," said Senator Robert Menendez. We need to embrace the

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Florida Power & Light Company was recognized by the Southeastern Electric Exchange with its highest honor today for outstanding performance in constructing the largest solar photovoltaic power plant in the United States -- the 25-megawatt DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center. The special Chairman's Award is given annually by the Exchange to the project it deems "best of the best" among all entrants in its 11 award categories."I'm extremely pleased that our development and construction teams have been recognized for their dedication to making the nation's largest solar photovoltaic plant a reality," said FPL Senior Director of Project Development Buck Martinez. "This plant is bringing significant economic and environmental benefits to Florida and making the Sunshine State a national leader in solar power."The DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center was completed months ahead of schedule and more than $22 million under budget. The facility uses more than 90,000 photovoltaic panels that turn the sun's rays into electricity to power more than 3,000 homes. Over the course of its life, the solar array will avoid 575,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is the equivalent of removing 4,500 cars from the road every year. The project created hundreds of well-paying construction

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Hybrid Energy Holdings, Inc. anticipates an immediate increase in the market value and projected revenues of its recently reported Technology Transfer Agreement and Joint Development Agreement with KS IP Holdings, LLC, a private company specializing in clean energy technologies that added $18,000,000 to the Company's balance and increased its assets a further 360%.In addition to the Technology Transfer portion of the Agreement, the income producing Joint Development portion of the Agreement affords KS-IPH an option to acquire Development and Distribution Rights to certain technologies. The Company now expects finalization of the specific terms of this income-generating Product Development and Distribution Agreement to improve significantly. Further updates will be provided as the Agreements are finalized.Proponents of a Solar-Energy Act before the New York legislature say it would result in 22,000 new jobs and about $20 billion in economic output over the next 15 years.Legislative action is near on a measure that, if passed, would put New York on a path to becoming one of the country's leading solar states.The New York Solar Industry Development and Jobs Act would require utilities and public power authorities to gradually include more solar electricity in their energy mix over the next 15 years.The measure would

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A new survey conducted by Applied Materials, Inc. reveals that two-thirds of Americans believe solar technology should play a greater role in meeting the country's energy needs. In addition, three-quarters of Americans feel that increasing renewable energy and decreasing U.S. dependence on foreign oil are the country's top energy priorities.Today is the summer solstice, the day the sun shines in the northern hemisphere for the longest period of time all year. In recognition of this day and the ongoing debate concerning energy reform legislation, Applied Materials, the world's leading supplier of solar panel manufacturing equipment, conducted its second annual survey to gauge the public's current knowledge and opinion of solar energy usage in the U.S.According to the survey, 67 percent of Americans would be willing to pay more for their monthly utility bill if their utility company increased its use of renewable energy and 49 percent of consumers polled would be willing to pay $5 or more each month for an increased amount of renewable energy--a 14 percent increase from the results of Applied Materials' 2009 survey."Americans are becoming more aware of the need for responsible energy solutions, like solar power, and increasingly want their government to drive policy and

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Praxair China has signed a multi-year agreement with Evergreen Solar Energy China Co., Ltd. to supply bulk industrial gases for its solar wafer manufacturing facility in Wuhan, China. Evergreen Solar develops, manufactures and markets solar-power products based on its proprietary, low-cost STRING RIBBON(TM) wafer methodology which uses significantly less polysilicon than conventional ingot processes."Praxair has been a critical supplier of Evergreen Solar in the U.S. for several years, and has proven to be a highly reliable supplier of bulk gas to our manufacturing operations. We look forward to their strong presence in China to assist us with our growth plans," said Henry Ng, Evergreen Solar Energy's manager of Asia operations."Evergreen Solar is a valued customer of Praxair in the U.S., and we look forward to enabling their expansion into China," said David Chow, president of Praxair China. "Praxair is well positioned to serve the rapidly growing photovoltaic market within China, with its comprehensive offering of gas and sputtering target products and its reliable global supply network."Praxair's products, delivery systems and technologies are provided worldwide throughout the photovoltaic supply chain, enabling the production of crystalline and thin-film photovoltaic devices. Praxair is the largest industrial gas supplier to the polysilicon market, and

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With BP still struggling to plug its broken deep-water well in the Gulf of Mexico and end what appears to be the worst oil spill in American history, these should be sunny days for investors in the clean business of renewable energy - particularly solar/PV.Unfortunately, as the European industry is acutely aware, solar depends heavily on subsidies. And the arrival of a new era of cost-cutting to rescue the public finances of several Member States in the Eurozone means some governments are regretting their earlier generosity. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Spain.The problem is not just that the beleaguered Spanish government will reduce subsidies for new projects. More serious is the fear that they will slash agreed subsidies for projects built or under construction - a decision that will have massive repercussions for the sector.Unfortunately for the industry, solar power subsidies are an uncomplicated target in times of crisis. There has been a rush of spending in Spain's photovoltaic sector, with €23bn invested since 2002 - 25 per cent of that in 2008 alone. The annual cost of subsidies for all renewables reached €5bn in 2009 and could hit €6.3bn this year.However, it doesn't help the industry that

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Atlantic Wind & Solar Inc. is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement which will allow it to develop and construct 2 solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop projects, with a total output power capacity of approx 400kW.Under the agreement, Atlantic Wind & Solar will finance, build, own, operate, and maintain the solar energy systems hosted on the roofs of the commercial buildings, and the electrical power generated from the systems will be sold directly into the grid to the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) for 71.3 cents per kilowatt hour, for a total of 20 years, under the terms and conditions of the Ontario governments Feed-in Tariff Program (FIT).The rooftop PV systems will both be located in the Greater Toronto Area.Construction is expected to commence following final FIT contract approval.AWSL

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