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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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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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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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The King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST) on Sunday launched a major national initiative to produce desalinated water and electricity at a much cheaper rate - less than a riyal for a cubic meter of water and 30 halalas per kilowatt/hour.Prince Turki bin Saud bin Muhammad, vice president of KACST for research institutes, said the initiative would reduce the cost of water and electricity production by 40 percent. He said the first solar-powered desalination plant with a capacity of 30,000 cubic meters would be established in Al-Khafji to serve 100,000 people.The project will reduce dependence on oil and gas to operate desalination plants. At present desalination plants on the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf consume a total of 1.5 million barrels per day. The new nanotechnology for using solar energy to operate desalination plants was developed by KACST in association with IBM."Desalination is our strategic choice to supply adequate amount of drinking water to people across the Kingdom," said Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf, while addressing the launching ceremony. Saudi Arabia supplies more than 18 percent of the world's total desalinated water, he said."We want to make the Kingdom a major source of solar energy in the world," Al-Assaf

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DEK Solar and Heller Industries have unveiled the results of a recent collaboration; a pioneering drying system that enhances the state-of-the-art PV3000 metallization line even further. The alliance between the market-leading screen printing and thermal technology specialists has enabled a significant breakthrough in solar cell production, incorporating precise thermal control, improved VOC management and reduced power consumption - all on a compact footprint.DEK Solar and Heller Industries initially joined forces in a bid to create a technology-leading Metallization line which offered a distinct competitive advantage to customers manufacturing solar cells. The result is the enhanced PV3000, a high throughput metallization line delivering six-sigma repeatability for capability in advance of current solar cell requirements. Offering the most compact footprint available today, the platform benefits from Heller's experience in the field through the recent addition of a solar cell dryer, the PVD3000, equipped to handle increased product throughput over a reduced footprint and with reduced maintenance.Heller's pioneering dryer concept is based on the principles of hot air convection drying, a process which is conducive to precision thermal control at lower drying temperatures. Offering a significant advantage over conventional IR-based dryers, the PVD3000's drying technology creates improved air exchange within the process chamber

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Solar Energy Initiatives, Inc. (OTCBB: SNRY), executing on a grass roots campaign, "RENEW THE NATION," to help redeploy a portion of the U.S. work force and focus on reducing the world's dependence on fossil fuels by selling solar thermal and photovoltaic (PV) technologies, today announced the signing of a Project Funding Agreement with a financial services company located in the Northeast United States.The terms of the agreement state that the financial services company and SNRY will work jointly on projects whereby SNRY will provide Engineering, Procurement and Construction management services and the financial services company will provide project identification and funding services for jointly developed projects. SNRY receives revenues not only from the sale of the solar equipment and balance of system but also from the energy sold to the municipality, recognizing energy sales over an approximate 20 year contract period."We are pleased to have established a significant relationship with such an outstanding financial services company, in our goal to establish ourselves as the market leader within the solar energy market," stated David Fann, Chief Executive Officer of Solar Energy Initiatives. "Management is confident that it now possesses the necessary funding required to complete the vast amount of pending contracts

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BrightView Systems today unveiled the InSight M Series, the world's first in-line process control and optimization tool developed specifically toaddress the challenges faced by thin-film solar cell manufacturers. The Wide Area Metrology (WAM) system provides continuous monitoring and whole-panel mapping of critical material and process parameters at full production throughput and for 100% of manufactured panels. Easily  integrated at key steps in any thin-film production line including single-junction and multi-junction silicon, the system allows panel producers to implement process optimization solutions that enhance average panel efficiency, improve line productivity and verify full compliance with the strictest durability and quality requirements.The system architecture allows for easy integration into the design of new production lines or insertion into existing ones, including Gen 5 and Gen 8.5 lines. With its innovative True CellTM technology, the InSight is able to measure and map critical layers on-the-fly within the actual product stack, providing continuous process fingerprinting that drives production improvement, excursion detection and line productivity.The InSight M Series represents a systems approach to enhancing thin-film production. The BrightView tool is complemented by an intuitive operating interface and state-of-the-art software modules that allow easy implementation and customization of intelligent line monitoring recipes, spanning all production stages,

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New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced $10 million in federal stimulus funds for solar-energy installations.The funding pays for seven solar-energy companies to install solar photovoltaic systems (PV) on homes and businesses statewide. The companies include Alteris Renewables, Inc. in Ballston Spa; Hudson Valley Clean Energy, Inc. in Rhinebeck, Global Resource Options, (groSolar), in Albany, and Solar Energy Systems in Brooklyn.More than 600 homes and businesses will have PV installed over the next two years, through the plan. The project helps meet Gov. David Paterson's goal of achieving 45 percent of the state's energy needs through renewable energy and improved energy efficiency by 2015, according to NYSERDA.More information at www.nyserda.org/

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