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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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International Battery, a U.S. manufacturer and developer of large-format lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, is partnering with system integrator HNU Energy to assess the effectiveness of storing solar energy using new, more-efficient battery technology.If successful, the solar power generation and energy storage project in Maui, Hawaii, could pave the way for small businesses and others that have adopted renewable energy to store the energy they generate.International Battery says storing energy from renewable sources is critical for managing variations in electricity production, improving power quality and stabilizing the power grid.HNU Energy provided the solar system, which is comprised of sixty 224-watt photovoltaic panels, a bi-directional 3-phase inverter system, and a state-of-the-art charge controller network. International Battery supplied a 48-V, 16.4 kWh lithium-ion based energy storage system with battery management and controls to store the energy generated from the solar array.The energy storage system includes four battery modules totaling 32 160-Ah lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cells and a battery management system (BMS) that is integrated into a standard Electronics Industry Alliance (EIA) style 19-inch portable rack mount chassis and enclosure. The overall system performance will be measured by the charge state of the individual battery cells as well as understanding the temperature, depth of

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Vestas Wind Systems A/S, the world\'s biggest maker of wind turbines, lowered its full-year forecast after wind park developers delayed or canceled orders because of a lack of financing.Vestas expects 2010 sales of 7 billion euros ($9.6 billion), compared with a previous range of 7 billion to 8 billion euros, the Randers, Denmark-based company said in statement today. It reduced its margin for earnings before interest and tax to between 10 percent and 11 percent, from as much as 12 percent.The global wind turbine market probably grew a little more than 8 percent last year and may expand about 10 percent in 2010 as tighter financing limits growth, according to researcher BTM Consult APS. It grew between 30 percent and 40 percent a year from 2004 to 2008, according to BTM.\"The wind turbine market has changed character, and the question is whether it\'s temporary or permanent,\" Stig Nymann, chief share analyst at Copenhagen-based Laan & Spar Bank A/S, said before today\'s statement. \"Financing is the key problem.\"Order intake has been \"late\" and Vestas expects to book most of its 2010 revenue in the second half of the year.Net income in the fourth quarter was almost unchanged at 315 million euros

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The world\'s largest nuclear plant builder, Areva SA, is diversifying into solar power with the aim of becoming an industry leader, as it acquires U.S.-based solar thermal player Ausra, the company said on Monday.\"This market is set to have 20 gigawatts by the year 2020. Areva has an objective to be a world leader in solar energy\" by 2012, said Anil Srivastava, senior executive vice president of Areva\'s renewable energies business group.Financial details were not disclosed in the purchase of Ausra, a Silicon Valley company which had raised $130 million in venture capital from high-profile firms including Kleiner Perkins and Khosla Ventures.The purchase marks Areva\'s first foray into solar energy.Areva chose solar thermal technology -- which uses the sun\'s heat to create steam to run turbines for electricity -- over other solar power options because it is \"the closest\" to nuclear plants, Srivastava told Reuters in an interview.The solar power industry has started to consolidate after struggling in 2009 with a dearth of financing for new projects and a steep fall in prices. Other solar thermal players include Spain\'s Abengoa SA and privately held U.S.-based BrightSource Energy Inc.Still, companies such as U.S.-based First Solar Inc and China\'s Suntech Power this

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Massive renewable energy projects undertaken by the UAE and other Middle Eastern countries could turn them into solar energy exporters along with their large hydrocarbon exports, according to a veteran Arab energy analyst.\"After oil, Arab countries could start exporting solar energy,\" said Nicolas Sarkis, Director of the Paris-based Arab Petroleum Research Centre (APRC), which acts as an adviser to the 10-nation Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries.\"The development of solar energy is rapidly becoming a priority of energy policies pursued by most countries in the Middle East and North Africa, whether oil and natural gas producers or not,\" Sarkis wrote in the APRC\'s monthly magazine, Arab Petroleum and Gas.He said that in non-oil Arab countries, the growing interest being shown in solar power and other renewable energy sources is dictated not only by the deterioration in their energy deficits and the insufficiency of their indigenous fossil fuel resources but also by environmental imperatives and the technological progress that characterises the development of renewable energies.As for the large hydrocarbon exporting countries in the Arab World, the exploitation of their huge potential in the area of solar energy reflects a dual concern to protect the environment and prepare the post-oil era, he

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Israeli solar energy developer Arava Power said on Sunday it signed long-term contracts with 15 agricultural cooperatives to build mid-size solar fields at an investment of 2 billion shekels ($533 million).The fields will produce a total of 100 megawatts of solar energy using photovoltaics, for an average of 6.5 megawatts per field.Arava said it is advancing rooftop solar installations on cowsheds and factories in the signatory cooperatives.Last year German conglomerate Siemens invested $15 million in Arava Power to build 10 five-megawatt solar fields.In December the Public Utilities Authority decided to allow mid-size solar fields at a nationwide capacity of 300 megawatts but many in the industry believe this cap will be filled quickly.\"The goal to produce 300 solar megawatts is an important step toward implementing the government\'s decision to produce 5 percent of Israel\'s energy consumption from renewable sources by 2014, but it\'s not enough,\" Arava Power Chief Executive Jon Cohen said.\"In order to achieve this goal, at least 1,000 megawatts are needed, and the market indicates that

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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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