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Portland General Electric has completed installation of the largest rooftop solar project in the Pacific Northwest -- a 673,000-square-foot, 2.4-megawatt project atop the roofs of seven ProLogis distribution warehouses in Portland, Gresham, and Clackamas.Working with local contractors, PGE and ProLogis began construction of the $14 million solar project in March 2010 and brought the project online in early July 2010. This is the second rooftop solar project with ProLogis, a distribution facilities company, bringing PGE's total solar build-out with ProLogis to 3.5 megawatts of solar energy."Solar is clearly growing in Oregon and our customers are helping drive that," said Carol Dillin, PGE's vice president of customers and economic development. "We have seen unprecedented growth of residential and business solar projects in our area over the past two years which, coupled with the growth in solar manufacturing, helps develop more clean, renewable resources for the region and stimulate Oregon's green economy."With the new 2.4-megawatt project, PGE will have more than 14.3 megawatts of solar capacity in its resource mix, including the 104-kilowatt solar highway demonstration project with the Oregon Department of Transportation and more than 10.7 megawatts of customer-owned solar energy projects PGE supports through its net metering program. PGE also

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Solyndra, Inc., a manufacturer of innovative cylindrical solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for commercial rooftops, today announced that Brian Harrison has joined the company as President and CEO and will be appointed to the Board of Directors. Since 2008, Mr. Harrison has served as President and CEO of Numonyx, B.V., a leading international flash memory company. Chris Gronet, Solyndra's Founder and current CEO, will continue to serve the company in an executive capacity and as Chairman of the Board of Directors."A demonstrated leader of Brian's caliber is an excellent addition to Solyndra's existing management team," said Dr. Gronet. "Brian's strong understanding of sophisticated manufacturing operations, history of achieving significant product and manufacturing cost reductions, and experience in building an international sales and marketing organization make him the right person to lead our growth."Steve Mitchell, Managing Director of Argonaut Private Equity and a member of the Board of Directors said, "Brian has proven he can ramp operations while aggressively driving down costs in a very competitive global industry."Mr. Harrison said, "I am extremely excited about joining Solyndra. Solyndra's rooftop photovoltaic system is highly differentiated, and the market opportunity for the company is tremendous. I look forward to leading Solyndra to be

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The North Carolina Solar Center (NCSC) is the proud recipient of a new Southwest Windpower Skystream 3.7 small wind system - one of the most widely deployed residential/small wind turbines on the market. It is located at the Solar Center's test and training facility adjacent to North Carolina State University's McKimmon Center. This system has a rated capacity of 2.4 kW, which includes remote monitoring of system performance. A wind turbine system of this size should offset up to half of a typical home's electricity usage each month.The turbine, installed by Baker Renewable Energy, is mounted on a 45-foot, tilt-up, segmented monopole tower located in the training annex at the Solar House. This addition to the training facility will enhance two major NC Solar Center training and development program areas."The NCSC training and workforce development program will utilize the turbine as a crucial, practical component to complement the theoretical content of the program. This allows the 50 plus engineers, contractors and other professionals taking the course at NCSC each year to fully develop a well-rounded understanding of wind systems, " said Maria O'Farrell, training programs manager at NCSC.The weeklong, small wind course is a part of the NC Solar Center's

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Solar Energy Initiatives, Inc., with businesses in solar project development, distribution and workforce training, today announced that the Company's SNRY Solar Inc division has completed a sale of PV solar panels totaling $1.5 million with an international purchaser. The profitable business line concentrates on selling both solar thermal and solar photovoltaic systems as well as the managing of solar thermal government contracts."This sale marks the largest transaction to date from our newly formed SNRY Solar subsidiary," stated Mr. Eric Johnson, President of SNRY Solar Inc. "This achievement is a direct result of our ability to provide worldwide sales and product support to our customers and dealers. Finalizing this transaction shows that we have truly turned the corner in our ability to serve the international marketplace. Our sales and order fulfillment team, working closely with our dedicated supplier, did a fabulous job on very short notice. We are encouraged with our ability to expand our market presence via the international sale as we continue to experience strong demand in the U.S. Going forward, we remain dedicated to expanding our solar panel division as we continue to sign and complete a large number of municipal contracts. SNRY Solar looks forward to securing

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Evolution Solar: Yesterday, the Energy Committee of the United States Senate approved Senator Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) "Ten Million Solar Roofs" legislation. The Bill is designed to encourage the installation of 10 million solar systems over a 10 year period in the US and is a measure that is welcomed by the majority of the US Solar Industry.As currently written, the measure would authorize $250 million for competitive grants in 2012 and additional funding through 2021. According to the Department of Energy, the Bill (when added to existing incentives) could meet or even exceed the 10 million solar systems goal over the ten year period.According to Senator Sanders, the legislation would help finance the installation of up to 40,000 Megawatts of new solar energy. He says that in the process, the cost of generating solar power would fall and the US would become the world's leading market for electricity generated from the sun."We at Evolution Solar are watching the progress of Senator Sanders' legislations closely," stated Robert Hines, President of EVSO. "If this Bill becomes law, it would be one of the most significant boosts to help solar energy augment fossil fuels in the US and could elevate the US to

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Canadian Solar and Green City Energy have jointly installed a 1MW solar system in the city of Haertensdorf, Germany.The solar system, situated in Zwickau, is part of the Burgersolarpark installation. The two companies have fitted solar modules on a total of 16 rooftops with a surface of 17,000sqm. The modules by Canadian Solar will produce 1,000,000Kwh of green solar energy per year - enough to power approximately 300 households, Canadian Solar said.Andreas Horn, division manager photovoltaic at Green City Energy, said: "All the partners involved in the project showed a great deal of partnership. This reduced friction to a minimum, so we managed to install the system in no time at all. And also with regard to technology, with Canadian Solar and its high performance modules we had a very strong and reliable partner."A service of YellowBrix, Inc.(Source: Datamonitor) 

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Solar Park Initiatives, Inc., a solar project developer ("SPD") for utility scale solar projects, today announced it has consummated a Plan of Merger and Reorganization with its wholly-owned subsidiary, Solar Park Acquisition Corp., and Critical Digital Data, Inc., a publicly owned Nevada corporation which trades on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board under the symbol CDIX.OB."Management is pleased to close this transaction for our shareholders at a time of heightened activity for both Solar Energy Initiatives and the newly created SPI," stated David Fann, Chief Executive Officer of Solar Energy Initiatives, Inc., a parent company of Solar Park Initiatives. "With SNRY focused on securing municipal contracts and finalizing projects from its pipeline, and SPI concentrating on large scale solar parks, we believe we are positioned to grow our operations and establish ourselves as a market leader within the solar energy arena. Our management team will now be able to concentrate on their specific levels of expertise in order to grow revenue, expand market presence and increase earnings. This spin off is in line with our strategy of positioning SNRY for long-term growth, while creating value for our shareholders."About Solar Park Initiatives, Inc.Solar Park Initiatives intends to develop land for large

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Researchers at Dow Corning and The University of Toledo (UT) announced today that the organizations have signed a memorandum of understanding to engage in collaborative discussions on photovoltaic (PV) solar research and development efforts to help reduce the cost of solar energy to make it a viable and economically competitive energy option globally."Both Dow Corning and UT want homes and businesses throughout the world to take advantage of clean, renewable energy from the sun," said Gregg Zank, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Dow Corning. "It is essential that businesses, academics and the government collaborate in order to accelerate the advancement of solar technologies.""UT's capabilities for industrial collaboration have been greatly strengthened over the last three years through the founding of the Wright Center for Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization - PVIC in 2007," said Prof. Robert Collins, the Center's Principal Investigator, a Distinguished University Professor and the NEG Endowed Chair in Silicate and Materials. "PVIC affiliated faculty are committed to a collaboration with Dow Corning in which UT's expertise in photovoltaic thin film and nanomaterials research and solar cell development complements Dow Corning's global leadership in materials for PV manufacturing and installation. PVIC faculty are also deeply committed

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Businesses keen to switch to renewable energy systems could be deterred by the Government's dithering over the announcement of a new scheme to reward consumers for reducing their carbon footprint.That's the view of Charles Houston, partner at Going Solar, who has written to Chris Huhne, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, to urge him to finalise and publish details of the Renewable Heat Incentive, which is set to come into effect next April.The RHI, a government-backed plan which allows individuals, companies and organisations to earn money for the heat generated from their renewable energy systems such as solar thermal panels and heat pumps, is set to replace the Low Carbon Building Programme ph2 grant, which was suddenly closed to new applications in May.To date, the Government has yet to release details of the new scheme, stating that it is committed to meeting its renewable heat energy targets, but wants to review the proposals in view of the current economic climate."Many companies like Going Solar have been working hard to communicate to businesses the benefits of switching to renewable energy systems. We're so far behind in this country but, in the past year or so, momentum has been gathering

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Etrion Corporation commissions Phoenix Solar as general contractor . 3.5 megawatts in Borgo Piave, Lazio, Italy . Contract value of approximately EUR10 millionSulzemoos 19 July 2010 / Phoenix Solar AG, Sulzemoos (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading international system integrator listed on the German TecDAX, has been commissioned by Etrion Corporation (TSX: ETX), a Canadian energy company, as general contractor for the turnkey construction of a 3.5 megawatt (MW) ground-mounted photovoltaic plant in Borgo Piave in the Lazio region of Italy. The contract value is approximately EUR 10 million.Phoenix Solar is responsible for the planning and construction of the solar power plant. After the plant has been commissioned, Phoenix Solar will also provide Etrion with operation and maintenance services. Trina Solar crystalline solar modules and SMA inverters will be used for the plant.Construction work has been scheduled to start in August 2010 to enable the plant to be connected to the grid by the end of the year. The plant will generate and supply approximately 5 million kilowatt hours per year of environmentally friendly electricity to the grid. 

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