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Installation to give students hands-on experience with solar technologyConstruction is set to begin this week on Evolution Solar's photovoltaic demonstration project at Texas Southern University's campus in Houston.Partnering with the university, Evolution Solar will install eight AmpleSun thin-film photovoltaic panels on the campus that are intended to serve as a cornerstone of the new Texas Southern University Green Technology Center. The project will be Evolution Solar's first array featuring the AmpleSun panels in the U.S."This installation is not only a great opportunity for Evolution Solar to showcase AmpleSun's leading-edge thin film panels, but a chance to introduce generations of students to solar technology, as well," said Robert Hines, President of EVSO. "We're tremendously excited to include students in the installation process and it's our hope that this project will help jumpstart a solar initiative at TSU."Armstead Development Group Construction, LLC (ADG; adgconstruction.net) will serve as the general contractor in charge of construction. ADG will begin by relocating fencing surrounding TSU's existing campus array of solar panels, as well as constructing several cement posts for the new array. TSU students will then assist in assembling the array's rack-mount system and installing the eight solar panels.Hines said EVSO anticipates that solar demonstrations

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Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC) today announced that Eric Hafter has been named Senior Vice President of Sharp Solar Energy Solutions Group (SESG), a division of SEC and the U.S. solar arm of Sharp Corporation. In this position, Mr. Hafter is responsible for all U.S. sales and marketing of Sharp's solar energy products and solutions. Mr. Hafter reports to Mr. Kozo Takahashi, Chairman and CEO of Sharp Electronics CorporationMr. Hafter is a solar industry veteran with a highly successful track record of developing large-scale renewable energy and commercial property projects. Most recently, Eric served as Chief Strategy Officer of Solar Power, Inc. (SPI), where he helped the company win and develop several key multi-megawatt solar energy installations. Before joining SPI, Mr. Hafter held positions of increasing responsibility at a variety of companies involved in energy and/or construction management. For over ten years, he served at PowerLight Corporation (acquired by SunPower Corp.), where he was a member of the board of directors, and then joined the company to lead PowerLight's successful entry into Europe."Sharp has been at the forefront of solar technology and innovation since the industry's inception. Further, they have led solar expansion in the United States, providing world class products

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Complete Solutions Improve Solar Cell Device Performance and Overall CostThe Dow Chemical Company will showcase its new solutions designed for photovoltaic manufacturers at this year's 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (PVSEC) in Valencia, Spain (stand L3/H4/B4, Hall 4, Feria Valencia). Dow's photovoltaic solutions can help increase solar cell efficiency and solar module durability, improve device performance at lower cost, and enable widespread adoption of solar energy. Solutions being showcased include:-- Dow's ENLIGHT(TM) cleaning, texturizing, imaging and metallization solutions to enhance performance in solar cell manufacturing,-- Dow's ADCOTE(TM) and MOR-FREE(TM) adhesives for module fabrication for long-term durability with improved environmental profile,-- Dow's new innovative ENLIGHT(TM) Polyolefin Encapsulant Films used as protective encapsulants help lower total module system costs and provide for improved productivity and extended reliability,-- DOWTHERM(TM) and SYLTHERM(TM) heat transfer fluid solutions for solar grade silicon production,-- Dow's Polyglycol CF fluid for a higher quality experience in slicing silicon wafers.Solar cell efficiency is the primary measure of device performance. Higher cell efficiencies translate into lower costs, which enable widespread adoption of this renewable energy alternative. Dow Electronic Materials business' ENLIGHT(TM) metallization, imaging, cleaning and texturizing materials enable improvements in solar cell efficiency, and lower the solar cell

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The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has expressed its support for Tucson Electric Power's plan to purchase the output of 10 new renewable power projects that together will generate nearly 150 megawatts (MW), enough energy to power more than 30,000 Tucson homes.The ACC concluded that TEP's agreements to purchase energy from eight new Tucson-area solar power systems, a landfill gas generation project and a New Mexico wind farm are "an appropriate component" of its efforts to comply with state renewable energy goals.The commission's endorsement allows developers of the systems to proceed with efforts to finalize financing, secure land rights and clear other necessary hurdles in hopes of completing their projects in time to begin providing power in 2011 or 2012."These systems will dramatically expand our renewable energy assets, helping us meet or even beat our state goals while establishing TEP as a national leader in solar energy," said Paul Bonavia, Chairman, President and CEO of TEP and its parent company, UniSource Energy Corporation.Solar projects with a combined capacity of 97 MW would be developed in the Tucson area under the contracts, including:-- Three solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays built with fixed, stationary panels, including systems capable of generating 35 MW, 25 MW

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XcelPlus Global Holdings, Inc. ,an alternative energy and renewable energy solutions company, today announced that it has acquired Sunfield Technologies North America, Inc. (Sunfield N.A.), making XcelPlus the exclusive U.S. supplier of Sunfield solar thermal collectors."This solar thermal collector is the key component of our new line of products to retrofit traditional hot water heaters to substantially boost their efficiency," said David Poston, Chief Operating Officer of XcelPlus Global. "Sunfield thermal collectors are well known for quality and performance. These units are durable and efficient, and our installed test units have performed flawlessly. We are preparing to market and sell these systems throughout the southeast."Solar continues to be the number one technology supporting the movement to utilize renewable sources in energy production. State and Federal mandates continue to encourage the energy sector to use alternative/renewable sources. Thirty-two states have renewable production standards in place that require specific percentages of energy to be produced under these alternative guidelines. XcelPlus Global plans to seize the solar opportunity and capitalize on this business trend.The purchase of Sunfield N.A. marks a diversification for XcelPlus Global, which has focused on purchasing, blending and selling non-petroleum off-take fuels primarily for industrial boiler applications. The company's fuels

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AT&T* and SunEdison today announced that SunEdison, a leading worldwide solar energy services provider and subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials (NYSE: WFR | PowerRating), will expand AT&T's national solar initiative by activating a new roof top solar power installation in San Diego. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders as well as executives from AT&T and SunEdison were on hand to officially flip the switch on the solar power system. In addition to this installation in San Diego, AT&T has contracts with SunEdison to deploy five other solar power installations in California by the second quarter of 2011, equating to approximately 2 megawatts (MW) of total solar capacity for all six sites. The additional California solar deployments will be located in Dunnigan, Commerce, Mojave, Santa Ana and West Sacramento.The solar power installation in San Diego is a 296 kW rooftop mounted photovoltaic system that will generate an estimated 420,000 kWh of energy in its first year of operation alone. Over 20 years, the power installation will generate more than 7.7 million kWh of energy - enough energy to power more than 720 US homes for one year. The environmental attributes associated with the solar power installation will avoid more

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Inovateus Solar Supplies UNI-SOLAR(R) Flexible Solar Panels for Ameridian Corporate HeadquartersUnited Solar, a leading global manufacturer of building-integrated and rooftop photovoltaics under its UNI-SOLAR(R) brand -- and a wholly owned subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices and its partner Inovateus Solar announce the completed 80KW installation of its BIPV product at Ameridian Specialty Services.Ameridian Specialty Services is a full-service general contractor specializing in commercial roof installations including UNI-SOLAR laminates. The installation was commissioned and went online August 4th at Ameridian's corporate headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio."United Solar is very pleased to be working with Inovateus and Ameridian Specialty Services, and we're inspired by their enthusiasm to deploy solar energy in Ohio," said Chris Bala, United Solar's VP Sales Americas Central Region. "By installing it on their own headquarters they are demonstrating a strong commitment to help make Ohio a cleaner, greener place to live.""Our 30,000 square foot facility is the perfect place to install this solar system. With the federal and state funds available, our payback will occur in just a few years," states Matt Owens, a NABCEP Certified Solar PV Installer and director of operations for Ameridian's Solar and Renewable Energy Division. "Our business is installing these systems for commercial enterprises

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When most people think about generators the images that enter their mind are often tied to natural disasters, powerful storms or even a terrorist attack. Generators are for emergencies, for unforeseen events that knock out our power; at least that's the popular thought. The truth is, there are a number of benefits to utilizing a solar generator that have nothing to do with cataclysmic events or temporary power outages.That couldn't be made more obvious than in the case of Brian Brawdy, a former New York police investigator and Military Weapons Specialist turned freelance television journalist and political analyst who now concentrates on educating international audiences on the importance of self- reliance, survival and emergency preparedness. He is able to reach this audience thanks in part to equipping his 2285 Lance Trailer with a solar generator from Solutions from Science, a generator that will power his very own mobile radio/TV production studio.While Brawdy's 2285 Lance Trailer has been designed as the ultimate Self-Reliant Mobile Residence, equipped with the most efficient and durable utilities and electronics, the solar generator from Solutions from Science, dubbed the PowerHub 1800, is considered the brains of the operation.Not only will the PowerHub 1800 keep Brawdy's Norcold

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Construction Nears for More Efficient and More Reliable UnitsFlorida Power & Light Company changed the Space Coast skyline this morning by demolishing the most visible structures at its 42-acre, 45-year-old Cape Canaveral Power Plant, as it prepares to build the Cape Canaveral Next Generation Clean Energy Center, which will open in 2013.FPL's Next Generation Clean Energy Center will use about 33 percent less fuel per megawatt of power generated with advanced combined-cycle, natural gas technology capable of producing 1,250 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power 250,000 homes and businesses. Three sleeker stacks, half as high as those taken down today, will emit 88 percent fewer air particulates and 50 percent less carbon dioxide without any additional water or land use. In addition, the site is designed to meet U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification and to feature rooftop solar panels and an electric car recharging station."For 45 years, FPL's Cape Canaveral plant delivered reliable, affordable electricity to Space Coast customers, but with today's technology, we can do even better. Our Next Generation Clean Energy Center will benefit FPL customers for decades to come with improvements in efficiency, environmental performance and reliability," said FPL

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Rehm Thermal Systems presents an advanced new series of drying systems and firing systems for solar cell metallization at EU PVSEC in Valencia, September 6-9, 2010. These Systems offer a range of advanced process features and thermal control that enable PV manufacturers to move their processes to an entirely new level of efficiency and yield.

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