June 2011


On a rainy and gloomy Friday, Unconquered Sun Technologies opened its doors for the public and answered concerns concerning the solar business.

Dozens of men and women came for the plant on County Road 42 and Banwell Road in Tecumseh hoping to obtain a glimpse of the technology that’s supplying many couples with retirement income and feeding the provincial electrical energy grid with renewable energy.

Tecumseh’s Dorothy and Gary Souchuk are curious about solar engineering. “I wished to know the concept of it,” Gary said. “I’ve read concerning the grid and Hydro One. The solar concept is excellent. I hope it will take off.”

In partnership using the Canadian Solar Industries Association, Unconquered Sun held an open house -which was known as Stand Up For Solar In Ontario -to answer inquiries from the public about how the firm tends to make its photovoltaic panels. The occasion ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and workers said there was a steady stream of folks searching for info. (more…)

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The city of Boston has launched a brand new pilot program to encourage home owners to invest in their own solar power installations.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino launched Renew Boston’s Residential Solar Pilot plan this week, offering rebates to bring down the costs of tiny solar projects.

The program is feasible on account of a $140,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) for tiny residential solar photovoltaic (PV) installations by providing matching rebates to Massachusetts Clean Power Center’s Commonwealth Solar II system.

Typical residential rebates are anticipated to range from $1,000 to $3,000 furthermore to state and federal incentives and will bring regular payback of a residential PV installation to under 4 years. (more…)

Is combining solar cells and windows a situation of chocolate and peanut butter (excellent combo) or one of those unions which equals less than the sum of its elements? Whilst the marketplace has but to decide this, feel no cost to be your personal judge. Here’s the case: Startup Pythagoras Solar has developed and is selling a double-pane window embedded with solar cells, and this week got recognition (and $100,000) from GE for its innovation.

The notion is the fact that the window lets in much less light, while still getting transparent, so buildings get needed shade throughout hot sunny hours, decreasing their air conditioning use and creating the constructing a lot more energy-efficient. At the same time, the solar panels make solar power, which the building can use for electricity. The business is at the moment targeting architects and commercial building owners. (more…)

SOLAR PANEL owners won’t get a promised boost inside the amount the Government pays for solar power.

This comes after the bill to increase the rate was amended by the Opposition.

The Government stated it had “reluctantly” supported alterations towards the solar feed-in tariff rate, which passed via Parliament last evening.

The State Government had previously announced it would enhance the tariff to 54 cents to encourage the domestic take-up of solar panels. (more…)

The Department of Energy has issued a $1.4 billion conditional loan guarantee to fund a massive project that would install solar panels on unused industrial roof space across the U.S.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced yesterday that support for Project Amp would come from American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 funds.

The project’s aim is ambitious, having a target of installing 733 megawatts’ worth of photovoltaic solar panels across 28 states inside the following 4 years. Once full, the Project Amp solar panels are expected to produce enough electrical power to power more than 88,000 U.S. homes per year.

Different from numerous private solar roof installations, the electrical energy produced from the Project Amp solar panels will feed straight into a branch from the national electrical grid, not the host creating itself. (more…)

Solar power could nonetheless mainly reside on the West Coast, but utility organizations in states outside of California are beginning to pick up the pace as far as new improvement over the previous year, according to the Solar Electrical Energy Association.

SEPA released its Leading ten Utility Solar Rankings for 2010 this week, which analyzes utility solar electrical power markets within the United states of america, focusing on the utilities that are driving solar power growth, the report’s executive summary mentioned.

In 2010, the top ten ranked utility businesses integrated 561 megawatts of solar electrical power, which SEPA stated was a 100 percent development from 2009. About 63 % with the new solar capacity came from outdoors of California, the largest percentage on record. (more…)

The Australian government has selected two of the 4 large-scale projects that are the cornerstone of an aggressive effort to construct 1,000 megawatts (MW) of solar power capacity.

Solar Dawn and Moree Solar Farm are portion with the Solar Flagships program’s $1.5 billion infusion to create grid-connected solar power stations in Australia using CSP and PV technologies. When complete, the two projects they chosen will be among the world’s biggest for their respective technologies.

The combined capability from the two projects, within the neighborhood of 400 MW, would represent a large percentage from the nation’s existing solar capability. Based on a latest EPIA global report, Australia ended 2010 with 504 MW of installed PV capacity. (more…)

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