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Global Solar rolls out stick-on solar panels

Glue may be the magic ingredient to making solar power cheaper. Solar company Global Solar on Tuesday introduced a line of flexible solar modules that are designed for flat commercial rooftop buildings. Rather than install racking systems to hold heavy glass-covered solar panels, the company's PowerFlex BIPV modules can be adhered onto a roof or built right into roofing materials. The modules are quicker to installer, lighter, and don't require any penetrations into the roof, according to the...

Town moving forward with solar farm plan

The Town of Ingersoll is moving forward with plans to build a 18-hectare solar farm on property it owns south of Clarke Road.A bylaw authorizing an agreement with Intech Clean Energy for the "design, supply, installation and commissioning" of the $32.5-million facility is on the agenda for a special council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 31.The bylaw is part of the application process with Ontario's Renewable Energy Office and the Ontario Power Authority, Ingersoll Mayor Paul Holbrough said.Also part ...

Bright idea in a tidy package

EDMONTON - Darcy Braun looked at the incredibly bulky solar street lights in South Africa and knew he could do better. "They had a couple of hundred pounds of batteries at the bottom and a big solar array on a dinky little light. They need the solar lights over there because when the power grid goes down there is looting, and they also steal the cables out of the regular lights." Sherwood Park-based Enertia Engineering's solution is a compact one-piece battery and solar panel that sits...

Odersun AG Appoints Doede Vierstra as Chief Financial Officer

Odersun AG, manufacturer of customized thin-film solar modules, announces today the appointment of Mr. Doede Vierstra as its Chief Financial Officer and member of the board of management. Doede Vierstra has worked in various executive finance positions, bringing vast experience in finance and international management. He joins Odersun from the Dutch energy provider Nuon, now part of the Vattenfall Group, where he was CFO and member of the Board of Management. Prior to that, Vierstra served as ...

MS more active in spring and summer: study

AFP – 1 hour ago WASHINGTON — The neurological disease multiple sclerosis can be more active in the spring and summer, according to a new study that detected brain lesions two to three times more frequently in warmer months."Our results showed that the appearance of lesions on brain scans was two to three times higher in the months of March to August, compared to other months of the year," said study author Dominik Meier of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.Researchers compare...

Detroit Edison Donates Retired Solar Equipment

DETROIT, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- An orphanage in Haiti, as well as organizations in Michigan, will harness the energy of the sun thanks to donations of solar panels and inverters from Detroit Edison. The solar equipment came from the utility's first solar facility in Scio Township, near Ann Arbor, which first started producing electricity in 1997. The facility was decommissioned this summer in favor of newer solar technology that's being installed at the site. In the meantime, Detroit Edison has...

Solar Millennium Sees 300 Megawatts as 'Optimal' Plant Size

Solar Millennium AG, the German maker of solar-energy systems, considers the optimal size of power plants using solar-thermal technology to be 300 megawatts, a senior adviser to the company said. Building them any larger than 300 megawatts, about a third the size of a large coal generator, creates difficulties with logistics and management, said Fritz-Dieter Doenitz, a physicist who advises Solar Millennium on technical issues, in an interview in Berlin. Solar Millennium develops and produces ...

Wind farms feel the heat from small-scale solar

The result comes after Infigen this year abandoned plans to sell wind farms in Germany and the US, underlining the difficult conditions for asset sales in the industry. Amid unconfirmed reports some big investors in the former Babcock & Brown offshoot have been selling down their stakes in the company, Infigen explained its share price decline by pointing to a global decline in renewable energy share prices. ''The sentiment towards renewable energy businesses generally has weakened in the la...

Buy China Solar Stocks, Avoid Builders, Elegant Says

By Bloomberg News Updates with fund manager quote in second paragraph. Aug. 31 Bloomberg -- Investors should favor shares of Chinese solar companies and avoid developers as the government promotes cleaner forms of energy and maintains property curbs to restrain prices, Shanghai Elegant Investment Co. said. “China’s shift away from energy-intensive and polluting industries to a low-carbon economy is one of the key investment opportunities in the next three years,” Shi Bo, ...

China Power Investment Wins Seven Solar Projects, Securities

China Power Investment Corp. has won bids for seven solar concession projects, China Securities Journal reported, without saying where it got the information. Huanghe Hydropower Development Co., a unit of China Power Investment, won the right to build the 30-megawatt Gonghe solar power plant in Qinghai province with a bid of 0.73 yuan 11 cents a kilowatt-hour, the lowest in the tender for 13 solar projects. Telephone calls to China Power Investments media relations office in Beijing seeking com...