February, 2011Archive for

Solar Fees Vary Vastly in East Bay

Business owners wanting to go solar in the East Bay will find an array of fees and costs, depending on where they're located, according to the Contra Costa Times. In Contra Costa county, the same solar-panel project can range from $240 to $20,000, the survey found. The range is narrower in Alameda County. Residential fees are much lower and more consistent -- possibly because of studies like the one cited above. Alameda County's most expensive commercial fees were in Union City, at $9,930 -- abo...

Officials say solar-powered trash bins will bring savings to Ladysmith

A pair of garbage cans equipped with solar-powered trash compactors are expected to bring the Town of Ladysmith major savings on the cost of emptying the bins. The municipality bought the two cans, which cost about $4,000 each, with the help of a $5,000 grant from Solar B.C. They've been on First Avenue for two weeks now and Chris Trumpy, the manager of special projects for Ladysmith, said the bins are already paying off. The town has only had to empty the cans once so far, compared to the usual...

They've got the power

The Ontario Power Authority OPA has awarded a contract under its renewable energy program to SunEdison, which will build a rooftop solar installation that will generate an additional 500 kilowatts of power for a Mississauga business.Last Thursday, the OPA gave SunEdison, a global leader in solar energy, the go-ahead on five projects in Ontario, including one in Mississauga.SunEdison will install a solar panel at Atlantic Packaging Products Ltd., on Atlantic Dr.The other projects are in Whitby, D...

GT Solar wins $41.6m order for sapphire furnaces from new Asian

28 February 2011 GT Solar wins $41.6m order for sapphire furnaces from new Asian customer GT Solar International Inc of Merrimack, NH, USA a provider of polysilicon production technology as well as sapphire and silicon crystalline growth systems and materials for the solar, LED and other specialty markets has received an order for sapphire crystallization furnaces worth more than $41m. This is GT Solars fourth order for its sapphire crystallization furnaces in recent months. In January, GT Sol...

Learning to adapt your skills is critical to career success

A struggling economy forces people to look at their skill sets and see how they can adapt themselves to a new career path. By tapping into a variety of resources, some dislocated workers have adapted old skills and acquired new ones to jump-start a new career.This adaptability was evident at the NJBIZ solar energy symposium held Feb. 16. I went to this symposium thinking I had a relatively good handle on the solar energy field. My organization offers solar training that leads to the national Nor...

First Solar Reports Fourth Quarter, Raises Expectations for 2011

First Solar Reports Fourth Quarter, Raises Expectations for 2011by Stephen Simko 28 Feb 11 Advertisement First Solar FSLR reported fourth-quarter results and raised its 2011 guidance. We are maintaining our fair value estimate. For the quarter, revenues were $610 million, down 5% year over year and 24% from the September quarter. This fall is almost all attributable to a mix shift away from systems business where revenues are generated from construction activities as well as module production ....

Czech solar power plant installation third highest in EU in 2010

The Czech Republic is fourth in Europe in total installed capacity of solar power plants. Energy Regulatory Office data show that photovoltaic plants with total output at 1820 MW were connected to the grid and got a licence last year, according to Steel Guru.

Storms on surface of the sun create huge solar flare

When we saw this footage of stormy eruptions on the Sun, we just had to show it to you...The large solar flare was caught on film by NASA's solar observatory. It's the latest in a series of Sun storm eruptions and lasted for about 90 minutes. Fortunately, the blast was directed away from Earth so it's not expected to disrupt satellites or other electronic systems.

Demonstration Zone of Solar Energy Photovoltaic Generation Starts

The opening ceremony for "Applied Demonstration Zone of Solar Energy Photovoltaic Generation" was held in Hefei Hi-Tech Development Zone February 26. Sun Jinlong, one of the standing members of CPC Anhui Provincial Committee and the secretary of CPC Hefei Municipal Committee, and Ni Fake, vice governor of Anhui Provincial Government, attended the ceremony and unveiled the plaque. The project of solar energy photovoltaic generation in Hefei Hi-Tech Development Zone got national approval at the ...

Bringing solar PV power to market – literally!

CASEY MILLER, Advanced Energy Industries, Inc., Renewables Business Unit, Bend, OR USAChuck O'Brien operates three markets in California's central valley, where his customers know him for providing fresh food and superior service. He had been looking forward to getting on the renewable energy bandwagon for some time, and early in 2010, he was able to install solar plants at two of his three markets: his Riverbank store installed a 186kW plant and he installed 280kW of generating capacity at one ...