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Solar leases top out list of California residential solar

You might think that ‘San’ stands for solar rather than saint. After all, three of the top five cities for residential solar installations in California thus far this year all start with San. The list, based on information from the California Solar Initiative CSI and compiled by SunRun and PV Solar Report, was topped out by San Jose and San Diego, with San Francisco coming in fourth in the amount of residential installations. The top five were rounded out by Bakersfield, which was th...

Chevron to unveil solar oilfield project Monday

Reuters - Chevron Corp will unveil on Monday a solar oilfield project that has been hit by cost overruns and delays but serves as a showcase for the technology of Chevron-backed solar thermal company BrightSource Energy. The second-largest U.S. oil company said on Friday three of its executives would attend the launch of the "demonstration project" in Coalinga, California, which is designed to use solar power to create steam to inject into wells to improve the flow of heavy oil.The project cove...

National Solar Observatory coming to CU Boulder

The National Solar Observatory    National Solar Observatory Latest from The Business Journals UAH hoping decision on observatory will bring good newsCU-Boulder a finalist for National Solar ObservatoryPermit OK'd for 8M Haleakala telescope Follow this company NSO selected the University of Colorado Boulder for its national headquarters Friday. NSO is moving from two locations, in Kitt Peak, Ariz., and Sacramento Peak, N.M., to a building on CUs east campus. It will mean jobs fo...

Solyndra bankruptcy may not be a total loss for taxpayers

It's also possible that another, larger firm could buy Solyndra and make it profitable simply by restructuring it in bankruptcy.Nathaniel Bullard, a solar analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, didn't think the technology could be tweaked, as the machines are all tooled to only make that type of panel. But he did say Solyndra's panels have niche applications. They are lighter in weight than traditional solar panels, and so are better suited for older, less robust roofs."Coming out for ban...

Solar Decathlon home will house a Deanwood family

SustainabilitySolar Decathlon home will house a Deanwood familyby Reginald Johnson   •   September 30, 2011 11:45 amThe Solar Decathlon is largely about using cutting-edge technology and materials to create homes that draw no net energy from the power grid. For one team, though, it's also about providing housing to the community. The "Empowerhouse" was designed by a team comprised of Parsons The New School for Design, Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Po...

American Solar Energy Society's 16th annual solar home tour gearing up

Towns and counties from Boulder, Colo. to Muncie, Ind. and Franklin County, Pennsylvania to states like Ohio and Alaska will host more than 160,000 visitors in open house tours of the greenest buildings, according to the society. Most of the tours take place on Saturday. Some are full weekend affairs. Some new areas have come online with plenty of solid new and lasting solar installations to show off while other more established and historic programs have expanded. There are more than 5,500 buil...

US finalizes loan aid for 2 First Solar plants

* Renewable energy loan program ends Friday * $2 billion in aid doled out so far on last day * Loan aid "solidifies" First Solar's prospects-analyst Recasts, Adds details, analyst comment By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON, Sept 30 Reuters - The Obama administration on Friday approved more than $2 billion in loan guarantees for two solar power projects by First Solar FSLR.O as the government closed out an incentive program at the center of a controversy over the bankruptcy of one of its biggest projec...

UK Solar PV Installers Hit Back at Energy Price Rises With Three

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, Sep 30, 2011 MARKETWIRE via COMTEX -- During September 2011, the media has been providing yet more bleak forecasts for UK households, with a rise of between 10 and 20 per cent in energy prices expected for the coming winter. With global wholesale gas and electricity generation prices also remaining steadily high, solar photovoltaic panel solar PV installers Spirit Solar have renewed their efforts to offer UK consumers a viable and cost-efficient energy generation alter...

FBI Probing Solyndra for Possible Fraud

Solyndra LLC, the solar-panel maker that filed for bankruptcy protection two months after executives extolled its prospects, is being investigated by the FBI for accounting fraud, an agency official said. The FBI is examining possible misrepresentations in financial statements submitted to the Energy Department, according to the official, who requested anonymity because the investigation is continuing. Disclosure of the fraud probe is likely to heighten Republican criticism of the Obama admini...