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China, EU Reach Settlement in Solar Energy Module Trade Dispute

Chinese and European Commission negotiators have agreed to a minimum price for imported solar modules, a settlement expected to end the threat of a China-European Union solar trade war.In June, the EC imposed tariffs on modules sold into the EU at below-market prices by Chinese manufacturers.The agreed settlement price, according to widely quoted diplomatic sources, was 0.56 euro cents per watt for the first 7 gigawatts of imported modules. Beyond that quantity, it is speculated but has not been...

German Solar Subsidy to Drop to Third of Japan's on Installs

Germany, the biggest solar market by installed capacity, will this year reduce subsidy payments to power-plant developers to a third of Japans support level as installations continue to outpace government targets. Germanys feed-in-tariff will shrink 1.8 percent a month from August through October, the Bundesnetzagentur grid regulator said today in an e-mailed statement. In October, it will for the first time drop to below 0.1 euros $0.13 a kilowatt-hour for plants sized between 1 megawatts and ...

First Solar Sees Australian Project Decision Within 12 Months

First Solar Inc. FSLR , a partner in Australias first large-scale solar project, expects a decision to be made within 12 months to boost the size of the development. The General Electric Co. GE and Verve Energy-owned Greenough River project is seeking funding from the Australian government to help expand the plant as much as fourfold to 40 megawatts, Jack Curtis, First Solar vice president of business development and sales for Asia-Pacific, said today in an interview in Sydney. Id be very disa...

A Solar-Powered Tent for the Power-Hungry Outdoor Nerd

We go camping to get away from it all. Well, most of it — just because you’re in the bosom of the great outdoors doesn’t mean you need to leave technology back home. Goal Zero has announced a partnership with Eddie Bauer to sell a solar-powered tent. Unless you’re paying far too much money to “unplug” at one of those trendy, feel-good Silicon Valley camping trips, having access to power can be essential while camping. Especially if you plan on listening to mu...

Collapse of solar case against China sparks recriminations

An acrimonious split has developed between Brussels and EU ProSun, an alliance of solar panel manufacturers, after EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht announced a ‘targeted and innovative’ settlement to a dispute with China.

On summer solstice, my ?00 bet against solar power ends – who

Summer solstice. At dawn. What better time could there be for resolving a duel, albeit one not fought with flintlocks? The time is of my choosing, as the other party, though he accepted the challenge, would not agree terms. It is appropriate in another sense too, as this is the day with the longest hours of sunlight and therefore for I honour the sporting tradition it offers my opponent the best shot.Three years ago, in the course of our debate about the best means of generating electricity, I...

This Film Could Turn Your Smartphone Into a Solar Panel

Researchers at UCLA have developed a two-layer, see-through solar film that can be placed on any number of glass surfaces to harvest energy from the sun. The thin device uses two polymer solar cells to collect sunlight and then convert it into useable power, and can be used on windows in your home, the sunroof of your car, and even the display of your smartphone. The technology could one day be included in those products. Researchers say that they saw close to twice the energy using two solar c...

Unconquered Sun shows off new solar-powered vehicles

A Tecumseh company has unveiled a new line of solar-powered vehicles. Unconquered Sun Technologies Inc. has partnered with South Carolina-based company Star EV for the project. Its a reciprocal manufacturing agreement, says Unconquered Sun CEO Sean Moore. They'll be building the vehicles then sending them here and we'll be lending our patented solar roof technology to the vehicles. Moore hopes to ship the vehicles all over North America. We'll bring manufacturing jobs here, says Moore. We c...

Artfully using stained glass to capture solar energy

A collection of eye-catching stained glass installations by a Toronto artist is generating solar power in three provinces, and one of them is in the process of being hooked up to the Saskatchewan grid. "Lux Gloria" by Sarah Hall, at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon, is currently being connected to Saskatoon Light & Power's electrical distribution network, confirmed Jim Nakoneshny, facilities manager at the cathedral. The artwork, which consists of solar panels embedded in bright...