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Posted on Tue, 11/13/2012 - 02:00 PM by Bryan Nisperos
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When the International Trade Commission voted unanimously that imports of Chinese solar cells have harmed U.S. solar manufacturers, which will result in tariffs added to solar modules manufactured in China, a new era in the solar industry began. Sadly, this era is seemingly based on American whining and foot stomping instead of focusing on innovation and market development.

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Soitec Opens CPV Module Manufacturing Facility in San Diego, Calif.

During the bustle of the holiday season, many may have missed a rare occurrence — a CPV module manufacturing plant opened its doors in the U.S. Soitec, known for manufacturing semiconductors, acquired the facility in December 2011, and it is now equipped to produce its Concentrix technology modules. I’ll be headed to the plant in February for a tou


Solar Cell Efficiency Round-Up: Thin Film Closing the Gap with Silicon

A flurry of new solar-cell efficiency records — including a quiet surprise — are putting thin-film solar PV technologies tantalizingly close to silicon rivals.


Solar Industry Hasn't Forgotten Obama's Promise to Put Solar on White House

It’s a well-known story in the renewable energy scene: President Carter installed solar panels on the White House in 1979, and just seven short years later, his successor President Reagan removed them. It’s been more than 20 years since a U.S. President displayed solar on the famous roof, but in 2010 President Obama gave solar advocates some hope:


UK and Ireland Sign Pact on Renewable Energy Trading

The UK and Ireland today pledged to work together to secure economic benefits for both countries through renewable energy trading.


Strategic Investor Hanwha Group Pours $30M More into OneRoof Energy

OneRoof Energy announced today that South Korea's Hanwha Group invested an additional $30 million in its company to help OneRoof expand into new markets, develop new proprietary technologies and strengthen dealer support. Hanwha Group was among the first investors of OneRoof Energy's Series A funding in 2011.



California city will power traffic lights with solar bus shelters

The City of Perris, Calif. is preparing to install six solar-powered bus shelters in different locations around the city.


Evolution inspires more efficient solar cell design: Geometric pattern maximizes time light is trapped in solar cell

Using a mathematical model based on natural evolution, researchers have developed an organic solar cell design that could pave the way for more efficient, less expensive solar energy.

Study: Hawaii gets $2.67 for every $1 in solar tax credits

A peer-reviewed economic impact study of Hawaii’s solar tax credit revealed that for every $1 the state invests in its commercial PV tax credit, it gets $2.67 back in sales tax revenue.


Researchers Aim to ‘Green Up’ Clean Technology

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded researchers a grant to explore ways in which biological-based materials can be used in solar panels, wind turbine blades and other components for the clean-energy industry.


Shoals and Ampt DC/DC Optimizer Awarded IEC and UL Certification

Shoals Technologies Group and Ampt today announced certification of a module-level DC/DC optimizer compatible with the MultiLink Junction Box.

Now certified by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL), these DC/DC optimizers in conjunction with Shoals’ MultiLink junction boxes are ready to ship for use in commercial and utility scale PV systems.



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