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Light Bulbs: What Does The Future Look Like?

Light Bulbs: What Does The Future Look Like?

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that you missed a major change in light bulb manufacturing as you danced beneath New Year’s Eve disco balls, toasted each other and sang “Auld Lang Syne.” Nevertheless, the traditional song could have been dedicated to 100-watt incandescent light bulbs. As of January 2013, 100-watt incandescent bulbs can no


Current Solar Industry Trends: Storage and Low Costs

Predicting the future is always fraught with hazards but a recent survey caught our eye with a bold prediction: nearly one-third of solar installers/integrators world wide expect to utilize storage in more than 40% of their installs by 2015!  Oh and they need microinverters to come down in cost by 50% before they are willing


PV Rebates Ending Soon in California

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), which coordinates California’s solar incentives programs through the California Solar Initiative, said earlier this week that residential solar incentives in an increasing number of utility service areas are reaching fulfillment. And the solar industry and its supporters, like the Vote Solar Initiative say that’s a good thing. But another

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Kingtec Solar: Poised to OWN The Solar AC Market

“One Hundred million affected by Indonesian power outage“;  “Short circuit in Brazil leaves 190 million without power”, “Over 375,000 customers without power in San Francisco“; “Up to 90% of population in Chilewithout power”; “600 million in India face power outage” . The number and frequency of electrical power outages is as staggering as the number of people impacted. Surprisingly still,


Secretary Chu Discusses The State of U.S Solar

Last Friday (Feb. 22) outgoing Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu hosted a Google+ Hangout along with a host of solar experts and discussed the progress that solar has made in the past few years. Particularly regarding the progress that the U.S. has made on reducing the costs of solar power and the trajectory the


Amonix Teams Up with Solar Junction

2012 was not a good year for concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar firms. GreenVolts went under and Amonix went quiet after shuttering its Nevada factory and laying off much of its staff. Brad Mattson, CEO of Solexant and semiconductor entrepreneur, spoke at PARC recently and suggested that CPV technology might succeed in the shape of a


The Solar Manufacturing Industry: No Improvements Yet

Recent solar module production capacity has been nearly twice the demand, resulting in significant overcapacity and excessive inventories. Solar manufacturers have reduced prices to record lows, often at or below the module cost of goods sold (COGS). Companies have been hunkering down until overall market conditions improve by laying off workers or actively seek creative

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ACPV Solar Workforce Training Comes to New Orleans

SolarBridge Technologies, a leading provider of integrated microinverters for TrueACTM solar modules, is bringing its nationwide ACPV Revolution Roadshow and Training to New Orleans on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The free training, co-sponsored by MAGE SOLAR and presented by Ontility Solar Training, is being held to educate Louisiana’s growing solar workforce. The sustained growth of the Gulf Coast’s solar industry