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WOWZERS: China Just Raised Its Solar Power Goal By 67%

WOWZERS: China Just Raised Its Solar Power Goal By 67%

I make a lot of jokes on this blog but the hazardous levels of air pollution that the Chinese people are currently having to contend with is certainly no laughing matter. I can’t imagine what it is like for Chinese parents who have to explain to their children why it isn’t safe for them to


In Focus: Dupont’s Solar Quality Standards

Solar installations were removed from twenty-four San Diego Unified School District campuses after corrosion was discovered that threatened the possibility of electrical issues that could lead to fires. The 4.3-megawatt installation was built in 2005-06 by Solar Integrated Technologies (SIT). SIT was acquired by Energy Conversion Devices (ECD) (PINK:ENERQ) in 2009. ECD’s Uni-Solar manufactured the


First Solar: 2011’s Largest Solar Producer

Which solar manufacturers produced the most modules in 2011? Chinese solar companies grabbed four of the top five positions.  US-based First Solar holds the lead with 2 gigawatts (GW), followed by China-based Suntech, Yingli Green Energy, Trina Solar and Canadian Solar, according to Lux Research’s latest Solar Supply Tracker. The top 10 companies produced 12.5 GW of modules, 44% of 


Renewable Energy Production Up 27% Under Obama

Since President Obama entered office three years ago, renewable energy production in the US has climbed 26.9%, according to the Energy Information Agency’s (EIA) latest “Monthly Energy Review.” For the three years ending November 30, 2011, domestic oil production has also risen, by 13.7%, natural gas production grew 13.4%, nuclear power decreased by 2.8% and


China: Kicking Butt in Wind Power

Wind energy is the largest renewable energy source on the planet right now (if you don’t count in hydro). The total installed wind energy capacity exceeds the solar and biomass capacity by quite a margin at over 200 GW, with the most recent surge in wind energy installations coming from China, which put up almost


Why Finland Is A Cleantech Leader

I just returned from a trip to Finland last week, where I spentconsiderable time learning what it is that has made Finland a trueleader in Cleantech. What I found, actually, is that there are 10underlying reasons why Finland has positioned itself as such a cuttingedge market in the clean tech sector. Here are my findings:


10 Reasons The UK Is A Global Cleantech Leader

The UK’s official commitment to cleantech is strong and growing. Inits official Renewable Energy Strategy, the UK set a target of deriving 15 percent of its energy needs from renewables by 2020. In keeping with that ambitious goal, the new UK Prime Minister,Conservative David Cameron, has wasted no time in highlighting theimportance of the cleantech


Solar Sector Leader Named to U.S. Manufacturing Council

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke recently appointed the new chair of the U.S. Manufacturing Council, a body that advicesthe Commerce Department on issues relating to American manufacturers.With his selection, Locke sent a clear message that the U.S. renewableenergy industry — specifically the solar energy sector — is and willcontinue to be a considerable engine to

Richmond, California: Bay Area Solar Leader

Since the California Solar Initiative (CSI) was launched in 2007, northern California’s San Francisco Bay Area hasbeen an epicenter of activity within the state’s solar industry.Richmond, a city in the east Bay Area, has thus far played second fiddle to San Jose, the region’s perennial leader in solar energy installations. Last week, however, the former

AMAT CFO Thinks America Can be the Global Leader in Renewables

Applied Materials’ chief financial officer, George Davis, metwith Sens. Kerry (D-MA) and Lieberman (I-CT) today to discuss what isrequired to address the world’s energy and environmental challenges.Legislation such as the American Power Act is a step in the rightdirection, and, when added to other legislative action, will bring thiscountry closer to regaining our position as

Applied Materials, China new energy leader CECEP to ally on advancing solar PV

Applied Materials Inc. and China Energy Conservation and EnvironmentalProtection Group (CECEP), a leading new energy company in China, havesigned a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore projects foraccelerating the development and deployment of solar photovoltaic (PV)technology. The non-binding MoU forms a framework for AppliedMaterials and CECEP to work together on a range of activities to