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Solar news goes local

Coverage of the solar revolution in local and regional media outlets can be hit and miss, but for the most part, it’s a welcome addition to the content stream that reaches a different audience than the specialist press. Reporters who don’t write about renewable energy on a regular basis can bring a fresh eye to […]

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Portable PV saves lives

A Bay Area nonprofit organization that’s been literally saving the lives of expectant women and their newborn children, one Solar Suitcase at a time, is the aptly named We Care Solar. Cofounded by wife-and-husband team Dr. Laura Stachel and Hal Aronson, the group has distributed or is about to distribute dozens of its ruggedized portable […]

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Stanford Ovshinsky, 1922-2012

One of the great minds and personalities in solar passed away last week, as Stanford “Stan” Ovshinsky succumbed to cancer at the age of 89. Many major news outlets carried obituaries of the founder of Energy Conversion Devices (and the Uni-Solar brand) and father-inventor of the flexible amorphous-silicon thin-film flexible solar panel (as well as […]

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The pain of conversion

The PV module often gets the lion’s share of attention among the components of a solar system, but without the inverter’s power conversion prowess, all those harvested photons and excited electrons would never have a chance to create useable energy. Although generally not as hard hit as the companies manufacturing their symbiotic glass-paneled counterparts, the […]

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Overcapacity blues

Solar manufacturers continue to grapple with the current realities of structural overcapacity, practically nonexistent profit margins, choppy end-demand for finished modules and systems, and an uncertain policy environment. Wacker Chemie has cut hours for hundreds of workers at its polysilicon factory in Burghausen, Germany, citing weakened demand for the basic material for crystalline silicon solar […]

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Cartels of the solar kind

Solyndra’s back in the news, but this time the cause célèbre bankrupt PV company has taken the offensive as the claimant in a $1.5 billion lawsuit against Suntech, Yingli, Trina, and other defendants alleging a vast Chinese cabal seeking to gut the U.S. solar manufacturing sector, according to reports in Bloomberg, Forbes, and other media outlets. […]

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Commerce finds for the plaintiffs

The final determination has been rendered, and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration has reiterated its preliminary finding that Chinese solar companies have received unfair subsidies from their government and have been dumping their products in the U.S. market. One of the first outlets to post the news, Greentech Media, reports no earth-shaking […]

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Initial public observations

The long-awaited initial public offering of SolarCity has moved closer to implementation, as the solar lease innovators have filed a Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Coverage and commentary on the filing can be found at Earth2Tech, BusinessGreen, and elsewhere. “This may be a pretty game-changing moment for the solar industry,” Anthony […]

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Getting on with it

Rather than counterpunching Mitt Romney’s miss-and-hit jabs at the green-energy punching bag being held by President Obama during the debate, the Curator would like to point out that the solar industry will continue to grow and even thrive, regardless of who wins the election. Call me a Pollyanna (or whatever the male equivalent of Miss […]

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Solar wins in a landslide

The results are in, and yet again, the American people have come out strongly for solar, regardless of political affiliation. In a new national survey of over 1200 voters conducted by Hart Research on behalf of SEIA, an astounding 92% of those polled responded that the U.S. should develop and use more solar power, with […]

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