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The Worst Is Over? Solar Industry Rebounds

energynews Posted in Weather on Dec 4th, 2013 with

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NEW YORK CITY — Solar industry manufacturers are rebounding from a two-year slump faster than technology companies recovered from the dot-com bubble of the late 1990s. The benchmark BI Global Large Solar Energy Index of 15 manufacturers, which slumped 87 percent from a February 2011 peak through November 2012, has regained 55 percent of its…

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SMA goes zero carbon – how green are your suppliers?

energynews Posted in Weather on Dec 2nd, 2013 with

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While the empasis on selling solar panels over the past few years has been on the financial benefits, I also find it very satisfactory to think about the environmental benefits. It’s great that I’m generating free electricity, but I also like knowing that I’ve reduced the carbon emissions of my home. But how often do…

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Listen Up: Solar Energy Technology Innovations

energynews Posted in Weather on Nov 29th, 2013 with

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The first time I heard about Ultrasolar and pyroelectricity I checked the calendar to see if it was April 1st. Engineers and scientists are automatically skeptical of device efficiencies over 100 percent. But when I dug into their technology a bit more, I realized that they actually may be on to a practical way for…

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NRDC Launches Solar Schools Crowdfunding Campaign

energynews Posted in Weather on Nov 28th, 2013 with

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Over the past few years, the terms ‘crowdfunding’ or ‘kickstarting’ have taken off, much like the projects or startup companies that the fundraising campaigns are helping reach fruition. Now a somewhat unlikely organization has jumped into the fray, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which is aiming to install solar on schools as soon as…

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How do I find a recommended installer on YouGen?

energynews Posted in Weather on Nov 27th, 2013 with

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One of the key barriers to investing in renewable energy that I identified before I started YouGen is finding an installer that you trust to do a good job. How do you evaluate what they are saying, and compare them. Our response is to invite installers to become YouGen members. This means they can promote…

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The Arab Oil Embargo, Sandy, and Adapting to New Realities

energynews Posted in Weather on Nov 20th, 2013 with

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This month marks the anniversaries of two notable events, decades apart yet related in terms of historical impact, awareness of vulnerability, and challenge to business as usual: the Arab oil embargo 40 years ago (Oct. 19-20, 1973) and Superstorm Sandy, which hit the Northeast on Oct. 29 last year. Both events sparked a national and…

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SunPower to Boost Capacity 25% with Plants Running at Full Speed

energynews Posted in Weather on Nov 19th, 2013 with

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NEW YORK CITY — SunPower Corp., the second-largest U.S. solar-panel maker, plans to boost manufacturing capacity 25 percent as it runs its existing plants at full speed to meet surging demand. The company will build a factory in the Philippines that will be able to produce 350 megawatts of panels a year and is expected…

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