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Nanosolar to serve residential solar market in soon?

Many residential consumers were disappointed this month when they found out Nanosolar is not offering panels to residential homeowners or even businesses. Nanosolar is exclusively dealing with large utilities according to the Nanosolar offical blog. It was not until a flood of emails sent to the CEO of Nanosolar by angry consumers that the CEO address the commented and stated serving the residential market is in their “near term” roadmap. There was no expected date in which Nanosolar would offer $1/watt thin film solar panels to the residential market. I feel as the company’s manufacturing capacity goes up and the have an abundance of product they will start to offer the residential market with cheap solar panels. The first Nanosolar customer was a German utility company that used the thin film solar panels for a large solar array deployment, municipal power plant. So my expectations is Nanosolar will offer cheaper solar panels in a couple years, because it seems like up until now their supply is dedicated to large customers who want to put up municipal power...

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Los Angeles Community College Goes Solar!

The East Los Angeles College (ELAC) inaugurated a 1.2 Megawatt solar electric system at its Monterey Park campus. The school officials switched the system live on earth day to mark a significant milestone for the school. The goal of the LACCD colleges is to become more energy independent and what better city than Los Angeles to have such a great goal. The installation was completed with 6,000 Kyocera KC200 solar panels . Los Angeles is the city with the most average sunshine per day in the entire USA which makes this 1.2 Megawatt plant so special, it will be a great example and benchmark colleges...

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The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund Makes Solar Power Possible

Today, the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) made major commitments grossing ,250,000 to four solar photovoltaic projects. The money was distributed in forms of grants for the following organizations: Precision Plastic Products in Portland, Connecticut – will receive $359,765 to install an 83 kilowatt solar power system at their manufacturing facility. Lifecare Retirement Community in Essex, Connecticut will receive $459,719 for installing a 108 kilowatt solar power system at the retirement community. Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury, Connecticut is documented to receive $275,795 for installing a 64 kilowatt solar power installation. Kaestle Boos Associates an architecture firm in New Britain, Connecticut is set to receive $157,212 for installing a 35 kilowatt system. Lise Dondy, president of CCEF stated, “By supporting these four solar installations, we are helping to bring on line nearly 300 kilowatts of clean energy generating capacity, enough energy to power 36 homes each year.” Without the financial support of the CCEF these solar power project would not be possible. The grant recipients have been greatly affected by raising energy costs and without the support of CCEF these organizations would have to make serious budget cuts, layoffs and even relocation. By establishing programs to help with the upfront cost of going solar, it really stimulates the economy, it keeps business and programs within Connecticut to continue operations and create jobs and increase the local Goss Domestic Product. Investing in solar power stimulates the economy MUCH more than handing out “economic stimulus” checks by the federal government which is going to be used on buying gas (since oil prices have been skyrocketing)….where does the gas come from? Saudi Arabia and other foreign entities….contact your so called “representatives” in congress and tell them to stop bickering with each other, and start funding the obvious technologies that are going to not only help us become energy independent but are going to really stimulate the economy by creating jobs and reducing the bottom lines for organizations...

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America’s Solar Cities 2008

Today, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Samuel W. Bodman made a public announcement that the DOE will be funding 2.4 million dollars to 12 cities across the country. These Solar America cities have been chosen for their commitment to the deployment of solar technologies. Cities selected as Solar America Cities will receive 0,000 (doesn’t sound like much, but its better than nothing) to implement a variety of solar technologies throughout the cities. The funded cities include: Denver, CO Houston, TX Knoxville, TN Milwaukee, WI Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN Orlando, FL Philadelphia, PA Sacramento, CA San Antonio, TX San Jose, CA Santa Rosa, CA Seattle, WA In addition to the funding the DOE will provide technical assistance to the cities for them to implement solar technologies. The cities will be free to implement various renewable energy technologies from solar water heating, photovoltaics to concentrating solar...

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Solarbuzz says solar installations hit an all time record in 2007

Solarbuzz reported last month that the world solar power market grew 62% in 2007. Germany represents for 47% of the world market for solar power. Spain in second place market increase was significant, over 480%!! The USA trailed in forth place at a 57% growth rate following Japan. The solar power industry in 2007 generated a global revenue stream of $17.2 Billion! The data by Solarbuzz is important for consumers to see the robust growth in the solar industry which proves the technology behind solar power is real, improving and can really help consumers across the globe reduce their bottom lines through solar power technology. If the USA had more federal government support for solar power and renewable energy in general, we could not only create millions of new jobs and innovate ourselves off foreign oil but we could invigorate our...

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FedEx continues to reduce bottom line with Solar Power

When I was at the Earth Day Festival on Sunday, it was interesting to see FedEx’s booth promoting their use of Solar Power. Today on the Official Earth Day, FedEx Freight has completed the installation of a solar-electric system in Whittier, California and is nearly completed with a similar solar power operation at its Fontana, CA location. Both systems are designed to reduce the peak time usage FedEx faces when operating their business in California. The 282 kW system in Whittier is capable of producing over 414,000 kWh of electricity each year. The CEO claims that they did it for the environment, although consumer research proves the majority of people / organizations who buy solar power do it for the financial benefits before the consider what the system does for the environment. Obviously producing 40% of the facilities annual needs from solar power is only going to increase the value of FedEx’s stock price. FedEx purchased BP Solar Panels (which we do feature on our shop, hint hint*) for their installation. It seems like all these corporations are sprinting to get their solar electric systems up and running before December, 31 2008, the last day a tax paying entity can receive the 30% Federal Tax Credit form the government. By the way, Happy Earth Day!! From the entire

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