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The Pentagon has a strong interest in using renewable energy and alternative fuels to improve U.S. energy security. U.S. Defense Department will encourage solar and wind companies to build facilities around military bases, making each base less dependent on the nation's electricity grid.
Date: 08/17/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The Institute for Energy Efficiency and the CEEM hosted a Technology Roundtable on concentrator photovoltaics. 35 key stakeholders participated in a facilitated discussion to identify what it will take for CPV to supply 100 GW of solar electricity in the US by 2030.
Date: 08/22/2012
Type: News
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
California surpassed one gigawatt of solar power production last month. One gigawatt can meet the instantaneous demand of at least 750,000 California homes. This milestone shows how far California has come with solar power and how far it has to go.
Date: 09/11/2012
Type: Article
This past January, SunPower unveiled the first commercial deployment of its C7 low-concentration photovoltaic tracker. The concentrator would effectively allow the company to increase the power output of its utility-scale solar plants.
Date: 09/14/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
The start-up SoloPower recently opened a manufacturing facility, which raised concerns from media and solar observers. SoloPower is entering into the niche market of thin-film panels using CIGS-based panels. The same niche and technology of Solyndra, a solar company that went bankrupt last year.
Date: 09/27/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area opened a new net-zero visitor center -- the first of its kind. The building is equipped with LED lighting and solar panels. The article also includes other LED news.
Date: 10/08/2012
Type: Article
It may not be the end of thin-film solar, some analysts believe that (when the market picks up) thin-film solar may be just as popular as conventional solar panels. Large thin-film factories can have lower manufacturing costs.
Date: 10/12/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signs off on a program to open up 285,000 acres in 17 “solar energy zones” in six Western states for fast-track project approvals.
Date: 10/15/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
1.5 billion people live in the dark. Solar-powered microgrids could help bring power to millions of the world's poorest.
Date: 11/02/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics
Researchers at Stanford have built the first all-carbon solar cell. These flexible photovoltaics promise low cost and durability, if their performance can be improved.
Date: 11/16/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Solar/Photovoltaics

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