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President Obama mentioned government grant to manufacture “solar shingles”

Posted by admin on January 27th, 2011

During the President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Speech, which is delivered on Tuesday evening before a joint session of Congress, the President Obama mentioned solar shingles a lesser-known photovoltaic energy source that looks like regular roofing shingles but could power homes more cheaply than common solar power panels. The president stated that two American entrepreneurs have turned their obsolete factory into a facility for manufacturing solar shingles

Solar shingles are basically solar panels called as photovoltaic shingles. Solar shingles come in a number of designs and sizes. Solar shingles are designed to capture daylight and convert the light into power. Although, solar shingles with different designs have different requirements as to the placement of the shingles to produce energy, many brands of solar shingles can directly be placed to the roofing cloth. Some brands and complex designs of solar shingles require special installation efforts.

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300 new jobs created at a solar plant in UK

Posted by admin on January 27th, 2011

Sharp Corp., Japan’s largest manufacturer of solar power panels is to create 300 new jobs at a plant in the UK following the extension of its European solar panel plant in Wrexham, Wales,  increasing the workforce to 1,100 from 800.

The company said the investment will almost double manufacturing capacity to 500 megawatts a year by March, with an additional 3,000 panels being made every day, enough to power over 170,000 homes.

Andrew Lee, head of international sales for Sharp, said: “This job creation proves that there is an appetite for solar technology in the UK and that this sector has huge growth potential, bucking the trend in the wider economy.”

“Feed-in tariffs led to a shot in the arm and the solar industry, and we have responded by creating jobs.”

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Emcore contract NASA to manufacture solar panels

Posted by admin on January 26th, 2011

Semiconductor component manufacturer Emcore has hired NASA to manufacture, test and provide solar panels for the four spacecraft deal worth $ 10 million.

Emcore to provide 32 solar power panels to power Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft.

Panels at the Emcore factory  of Albuquerque, New Mexico and is sunlight converted to power efficiency of nearly 30 percent, significantly higher than used for terrestrial applications.

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Sunvalley Solar has inked a $1.37m contract

Posted by admin on January 26th, 2011

U.S. solar integrator Sunvalley Solar has inked $ 1.37m contract Aqua Farming Tech that will see it as a project to install solar panels in Thermal city, California.
The company has integrated solar power panels in 3140 from Tianwei Solar Films, along with four solar inverters of different classification of PV Powered, a few months.

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Truro school winner of MySolar School gets £30000‎

Posted by admin on January 26th, 2011

Truro school has won more than £ 30,000 worth of solar panels for next week installations.

A competition was held on My Solar School, part of a £15 million give-away by British Gas to provide solar power energy to UK schools. Tregony School was the first winner. 100 solar panels will provide up to 20 per cent of the school’s electricity and reducing carbon dioxide emissions by about 7.4 tons per year.

The Mark Weir, Headteacher at Tregony School said  “We are already committed to helping the environment. We recycle regularly and grow our own vegetables and flowers that are sold in shops throughout the community.”

“Having the panels installed will enable pupils to become more aware of the importance of being energy efficient.”

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Lloyds Banking Group PLC will finance solar projects in Australia

Posted by admin on January 25th, 2011

Lloyds Banking Group, a london based bank has announced that they will finance Australian solar power projects.

The Head of renewable energy for Lloyds Banking Group, Ed Wilson said on in an interview that they may provide loans to solar or wind power projects development in Australia. He did not commented on how the Lloyds will provide the loan facility in the australia.
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The German government cut 15 percent rebates

Posted by admin on January 24th, 2011

The German government announced to reduce the solar power energy subsidies by 15 percent on new installations if more than 3.5 gigawatts are forecast for this year.

For the sake of industrial development Germany’s government  has given high solar power rebates and other renewable energies since 2000.The Industry hopes to reduce costs so that it no longer needs support from 2017, Cramer says.

Companies want to increase the share of solar energy in Germany, the overall energy production of about 2 per cent is now 10 per cent in 2020, when the capacity is 70 GW, Cramer added.

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NASA Naon Solar Sail NanoSail-D Deployed

Posted by admin on January 23rd, 2011

Nano Solar

Nasa has successfully deployed its Nano Satellite on 20 Jan 2011. The Satellite is called as Nanosail-D. The Nanosaild-D has deployed its 100-square-foot polymer sail in low-Earth orbit.

The Weight of this spacecraft is 8.5 pounds. This is NASA first Solar Sail mission. The ais is made of a polymer material called CP1. The membrane is about 3 microns thick, tens of times thinner than a human hair.

The Solar sails works on principal of thrust where the photons generate small levels of thrust when they collide with a solar sail. This thrust puts the pressure on sail, and it reacts to thrust and reacts like kite.

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State Govt. to Promote Solar Power in India

Posted by admin on January 23rd, 2011

A new Solar Power Plant of 1 MW is being commissioned at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University near Gandhinagar. The Solar Plant has been built in 105 days and at cost of Rs 15 Crore. The Plant will generate 15 lakh unit of power each year which is enough to supply power to 1500 houses with Air Conditioners. This will also save the 1500T Carbon emission.

Chief minister Narendra Modi of Guajrat State said that the a new Solar Power Plant of 1 MW will be installed at Raisan, Gandhinagar as well. He said government is coming up with policy to make Gandhinagar a solar city and will buy back electricity from rooftop of households.

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Biggest solar farm in NSW gets the approval

Posted by admin on January 22nd, 2011

The state’s largest $150 million solar power farm is now all set to be built, covering 100 hectares by solar panels near the New South Wales town of Bungendore east of Canberra powering 10,000 homes.

“It is 32 blocks of solar panels placed for about 2-3 feet above the ground, so it’s a very big development,” Mr Monaro Steve Whan said. “It’s something that brings quite a lot of jobs in the region, because it is built around five jobs in the current manner. But more importantly, the actual share of renewable energy generation in this region.”

The solar farm project will be built alongside the Capital Wind Farm. “The main advantage of bringing together the infrastructure, mainly electricity, which puts them on the network, so that only help them to connect to the network,” he said.

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