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Ford Sparks Solar Power At Michigan Plant
March 16th, 2011

Ford, alongside DTE Energy, announced this month that a new 500 kilowatt solar power system at its Michigan Assembly plant is now operational. It serves both as a test pilot program and also the automaker’s largest solarpower generating system to date. It is being used, among other things, to help power the production of small, fuel-efficient cars like the new Focus Electric, which we covered earlier this year.

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Hotter Solar Energy
March 16th, 2011

Hotter Solar Energy
Siemens looks to cut the cost and boost the efficiency of solar thermal power. Solar thermal power plants that produce hotter steam can capture more solar energy. That’s why Siemens is exploring an upgrade for solar thermal technology to push its temperature limit 160 °C higher than current designs. The idea is to expand the use of molten salts, which many plants already use to store extra heat …

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Lowering the Price of Electricity from the Sun
March 16th, 2011

Silicon translates sunshine into electricity—and Earth receives enough sunshine in a daylight hour to supply all of humanity’s energy needs for a year. But despite being as common as sand, photovoltaic panels made from silicon—or any of a host of other semiconducting materials—are not cheap, especially when compared with the cost of electricity produced by burning coal or natural gas. The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) aims to change that by bringing down the cost of solar electricity via a new program dubbed “SunShot,” an homage to President John Kennedy’s “moon shot” pledge in 1961.

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Solar stocks
March 16th, 2011

Solar stocks
Solar stocks surged again as Japan’s nuclear woes fueled interest in the alternative energy source. SunPower leapt 10.8%, LDK Solar jumped 9.3% and Yingli Green Energy rose 9%.

Read more on Investor’s Business Daily via Yahoo! News

Xcel Energy, solar industry agree on incentives
March 16th, 2011

Xcel Energy, solar industry agree on incentives
Xcel Energy Inc. and the solar energy industry have reached a compromise on incentives offered to customers who install small-scale solar electric systems in Colorado.

Read more on AP via Yahoo! Finance

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ASTALDI Construction Corp. Goes Solar
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