Ballard Ships Its 500th ElectraGen™-ME Fuel Cell System For Telecom Backup Power

Reflects rapidly growing market for methanol-fuelled solutions

Why First Solar is buying a silicon solar cell startup no one's heard of

First Solar is buying an under-the-radar startup called TetraSun to add expertise around silicon solar cell manufacturing to its technology portfolio, which until now has focused on using the material cadmium telluride to make solar cells. The Arizona-based thin film solar giant announced the pending acquisition on Tuesday during its analyst day — its first since 2009 — in which it laid out a persuasive technology and business development plan for the next five years. Investors liked what they heard and pushed the company’s stock up by nearly 50 percent during trading. So why TetraSun? Apparently Silicon Valley-based TetraSun has some disruptive silicon cell designs that set it apart from the rest of the silicon solar companies. Its designs require fewer manufacturing steps to produce conventional silicon cells, and eliminates the need for silver and transparent conductive oxide. Silver is used to transport electricity produced by the cells, while the oxide is a coating that protects the cells and helps the semiconductor material (such as silicon or cadmium telluride) to grab the light more effectively to produce electricity. First Solar claims that TetraSun’s cells also can perform better in hot climates than conventional silicon cells. That feature will make solar panels with TetraSun’s cells more desirable in places like the Middle East and India, two markets with a lot of potentials for growth. First Solar says it plans to start making TetraSun’s cells in the second half of 2014.

Pearl Valley Cheese goes green with GEM Energy power system fueled by recycled dairy waste water

Pearl Valley Cheese Co., based in Fresno, Ohio, is going green with an energy-saving power system that runs on cheese manufacturing waste water. Designed and installed by GEM Energy, of Walbridge, Ohio, the system promises to save Pearl Valley Cheese more than $40,000 per year in electricity costs.

SEIA Applauds Confirmation of Sally Jewell as Interior Secretary

ABB launches world's first low-voltage breaker for energy management and smart grid communications

ABB's latest innovation has potential to save energy and reduce emissions – equivalent to the electric consumption of 1.4 million US households and 4 million tons of CO2 – and help to prevent blackouts

Schletter Commercial and Utility-Scale Solar Roadshow Hits the Southeast

Schletter's second-annual Solar Roadshow, which focuses on commercial and utility-scale solar applications, travels to the southeast with stops in Nashville on April 22, Charlotte on April 23, and Atlanta on April 25.

TURKEY / First 500 kWp Rooftop PV Plant Completed!

Prokon AŞ will meet approximately %40 of its electricity consumption after the solar power plant is put into service.

Advanced Energy Increases Growth Opportunities With Acquisition of Three-Phase String Inverter Product Line

REFUsol was just acquired by Advanced Energy

Ban-Ki Moon, Murkowski to headline Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit

UN Secretary-General and Alaska's US Senator among over 100 Energy Industry Thought Leaders to Participate in the Annual Gathering

TRA Snow and Sun Doubles Solar Racking Production Capabilities with New Press Brake

TRA Snow and Sun acquires Accurpress machine, doubling its ability to bend, punch and dimple solar racking and snow retention products

Duke Energy Renewables Acquires California Project from SolarWorld

Duke surpasses 100 MW milestone in commercial solar energy generation

PVinsights : Solar component price uptrend turned moderately in April.

Although solar system demand remained solid in China, EU, Japan and some emerging countries, solar module makers are still difficult to raise their price easily. Moreover, some Chinese solar module makers are still eager to ship more solar module at the current price level than high price.

AMECO Announces "Solar 101 Community Workshop"

Organized by AMECO, this informative workshop will teach you how to use the sun's power to benefit your home or business.

SEIA Statement on President Obama's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget

"America's solar industry welcomes President Obama's continued support. We praise the President for emphasizing that a transition to sustainable energy sources is vital—and that the U.S. must lead it. Solar is the fastest-growing clean energy technology available today." -Rhone Resch, CEO, SEIA

Re-merger of Western Australian government energy utilities a backwards step

Sustainable Energy Association of Australia calls for more electricity market reforms, not less, as the Western Australian Government moves backwards to re-merge two government owned utilities.

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