California solar energy systems top 1 gigawatt

California's rebate program for businesses and homeowners who install solar panels has now funded enough systems to generate 1 gigawatt of electricity - a level few countries and no other states have ever reached. California officials reported Thursday that state residents have installed 1,066 megawatts of solar systems using rebates from the $2.4 billion California Solar Initiative, launched in 2007 as a way to jump-start the industry. For perspective, 1 gigawatt is roughly the output of two conventional power plants or one nuclear reactor. A gigawatt equals 1,000 megawatts. Both are snapshot figures, representing the amount of electricity generated at a given instant. The rebates decline over time and are now 92 percent lower than they were when the program began. But the number of applications received each year continues to rise as solar power's popularity spreads. As a result, state officials say the program should reach its goal of funding enough installations to generate 1,940 megawatts by the end of 2016.

China's Polysilicon Prices Continue to Surge, Price Increases from Mid-to-Downstream Vendors to Foll

According to EnergyTrend, a research division of TrendForce, polysilicon and mono-Si wafer prices are continuing on an uptrend as talks regarding China's double anti-policy in February grow more widespread. With relevant institutions being largely optimistic about 2013's demand situation, various in

Purchase Orders For Fuel Cell Backup Power Systems In The Telecom Sector On The Rise

Addition of Methanol-Fuelled Product Line Paying Dividends

ecoHOME Celebrates A Milestone With 20 Builders Under Contract

Just six months after being unveiled, SEM's efficiency program for new home construction already has 20 builders participating.

SEIA Praises Governor Cuomo for Expanding New York Solar Energy Program

An additional $150 million per year over the next 10 years

SEIA Praises Governor Cuomo for Expanding New York Solar Energy Program

An additional $150 million per year over the next 10 years

Romanian Energy Minister Re-Affirms Commitment to Wind Energy

"All those who wish to invest in energy will have the necessary support from government". This is the quote today from the Romanian Energy Minister, Constantin Nita, less than a week ahead of the largest wind energy event in the country to be held on the 15-16 January at the JW Marriott, Bucharest

SENER and Torresol Energy to attend WFES 2013 again this year

Both companies will share a stand where they will showcase their latest achievements

Solar Frontier Achieves Record 19.7% CIS Efficiency

World's highest conversion efficiency using highly-efficient manufacturing method

Analysis of ReadiJet® Alternative Fuel Released

100% Drop-in Biofuel tested in historic jet flight reveals----- 50% reduction in emissions and reduced fuel consumption

Advantech Introduces New Embedded Controller with Two PCI Cards On-Board

First Wind Picks GE Advanced Software to Enhance Output of Two Wind Farms in Maine

WindCONTROL Technology Maximizes Wind Power While Complying with Grid Regulations----- Part of a Suite of GE Software Offerings to Provide Value, Increased Energy Production, Efficiency and Reliability

Mosaic Sells Out First Public Solar Projects in Less Than 24 Hours

New Online Marketplace for Solar Investments Shows Strong Demand

Shaner Industries' Steel Foundation Supports A 90-foot Tall Wind Turbine

Installation processes required no digging, allowing for quick and easy installation with no mess.

First Solar Acquires Chilean Project Developer Solar Chile

Investment to advance PV power plant projects in sustainable market with world-class solar resource

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