OneRoof Energy Secures $50 million in Financing, Introduces New Leasing Model for Solar Roof Installations

Hanwha International, U.S. Bank and Black Coral Capital lead financing to launch its SolarSelect® Lease product

U.S. Dept of Energy - Solar Decathlon 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.  AltEnergyMag.com was on hand to check out this years entrants and has highlighted them in a 4 part series . Results: Overall Winner - The University of Maryland won top honors overall by designing, building, and operating the most cost effective, energy efficient and attractive solar powered house. Purdue University took second place followed by New Zealand ( Victoria University of Wellington) in third place. Peoples Choice - Appalachian State University. “The team’s passion and enthusiasm were contagious,” said Terri Jones, Solar Decathlon Communications Contest official. “The People’s Choice Award is a popular vote, and I believe the Solar Homestead house and team appealed to people on many levels.” Communications Contest - Middlebury College ,  T"his team’s holistic approach to communications was refreshing; they achieved in all aspects of communications—not just in one area,” said Ryan Park, director of business development for REC Solar Inc., who presented the award on behalf of the Communications Contest jurors. “This team made renewable energy technologies familiar to the public, which we believe will help people more easily embrace these technologies. And isn’t that what it’s all about?” Engineering Contest - New Zealand (Victoria University of Wellington) .  "The New Zealand house was beautifully executed, with extreme attention to detail and craftsmanship and an intuitive tree-ring visualization system, which makes it easy to understand energy use throughout the house,” said Engineering Contest juror Dr. Hunter Fanney. Architecture Contest - The University of Maryland .  “WaterShed achieves an elegant mix of inspiration, function, and simplicity. It takes our current greatest challenges in the built environment—energy and water—and transforms them into opportunities for spatial beauty and poetry while maintaining livability in every square inch,” said Architecture Contest Juror Michelle Kaufmann. Affordability Contest -   We have a tie between Parsons The New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology who built Empowerhouse for less than $230,000,   Team Belgium (Ghent University)  With its E-Cube  valued at $249,568.09. More Results to come...

Nevada School District Installs Nearly 2 MW of PV

The Carson City School District is getting a $9.7 million solar rebate from utility company NV Energy for installing 1,949 kw of solar at five schools in the northern Nevada community of Carson City.

Solar Tower Systems and Bosch Rexroth make inroads into the CSP industry

By establishing partnerships and creating specialised industry networks, smaller players are able to enter into the CSP industry and ramp-up a competitive technology.

SGS Participates in RenewableUK 2011 in Manchester, UK

SGS is participating in the RenewableUK Conference and Exhibition 2011 in Manchester, UK on October 25-27, 2011.

Resale of PPAs in Gujarat, India

The October India Solar Compass, a quarterly solar market report by BRIDGE TO INDIA, extensively analyses the emerging market for resale of PPAs in Gujarat, India. As projects approach their deadlines with various projects yet to begin construction, anxious developers are looking to sell their PPAs

New metal hydride clusters provide insights into hydrogen storage

Researchers at the RIKEN Advanced Science Institute (ASI) has shed light on a class of heterometallic molecular structures whose features point the way to breakthroughs in the development of lightweight fuel cell technology.

SMA America to Showcase New Utility-Scale, Turnkey Power Solutions at Solar Power International 2011

SMA America will unveil new utility-scale, turnkey power solutions, as well as recently announced grid-tied and off-grid PV inverters, at this year's Solar Power International, scheduled for Oct. 17-20, 2011 at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

Solar cell breakthrough could hit 40 percent efficiency

Researchers using novel materials to build photovoltaic cells say their efforts could nearly double the efficiency of silicon-based solar cells. The cells being developed by teams from the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University have the potential to achieve a light-to-energy conversion rate, or solar efficiency, of 40 percent or better, according to the researchers. The photovoltaic cells are intended for use in satellites and space instruments. Currently, the silicon-based solar cells that NASA uses in its satellites and instruments have efficiencies of only up to 23 percent, according to NASA statistics. And today it was announced that the research teams are getting more money--a total of $1 million in new funding--to further their work. Of that, about $735,000 will come from NASA, $237,000 from the University of Arkansas, and $86,000 from Arkansas State. Omar Manasreh, professor of electrical engineering at the Optoelectronics Research Lab at the University of Arkansas, has been developing the technology so far with a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He leads the research team along with Liangmin Zhang, assistant professor at Arkansas State.

SGS Attends Offshore Wind Construction, Installation and Commissioning Conference in London

SGS will participate in the third annual Offshore Wind Construction, Installation and Commissioning Conference in London, UK, from October 4–6, 2011. On October 4, SGS's team of experts will hold two workshops on technical risks and Risk Management in offshore wind farm projects.

Solectria Renewables Sponsors Team Massachusetts in the US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon

Lawrence, MA – September 22, 2011 – Solectria Renewables, LLC, the leading U.S. PV inverter manufacturer, announced today that it is sponsoring Team Massachusetts in the U.S. Department of Energy's annual Solar Decathlon...

PROINSO extends its UK facilities to strengthen its presence on the British market

Has extended its London base with new offices and a new 3000 sqm logistics warehouse.

FCHEA ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE 2011 FUEL CELL SEMINAR & EXPOSITION

The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) announced today a new Affiliate Partnership with the Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition (FCS&E) for this year's event in Orlando, Florida on October 31st – November 3rd.

Wind data specialist to offer Second Wind's Triton sodar for wind resource assessment, forecasting

Onsemble kicks off managed wind data service, rolls out wind resource assessment services by becoming a certified Triton installer

Continued Growth, Schletter Doubles Engineering and Production Capacity at Tucson, AZ Facility

Schletter ramped up production capacity of its solar mounting system product line to keep customer delivery schedules on-time and costs low.

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