Here comes the sun: White House to go solar

Solar power is coming to President Barack Obama's house. The most famous residence in America, which has already boosted its green credentials by planting a garden, plans to install solar panels atop the White House's living quarters. The solar panels are to be installed by spring 2011, and will heat water for the first family and supply some electricity. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced the plans Tuesday in Washington at a conference of local, state, academic and nonprofit leaders aimed at identifying how the federal government can improve its environmental performance. Former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush both tapped the sun during their days in the White House. Carter in the late 1970s spent $30,000 on a solar water-heating system for West Wing offices. Bush's solar systems powered a maintenance building and some of the mansion, and heated water for the pool. Obama, who has championed renewable energy, has been under increasing pressure to lead by example by installing solar at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, something White House officials said has been under consideration since he first took office. The decision perhaps has more import now after legislation to reduce global warming pollution died in the Senate, despite the White House's support. Obama has vowed to try again on a smaller scale. Source: MSNBC

National Semiconductor and Suntech Collaborate to Develop ‘Smart Panel' Technology

Multi-year Relationship Moves to Development Phase to Create Solar Arrays with Increased Efficiency

JA Solar to unveil new SECIUM solar module at Solar Power International 2010

Los Angeles, October 12-14, Booth 3418

See Christopher Associates' Range of New Technologies at Solar Power International 2010

Christopher Associates will display an extensive range of new technologies in Booth #333 at the upcoming Solar Power International, scheduled to take place October 12-14, 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles.

AWS TRUEPOWER REINFORCES OFFSHORE EXPERTISE WITH SEVERAL PARTNERSHIP AND TECHNOLOGY MILESTONES

AWS Truepower Data Fuels Recent NREL and NYSERDA Offshore Assessments; Company's New Offshore Prospecting Capabilities on Display at AWEA Offshore Conference, October 5-7

K.R. Anderson, Inc. and Krayden, Inc. to Exhibit at Solar Power International 2010

The companies will showcase leading suppliers' technologies in Booth 634 at the upcoming Solar Power International, scheduled to take place October 12-14, 2010 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California.

BTU International Features Next Generation Thermal Processing Equipment at PV Taiwan Exhibition

BTU will exhibit its next generation thermal processing capabilities in booth 455 at the PV Taiwan International Photovoltaic Forum & Exhibition from October 26-28, 2010 at the Taipei World Trade Center.

Krayden Introduces Dow Corning's 1-2620 Solar Cell Coating

The Dow Corning 1-2620 low-VOC conformal coating is an abrasion resistant protective coating for solar cells and modules that can be used for module repair of abrasions, cuts and scratches.

Energy Roofing Systems of Cumming, Georgia announces a new thermal solar system for under $8,000.

When it comes to energy savings the leader in roofing technology has scored another one. Their premier product the "smarterROOF" has just gotten smarter!

SOLAREDGE TECHNOLOGIES SECURES A US$25 MILLION FINANCING ROUND

Funding to Fuel Company's Accelerated Growth with Focus on Production Capacity Increase and Market Expansion

Public Private Partnership for disseminating solar driven electric mobility?

May be public private partnerships are the best way to set up such charging infrastructure. In an EU-funded project we are investigating that question. Please help by filling in this questionaire. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PPP_BEVs

Solar Energy International announces Solar Business and Technical Sales Program

Solar Energy International (SEI) has announced the launch of its flagship solar business program. The Solar Business and Technical Sales Program is aimed at solar professionals and those looking to enter the solar workforce.

Carmanah Receives $1.1 Million in Orders from US Coast Guard

Carmanah Technologies Corporation has received orders totaling over $1.1 million in recent weeks from the United States Coast Guard as part of the Coast Guard's seasonal stock-up. More than 2,500 Carmanah/Sabik M700 series solar LED marine lanterns are scheduled for delivery to Coast Guard stations.

RENEWABLE SOURCES NOW PROVIDE 11.14% OF U.S. ENERGY PRODUCTION

According to the most recent issue of the "Monthly Energy Review" by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) , renewable energy sources (i.e., biofuels, biomass, geothermal, hydroelectric, solar, wind) provided 11.14% of domestic U.S. energy production during the first six months of 2010 – the latest time-frame for which data has been published.  This continues the steady growth trend for renewable energy. Renewables accounted for 10.71% of domestic energy production during the first six months of 2009 and 10.35% during the first six months of 2008.   Renewable energy sources provided 4.106 quadrillion Btus between January 1, 2010 and June 30, 2010 - an increase of 4.91% over the first half of 2009 and an increase of 8.37% over the first half of 2008. The largest single renewable energy source was biomass (including biofuels) which accounted for 50.66% of renewable energy production, followed by hydropower at 32.56%. Wind, geothermal, and solar sources provided 10.91%, 4.53%, and 1.32% of the total renewable energy output respectively. Moreover, renewable energy’s contribution to the nation’s domestic energy production is now almost equal to that provided by nuclear power. Nuclear power accounted for 11.19% of domestic energy production during the first half of 2010 - compared to 11.14% from renewables. But while renewable sources continue to expand, nuclear output in 2010 dropped - declining by 1.3% from its comparable 2009 level.

Bentek Designs Bi-Polar Solar Combiner for Schneider Electric's Xantrex GT-30 Grid Tie Inverter

Bentek Solar introduces its new Solar Bi-Polar Array Combiner. The Bi-Polar Array combiner was designed and manufactured specifically for the Schneider Electric Xantrex GT-30 Grid Tie Solar Inverter.

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