Solar Farms, Projects Boom in Pennsylvania as Costs Fall

Posted by Daniel Kulpinski

Sep 19, 2010 2:28:00 AM

Solar power has caught fire in Pennsylvania, thanks to declining costs for solar equipment and generous state incentives, according to John Hanger, Secretary of the state's Department of Environmental Protection.

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Put Solar On It: Your Farm, Your Roof and the White House

Posted by Daniel Kulpinski

Sep 9, 2010 10:18:00 AM

A group of pro-solar people are returning a solar panel to the White House tomorrow, September 10, and hope to convince President Obama to Put Solar on the White House roof.

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North Carolina Extends Solar and Wind Energy Tax Credits

Posted by Daniel Kulpinski

Aug 27, 2010 5:21:00 AM

Earlier this month, North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed a bill that extended a generous tax credit for investments in renewable energy and increased the tax credit for investment in facilities that manufacture renewable energy equipment.

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Michigan Solar Car Team Wins American Solar Challenge--Again

Posted by Daniel Kulpinski

Jul 14, 2010 2:01:00 AM

The University of Michigan Solar Car Team recently won the 2010 American Solar Challenge—its third consecutive national title and sixth overall. DASolar.com is a proud sponsor of the University of Michigan Solar Car Team.

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Solar Energy News for Monday, May 10

Posted by Daniel Kulpinski

May 10, 2010 3:20:00 AM

New Eni-MIT Energy Center Focuses Solely on the Sun

Last week the Massachusetts Institute of Technology opened a new solar-energy research center. Named the Eni-MIT Solar Frontiers Center, it is funded largely with a grant from Italian energy giant Eni. According to Boston.com, students and faculty will tackle problems such as how to put solar cells on flexible, inexpensive material such as paper; how to use water to store solar energy; and how to make solar panels more efficient.

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Solar Energy News for Monday, May 3

Posted by Daniel Kulpinski

May 3, 2010 5:17:00 AM

Pokeberries Prove to Be Valuable in Solar Panel Production

Scientists at Wake Forest University have discovered that pokeberry dye can improve the efficiency of some solar cells. When applied to fiber-based solar cells, the berry's dye acts as an absorber, helping the cell's fibers capture more sunlight to convert into power. Fiber-based solar cells can produce twice as much power as current flat-cell technology and are less expensive to produce. Civil War soldiers used juice from the weeds to write letters home, reports UPI.com.

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Solar Energy News for Monday, April 26

Posted by Daniel Kulpinski

Apr 26, 2010 3:50:00 AM

Solar Power Heats Up in Midwest as Costs Drop, Electricity Rates Rise

The Midwest gets plenty of sunshine—some towns see as much sun as Miami and San Antonio—and the big cost considerations that for years have held back solar power in the region have changed, according to a story in the Kansas City Star. Solar-panel prices have plunged and tax rebates and credits have now cut the payback time for solar power from 25 years to 10 years. As a result, more businesses and homeowners are installing solar photovoltaic panels in Kansas City.

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Solar Energy News for Monday, April 19

Posted by Daniel Kulpinski

Apr 19, 2010 6:37:00 AM

Colorado to Offer Energy Rebates Starting Today

As we mentioned in a recent blog post, Colorado opens its new energy rebate program today. The Denver Post reports Colorado consumers can apply for rebates on energy-efficient appliances and home energy upgrades from the $18 million economic stimulus program. Rebates range from $50 to $400 on qualifying appliances. In addition, the program offers rebates of $400 to $15,000 for home insulation or installation of residential or commercial solar- and wind-energy systems. Get more info at RechargeColorado.com.

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Solar Energy News for Thursday, March 25

Posted by Daniel Kulpinski

Mar 25, 2010 3:48:00 AM

Colorado’s Advanced Energy Buys PV Powered

In a deal worth up to $90 million in cash and stock, Advanced Energy Industries bought Oregon-based PV Powered, a company that makes inverters, an essential part of solar power systems. According to OregonLive.com, Advanced Energy also sells inverters, which convert the direct current (DC) electricity generated by solar panels into the alternating current (AC) power usable by households and other customers on the electrical grid. Advanced Energy sells to large commercial and industrial users, while PV Powered targets residential and small commercial solar customers.

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