New & Noteworthy – Page 348

Invests $70 Million To Expand Solar Manufacturing Facility

Posted by SI Staff on November 16, 2006

BP Solar, a developer of solar electric systems for residential, commercial and industrial sectors, has initiated plans for a $70 million expansion project at its North American headquarters in Frederick, Md. According to the company, the expansion will result in [Read More]

Commissioners Approve Rules Requiring 15% Of Energy From Renewables By 2025

Posted by SI Staff on November 01, 2006

Phoenix commissioners recently voted to require regulated electric utilities to generate 15% of the total megawatts sold from renewable resources by 2025. The commission's renewable energy standards allow utilities to use solar, wind, biomass, biogas, geothermal and other similar technologies [Read More]

Expands Solar Power Business Through Recent Acquisition

Posted by SI Staff on October 30, 2006

Mitsui & Co. Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsui & Co. Ltd., has agreed to acquire Kingston, N.Y.-based SunWize Technologies LLC, a designer and manufacturer of solar power systems. According to the companies, the acquisition is expected to close [Read More]

New Joint Venture Will Offer Solar Cell Technology

Posted by SI Staff on October 26, 2006

RoseStreet Labs LLC, a Phoenix-based supplier of renewable energy products, and Sumitomo Chemical Co., a Tokyo, Japan-headquartered chemical company, have formed a joint venture named RSL Energy Inc., a Phoenix-headquartered developer and manufacturer of solar cells. RSL Energy will use [Read More]

$13 Million to Expand Solar Energy Technologies

Posted by SI Staff on October 12, 2006

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that it will fund more than $13 million of research development in solar technology as part of President Bush's $148 million Solar American Initiative, which aims to make solar power cost-competitive with [Read More]

Turlock Irrigation District Issues RFP

Posted by SI Staff on October 03, 2006

Turlock Irrigation District (TID), a Turlock, Calif.-based water and electricity provider, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to increase the portion of its electric energy requirements from facilities that qualify as eligible renewable energy resources according to both California [Read More]

Town Takes Action, Will Vote For Energy Ordinance

Posted by SI Staff on October 01, 2006

A renewable energy ordinance for solar and wind energy is up for a vote at the Dryden town board, N.Y., for the first time in the Tompkins county. It came about after a couple in Dryden was denied permission to [Read More]

NREL Testing New Thin-Film Manufacturing Process

Posted by SI Staff on September 11, 2006

Austin, Texas-based HelioVolt, a developer of thin-film material for the solar industry, will extend its Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to further research the company's FASST technology. HelioVolt's FASST's [Read More]

Report Projects Solar Use Increase In 2025

Posted by SI Staff on September 06, 2006

According to a report launched by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), a Belgium-headquartered association that promotes the solar market throughout the globe, and Greenpeace International, a nonprofit organization with a presence in 40 countries, by the year 2025 two [Read More]

$2 Billion Federal Loan Guarantee Program Part Of EPAct

Posted by SI Staff on September 06, 2006

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued program guidelines for a total of $2 billion in loan guarantees to help spur investment in projects that employ new energy technologies. The program was authorized by the Energy Policy Act of [Read More]