Solar Panel Pricing About To Hit Historic Level

Historic $1-Per-Watt Solar Modules Just Months Away El Segundo, Calif., June 16, 2011—The photovoltaic (PV) industryappears set to achieve a major milestone with the selling prices of crystalline silicon (c-Si) modules projected to drop to $1 per watt by the first quarter of 2012, a significant benchmark level that could forestall a widely feared dip for solar installations next year and stimulate demand instead, according to new IHS iSuppli (NYSE: IHS) research. An assessment of this magnitude, bold in its purview and implications, comes in the wake of an accelerated, rapid decline in pricing for deals following the Intersolar Trade Fair, site of the world’s largest PV exhibition, held last week in Munich, Germany. Going into Intersolar, spot prices from the top Chinese brands, among the major players in the market, had been running at $1.49 per watt for mainstream c-Si modules. By the time Intersolar wound up, prices had fallen to $1.30 per watt, ostensibly hastened by the market’s fear toward a flat—or worse, negative—market in 2012.
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A Purely Electric Catamaran Cruiser

While solar-power electric hybrid vehicles are a proven success story on the roads, the time is ripe for the appearance of solar-electric watercraft. Already a pontoon boat – Loon – is available in the market. It is solar-electric powered and can seat eight passengers. Now a smaller one – the purely electric run, Infinyte I4 – is the new kid in the block. Plans for a bigger boat solar-electric type are also on the anvil. Looks With a similar looking bow and stern, the i4 boat does have a unique appearance, which as per claim is aiding and increasing the boat’s progress in the water. The boat is about 14 feet long and has twin 24 V motors. The motors are manufactured by Mercury Marine’s Motor Guide Division. The boat can be steered and controlled with a joystick. The boat weighs about 223 kg (710 lb). Performance The maximum speed it can achieve is 13 kph (8mph).
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Company Working To Develop Solar Energy Windows

New Energy Enters into Cooperative Research & Development Agreement with U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory Columbia, MD – March 29, 2011 – New Energy Technologies, Inc. (OTCQB: NENE, NENED – temporary), is pleased to announce that as part of its efforts to advance the commercial development of SolarWindow(TM), capable of generating electricity on see-thru glass, the Company has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. NREL is one of the world’s most respected and advanced solar-photovoltaic research institutions. “The addition of NREL’s world-class solar research group to our ongoing efforts at the University of South Florida marks a significant step forward for our Company and our SolarWindow(TM) technology,” explained Mr. John A. Conklin, President & CEO of New Energy Technologies, Inc. “The goals of this CRADA move us definitively towards product development, important to the commercialization of SolarWindow(TM).” Under terms of the CRADA, NREL researchers will make use of the Company’s exclusive intellectual property and NREL’s background intellectual property in order to work towards specific product development goals, including efforts to: * Further bolster SolarWindow(TM) efficiency and transparency; · Boost electrical power (current and voltage) output; · Optimize the application of the active layer coatings which make it possible for SolarWindow(TM) to generate electricity on glass surfaces; · Increase the size of the active layer in SolarWindow(TM), key to increasing the size of the final commercial product; and · Develop improved electricity-generating coatings by enhancing performance, processing, reliability, and durability.
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Ten Million Solar Roofs Bill Moves Forward in Senate

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ Ten Million Solar Roofs bill was approved this week by the Senate Energy Committee and now can move forward to a full Senate vote.   With the Committee’s approval, Sen. Sanders has asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to include the bill in the comprehensive energy legislation that Sen Reid is trying to get passed this summer. The Sanders bill would give rebates for smaller solar projects – under two megawatts in capacity.    It’s designed to push individual and smaller localized solar power, create jobs, reduce the cost of solar power technology, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The bill proposes rebates for these smaller solar projects, in the amount of $1.75 per watt in 2010 and 2011, with lower rebates going forward.   The rebates would cover about half of the project costs that would remain after current federal and local incentives are taken into account.
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One Block Off the Grid (1BOG) Expands to Denver and Philadelphia

One Block Off the Grid (1BOG), the nation’s largest solar group purchase provider, is expanding.   Just this week they’ve announced new launches in Denver and Philadelphia, so if you’re interested in getting a solar installation and you live in those areas (or any of the other cities that 1BOG currently covers), listen up! 1BOG is a “community-based program that organizes group discounts on residential solar panels.”   They negotiate group discounts with local solar providers, select the best solar installer in the area and overall make the process of going solar easy.  For example, in the Philadelphia area, the discount they negotiated with the local supplier (Mercury Solar Systems L.L.C) is 15%.      So when you combine the 15% discount with the 30% federal tax credit, plus state and local rebates (the Philadelphia region gets an addition $.175 for every DC watt capacity installed (up to 35% of your out-of-pocket costs or $17,500, whichever is less), it really cuts the cost of going solar.  
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Suniva planning to build a $250M, 400 megawatt solar cell factory in Michigan

Suniva, a solar cell manufacturer of high efficiency silicon based monocrystalline photovoltaic solar cells, has just announced that they will be building their second solar cell manufacturing plant.  Suniva’s  new plant, to be based in Thomas Township in Michigan will ultimately produce about 400 megawatts of their ARTisun solar cells per year, and is expected to create hundreds of jobs.   As of now, Suniva’s plan to build the plant is contingent on their getting a loan guarantee from the US Department of Energy.

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