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Commonwealth Club panel: Solar power challenges in CA (Jan 22, 2010)

An evening panel discussion at a Jan. 12 Commonwealth Club event in San Francisco sought to find answers to barriers still facing California as it struggles to source a significant portion of its electricity from renewable energy.

Who's on first for the PV solar industry? (Jan 20, 2010)

Year-end rankings might not tell the whole story about who's most successful in an industry, but they give enough insight to who's figured out what the market needs, notes Navigant Consulting's Paula Mints.

Solis Partners adds to supermarket PV project (Jan 13, 2010)

Solis Partners LLC has announced the completion of the fourth of six installations for Norkus Enterprises, operator of Foodtown supermarkets across Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey.  The combined system will be one of America’s largest Solyndra™ solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

Panasonic investing 100B yen in Sanyo solar cell ops (Jan 13, 2010)

Panasonic plans to invest ¥100B (US ~$1.08B) over the next five years in the solar-cell operations of new subsidiary Sanyo Electric Co., part of a plan to become the No.1 supplier in Japan and one of the top three companies in the global market.

Spire gets NREL go ahead for Phase II of CPV development contract (Jan 13, 2010)

Spire Corporation announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Spire Semiconductor LLC, has successfully completed Phase I of its High Efficiency Concentrator Solar Cell program with the Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and has been notified the NREL will authorized Phase II of the program.

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