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December 5, 2011

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has decided to move forward with an investigation into claims that imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules from China are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value. All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

October 21, 2011

Luxury home builder Toll Brothers has partnered with EchoFirst, a solar energy provider, to build new communities in Arizona that provide a complete solar energy system for water, heating and cooling. EchoFirst supplements conventional solar electric PV panels with solar thermal technology that generates electricity for hot water, as well as thermal energy for heating and cooling the home. This enables Toll Brothers to offer homes that use 70% to 80% less energy than a standard code-built home, according to the announcement.

August 9, 2011

A product aimed at protecting the copper coils on air conditioning units has been released by a Dallas-Fort Worth firm. Called the CopperWatcher, the device triggers a home or commercial building’s existing alarm system when copper thieves shut down the AC’s high voltage power in order to disconnect the unit’s condenser tubing.

July 26, 2011

DuPont acquired Innovalight, Inc., a company specializing in advanced silicon inks and process technologies that increase the efficiency of crystalline silicon solar cells. 

The acquisition strengthens DuPont's position as a leader in materials for the solar energy market, according to the company. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. 

July 5, 2011

IKEA officially plugged-in the solar energy system installed at its store in East Palo Alto, Calif.  

The 38,000-square-foot array consists of a 302-kW system, built with approximately 1,344 panels.  IKEA East Palo Alto’s program will produce approximately 427,900 kWh of clean electricity annually – the equivalent of eliminating the emissions of 58 cars, the company said.

June 27, 2011

Home Depot has partnered with Southwest Windpower, a manufacturer of residential wind generators, to offer the Skystream 3.7 wind turbine at select Home Depot stores. 

The installed program will be offered in Home Depot stores in Texas, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming and California. The company said it plans to expand the program to windy locations across the United States.

 

February 14, 2011

Two San Diego firms that focus on large, commercial and government solar power projects have announced they’re procuring their solar panels from Chinese manufacturers, according to an article in the San Diego Union. 

January 25, 2011

An IKEA store under construction in Centennial, Colo., incorporated solar and geothermal energy in its construction plans, the company said.

Pending governmental permits, installation of solar panels on the store’s roof will begin next month, with completion by grand opening, scheduled for fall of this year. 

The solar energy system for the 415,000-sq.-ft. location will be designed and built by REC Solar, one of the largest U.S. solar electric providers.

October 3, 2010

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