Washington University in St. Louis and a consortium of universities, laboratories and industry partners are in the process of launching the Solar Energy Research Institute in India and the United States to coordinate efforts to create low-cost solar cells and systems.
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Senate Republicans rolled out a series of big energy measures this week but declined to say whether they would try and move their agenda through in a catchall bill if they regain the Senate majority.
The solar industry has done a spectacular job lowering costs in the past three years, slashing per-watt costs in half. But that price freefall, driven by the massive scale-up of Chinese manufacturers, has put dozens, if not hundreds, of solar companies on the endangered list.
This week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a law meant to reinvigorate the solar industry in the Garden State by requiring utilities to buy more solar energy.
Solar power, which makes up a tiny part of California's overall energy mix, will account for the biggest piece of the state's renewable energy pie by the end of the decade, according to the state's largest utilities.
In meetings in Iselin and Trenton today, representatives of the executive and legislative branches will discuss how to correct much-debated problems in New Jersey's solar sector.
Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light Co. have asked the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to approve a program that the utilities say would provide immediate solar water heating savings to residential customers at no up-front cost.
Under the proposed Simply Solar program, each utility would provide funding to install solar water heating on qualifying residential properties
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has delayed the announcement of its preliminary determination in the countervailing-duty portion of SolarWorld's trade complaint against China. The announcement, originally scheduled for Jan. 12, has been postponed to Feb. 13.
Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday proposed quadrupling New York's solar capacity by 2013, and called on investors to fund $2 billion in new transmission infrastructure.