Renewable energy needs help. Technological innovation has significantly reduced the cost of solar panels, wind turbines and other equipment, but renewable energy still needs serious subsidies to compete with conventional energy. Today, help comes mostly in the form of federal tax breaks.
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Westinghouse Solar Inc. (WEST) and Zep Solar Inc. said they have settled a patent dispute over designs to reduce the cost of attaching solar panels to roofs.
Financial terms weren't disclosed. The settlement, which covers civil suits and a case pending before the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, extends to all customers, suppliers and licensees of the companies, they said in a joint statement.
New York's fledgling solar power industry is flexing its muscle, touting polls showing that people favor the concept and pointing to a bill that is making its way through committee that would encourage more solar energy.
Massachusetts is no California when it comes to sun. But that isn't stopping the solar energy industry from flourishing here.
California is poised to more than double its targeted electricity output from rooftop solar panels.
Renewable Energy World
President Obama traveled here to the Nevada desert Wednesday to highlight the future of solar energy ? and ridicule Republicans for trimming back federal funding to develop it.
Reporting from Washington and Los Angeles - Ratcheting up the battle over a vital energy industry, the U.S. Commerce Department decided to impose tariffs on solar panels imported from China after concluding that manufacturers there received illegal government subsidies.
Solar panel companies are excited about a decision they say is good for business.