Friday, September 28, 2012

Wikoda, Inc., the Green Freedom Company, Overcomes Major Photovoltaic Industry Challenge with New PV Tracker


WEST CONCORD, Mass., Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A cost effective solution has finally been developed that solves one of the photovoltaic (PV) industry's longest running problems—the sun keeps moving!  The sun's movement across the sky, daily and seasonally, means that ordinary static PV panels only operate at a fraction of their theoretical efficiency.  Research has shown that a PV panel mounted on a sun tracker that continuously points the PV panel directly into the sun's rays throughout the day utilizes more of its energy potential than a static PV panel.

Wikoda, Inc. is revolutionizing the tracker space by producing the first and only PV Tracker that is cost effective and affordable for home users.  By utilizing their already successful heliostat technology introduced earlier this year, Wikoda has created a PV tracker that sells for $349 and can hold up to 200Watts of solar PV panels.

The PV Tracker is a dual axis active solar tracker that's capable of tracking the sun from sunrise to sunset.  Combining PV panels with the PV Tracker insures that the panels can perform at maximum efficiency and can therefore increase the energy output of the panels by as much as 100%.  It's easy to install, simple to operate, and requires minimal maintenance.

Part of the solution includes Wikoda's "bend-don't-break" technology that allows the PV Tracker to weather-vane in the wind should excessive wind speeds occur.  Another key feature: the tracker is entirely self-contained and self-powered, which makes the PV Tracker affordable and easy to install.  All of the sensors, computers, and geared motors are housed onboard, making the PV Tracker out-of-the-box ready to start tracking the sun.  There's no external programming required.  The PV Tracker is also completely self-powered with onboard solar cells; there are no batteries or power cords.

Users simply mount two solar panels (not included) onto the PV Tracker and it is ready to go.  The combined weight of both panels can be about 30 lbs., which allows for a total of 100-200Watts of solar panels depending on manufacturer.

Wikoda Inc. was founded in 2009 by two seasoned entrepreneurs who wanted to provide affordable and truly green solar powered technology.  Their mission is to provide viable means with which anyone can achieve more than just a green lifestyle, but green freedom.



Detroit Edison seeks to purchase large solar installations


DETROIT, Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit Edison today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to purchase one or more large solar photovoltaic installation as part of its utility-owned SolarCurrents program.

The utility is seeking photovoltaic installations that can range in size from 500 kilowatts to 2 megawatts.

Detroit Edison already owns and operates a number of large solar installations, including projects at Monroe County Community College, General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant, Ford Motor Co.'s Wayne Assembly Plant and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's downtown Detroit parking garage. The company also has several projects on DTE Energy property.

DTE Energy's company-owned SolarCurrents pilot program calls for generating 15 megawatts of photovoltaic electricity throughout Southeast Michigan by 2015 as part of the company's plan to meet Michigan's renewable energy goals.

The RFP will be conducted in two steps. The first will identify potential sites and the second will seek design and pricing information for the most desirable sites. Solar installations proposed in response to the RFP must be in Detroit Edison's service area, and that current owners of property be full-service bundled electric customers. Preference will be given for projects in Detroit.

Those interested can request access to the RFP at the PowerAdvocate bid platform, www.PowerAdvocate.com. It is Event #33063. Bids will be received until Dec. 21.

DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan and other non-utility, energy businesses focused on gas storage and pipelines, unconventional gas production, power and industrial projects, and energy trading. Information about DTE Energy is available at dteenergy.com, twitter.com/dte_energy and facebook.com/dteenergy.



New Ways To Finance Solar Power Projects Expected To Lower Cost Of Capital, Cut Electricity Rates, Boost Profits, And Expand Investor Pool


SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Renewable Energy Trust Capital, Inc. (RET) is exploring new ways to finance solar power projects. One of those strategies, using the REIT structure, anticipates lowering the cost of capital dramatically, cutting the cost of generating solar power by up to 20 percent. It would also expand the investor pool by giving everyone from individuals to institutions an easy and liquid way to own a piece of the fast-growing solar market.

"We believe this is a chance to use U.S. capital markets to effectively bring the cost of solar photovoltaic electricity down quickly, and to broaden participation in investing in clean energy—and to do it in a way that makes it easier for solar power plants to turn a profit," said John A. Bohn, CEO of RET. Bohn has served as Commissioner of the California Public Utility Commission, president and CEO of Moody's Investor Services, and Chairman and CEO of the U.S. Export Import Bank during the Reagan Administration.

Asset financing for U.S. photovoltaic (PV) projects has grown by a compound annual growth rate of 58 percent since 2004, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, which projects about $6.9 billion in annual additional investment through 2020. A McKinsey study also projects continued robust growth, estimating that another 80 to 130 gigawatts of new solar PV generating capacity will come online in North America by 2020.

REITs, which have been in use for decades, are stable and well understood, offering investors significant tax breaks and a guaranteed distribution of 90 percent of a REIT's taxable income. REITs are also liquid, trading on the open market just like mutual funds.

"RET is extending a mature and fully-developed financing mechanism to a new asset class, in the same way REITs have done over and over. Innovation is a normal part of the REIT industry," said Christian Fong, RET's chief financial officer. "REITs became the dominant investment vehicle for commercial real estate, and then evolved to include real estate-dependent sectors from cell phone towers to data centers to energy transmission. And through RET, we believe they can soon be a key investment vehicle for accelerating the growth of solar power."

"It would be the ultimate democratization of funding and support for the solar industry," said Karen Morgan, RET's president. "Individuals can actively invest, knowing their dollars will put up more panels—while buying them a piece of the action in the fast expanding clean energy sector."

The veteran leadership team at RET, based in San Francisco, is dedicated to facilitating the transition to a clean and sustainable economy. RET is sponsored by the California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), a leading investor in promising platforms that spur the growth of clean energy generation through advancements in finance, public policy and technological innovation.

"It's well known that the U.S. solar industry's rapid expansion has been limited by financing bottlenecks," said Dan Adler, president of CalCEF. "RET's transformational approach will help un-block capital flows, using proven financial techniques long available in other industries, and accelerate the expansion of clean energy."

Renewable Energy Trust Capital, Inc. (RET) is focused on developing innovative alternative financing tools to dramatically lower the cost of capital for solar generating assets while broadening investor pools. RET is dedicated to facilitating the transition to a clean energy economy.



City of Lowell and Ameresco Are Joined by Congresswoman Tsongas to Break Ground on New 1.5 MW Solar Installation


FRAMINGHAM, Mass. & LOWELL, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, today hosted Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, and Massachusetts and City of Lowell officials at a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the start of construction on a new 1.5 megawatt (MW) ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) system at a Lowell capped-landfill site. This new project is the latest phase of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Ameresco, which also implemented an earlier 348 kW solar PPA and an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) that included sweeping infrastructure upgrades to 47 municipal buildings that are expected to save Lowell over $1.5 million in energy costs annually.

“During the Industrial Revolution, our region’s gateway cities led the way in powering American innovation. Today, solar projects like this pay homage to the Fifth District’s long tradition of sparking progress and embody the clean energy renaissance we are seeing across Massachusetts,” said Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. “Renewable energy research, development, and installations like the future solar array here are key to the economic future of the country, our Commonwealth, and the City of Lowell, particularly during this economic downturn. Congratulations to the City of Lowell and Ameresco for a collaborative effort that will cut the City’s energy costs, reduce its carbon footprint and spur economic development.”

More than 6,000 solar panels will soon revitalize the City of Lowell’s capped landfill site on Westford Street, transforming an under-utilized open space to a modern green-energy site that will generate electricity cost savings for the City. Through a PPA with Ameresco, the City will also be able to manage and control its electricity budget over a 20 year contract term, reducing potential future electricity price spikes.

As part of its comprehensive energy cost savings program, Ameresco previously installed and now operates five roof-top mounted solar PV systems at three elementary schools, a middle school and the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

“Once this latest project is complete, everyone will see what a green community Lowell has become,” said Lowell Mayor Patrick Ó. Murphy. “The bottom line is that the expansion of Lowell’s renewable infrastructure not only accrues economic benefits, but it also helps us reach our sustainability commitments as a Massachusetts Green Community.”

“We are pleased to continue and expand our partnership with Ameresco, which has already had a positive impact on our environment and our local economy,” said Bernie Lynch, City Manager of the City of Lowell. “These new solar installations will allow for significant energy cost savings that can be redirected into the reinvestment and rebuilding of our community for all residents.”

This new ground-mounted PV system comes as the third phase in a successful and award-generating partnership between Ameresco and the City of Lowell. Earlier this summer, city, state and company officials gathered at Lowell City Hall to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the ESPC, which featured 23 energy conservation measures including electrical, mechanical, weatherization, water and operational upgrades at 28 schools and 19 municipal facilities that resulted in an annual 25 percent overall savings for the City.

“The visionary leadership of the City of Lowell has proven that environmental sustainability, through the combination of energy efficiency and renewable energy, is a fiscally sound strategy for both local communities and the Commonwealth,” stated George P. Sakellaris, President and CEO, Ameresco. “Leading by example, Lowell is saving over $1.6 million annually of tax-payer dollars and reinvesting those dollars into the local infrastructure, economy and environment. We are proud to be a partner of this precedent-setting community.”

Combined, the ESPC and solar PPA have enabled the City of Lowell to leverage government and utility incentives to become a Green Community. Ameresco delivers the cost-saving benefits of solar power to cities and municipalities across the Commonwealth by financing, engineering, and operating photovoltaic systems. In turn, they receive these benefits without incurring capital and operating costs.

About Ameresco, Inc.

Founded in 2000, Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC) is a leading independent provider of comprehensive services, energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions for facilities throughout North America. Ameresco’s services include upgrades to a facility’s energy infrastructure and the development, construction and operation of renewable energy plants. Ameresco has successfully completed energy saving, environmentally responsible projects with federal, state and local governments, healthcare and educational institutions, housing authorities, and commercial and industrial customers. With its corporate headquarters in Framingham, MA, Ameresco provides local expertise through its 63 offices in 34 states and five Canadian provinces. Ameresco has more than 900 employees. For more information, visit www.ameresco.com.

About the City of Lowell, Massachusetts

A crossroad of commerce and creativity, the City of Lowell is a diverse urban environment. Named one of the best places to live by Boston Magazine, the City is characterized by its established arts community, distinct residences and commercial vitality. The fourth largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Lowell is home to an eclectic mix of cultural attractions and events including the Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell Memorial Auditorium and the Tsongas Arena. A leader in urban redevelopment, Lowell offers a variety of residential and commercial space from renovated mills to modern high-rises. Strategically located at the intersections of Routes 495, 93 and 3, Lowell has established itself as a leading business and entertainment destination throughout Massachusetts and Greater New England.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

China Sunergy Modules Pass TUV "PID" Test


NANJING, China, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- China Sunergy Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: CSUN) ("China Sunergy" or the "Company"), a specialized solar cell and module manufacturer, today announced that its solar modules passed the potential induced degradation test ("PID test") conducted by TUV Rheinland Group, an internationally recognized certification authority which provides neutral test reports and certificates to a wide range of products and services.

The PID test was conducted to assess loss of power output of solar modules under severe conditions of high voltage, high temperature and high humidity. In the recent years, the continuous degradation of solar modules, especially those exposed to humidity, has been one of the largest concerns of solar project owners. Thus, anti-PID performance has become one of the most important factors for solar module buyers in making purchasing decisions.

Under the PID test conditions, China Sunergy's modules are exposed to 1,000 volts of bias voltage for 96 hours at a temperature of 60 degrees Celsius and relative humidity of 85%. In order to pass this extreme test, the maximum degradation of power output between initial and final measurement should not exceed 5%, while the test result of China Sunergy's modules is only 0.1%, well beyond this standard.

Mr. Stephen Cai, CEO of China Sunergy commented, "We are happy to get passed with such superior results. The PID test is an important indicator to prove the quality and reliability of our modules. China Sunergy has also achieved a number of certifications over the years, which attests to our outstanding product quality and continuous improvement in product performance. We are not just focusing on efficiency, but also on safety and quality.  We believe these are the main reasons why customers are loyal to us and why we have been able to expand into new markets despite the current challenging market conditions."

About China Sunergy Co., Ltd.

China Sunergy Co., Ltd. is a specialized manufacturer of solar cell and module products in China. China Sunergy manufactures solar cells from silicon wafers, which utilizes crystalline silicon solar cell technology to convert sunlight directly into electricity through a process known as photovoltaic effect, and assembles solar cells into solar modules. China Sunergy sells these solar products to Chinese and overseas module manufacturers, system integrators and solar power systems for use in China and many other markets. For additional information, please visit http://www.chinasunergy.com.



JinkoSolar Cooperate with CJIC to Develop Kenya's Largest Solar Power Plant


SHANGHAI, Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), a leading global solar power product manufacturer, today announced it has signed an cooperative agreement with China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic & Technical Co, Ltd. ("CJIC") to provide technical support for CJIC's 50MW solar power project development in Kenya. Under the agreement, JinkoSolar is also appointed by CJIC as the preferred module supplier for this project.

The project is planned to occupy 81 hectare and is expected to be one of the largest grid connected solar power plants in Africa. Located in northwest city of Garissa, Kenya, the plant is expected to produce approximately 76,473 megawatts hours per year, reducing yearly carbone missions by 64,190 tons and saving coal consumption by 24,470 tons annually.

With an arid climate and a vast desert landmass, Garissa is geographically optimal for harnessing solar power. The pre-assembled modular approach is planned by JinkoSolar to facilitate installation and future operation and maintenance. Additionally, pouring pile and spiral pile design will be utilized to protect local vegetation. The introduction of solar energy is expected to generate significant value for Kenya's energy landscape, by ensuring sustainable opportunities for diversified economic growth.

"We are extremely impressed with quality of JinkoSolar's products and expertise in design and engineering." said Mr. Guojian Xu, General Manager of CJIC. "Through cooperation, we hope to build a long-term relationship to harness both our unique advantages and open a new chapter for the construction of PV power plants in Africa."

"We are pleased to be a part of Kenya's push towards clean-tech development and commitment to renewable energy," said Mr. Kangping Chen, Chief Executive Officer of JinkoSolar. "As a market leader in the solar energy business, JinkoSolar will play a key role in supply Kenya's growing demand for solar energy. By cooperating with CJIC, we expect this project will provide JinkoSolar with future opportunities in Kenya's solar power plant industry."

About China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Cooperation

China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Cooperation(CJIC), approved by the State Council of the People's Republic of China and registered in 1983, is a large compound foreign economic enterprise, focusing on international project contracting and labor services cooperation and diversified undertaking the business of domestic real estate, architectural design, overseas investment and trading simultaneously. The corporation had gained contracting qualification in building project and contracting qualification in water conservancy and hydroelectric project, contracting qualification in municipal public works,  Meanwhile, the corporation also obtained the top grade contracting qualifications in building project, water conservancy and hydroelectric project and road and bridge project in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Ghana and Zambia. Since 2000, the corporation has achieved new breakthroughs in both development scale and business field, maintaining a good trend of accelerative development.

About JinkoSolar

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: JKS) is a leading solar power product manufacturer with production operations in Jiangxi and Zhejiang Provinces in China and sales and marketing offices in Shanghai, China; Munich, Germany; Bologna, Italy; Montpellier, France; Zug, Switzerland; San Francisco, U.S.; Queensland, Australia; Ontario, Canada and Singapore.

JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain with an integrated annual capacity of approximately 1.2 GW each for silicon wafers, solar cells and solar modules as of June 30, 2012. JinkoSolar distributes its photovoltaic products to a diversified customer base in the global PV market, including in Germany, Italy, Belgium, Spain, the United States, France, Eastern Europe, China and other countries and regions.



First Solar to Build New Mexico Solar Projects Totaling 20 Megawatts for PNM


TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced agreements to construct four solar power plants totaling 20 megawatts (MW) AC of generating capacity for PNM Resources, Inc. First Solar will provide engineering, procurement and construction services, using its advanced thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules. PNM has the option to expand the agreement to a total of 22 MWAC.

The new solar projects are in addition to five projects totaling 22 MW that First Solar completed for PNM in 2011.

The solar plants could be in service by the end of 2013, although the schedule is dependent on project approval by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, whose decision is expected in the fourth quarter of 2012. The four projects are expected to create a total of up to 450 construction jobs at peak.

“First Solar is very pleased to be working again with a leader in renewable energy like PNM,” said Jim Tyler, First Solar Vice President of Engineering, Procurement and Construction. “Our advanced technology and unparalleled experience designing and building solar power plants will help ensure PNM’s customers enjoy many years of clean, reliable solar electricity.”

The solar plants in aggregate will generate enough clean energy to power up to 7,000 average New Mexico homes, displacing about 31,000 metric tons of CO2 annually—the equivalent of taking some 6,000 cars off the road.

About First Solar, Inc.

First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced thin-film modules. The company’s integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life module collection and recycling, First Solar’s renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment. For more information about First Solar, please visit www.firstsolar.com.



KYOCERA to Supply 30MW of Modules for Solar Power Plant in Northern Japan

KYOTO, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) announced that its subsidiary in charge of domestic sales of solar equipment, Kyocera Solar Corporation, will provide 30 megawatts (MW) of solar modules (approximately 135,000 units) for a utility-scale solar power plant in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido, Japan. The project will be designed and constructed by Yonden Engineering Co., Inc.

The project will be operated by Eurus Energy Group's subsidiary in charge of renewable energy generation business, with plans for construction to start in October of this year and operations to start in March 2014. The solar power plant is expected to generate the equivalent amount of annual power for roughly 9,600 typical households, off-setting roughly 11,000 tons of CO2 per year.

Born of the company's years of experience in the solar industry, Kyocera is recognized for its high-quality products and stable supply capabilities, along with its system engineering & construction knowhow, which has earned Kyocera the largest share*1 of the Japanese market for installation volume of large-scale, public- and industrial-use solar power.

Following the July start of a new feed-in tariff (FIT) in Japan, large-scale solar power plant projects have been popping up across the country, with estimates that the domestic solar market will double compared to the previous fiscal year. By supplying highly reliable, high-quality products for the expanding solar market, Kyocera strives to contribute to climate change prevention.

Since starting R&D of solar energy in 1975, Kyocera has thoroughly strived to enhance the quality and longevity of its solar products. Illustrating the high quality and reliability of Kyocera's solar modules, the company has been recognized by numerous third-party organizations, including being the first in the world to be certified by TUV Rheinland's Long-Term Sequential Test; as well as having the non-profit Fraunhofer Center for Silicon Photovoltaics CSP's potential induced degradation (PID) test demonstrate that Kyocera's modules do not show any degradation after being subjected to high voltage stress testing.

*1 Based on research by Kyocera; as of September 2012.

For more information about Kyocera Solar Energy: http://global.kyocera.com/reliability/

About KYOCERA

Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of fine ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power generating systems, telecommunications equipment, printers, copiers, electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2012, the company's net sales totaled 1.19 trillion yen (approx. USD14.5 billion). The company is ranked #426 on Forbes magazine's 2012 "Global 2000" listing of the world's largest publicly traded companies.
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First Solar Hires Bruce Yung as Managing Director & VP of Business Development, China


BEIJING & TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) today announced that Bruce Yung has joined the company as Managing Director and Vice President of Business Development for China. In his new role, Yung will be based in First Solar’s Beijing office and report to Jim Brown, Executive Vice President of Global Business Development.

Yung has 25 years of experience in the energy industry throughout Asia and Europe, spanning oil, gas, coal, power and renewable energy. Most recently, Yung was Managing Director of China Renewable Energy Investment Limited, a renewable energy company focused on China. Prior to that, he held senior positions in business development, mergers and acquisitions, asset management and strategy with leading global energy companies such as British Petroleum, Entergy Power Group and British Gas.

“Bruce’s extensive and diverse global experience across the energy industry will be a valuable asset to First Solar and our customers as we continue to grow and invest in the Chinese market,” said Brown. “His first-hand knowledge of the entire power life-cycle, from development to operation, will help us to expand the market for utility-scale solar PV power plants in China and to deliver value to Chinese solar power producers.”

“I am excited to lead First Solar’s effort to bring its leading thin-film technology and unparalleled experience in utility-scale solar to the Chinese market in order to help China reach its ambitious renewable energy goals,” said Yung.

Yung earned BS and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Birmingham and an MBA from Henley Management College in the United Kingdom. He is currently Vice Chairman of the Energy Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and Co-Chair of the Renewable Energy Chapter of the Independent Power Producers Forum.

About First Solar
First Solar is a leading global provider of comprehensive photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which use its advanced thin-film modules. The company's integrated power plant solutions deliver an economically attractive alternative to fossil-fuel electricity generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life module collection and recycling, First Solar's renewable energy systems protect and enhance the environment. For more information about First Solar, please visit www.firstsolar.com.

For First Solar Investors
This release contains forward-looking statements which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The forward-looking statements in this release do not constitute guarantees of future performance. Those statements involve a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, including risks associated with the company's business involving the company's products, their development and distribution, economic and competitive factors and the company's key strategic relationships and other risks detailed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. First Solar assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release or with respect to the announcements described herein.

Solar3D Unveils Its Working Prototype Solar Cell at a University of California Event


SANTA BARBARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Solar3D, Inc. (OTCBB: SLTD) the developer of a breakthrough 3-dimensional solar cell technology to maximize the conversion of sunlight into electricity, demonstrated its working prototype at an event hosted by the Institute for Energy Efficiency held at the University of California at Santa Barbara. A number of visiting dignitaries were in attendance and the event received exclusive coverage by Bloomberg TV.

“It was a great opportunity to gather and celebrate the results of our team’s hard work over the last two years,” said Jim Nelson, CEO of Solar3D. “It is gratifying to know that people of substance understand the potential impact of our invention and took the time to observe what we believe is a quantum leap forward for solar energy.”

Those attending the event included Congresswoman Lois Capps of California’s 23rd Congressional District, David Auston, Executive Director of UCSB’s Institute for Energy Efficiency, and Rod Alferness, Dean of the College of Engineering at UCSB.

“Early on in his administration, President Obama stated that this is the century of energy,” said Ms. Capps. “We are not yet independent in our energy but this new technology is a piece that will help us get there. It will help our national security situation and it will help our economy grow. The nexus of Solar3D and the University is happening and it is a win-win for everyone.”

"UCSB and the Institute for Energy Efficiency are pleased to partner with Solar3D in this important announcement today,” said David Auston. “The new technology being developed by this Goleta start-up company exemplifies the key role that innovative technology plays in strengthening the U.S.'s competitive position in the global marketplace for photovoltaic solar cells. Solar3D's novel approach has the potential to dramatically increase the efficiency of solar cells and thereby reduce the cost per watt."

Solar3D announced earlier this month that it had completed its working, proof-of-concept prototype and that the preliminary performance characteristics exceeded management expectations.

“We were thrilled to see our Solar3D Cell outperform the basic solar cell by producing 250% of the power of the basic cell,” continued Nelson. “Its two key powerful performance characteristics make that possible. First, it is substantially more efficient in producing power. Second, a wide-angle light collection feature on the cell surface allows our 3D Solar Cell to collect light at more times throughout the day, month and year, an attribute unique in the solar industry. We believe that conventional solar cell technology, based on a 2D design, has reached its limits and a major breakthrough is required to lower the cost of solar energy. We believe that breakthrough is in 3D light trapping and conversion, and that our device will allow us to achieve grid parity.”

Mr. Nelson concluded, “Our total focus now turns toward bringing this breakthrough technology to market. Our next major step will be to produce a manufacturing prototype, which is required to undertake a pilot production run in early 2013. The pilot run will prove the 3D Solar Cell’s performance characteristics in a production environment and lead us to a manufacturing partner and entry into the marketplace by the end of 2013.”

About Solar3D, Inc.

Solar3D, Inc. is developing a breakthrough 3-dimensional solar cell technology to maximize the conversion of sunlight into electricity. Up to 30% of incident sunlight is currently reflected off the surface of conventional solar cells, and more is lost inside the solar cell materials. Inspired by light management techniques used in fiber optic devices, our innovative solar cell technology utilizes a 3-dimensional design to trap sunlight inside micro-photovoltaic structures where photons bounce around until they are converted into electrons. An innovative wide-angle light collection feature on the cell surface allows for the collection of sunlight over a range of angles during the day. This next generation solar cell will be dramatically more efficient, resulting in a lower cost per watt that will make solar power affordable for the world. To learn more about Solar3D, please visit our website at http://www.Solar3D.com.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Yingli Green Energy Rejects Accusations of Illegal Subsidization


BAODING, China, Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) ("Yingli Green Energy" or the "Company"), a leading solar energy company and one of the world's largest vertically integrated photovoltaic ("PV") manufacturers, which markets its products under the brand "Yingli Solar", strongly rejects accusations contained in an anti-subsidy complaint filed by EuProsun, an initiative of European solar companies led by SolarWorld, which was submitted at the European Commission yesterday.

"As a publicly-traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, we have been fully transparent with our funding sources and cost. We receive financing at the usual market rates and act according to international accounting standards and norms. Between 2009 and 2011, the weighted average interest rates for all of our borrowings ranged from 6.3% to 7.1%. Furthermore, we do not and have never received any illegal subsidies from the government. Our success is based on our focus on innovation, investment in state-of-the-art machinery and equipment and long-term partnerships built on trust," said Mr. Liansheng Miao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yingli Green Energy.

"Solar PV has demonstrated the potential to become a major source of clean energy generation – not only in Europe but worldwide. Punitive tariffs will inevitably lead to higher prices for solar products threatening thousands of jobs in the industry, in particular small and medium-sized companies and craftsmanship in Europe will be hit hard," said Darren Thompson, Managing Director, Yingli Green Energy Europe GmbH.

About Yingli Green Energy

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE), which markets its products under the brand "Yingli Solar," is a leading solar energy company and one of the world's largest vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturers. Yingli Green Energy's manufacturing covers the entire photovoltaic value chain, from the production of polysilicon through ingot casting and wafering, to solar cell production and module assembly. In August 2012, Yingli Green Energy reached a balanced vertically integrated production capacity of 2,450 MW per year, from facilities located in Baoding, Haikou, Tianjin and Hengshui, respectively. Yingli Green Energy distributes its photovoltaic modules to a wide range of markets, including Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, South Korea, China, Japan and the United States. Headquartered in Baoding, China, Yingli Green Energy has more than 20 subsidiaries and branch offices worldwide. Yingli Green Energy is publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: YGE). For more information, please visit www.yinglisolar.com.



Suntech, Bangchak Turn On Southeast Asia's Largest Solar Plant In Thailand


WUXI, China, Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP), the world's largest producer of solar panels, announced that South East Asia's largest silicon photovoltaic power plant, a 44-megawatt project called 'Sunny Bangchak', achieved grid connection on September 4, 2012. The project, located in Bang Pa-In, Ayutthaya, forty kilometers outside Bangkok, Thailand, is owned by Bangchak Public Petroleum Co., Ltd (BCP), utilizes Suntech's high performance solar panels and was constructed by engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partner Solartron Public Co., Ltd.

Mr. Bundit Sapianchai, Senior Executive Vice President of Bangchak Petroleum Public Co., Ltd, said, "The Sunny Bangchak project represents an important step in BCP's aim to promote a green environment and sustainable business in Thailand. Our visitor center at the site will be a landmark for renewable education in Thailand. We chose Suntech because of their excellent track record around the world and their high-efficiency panels which are specifically suited to Thailand's hot and humid climate."

Dr. Zhengrong Shi, founder and executive chairman of Suntech said, "We are excited to collaborate with Bangchak and Solartron to develop and promote solar energy in Thailand. As the largest solar plant in Southeast Asia, Sunny Bangchak is an important milestone in solar energy's development in the region and demonstrates Suntech and BCP's commitment in ushering in a clean, sustainable energy future in Thailand."

Sunny Bangchak is open to the public with an on-site exhibition center where local schools, residents, tourists and policy makers can learn about solar technology and Bangchak's commitment to sustainability.

The solar project represents a major milestone in Thailand's ambitious goal to meet 20% of its total energy consumption with renewable sources by 2022. Bangchak estimates that the 44-megawatt capacity solar power plant could annually reduce the need to import about 40,000 tons of coal and mitigate 32,000 tons of CO2 emissions, similar to planting 3,000,000 trees or removing 9,000 cars from the roads.

To learn more about Suntech's efforts in driving global solar industry growth, please visit the Suntech Connect blog, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @Suntech_Connect for regular updates.

About Suntech

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP) produces industry-leading solar products for residential, commercial, industrial, and utility applications. With regional headquarters in China, Switzerland, and the United States, and gigawatt-scale manufacturing worldwide, Suntech has delivered more than 25,000,000 photovoltaic panels to over a thousand customers in more than 80 countries. Suntech's pioneering R&D creates customer-centric innovations that are driving solar to grid parity against fossil fuels. Suntech's mission is to provide everyone with reliable access to nature's cleanest and most abundant energy source.

For more information about Suntech's people and products visit http://www.suntech-power.com/.

About Solartron Public Co., Ltd.

Solartron Public Company Limited was founded in 1986. Solartron has been providing Thailand and neighboring countries with alternative clean energy sources of photovoltaic energy for more than 26 years. At present, Solartron offers turnkey service including design, engineering, installation, commissioning, monitoring, maintenance and after-sale services. Solartron has so far provided more than 250,000 solar application systems in the Southeast Asia region. Solartron is now constructing an upstream solar cell factory in order to support the rapid growth of demand for solar power in Thailand and in the global market.

For more information about our company and products visit: http://solartron.co.th

About Bangchak Petroleum Public Co., Ltd.

Bangchak Petroleum Public Company Limited is a Thai oil company, running the business of refining crude oil from the Middle East, the Far East as well as from domestic sources. The company also sells its finished oil products through a network of over 1,100 service stations. In addition, Bangchak has extended its direct sales channel to large and medium-scale oil consumers, including industrial plants, airlines, automobile companies, ocean liners, and construction businesses, etc. Bangchak is firmly committed to the growth of renewable energy technologies, especially solar power, which contributes to Thailand's energy security and supports the government's policy to promote renewable energy.



JinkoSolar Wins Contract to Supply China Power International with 40 MW of High Efficiency Solar Panels


SHANGHAI, Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), a leading global solar power product manufacturer, today announced that it has won a bid from China Power International New Energy Holding Ltd. to supply 40 MW of photovoltaic (PV) modules for two PV power plant projects in Baiyin and Wuwei cities in Gansu Province, China.

JinkoSolar will deliver 163,200 high-efficiency solar panels to the two projects. The locations were specifically chosen as they receive approximately 2550~3030 hours of sunlight per year and are located in flat terrain with easy access to the electric grid and transportation facilities.

"We are pleased to being working with China Power International on these two projects," said Mr. Xiande Li, Chairman of the Board of Directors at JinkoSolar." JinkoSolar's reliability as a partner is demonstrated through the wide adoption of our modules across China in multiple PV projects. We are confident that the performance of our outstanding panels will guarantee stable output over their 25+ year life time and provide steady return on their investment."

About China Power International New Energy Holdings Co., Ltd.

China Power International New Energy Holdings Co., Ltd. was established in Shanghai in December, 2006. Its parent unit is China Power International Limited, the flagship enterprise of the China Power Investment Corporation, one of the five major power generation groups in the country. China Power International New Energy Holdings Co., Ltd. is mainly engaged in solar power, wind power, small and medium-scale hydropower, biomass and other renewable energy development, investment, construction and operation.

About JinkoSolar

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: JKS) is a leading solar power product manufacturer with production operations in Jiangxi and Zhejiang Provinces in China and sales and marketing offices in Shanghai, China; Munich, Germany; Bologna, Italy; Montpellier, France; Zug, Switzerland; San Francisco, U.S.; Queensland, Australia; Ontario, Canada and Singapore.

JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain with an integrated annual capacity of approximately 1.2 GW each for silicon wafers, solar cells and solar modules as of June 30, 2012. JinkoSolar distributes its photovoltaic products to a diversified customer base in the global PV market, including in Germany, Italy, Belgium, Spain, the United States, France, Eastern Europe, China and other countries and regions.

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Nine in Ten Americans Think Solar Should Be a Bigger Part of the Country's Energy Supply


OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In a new election cycle survey on clean energy, nine in ten (89%) U.S. adults agree that renewable energy sources, such as solar energy, should be a bigger part of America's energy supply in the future, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Sungevity, a recognized global leader in the residential solar market.  The survey shows that America's commitment to solar is strong, with 80 percent of respondents expecting their elected officials to support solar energy initiatives and 81 percent believing, regardless of who is in office, the White House and other official federal and state residences should use solar energy.

"The continued uptake of solar power can drive considerable economic growth for the American economy and provide critical long-term benefits to the environment," said Danny Kennedy, co-founder of Sungevity and author of new book, Rooftop Revolution, How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy – and Planet – From Dirty Energy. "It's clear that Americans support and see the bottom-line benefits of solar power.  I'd encourage anybody with an interest in saving money, creating jobs and powering their home with clean energy to discover the ease and affordability of incorporating solar energy into their daily lives."

Results of the Sungevity Solar Survey show many respondents see the economic and environmental benefits associated with the wider adoption of renewable energy, with 81 percent agreeing that reducing our dependency on coal, oil, nuclear energy and gas is the right thing to do for the environment and the economy.

Other key survey findings include:


  •     Financial Benefits Are Top Reason for Public Support -- Seven in ten (72%) say jobs created in the solar energy industry are better for our economy and our environment than jobs created in the coal, oil, nuclear and gas industries.  The majority of Americans (four out of five) believe that the increased use of solar power will reduce household energy costs and will help create local jobs.
  •     American Solar Energy Policies Would Lead to Household Savings -- Eight in ten (80%) adults agree that biggest benefits that would encourage support for solar energy are financial in nature, such as reduced energy costs (60%), decreased dependence on the fluctuating cost of fossil fuels (26%), federal/state tax credits (21%) and increased home value (12%).
  •     Consumer Education Is Necessary -- Many Americans are lacking information about solar energy, with 70% wishing they knew more about renewable energy sources and nearly half (48%) confused about solar energy options.
  •     Consumer Misperceptions On Solar Services Remain -- Adults are apprehensive to use solar energy due to the perceived stress of dealing with installation, such as updating electrical systems and dealing with zoning laws (47%).  Other reasons for not using solar energy include the belief it may not be available in their area (16%), it wouldn't generate enough energy (19%) or they may not live in a sunny location (12%). 


"The survey makes it clear that solar companies must do a better job communicating how easy and affordable it is to incorporate solar power into your home," says Kennedy.  "Whether it's the ability to design a solar system through our Sungevity website or getting a system installed for no money down through our solar lease program, companies like Sungevity are trying to make the customer experience with going solar as easy as possible."

About Sungevity

Sungevity's online iQuote process and solar lease program make it easy and affordable for homeowners to benefit from solar power. Leveraging web-based solar analytics and satellite imagery, Sungevity can deliver a firm quote within 24 hours without a home visit and provide homeowners with immediate savings on their electricity bills. This affordability and ease of use, combined with Sungevity's solar social network strategy, is all part of Sungevity's mission to accelerate solar into the mainstream. Aligned with Sungevity's mission and values, the company is recognized as a B Corp, a new type of corporation that harnesses the power of private enterprise to create public benefit for all stakeholders, not just shareholders. Sungevity was recognized by B Corp as one of the "Best for the World" companies for using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. For more information, visit www.sungevity.com.



Georgia Power files largest solar initiative in state history


ATLANTA, Sept. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power today filed a new solar initiative – the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative ("GPASI") – with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC). If approved, the initiative would create the largest voluntarily developed solar portfolio from an investor-owned utility. Through GPASI, Georgia Power would acquire 210 megawatts of additional solar capacity through long term contracts over a three-year period.

"We believe the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative will encourage new opportunities for solar development in our state and catapult us to the forefront of this clean, safe energy technology," said Georgia Power President and CEO Paul Bowers. "This initiative builds upon our record of maintaining not only one of the nation's safest and most reliable electric systems at rates below the national average, but one of the most innovative as well. We will continue to build a diverse generation portfolio that utilizes the most cost effective and advanced technologies to benefit our customers."

To meet the target of 210 megawatts, Georgia Power's Utility Scale program would purchase 60 megawatts annually for three years through a competitive request for proposal (RFP) program with projects ranging in size from 1-20 megawatts. By as early as 2013, a Distributed Scale program would provide opportunities for up to 10 megawatts per year of smaller solar projects with specific reservations for Small Scale (less than 100 kW) and Medium Scale (100-1,000 kW) projects.

RFPs for the Utility Scale program will be conducted in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and require commercial operation dates in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Georgia Power could begin signing solar contracts under the Distributed Scale program as early as first quarter of 2013.

Developed in cooperation with the PSC, the GPASI will complement the company's existing solar resources, which include leading-edge research and demonstration projects and a 50-megawatt Large Scale Solar program already in place.

Since the creation of the company's Green Energy Program in 2003, which enables customers to support and foster the growth of renewable energy resources, Georgia Power has consistently pursued opportunities to grow solar in the state. Through various initiatives, including the Large Scale Solar Program approved in 2011, Georgia Power has worked closely with the PSC to add solar economically to its portfolio. There are currently 61.5 megawatts under contract – enough green energy to power approximately 7,600 homes.

Additionally, Georgia Power recently launched a new "solar energy expert" initiative and website that provides comprehensive information and personalized assistance for customers interested in learning more about solar energy.  For more information, please visit: http://www.georgiapower.com/solar.

Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation's largest generators of electricity. The company is an investor-owned, tax-paying utility with rates below the national average. Georgia Power serves 2.4 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties.



5th Annual World Solar Polysilicon & Photovoltaic Industry Congress 2012 Will Be Held in Shanghai This November


SHANGHAI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In response to the growth of domestic demand and the negative influences of anti-dumping investigations of EU and the United States, China’s polysilicon manufacturers and photovoltaic enterprises, in the middle of a nationwide consolidation, are seeking opportunities in the domestic photovoltaic power station projects as well as in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and other emerging photovoltaic markets. Under the circumstances, the 5th Annual World Solar Polysilicon & Photovoltaic Industry Congress 2012, hosted by CBI BIZ and supported by China Metallurgical Purified Solar Grade Polysilicon Innovation Alliance (UMSOG), will be held on November 28-30 in Shanghai,

The congress will focus on hot issues such as productivity, polysilicon price, technical innovation and production cost, with emphasis on the present situations of the global and Chinese polysilicon and photovoltaic industry. It will discuss how to go through the industry dilemma with measures such as production reduction, efficiency improvement, quality enhancement and innovation. It will also analyze the policies for China’s PV industry, power stations and other downstream applications. Dr. Khalid K. Al Hajri, CEO and Chairman of Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTech), has confirmed to deliver a speech on the emerging solar markets of Qatar and the GCC region.

Until now, the congress has caught great attention of many of our past attendants, including well-known industry players such as REC Silicon, MEMC Electronic Materials, GT Advanced Technologies, OCI, Tokuyama Corporation, Nitol Group, Midland Silicon, Wuxi Suntech, LDK Solar, Jiangsu Zhongneng Polysilicon Technology, Trina Solar, Ningxia Electric Power Group, Guodian Ningxia Solar Energy, SDIC Golmud Photovoltaic Power Generation, Zhejiang Renesola and SHK Valve Group.

Furthermore, the congress will also present a special “poly-silicon technology roundtable” for networking purpose.

5th Annual World Solar Polysilicon & Photovoltaic Industry Congress 2012 is expected to gather over 200 attendants from governmental agencies, project organizers, polysilicon manufacturers, equipment providers the third parties.

For more Information, please check the official website: http://polysilicon.cbichina.com

Paramount Solar Partners with Clean Power Finance to Offer an Array of Affordable Solar Financing Solutions


ROSEVILLE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Paramount Solar, one of California’s leading residential solar companies, has partnered with Clean Power Finance to provide an expanded portfolio of affordable financing options that make solar attainable for more customers. In addition to the competitive finance products available through its marketplace, Clean Power Finance also provides popular solar sales software, and its online solar sales management platform will allow Paramount Solar to sell, quote, and design residential solar systems for consumers efficiently, maximizing the customer’s time and money.

Residential solar power has seen substantial growth in the past few years because of the access to lending products like purchase power agreements and leases that make solar an affordable option for the mass market. This partnership with Clean Power Finance has already impacted many Paramount Solar customers who are taking advantage of savings from their solar systems.

“Going solar just makes sense. The financing made it incredibly affordable and my return will be well over 15 percent – where can you find a return on investment like that right now?” said Paramount Solar customer, John Gage, of Sacramento. “And seeing the meter actually spin backward is great because that just means even more money in my pocket for the excess energy the panels produce. I tell all of my friends to call Paramount Solar because it’s a simple process and an easy way to save money every month.”

“The growth of residential solar financing has made solar a good economic investment,” said Robert Prigge, CCO of Clean Power Finance. “We are committed to promoting the mass-market adoption of residential solar, and partnerships with industry-leading companies like Paramount Solar enable us to bring clean, economical solar energy to more Americans than ever before.”

“The residential solar business is booming and customers are getting excited about saving money and taking control of their energy production, while doing something great for the environment,” says Hayes Barnard, CEO of Paramount Solar. “The affordable financing options provided by Clean Power Finance are vital to the growth of this industry and make it possible to bring clean, green energy to the mass market.”

Paramount Solar customers in California and Arizona are currently taking advantage of Clean Power Finance’s financing options, and the company plans to expand to additional states in 2012. For more information about Paramount Solar, visit www.paramountsolar.com or call 1-888-801-3333.

About Paramount Solar

Paramount Solar was created to save homeowners money by converting their homes into personal power stations using PV solar technology. The company makes going solar simple by delivering a one-stop, streamlined process for securing solar financing, custom design, solar installation, permits, rebate paperwork and ongoing solar system monitoring. With Paramount Solar’s innovative financing options, customers can now go solar with no upfront investment and start saving money in the first month of service. The company provides free PowerSavings™ Plans to assist customers in finding out if solar is right for them.

About Clean Power Finance

Clean Power Finance is driving the mass-market adoption of residential solar by building an online business-to-business marketplace to connect the solar industry and the capital markets. Clean Power Finance provides solar professionals, including marketers, installers, manufacturers and distributors, with access to a variety of non-exclusive, white-label residential finance products and an easy-to-use solar sales quoting and design tool. The company’s transparent pricing makes it easy for financial firms and lenders to invest in residential solar projects that provide reliable rates of return. Founded in 2007, Clean Power Finance is venture backed by Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers (KPCB), Google Ventures, Claremont Creek Ventures, Clean Pacific Ventures and Sand Hill Angels. To learn more about how Clean Power Finance can accelerate the growth of solar businesses, please visit www.cleanpowerfinance.com.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Trina Solar's Jifan Gao Receives Solar Industry Award 2012


FRANKFURT, Germany, Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Trina Solar Limited  (NYSE: TSL) ("Trina Solar" or the "Company"), a leading integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) products, announced that the Company's founder and CEO, Mr. Jifan Gao, has received the Solar Industry Award 2012. Mr. Gao has been selected by a panel of PV industry experts in recognition of his excellence in leadership and technological innovation.

"On behalf of our colleagues around the globe, I am honored and pleased to receive the Solar Industry Award", Jifan Gao remarked. "Since its foundation, Trina Solar's mission is to make the world a better place by providing aff­ordable and reliable solar energy. This journey has taken us quite far already. We are committed to the ongoing advancement of the efficiency and quality of our products, as well as to aiding our customers in their eff­orts to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy."

With Trina Solar's leading position, Jifan Gao has been contributing to the global renewable industry through international industry forums and associations. In 2012 Mr. Gao was invited to be one of the mentors of the World Economic Forum annual meeting. His suggestions have received broad attention from global leaders.

Jifan Gao established Trina Solar in 1997. Under his leadership Trina Solar has developed to a leading global solar company over the past 15 years. Trina Solar ranked first worldwide according to the 2011 global Sustainable Growth Index released by PRTM. In the Solar Scorecard 2012 ranking, published by the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, Trina Solar was ranked No.1 among all global PV manufacturers.

Leading the PV industry in terms of innovation, Trina Solar holds close to 350 patents. "We remain heavily committed to research and technological innovation which is reflected by our world class R&D facilities and program. Our State Key Lab and test center form an essential part of the Trina Solar campus and our vertically integrated business model", Mr. Gao said.

Sponsored by UK-based Angel Business Communications, the Solar Industry Awards recognize outstanding performance in 17 categories, only one of which honors an individual rather than a company. This individual category, now awarded to Jifan Gao, is called "Solar Award for Excellence". Previous winners include Dr. Martin Green (professor at University of New South Wales) and Ken Zweibel (Director of The George Washington University Solar Institute). "Each year the panel chooses an individual that we feel has driven the industry forward in a way that deserves notice and merit", said David Ridsdale, Editor in Chief of Solar International, an Angel publication. "While we fully understand that any innovative technical process takes an army of people and organization to come to fruition, some individuals stand out by their individual personality, ambassador qualities or their driving energy in an organization leading to world class outputs."

About Trina Solar Limited

Trina Solar Limited (NYSE: TSL) is a leading manufacturer of high quality modules and has a long history as a solar PV pioneer since it was founded in 1997 as a system installation company. Trina Solar is one of the few PV manufacturers that have developed a vertically integrated business model from the production of monocrystalline and multicrystalline silicon ingots, wafers and cells to the assembly of high quality modules. Trina Solar's products provide reliable and environmentally-friendly electric power for a growing variety of end-user applications worldwide. For further information, please visit Trina Solar's website at http://www.trinasolar.com.

About the Solar Industry Awards

The Solar Industry Awards continue to reward and recognize the people, process and products that make up the global PV and solar industry. Now in their 4th year, the awards are voted for by the industry ensuring these awards are decided by the industry. Also, four special prizes are awarded to a product, company, innovation and individual whose impact has caught the attention of the panel. The companies, people and products are selected as winners due to the confidence of the global solar and PV community and the value they add to the industry. For further information please see www.solarinternationalawards.net/

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Motech Industries Has Announced That Its Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Modules Have Passed The Salt Mist Corrosion Test With Severity Level Of 5


TAIPEI, Taiwan, Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Motech Industries Inc. (TWO: 6244) (Motech) has announced that its solar photovoltaic (PV) modules have passed the newIEC 61701, 2nd edition Salt Mist Corrosion Testing of Photovoltaic (PV) Modulestest with a severity level of 5.  The salt mist test, conducted by Intertek Testing Service, is a corrosion test which measures the performance of solar module materials in coastal areas with high humidity and high salt content, such as coastal or marine environments.

The test results confirm that Motech's modules can withstand harsh environments. The company's monocrystalline and multicrystalline product lines were all tested to Severity 5 which is 672 hours of exposure to a 5% NaCl salt solution applied at 1-2 ml/hr.

"Motech leverages its 20 years of institutional experience and intense testing to make sure that Motech modules are reliable regardless of the environmental conditions," said Derick Botha, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Motech Americas, LLC.  "We are pleased to receive this certificate to assure our customers of our products performance."

About MOTECH
Motech Industries Inc. was founded in 1981 as a designer and manufacturer of test and measurement instruments. The company entered into solar cell production in 1999 and is a pioneer in the manufacturing and marketing of high-quality mono and poly-crystalline silicon solar cells in Taiwan. Today, the company is a global, vertically integrated solar company and one of the world's top solar cell manufacturers in terms of production capacity and output. MOTECH is a publicly traded company on Taiwan's Over-the-Counter (OTC) market with the trading code 6244. For more information about MOTECH please visit http://www.motechsolar.com/

About Motech Americas
Motech Americas LLC, is the most experienced manufacturer of solar modules, with its Newark, Delaware facility in operations for more than 20 years.  Motech utilizes Six-Sigma rigor, best in class quality, and customer fulfillment standards that are second to none. Fully intelligently vertically integrated, Motech Industries is the sixth largest solar cell manufacturer in the world, providing Motech Americas complete control over its supply chain and access to superior cell products. For additional information access http://www.motech-americas.com/



Honeywell Introduces New "Cool" Film That Helps Solar Panels Beat The Heat


MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it has introduced a new black laminate film designed to help make black solar panels cooler and more efficient.

All-black solar panels are increasingly being used on homes because they blend with rooftops more easily. PowerShield® Cool Black is a backsheet that helps reduce solar panel operating temperature by using an innovative and proprietary technology that reflects solar radiation. When panels operate at lower temperatures, their electrical components are able to operate more effectively and generate more power.

"Heat reduction is a key factor in improving solar panel efficiency, and black panels are especially susceptible to increased temperatures," said Jerry Buchanan, global business manager for Honeywell's photovoltaic (PV) backing systems business. "Honeywell's innovative new product, PowerShield Cool Black, can help keep black panels cool while making them more efficient, durable and able to blend in with their surroundings."

Independent industry and university laboratory tests have shown that, during periods of peak power demand, solar panels using PowerShield Cool Black are as much as 7 degrees Celsius (12.6 degrees Fahrenheit) cooler, which can increase their power output by 2 to 3 percent. In turn, this increased power output can reduce a panel's cost-per-watt generated by 2 to 3 percent.

PowerShield Cool Black's efficiency benefits can help panel manufacturers achieve industry standards for power output at a lower cost. Panels using the backsheet can meet a building-integrated PV (BIPV) or building-applied PV (BAPV) module output rating with lower-cost cells, or reach a higher module output rating using existing cells.

PowerShield Cool Black includes Honeywell's proprietary adhesive, which helps make panels more durable and able to withstand harsh environments. The backsheet has been shown to withstand more than 3,000 hours of exposure at an 85°C (185°F) temperature and 85 percent relative humidity while maintaining its structural integrity.

As with all PowerShield backsheets, PowerShield Cool Black offers excellent resistance to environmental degradation from sunlight, heat, cold and humidity; strong resistance to acids, bases, solvents, salts and other chemicals; and resistance to excessive moisture infiltration within a module.

PowerShield Cool Black is the second new backsheet introduced by Honeywell in 2012. PowerShield 3W, a cost-effective, durable white laminate, was introduced earlier this year.

The technology behind PowerShield Cool Black is based on more than three decades of Honeywell innovation in high-barrier films for food packaging, industrial and healthcare applications. A world-class supply chain, which provides module makers with a single point of contact for their backsheet needs, helps to ensure consistent quality and supply.

Honeywell maintains an active and global research and development program for photovoltaic backsheets, with laboratories in Morris Township, New Jersey, and Shanghai, China.

Honeywell also offers printable dopants and chemicals for the manufacture of solar cells, the SOLARC™ anti-reflective coating for solar panels, and solar panel installation sales and services.

For more information on Honeywell's PowerShield backing systems, visit www.honeywellpowershield.com.

Performance Materials and Technologies is a global leader in developing and manufacturing advanced materials and process technologies. These materials and technologies are used by people every day in a wide range of industries and applications, from petroleum refining to environmentally friendlier refrigerants to bullet-resistant vests. Our advanced materials are critical in the manufacture of products ranging from nylon to computer chips to pharmaceutical packaging. Process technologies developed by our UOP business form the foundation for most of the world's refiners, efficiently producing gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and petrochemicals. UOP is now pioneering technology to produce real fuels from renewable energy sources.

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.

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MEMC Announces Termination Of Conergy Wafer Supply Agreement


ST. PETERS, Mo., Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. (NYSE: WFR) today announced that it and its subsidiary, MEMC Singapore Pte. Ltd., have agreed with Conergy AG to terminate their long-term solar wafer supply agreement.

Under the terms of the supply agreement, originally signed in October 2007, MEMC was to supply solar wafers to Conergy pursuant to pre-set pricing over a 10-year period on a take or pay basis.  As part of the agreement, Conergy advanced funds to MEMC in the form of a refundable capacity reservation deposit and also provided a letter of credit to secure the take-or-pay obligations.

Since the market downturn in early 2009, issues with respect to Conergy's price and volume purchase obligations under the supply agreement have created challenges to finding a mutually beneficial arrangement between the parties, leading to a reduction in the size of the supply agreement in January 2010.  In order to resolve these ongoing challenges, the companies have now agreed to terminate the supply agreement.

Pursuant to a termination agreement executed today, MEMC will receive payment of $21.2 million through the irrevocable letter of credit established by Conergy under the wafer supply agreement.  MEMC will refund to Conergy the refundable capacity reservation deposit currently held by MEMC in an approximately equal amount. Conergy will also make payments on outstanding payables in the amount of $5.5 million.  In addition, Conergy has agreed to transfer to MEMC Conergy's portfolio of operations and maintenance contracts covering solar power plants in Germany, Italy and Spain representing up to approximately 175 megawatts. This part of the arrangement is subject to MEMC's due diligence of the contracts which the parties expect to occur over the next 60-90 days.  There can be no assurance that the parties will conclude this transfer successfully.

"We are glad to have achieved a mutually beneficial outcome for both parties," commented Brian Wuebbels, MEMC's Chief Financial Officer.  "We look forward to potentially collaborating with Conergy again in the future."

MEMC is assessing the financial impact of the termination of the supply agreement and will provide further clarification on its third quarter financial results conference call in early November.

About MEMC
MEMC is a global leader in semiconductor and solar technology.  MEMC has been a pioneer in the design and development of silicon wafer technologies for over 50 years.  With R&D and manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, MEMC enables the next generation of high performance semiconductor devices and solar cells.  Through its SunEdison subsidiary, MEMC is also a developer of solar power projects and a worldwide leader in solar energy services.  MEMC's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "WFR."  For more information about MEMC, please visit www.memc.com.



AEG Power Solutions Receives UL 1741 Certification for Protect PV.500-UL 1000V Solar Inverter


DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AEG Power Solutions’ (AEG PS) Protect PV.500-UL is one of the market’s select few 1000V solar inverter units to receive certification for meeting product safety standards for connection to the United States power grid. With 17 years of experience in the field of photovoltaic testing and certification, TUV Rheinland of North America tested and certified the Protect PV.500-UL as outlined in the UL 1741 standard for solar inverter equipment.

"It was important for us to not only test to UL 1741, but also to obtain full certification from a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory," explained Juergen Schiele, solar research and development director at AEG PS. "We modified our field-proven product to incorporate UL components and space requirements and performed rigorous tests further demonstrating our commitment to safety and quality for the products we offer globally.”

The high-efficiency, high-reliability inverter is ideally suited for utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) applications. The Protect PV.500 inverter boasts an efficiency greater than 98 percent which exceeds expectations for its power class. It also incorporates grid management features that can adapt to the unique requirements of the utility. With four unique ways to provide reactive power control, adjustable settings for Low Voltage Ride Through, provisional ramp parameters for start and stop operations and remote power control, the inverter’s flexibility is unmatched.

A key feature of the PV product line is its power stack with advance-design measuring and control technology enabling DC input voltages of up to 1000 VDC. In addition to savings on DC wiring and combiner boxes as a result of the higher DC input voltage, the UL-certified Protect PV.500-UL meets utility code requirements and facilitates Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) approval.

"Two major benefits of achieving this certification are that developers can now use a 1000V DC unit with certainty that AHJs will approve the inverter, and investors can be assured of the safety and quality," said Kaivon Mortazavi, vice president of North America for AEG PS. “It also re-enforces our credibility and positions us strongly in the U.S. solar market.”

The Protect PV.500 products are also available as part of a fully integrated 1 MW equipment shelter with two Protect PV.500 inverters, communications equipment, MV transformer and switchgear.

“We can now address the U.S. market with a fully certified inverter. Our strategy is to compensate for solar market contractions in Europe by establishing ourselves in growth regions such as Eastern Europe, India, Africa and North America. That’s why we recently opened our facility in South Africa, and that’s also why this certification is another important step for our company,” explains Horst Kayser, CEO of AEG PS.

For additional information please visit http://www.aegps.com/solarinverters or call 1-877-315-4584.

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About AEG Power Solutions
AEG Power Solutions (AEG PS) Group is a global provider of power electronics systems and solutions for all industrial power requirements offering one of the most comprehensive product and service portfolios in the area of power conversion and power control. Two complementary operating business segments, Renewable Energy Solutions (RES) and Energy Efficiency Solutions (EES) serve customers worldwide. The RES product and service portfolio consists of systems and solutions for solar power plants, such as solar inverters, monitoring and control systems as well as power controllers for a wide range of industrial applications such as polysilicon, energy storage, sapphire and glass. The EES product and service portfolio includes high-performance uninterruptable power supplies (UPSs), industrial chargers, DC systems and converters.

Thanks to its distinctive expertise bridging both AC and DC power technologies and spanning the worlds of both conventional and renewable energy, the company creates innovative solutions for smart grids.

AEG PS’ global footprint includes 17 subsidiaries and competence centers around the world with 1,700 employees.

AEG Power Solutions Group is the sole subsidiary of the holding company 3W Power S.A. (WKN A0Q5SX / ISIN GG00B39QCR01), based in Luxembourg. The Group is headquartered in Zwanenburg in the Netherlands. The shares of 3W Power are admitted to trading on Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: 3W9).

For more information go to: www.aegps.com.

Viridian Energy Holds Third Annual PowerUP! Convention


NORWALK, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Viridian Energy, a leading provider of affordable, green retail energy, today announced its third annual PowerUP! convention, held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The three day event celebrated Viridian’s substantial growth over the past year, focusing on the positive environmental impact customers have enabled to date and outlined plans for driving further adoption of Viridian’s green energy offerings. The company, now in its fourth year, has already achieved a customer base of more than 200,000 and avoided more than 452 million pounds of carbon emissions.

“In order to maintain our growth rate and contribution to the health of the environment, it is increasingly important to invigorate our sales force and provide tools and resources to move forward as a company,” said Michael Fallquist, founder and CEO of Viridian Energy. “We put this event together with the intent of creating a transformative experience that will drive the business and provide more individuals an opportunity to live a greener lifestyle. We look forward to continuing to report positive impacts from these efforts.”

This year, Viridian set a new standard for the convention, purchasing carbon offsets for all attendees’ travel and RECs for the entire usage of Bally’s Hotel and Casino through the entirety of the event, thus making the venue itself completely carbon neutral during the convention.

Key announcements at this year’s convention included foundational growth plans for Viridian; product expansion, a new business management platform, and new training programs. The fall edition of the Green Energy Observer was also released. Other key announcements were the future launches into Delaware and Washington DC, the launch of natural gas, a 25 percent increase in customer base, and a 51 percent increase in corporate employee count.

Viridian also revealed Indonesia as the third location of its “7 Continents in 7 Years” global sustainability initiative. Since 2010 Viridian has completed a major project on a different continent each year including rainforest reforestation in Brazil and solar panel installation and lighting systems in schools and health posts in Ghana.

“The remarkable milestones Viridian has achieved would not be possible without our dedicated associates,” said Meredith Berkich, SVP of Viridian Network. “We want to provide every tool and resource our associates may require. Studies show a measurable gain in the success of associates that attend conventions and we’re pleased to support them as they grow their business.”

The convention featured speakers including John T. Fleming, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Direct Selling News, Suzanne Shelton, CEO of The Shelton Group, and Josh Dorfman, author of, “The Lazy Environmentalist,” on topics ranging from sustainability going mainstream and living greener to business strategies and personal success. Breakout sessions with company leadership provided in-depth training, marketing tips and tools, social media strategies, regulatory and compliance information.

Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 in the New York, Cleantech category, awarded to Michael Fallquist, and Viridian’s Direct Selling Association 2012 ETHOS Rising Star Award were also highlighted.

About Viridian Energy

Viridian Energy is a socially responsible retail energy supplier that provides greener electricity at an affordable price. The company services commercial and residential electricity and natural gas customers in Connecticut, Delaware (Fall 2012), Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. (Fall 2012) with electricity derived from renewable sources. In all of its markets, Viridian offers consumers discounted electricity rates that comply with a higher renewable energy content standard. Located in Norwalk, Conn., Viridian was founded with the vision to empower its customers to make a significant collective impact through a relatively small individual choice simply by switching energy providers.

Ascent Solar Announces Closing of Public Offering of Common Stock


THORNTON, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASTI), a developer of state-of-the-art, flexible thin-film photovoltaic modules, announced today that it has closed its previously announced underwritten public offering of 9,166,700 shares of its common stock at a price of $1.20 per share. Ascent received net proceeds, after deducting the underwriting discount and estimated offering expenses, of approximately $10.1 million. Ascent has also granted the underwriters a 45-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,375,005 shares of common stock to cover over-allotments, if any.

Ascent intends to use the net proceeds from this offering for working capital and for general corporate purposes.

Aegis Capital Corp. acted as the sole book-running manager for this offering.

A shelf registration statement on Form S-3 and accompanying base prospectus relating to the shares was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and is effective. Copies of the final prospectus supplement relating to the offering may be obtained from the offices of Aegis Capital Corp., Prospectus Department, 810 Seventh Avenue, 18th Floor, New York, NY, 10019, telephone: 212-813-1010 or email: prospectus@aegiscap.com, or from the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov.

About Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc.

Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. is a developer of thin-film photovoltaic modules using flexible substrate materials that can transform the way solar power generation integrates into everyday life. Ascent Solar modules, which were named one of TIME Magazine's 50 best inventions for 2011, can be directly incorporated into standard building materials, commercial transportation, automotive solutions, space applications, consumer electronics for portable power and durable off-grid solutions. More information can be found at www.ascentsolar.com.

SolarWorld Einstein Awards Go to Founders of Water Missions International and SMA


FRANKFURT, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The parent company of SolarWorld, the largest U.S. solar manufacturer for more than 35 years, today honored founders of U.S.-based Christian nonprofit Water Mission International and the largest solar inverter manufacturer, Germany-based SMA, in the company’s annual Einstein Awards ceremony here.

At an event attended by solar researchers and solar-industry leaders, SolarWorld saluted Water Missions founders Molly and George Greene III of Charleston, S.C., for their organization’s use of solar power to operate water pumps in filtrating clean, safe water supplies for communities in developing economies. The Greenes devote their lives to voluntary leadership of an organization that employs 150 people in nine countries to provide clean water supplies and educational and community support for their use. An estimated 1.2 billion people, especially children under 5, suffer – and die – from water-borne parasites and disease. As few as four solar panels can power a pump to supply water to up to 5,000 people.

SolarWorld AG Chairman and CEO Frank Asbeck also announced that the company would donate up to 100 kilowatts of power to Water Missions. In the eight years of SolarWorld’s Einstein Awards program, the Greenes are the first recipients from America.

Also honored with an Einstein Award for outstanding service rendered in the field of solar energy was Günther Cramer, co-founder of SMA. Cramer and three partners founded SMA Regelsysteme GmbH while working at the University of Kassel in 1981. The company was renamed SMA Technology AG in 2004. Over 30 years, Cramer transformed SMA into a company employing 5,500 people. Today, SMA is the technology and global market leader in the manufacture of solar inverters, a device that converts direct electrical current to alternating current.

Finally, the Junior Einstein Award was presented to physicist Bianca Lim from the Institute for Solar Energy Research in Hameln, Germany. The 30-year-old won the recognition for her work on boron-silicon compounds in silicon solar cells. The compounds are an important remaining limitation on the rising energy-generation efficiency of solar photovoltaic cells. The phenomenon has been recognized for several years, but the causes have not been fully understood.

“SolarWorld salutes Water Missions and SMA for their work leveraging the amazing power of solar in two fundamentally important ways,” said Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld Americas, the commercial arm of SolarWorld in the Americas. “We look forward to witnessing the continued advances of these trail-blazing organizations. Like Water Missions, SMA also is a leader in its field in the Americas. In that light, this year’s Einstein Awards reflect the rising recognition of solar’s potential not only in Europe but also in the American market.”

About SolarWorld (www.SolarWorld.com)

SolarWorld (ISIN: DE0005108401) is a worldwide leader in offering brand-name, high-quality, crystalline silicon solar-power technology. The company’s strength is its fully integrated solar production. From silicon as the raw material through wafers, cells and panels all the way to turn-key solar systems of all sizes, the group combines all stages of the solar value chain. The central business activity is selling high-quality panels into the installation and distribution trades and wafers to the international solar cell industry. Group headquarters are located in Bonn, Germany, with sales sites in Singapore, South Africa, Spain, France as well as in the U.S. state of California. The group’s largest production facilities operate in Freiberg, Germany, and Hillsboro in the U.S. state of Oregon. Sustainability is the basis of the group strategy. Under the name Solar2World, the group supports community aid projects using off-grid solar-power solutions in developing countries, exemplifying sustainable economic development. Worldwide, SolarWorld employs about 3,000 people. SolarWorld AG has been quoted on the stock exchange since 1999 and today is listed on, among others, the TecDAX and ÖkoDAX as well as in the sustainability index NAI.

Upsolar Earns Top Honors at Solar Industry Awards


FRANKFURT--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Upsolar, a leading international provider of solar PV modules, was voted a winner of a Solar Industry Award for the second year in a row. The company was recognized in the Industry Development category for its comprehensive life cycle assessment (LCA) program.

The Solar Industry Awards – organized by the editors of Solar International (A PV Management Magazine) – honor the companies, products and programs driving innovation and spurring global solar adoption. A team of industry experts determines multiple finalists for each category, and overall winners are selected through a global online voting process.

As the Industry Development award winner, Upsolar’s LCA underscores the category’s theme of highlighting ideas and programs that “enhance the progress of the industry and market on a global scale.” The company completed its in-depth study earlier this year to quantify and analyze the environmental impact of its modules, from the collection of raw materials to production, transportation and end-of-life procedures.

After a 10-month data collection process, in conjunction with its manufacturing platforms and with the technical guidance of Bureau Veritas CODDE, preliminary results indicated that each Upsolar module contributes an average of 1.101-1.251 kg/kWc of carbon emissions over its lifetime. The company will use this figure as a benchmark to optimize its processes moving forward.

A formal ceremony honoring awardees was held in Frankfurt on September 24 in conjunction with the 27th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference. Project Development Director Sebastien Prioux accepted the award on behalf of Upsolar.

“Monitoring the true environmental impact of our business allows Upsolar to continuously and efficiently improve our operations and serve as a positive example for our peers, our customers and our planet,” said Prioux. “Through our LCA and our greater commitment to sustainability, we hope to drive the solar industry toward a higher standard, where our processes become as clean as the energy we produce.”

About Upsolar

Upsolar is a leading international solar module developer and producer, offering the solar industry’s best quality / price ratio in the global PV market. With vertically integrated, diversified manufacturing platforms, as well as an R&D-supported quality control management system, Upsolar produces high quality, reliable solar modules backed by a world-class warranty, at competitive prices. Headquartered in Shanghai, Upsolar has offices throughout Asia, Europe and North America to support an international customer base, providing on-site technical support, customer service and product development teams. For more information, visit www.upsolar.com.

Romney Voters More Likely To Make Green Home Improvements Than Obama Voters


SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sunrun, the nation’s largest home solar company, today announced national survey results revealing that Romney voters are more likely to have made what can be described as ‘green’ home improvements in the past five years than Obama supporters (64% vs. 58%). The survey looked at the lifestyle changes and home improvements Romney and Obama voters have made or are interested in making. Environmental concerns were not highest on either side’s list of the motivating factors for making changes to their homes or their habits; both groups identified “saving money” as their primary motivating factor for having made these changes, or for doing so in the future.

The study was commissioned by Sunrun and conducted online by Harris Interactive® in August among 2,334 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. Nine out of ten Americans of both voting persuasions said they had made what can be considered ‘green’ changes to their lifestyles over the last five years. Even though only 33 percent of Romney voters believe in global warming, they led the charge on home improvements that could benefit the environment. Obama voters were more likely to have made eco-friendly lifestyle changes in the past five years (94% vs. 88%).

“This data shows us that a new shade of green is emerging, and it’s not dominated by any particular side of the political spectrum,” said Sunrun President and co-Founder Lynn Jurich. “Americans are motivated by savings, and now there are environmental choices that are also the smartest choices for your bank account.”

“I call this Pocketbook Environmentalism,” continued Jurich. “People may like that something is good for the environment, but they’re not willing to pay more for it.”

Bipartisan Green

Americans showed nearly twice as high a motivation to save money by implementing energy-efficient and otherwise green home and lifestyle changes (85%) than the least-common mentioned motivation for going green, concern for the planet (44%). Obama voters and Romney voters were neck-and-neck (50% and 47% respectively) when it came to citing the desire to help America be less dependent on other countries for energy as a motivation.


Survey Question: Which of the following has been, or would be, a motivating factor for making the types of lifestyle changes or home improvements described in the previous questions?
   
Total
 
Obama Voters
 
Romney Voters
Saving money   85%   84%   87%
Improving my/my family’s health  
56%
 
60%
 
54%
Desire to help America be less dependent on other countries for energy  
48%
 
50%
 
47%
Concern for the planet   44%   58%   27%         


“Individual voters’ attitudes and actions show that they consider ‘going green’ a smart choice rather than a political choice,” added Jurich. “Sunrun has customers that span political parties, because they all fall into the Pocketbook Environmentalist category.”

Jurich founded Sunrun with Pocketbook Environmentalists in mind. The company lets Americans go solar without the high upfront costs, plus save money on electric bills. Sunrun owns, insures and maintains the panels on a homeowners’ roof. Families pay a lower rate for the solar power than the rate charged by their local utility company.

Greening Your Life vs. Greening Your Home

Romney voters’ higher inclination toward home improvements made in the past five years includes:

  •     Bought energy efficient appliances (43% vs. 35%)
  •     Installed low flow toilets (22% vs. 17%)

Noteworthy data reflecting Obama supporters’ higher likelihood to have made relevant lifestyle changes in the past five years vs. Romney voters includes:

  •     Eating more all-natural/organic foods (34% vs. 19%)
  •     Unplugging gadgets and electronics when not in use (41% vs. 29%)
  •     Starting to recycle or recycling more (52% vs. 42%)

Additional data from the survey available at: http://www.sunrunhome.com/blog/ survey-says-green-is-non-partisan

Closing The Aspiration/Action Disconnect

“Attaining a greener lifestyle is simpler and more convenient than ever before because smart companies are emerging that make the green option the more cost-effective one,” said Sunrun Consumer Educator Susan Wise. “We want to show people that it’s easier than they think to go from aspiration to action. They don’t have to consider themselves environmentalists to want to have a greener lifestyle.”

Green lifestyle changes can be as simple as recycling more or driving less by carpooling or taking public transportation. Changes like going solar that may seem complicated are much easier because of options like Sunrun. Since Sunrun introduced solar power service in 2007, it has become the preferred way for consumers to go solar in the nation’s top solar markets.

While only 3% of Romney voters and 2% of Obama voters have installed solar-power systems in the past five years, 27% of U.S. adults said they are interested in installing a solar-power system in the future. 85% said saving money was, or would be, an important factor for making these types of changes.

“The results show there’s tremendous opportunity to educate voters on how easy it is shift to clean energy and cut costs at the same time,” added Wise of Sunrun.

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Sunrun from August 23-27, 2012 among 2,334 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Victoria Krammen at Sunrun@sutherlandgold.com.

About Sunrun

Sunrun is the nation’s largest home solar company and invented solar power service, a way for homeowners to go solar without the high upfront costs. Sunrun owns, insures, monitors and maintains the solar panels on a homeowner’s roof, while families pay a low rate for clean energy and fix their electric costs for 20 years. Since Sunrun introduced solar power service in 2007, it has become the preferred way for consumers to go solar in the nation’s leading solar markets. More than 25,000 homeowners in 10 states have chosen Sunrun, and the Company partners with over 30 leading local solar companies who together employ more than 3,000 workers. Sunrun has attracted enough capital to support the purchase of $1 billion in solar systems from investors including U.S. Bancorp and raised $145 million in venture capital from Accel Partners, Sequoia Capital, Foundation Capital, and Madrone Capital Partners. For more information visit: www.sunrunhome.com.