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Competing in the Solar Industry: Delivering Green Jobs while Keeping Energy Costs Low

Cleanwatch
The e-Letter on Clean Technology from Clean Edge

Welcome to Cleanwatch. Each issue offers the latest news, events, and other resources on clean energy, transportation, water, and materials.

Competing in the Solar Industry: Delivering Green Jobs while Keeping Energy Costs Low

By Letha Tawney

The solar industry has come a long way in recent years, but now companies around the world are grappling with a solar photovoltaic (PV) industry in rapid transition, with significant oversupply and prices in rapid decline. Dominant players are struggling; emerging players are seizing market share. Each company is trying to turn the current upheaval into their opportunity to emerge as the new top player…

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According to Clean Edge’s recently published subscription report, the State Clean Energy Leadership Index, six states generated more than 10 percent of their in-state, utility-scale electricity from wind, solar, and geothermal sources. While some states have made steady progress, others have made dramatic advancements year-to-year, such as South Dakota which jumped from 8.3 percent in 2010 to over 22.3 percent in 2011.

Source: EIA with Clean Edge analysis.

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06/14/2012 New York Court Nixes Challenge to Carbon Market
A New York state court recently dismissed a Tea Party-backed lawsuit that tried to block the state from participating in a cap-and-trade system to cut carbon emissions in the Northeast, finding that the plaintiffs had no grounds to challenge the program.
Reuters

06/12/2012 E.ON Climate & Renewables Finalizes $150 Million Financing
E.ON Climate & Renewables North America announced recently it has secured $150 million of institutional equity financing from Bank of America Merrill Lynch in exchange for a partial interest in its Pioneer Trail Wind Farm.
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06/11/2012 Oklahoma Wind Farm Receives $220 Million Investment
Enel Green Power North America, a subsidiary of Enel Green Power S.p.A., and EFS Chisholm, a GE Capital subsidiary, signed a capital contribution agreement with a syndicate led by J.P. Morgan, whereby the syndicate commits to funding approximately 220 million US dollars for the 235 MW Chisholm View Wind project in Garfield and Grant Counties, Oklahoma.
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06/11/2012 Solarworld Sees China Dumping Case in June Amid German Support
Solarworld AG, Germany’s biggest solar-panel maker, expects an anti-dumping case to start against Chinese competitors in Europe this month after the German government said it may support such a move.
BusinessWeek

06/08/2012 China to Spend $315 Million Yearly on Alternative-Energy Cars
China’s government will spend as much as 2 billion yuan ($315 million) a year to develop alternative-energy vehicles to reduce fuel consumption, the finance ministry said recently.
Bloomberg

06/07/2012 Ecotality Files Lawsuit to Halt California PUC Agreement
Ecotality alleges a secret agreement denies ratepayers nearly $1 billion owed and creates an electric vehicle charging station monopoly.
Clean Edge News

06/05/2012 Konarka Shutting Down After Raising $185M for Solar Tech
After raising at least $185 million in private capital for its solar power technology, Konarka Technologies is selling off its assets as part of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection filing.
Boston Business Journal

06/04/2012 DOE Will Invest Up to $120 Million to Launch New Energy Innovation Hub
U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu recently announced plans to invest up to $120 million over five years to launch a new Energy Innovation Hub, establishing a multidisciplinary effort to identify problems and develop solutions across the lifecycle of materials.
Clean Edge News

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