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US: Solar industry poised to create 200,000 jobs

200,000 domestic jobs and 10 gigawatts (GW) of new solar installations could be created in the U.S. if the Department of Treasury Grant Program (TGP) was extended by two years and solar manufacturing was included in the industries’ existing tax credit, says the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

Saudi Arabian solar task force established

A Saudi Arabian solar task force has been established following the country’s first Solar Communication and Coordination Workshop, held on May 16 in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Aramco, one of the world’s largest oil corporations, will assume a leading role.

New energy efficiency Compendium of Best US Practices published ??

Three leading energy efficiency and renewable energy organizations have jointly released a “Compendium of Best Practices: Sharing Local and State Successes in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy from the United States”.

Power grid could accommodate "large increase" in solar generation

Large increases in solar and wind generation could be accommodated in the power grid, according to a new study published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

PV Legal launches new database highlighting "bureaucratic barriers" to PV development

The PV Legal consortium has launched an online database containing quantitative and qualitative data on project development processes and bureaucratic barriers that, they say, are hampering the set-up of photovoltaic (PV) systems.

Stanford team wins MIT Clean Energy Prize with new solar material

C3Nano, Inc., a company founded by Stanford University students, has won the 2010 MIT Clean Energy Prize for the development of a new transparent electrode material, which, it is claimed, will make photovoltaic solar panels both cheaper and more efficient.

NREL, 3M launch technology partnership

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and 3M, the St. Paul, Minn.-based technology company, have embarked on research and development partnerships in three key areas of clean energy innovation: thin-film photovoltaics, concentrating solar power and biofuels.

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