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Thin-layer Solar Cells May Bring Cheaper Green Power Scientists are researching new ways of harnessing the sun's rays which could eventually make it cheaper for people to use solar energy to power their homes.
The experts at Durham University are developing light-absorbing materials for use in the production of thin-layer solar photovoltaic (PV) cells which are used to convert light energy into electricity.

Solar Energy Could Generate 2.5 Percent Of World Electricity Oslo, Norway (AHN) - A report by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association and Greenpeace revealed that solar energy could generate 2.5 percent of the world's electricity by 2025.
Solar power could fulfill the annual output from 150 coal-fired power plants by 2025, the report predicted.

SOLAR ENERGY: Sun is shining on North Bay solar industry The North Bay has become a hub of fast-growing solar energy companies with seemingly limitless growth on the horizon.
Long a champion of alternative sources of energy, the region is home to dozens of small providers, several industry pioneers and now a new breed of investor-backed players who see Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties as a prime market.

Marin Solar Sees Sales Explode as Rebates Increase The company, like several others in the North Bay, has benefited from recent pro-solar legislation in Sacramento and, more significantly, increasing investment by semiconductor companies in polysilicon, the stuff of photovoltaic cells.

Incentives keep demand high Also encouraging was a provision which raises the cap on net metering, the solar electricity which can be sold back onto the grid, from .5 percent to 2.5 percent of a utility's total electricity sales. PG&E was within weeks of refusing further sell-back installations.

More panels on the way In 2005, the industry saw investors come in at every level on the supply chain, said Ms. Blunden.
"Those investments are showing up now, and investments currently being made will show up two year from now."

California Public Utilitie... The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) yesterday approved changes to the California Solar Initiative Program Handbook to speed the application process for solar incentives in California. The California Solar Initiative¡¯s goal is to drive the installation of 3,000 megawatts of high-performing solar installations in the state over the next 10 years, moving the state toward a cleaner energy future

Australian scientist stresses solar energy The next 10 to 20 years would see a transition from using fossil energy resources, such as natural gas, coal and oil, to renewable resources, including solar, wind and biomass energy, said Martin Green, a solar cell authority and recipient of the 2002 Right Livelihood Award, usually referred to as "Alternative Nobel Prize."

Canadian Solar Receives QC... JIANGSU, China, Aug. 20 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Canadian Solar Inc. ("the Company", or "CSI", or "we") (Nasdaq: CSIQ) today announced that its Changshu factory has completed its audit for the QC 080000 IECQ Hazardous Substance Process Management (HSPM) qualification, which the Company believes makes it one of the first solar module manufacturing companies to receive the certification.

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