Here it is, your moment of solar power for this Friday...
Florida's state legislature decided to not renew the state's solar rebate under the Florida Solar Energy System Incentives Program. While the news comes as a disappointment, the rebate program has long been de facto defunct, having been closed to new applicants due to lack of funds.
In other solar rebate-related news, the second block of funding under Massachusetts' Commonwealth Solar II Rebate Program was closed Wednesday. The next round -- or "block" -- of funding is expected to open in early July. As we've found with most state-sponsored solar power subsidies, fund go fast. So if you're even thinking about doing a Massachusetts solar home installation, you best shake a leg. You can start with five things to do before you get solar.
Check out Idaho's latest bid to become known for more than its potatoes. (I say this with nothing but love for Idaho.)
The wrangling over proposed energy legislation continues in DC. A point of discussion is whether national energy policy should put a price on carbon -- as envisioned under a cap-and-trade bill passed by the House last fall -- or, alternatively, promote the use of solar energy and wind power via a national renewable energy standard.
If you've watched any of the World Cup matches, chances are you've seen the following logo along the sidelines. (You've definitely seen this one.)
Anyway, this is because the solar-panel maker in question -- China-based Yingli Green Energy (NYSE:YGE) -- isn't messing around. Under a sponsorship deal, the company's logo shows up along the electronic perimeter at all 64 games. Each go, it flashes in 30-second increments for a total of 8 minutes of air-time each game. Yingli also has the right to show its solar wares near the stadiums. What's the tab for some eight and-a-half hours of visibility?
[Yingli's Vice President Jason] Liu declined to say how much Yingli was spending on the sponsorship deal, but said the marketing budget for the World Cup equaled just a small part of the company's annual revenue, which reached 7.25 billion yuan ($1.1 billion) last year. Chinese media have reported the sponsorship was costing at least $20 million.
What do you get when you mix Cate Blanchett, Australian actors and solar power? This.
Also in Australia-related solar news, Trina Solar (NYSE:TSL) is expected to power Australia's largest rooftop solar installation for the University of Queensland, via PRNewswire.
Finally today, I'll leave you with a brief story on the University of Arizona Solar Race Car Team.
That's all for this week. Hope everyone has a relaxing weekend -- we'll see you back here on Monday.