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Arizona a Growing Hot Spot for Solar, Renewable Energy Companies

Posted by Adam Sewall In Wednesday, July 6 2011 under: Suntech, First Solar, Solar PV Panels, Solar Manufacturing

Blessed with lots of sunshine, Arizona is a great place to install solar panels. Thanks to a pro-business climate and its close proximity to big markets, like California, the state is turning out to be a great place to make solar panels, too.

Consider that the two world's two biggest solar panel manufacturers have Arizona-based operations: thin-film maker First Solar has long called Tempe home, while Suntech, a China-based company, opened shop in the Phoenix area last October. All told, Arizona is home to more than 100 "significant solar energy businesses," according to PV Magazine.

The uptick in business has been welcomed. In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and subsequent recession, many governors took up job creation as a top priority. Perhaps more than in any other state, Arizona officials have enacted policies intended to encourage renewable energy companies to set up instate operations.

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Top 3 Solar Panel Makers = Half Of California Residential Solar Energy Systems

This morning, I got to tinkering around with some numbers from California Solar Statistics, a program of the state's Energy Commission and Public Utilities Commission. What did I find?

Well, beyond a wealth of details on system size, average installed cost and California solar incentives, I verified that most solar home energy systems in the state use name-brand panels from large, well established manufacturers.

Here's a breakdown of all California residential photovoltaic (PV) systems, by solar panel manufacturer:

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Chu Announces Funding for SunShot Solar Energy Manufacturing Projects

Department of Energy head Stephen Chu yesterday announced over $110 million in funding to support the development of advanced solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing techniques.

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Do Solar Panels Produce More Energy Than What Goes Into Making Them?

We've been talking a bit about solar manufacturing processes at GetSolar lately, since most (if not all) of the innovation in solar energy generation occurs at that stage. Most discussion of solar manufacturing revolves around how to best reduce cost. But the amount of energy used to manufacture solar photovoltaic (PV) panels -- also called solar "modules" -- often merits attention as well. It takes effort and energy, after all, to fabricate the various parts of a solar module, like the solar cells, backsheets, frame and wires.

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Solar Power Project at Former Coal Mine To Create Jobs in Ohio

Southeast Ohio, a region whose economy is heavily dependent upon coal mining, will soon be home to an enormous solar energy installation. Slated for construction at the site of an old coal mine, the project offers a timely juxtaposition, placing a clean energy facility atop the former source of a conventional, dirty fuel.

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Honeywell Expands Solar Power Product Line

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Wednesday, September 8 2010 under: Solar Industry News, Honeywell, manufacturing, Solar Manufacturing

Two years ago, Honeywell began selling protective backings for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels in harsh weather. The product is called the PowerShield PV325.

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Arizona Recognized as Hub for Solar Energy Manufacturing

Arizona burns brightest when it comes to manufacturing alternative energy equipment -- particularly solar power technologies. That's according to Business Facilities magazine, which recently named the state number one in its Alternative Energy Industry Leaders report.

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LG to Make More Solar Panels

Life's good for LG, the international electronics company that has had early success in the solar energy industry. The company kicked off its entry to the industry in late 2009 with the completion of a solar-panel manufacturing plant in Gumi, South Korea, just southeast of Seoul.

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