By Michael Martinez, CNN
updated 12:04 AM EST, Wed October 19, 2011

Los Angeles (CNN) — Despite the Solyndra collapse that has tarnished solar energy, the industry has grown into “a major economic force” with a job base that expanded 6.8% the past year, nearly 10 times faster than the overall economy, industry representatives said Tuesday.
The solar business is now a $6 billion industry, up 300% from 2006, said officials with the Solar Foundation, a nonprofit affiliated with solar energy industry. Read the rest of this entry »

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12:15 p.m. EDT, October 17, 2011

Rather than the Washington political circus that undoubtedly will mark Congress’ upcoming hearings into the collapse of Solyndra, the government-subsidized solar panel maker, the company’s problems should be viewed as an unfortunate bump in the road toward realizing the global economic engine the solar energy industry can become.

The numbers speak for themselves. The solar energy industry provides over 100,000 jobs in the United States, working at more than 5,000 companies in all 50 states. Read the rest of this entry »

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DENVER – According to a recently-released survey, the state of Colorado is hiring thousands of solar jobs in America.

The survey, released by The Solar Foundation, says that Colorado employed 6,100 people in 2011 in the solar industry. That number is up 16 percent since 2010. The number of solar jobs also surpassed the number of mining jobs in Colorado for the first time in history.

Colorado was named the #1 state in the nation in solar jobs per capita and the #2 state in solar jobs overall. Read the rest of this entry »

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Solar State of the Week: Colorado

{ September 20th, 2011 }

The Colorado market is almost evenly split between the residential, non-residential, and utility sectors.
Solar State of the Week: Colorado

State incentive programs drove the Colorado PV market to more than double in 2010, resulting in the installation of 53.6 megawatts of capacity.

The state market maintained a relatively even split, with 18.7 megawatts of installed capacity from residential, 15.9 megawatts from non-residential, and 19.1 megawatts from utility. Read the rest of this entry »

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Two Colorado-based aerospace operations are among five companies chosen by NASA to develop concepts for demonstrating solar electric propulsion in space.

NASA said this week that Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Littleton and Ball Aerospace & Technologies of Boulder were chosen for the project.

NASA says contracts still have to be negotiated. They would be worth up to $600,000 each. Read the rest of this entry »

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By Natalie Obiko Pearson – Sep 5, 2011 6:52 AM MT

Abound Solar Inc., the photovoltaic- panel maker using technology favored by General Electric Co. (GE) and First Solar Inc. (FSLR) of the U.S., said bankruptcies that are culling higher-cost rivals will help cut module prices to $1 a watt.

“This is Darwinism at work in business,” Julian Hawkins, senior vice president of sales and marketing at the closely held U.S. manufacturer, said in a telephone interview. “It’s probably a good thing in the long run.” Read the rest of this entry »

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By Lynn Youngblood
Leavenworth Times
Posted Sep 02, 2011 @ 06:22 AM

Imagine. Just imagine – cheap solar energy – it’s what books, movies, and dreams are made of.

Well folks, it is coming! According to several sources, solar energy will be as cheap as coal within five years and certainly by the end of the decade! According to Brian Merchant of, “China is set to double its solar capacity by the end of the year.” He also states, “…solar power will be as cheap as – or cheaper than – coal in less than five years.” Read the rest of this entry »

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By Mark Hachman:

Ford Motor and SunPower agreed to a partnership on Tuesday that will allow purchasers of Ford plug-in vehicles the ability to charge their cars, including the upcoming Ford Focus Electric.

Customers who buy the Ford-SunPower “Drive Green for Life” program will pay $10,000 and receive a 2.5-kilowatt-hr solar-powered charging station, complete with SunPower’s solar panels and the electrical equipment secured with lockout tagout kits. (The system is rated for 33,000 kWh per month.) That price includes federal rebates, but not state or local rebates, so the price could end up being lower, executives said. Read the rest of this entry »

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By Steve Pomerance
Posted: 08/14/2011 01:00:00 AM MDT

Boulder’s November’s ballot item creating a municipal electric utility only allows the city council to acquire the electrical distribution system from Xcel if (1) at the time of acquisition, electric rates will not exceed Xcel’s, (2) electricity revenues will be sufficient to pay for operating expenses (including power purchases) plus 125 percent of debt payments, (3) reliability will be comparable to Xcel’s, and (4) there is a plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing renewable energy. Read the rest of this entry »

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2010 was a successful year for solar energy in the United States, growing 67% and adding jobs.
Manufacturing Group August 15, 2011

There are job creation success stories when looking at the economy — and 2010 was a successful year for solar energy in the United States. In contrast to 2.8% GDP growth in the U.S. economy, the solar market grew 67% in value to $6.0 billion in 2010.

In general, U.S. solar companies are adding jobs at a pace that is much faster than the general economy, and employers are highly optimistic regarding their overall revenue growth. Read the rest of this entry »

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