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SpectraWatt, which had hoped to improve solar-cell manufacturing, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing production problems and market conditions.
In a surprise move, solar panel maker SpectraWatt says it will shut its new New York plant and lay off workers, blaming softening demand in Europe.
In a big commitment to clean tech, Intel-funded SpectraWatt will manufacture solar cells for panel makers starting in the middle of next year.
Discussion with the head of Intel's new solar spinoff SpectraWatt.
After spinning off SpectraWatt for silicon cells, Intel Capital invests in thin-film expert Sulfurcell in Germany to expand production.
In a first, the CEO of the oil giant calls for a carbon tax, rather than a cap and trade. Meanwhile, small solar start-ups HelioVolt and Spectrawatt hit hurdles.
Stirling Energy Systems, which once had giant utility contracts, heads to bankruptcy amid a price war and technology shift away from solar thermal and toward photovoltaics.
The chip giant's venture arm boosts its presence in smart-grid technologies and low-power computing through investments.
The American market for solar energy grew 67 percent to $6 billion last year, but the U.S. share of worldwide installations slipped due to booming growth across the pond.
commentary Lux Research analyst Matt Feinstein cuts through the noise on bankrupt solar company, and says Solyndra's inability to compete should not diminish the prospects of other U.S. solar players.