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In the largest funding for solar PV this year, Stion gets $130 million to make thin-film solar panels the company claims are quickly improving in efficiency.
The Magnolia State will get a thin-film solar manufacturing plant as part of a state deal that includes a $75 million loan.
Solar start-up Stion raises $70 million to ramp up its production of thin-film solar modules and to build a panel with two layers of solar cells to improve efficiency.
Checking in on stealthy solar start-up Stion, biodiesel woes, water recycling in Israel, microbes for energy production, and the ethanol from beer waste.
Industry cost leader First Solar says it expects to bring thin-film solar panels to market with an efficiency between 14 percent and 15 percent in three years, as competition heats up.
Solar industry consolidation continues as industry pioneer BP Solar closes down due to rapidly falling solar panel prices.
Venture capitalist calls report, which featured him and one of his portfolio companies, an "agenda-driven bastardization of news reporting."
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.
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.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office renews the expedited review process for green technology patent applications for another year to invite more participation.