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Posts tagged “Solar”

Updated January 13, 2012

Premium Lock CIA investment arm pours more money into solar tech firm Semprius

The Durham-based firm secures more money from In-Q-Tel and a new investor. Duke Energy Renewables executive is also is named to the firm's board.

The Semprius process The Semprius process

January 12, 2012

Premium Lock Clean energy investment hits record $260B in 2011

Solar energy  U.S. leads the way with solar power investments surging 36 percent. Spending in the U.S. rose by a third to $55.9 billion, surpassing the 1 percent gain in China to $47.4 billion.

December 27, 2011

Premium Lock New dye from NCSU raises solar-cell efficiency

Dye-sensitized solar cell A new "sensitizer" developed at N.C. State University collects more ambient and solar light energy than anything on the market now for use in dye-sensitized solar cells.

December 8, 2011

Premium Lock Buffett invests $2B to cash in on promise of solar power

solar energy "Buffett's investment shows that solar has come of age," a Wall Street analyst says. The end of the grant program "takes away some of the incentive but there will still be viable large scale solar plants."

November 23, 2011

Premium Lock Google pulls plug on renewable energy project, 'green energy czar'

Google  The search giant's "green energy czar" has already left the company. "At this point, other institutions are better positioned than Google to take this research to the next level," a Google exec writes in a blog.

November 15, 2011

Premium Lock Duke Energy acquires three solar farms in southwestern NC

Duke Energy Renewables The latest three, which are all located near Murphy, were acquired from ESA Renewables. Duke now owns seven such farms in the state.

September 28, 2011

Premium Lock Google to finance solar panel systems for homes

Solar energy  The search giant will provide $75 million to build 3,000 residential solar electricity systems across the country. Google will own the panels, and get paid over time by customers who purchase the electricity the panels produce.

August 1, 2011

Premium Lock Florida-based firm eyes two locations in Triad for $1.4B solar plant

Solar energy  National Solar Power of Melbourne, Fla., has named the North Carolina county among seven finalists for its $1.4 billion solar project. Other contenders are in Georgia and Florida.

June 30, 2011

Premium Lock CIA pours more money into Durham solar tech startup

The secret sauce at Semprius draws more money from the "Wizards of Langley" venture arm as well as Siemens and Durham-based Intersouth in its latest $20 million capital fund raiser. So what can the CIA do with advanced solar power?

Might Semprius someday power a CIA drone? Might Semprius someday power a CIA drone?

June 24, 2011

Premium Lock Solar power startup Semprius raises $20M, looks for $10M more

The Durham-based company, which recently sold a 16-percent interest to Siemens Energy, discloses the funding in a regulatory filing. It's the latest in a streak of good news for the firm and its investors, which include Durham-based Intersouth Partners.

An illustration of Semprius' transfer process An illustration of Semprius' transfer process

June 22, 2011

Premium Lock Progress Energy wants more solar power providers

Solar Power The utility company is looking to add new sources for its electrical grid in order to meet law requiring more power from renewable sources.

Updated June 22, 2011

Premium Lock NC 'clean energy' firms jump by 700 to 1,800 in less than year

According to a new report from the NC Sustainable Energy Association, the state also is the site of more than 1,800 renewable energy system projects with nearly 3 megawatts of generating capacity. That's enough for more than 561,000 homes.

Clean energy Clean energy

June 14, 2011

Premium Lock Google invests $280M in solar power firm

Solar energy  The money will allow installer SolarCity to offer solar systems to homeowners for no money up front. In exchange, customers agree to pay a set price for the power produced by the systems.

Updated May 20, 2011

Premium Lock Pending bills could boost NC's clean energy sector

Opinion: If you're looking for answers to some our state's daunting problems, just look up. Solar power has the potential to create thousands of new jobs in North Carolina while delivering safe and affordable electricity.

solar power solar power

May 18, 2011

Premium Lock Raleigh hosts nation's largest solar energy conference

Solar energy  An estimated crowd of 2,000 is expected each day with 2,500 or more expected for "Public Day" on Saturday when citizens can learn more how to utilize alternative energy themselves. Some 170 companies are participating.

April 19, 2011

Premium Lock Google invests another $100M in clean energy

Solar Power The funding for the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm in Oregon brings Google's total clean energy investments to more than $350 million and represents the company's latest attempt to support reliable new ways to power its expanding data centers.

April 12, 2011

Premium Lock Google invests $168M in California solar project

Solar energy  Promoting energy that causes less pollution is one of several crusades championed by Google's co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Updated April 4, 2011

Premium Lock SAS opens doors to new 'Building C' - Take a photo tour

The global software company is showing off its newest building with a major emphasis on "green" technology at its Cary campus.

SAS unveils its new "Building C" with an emphasis on green energy SAS unveils its new "Building C" with an emphasis on green energy

February 21, 2011

Premium Lock NCSU, Connecticut labs to give boost to solar product testing

Solar energy  The federal government, which is giving them a financial boost, hopes that having more U.S. testing labs will reduce certification delays and boost interest in solar thermal energy as an alternative to oil, natural gas and electricity.

January 27, 2011

Premium Lock Cree, NCSU, ABB land $5.15M federal 'smart grid' grant

Smart grid NCSU researchers will focus on development of a substation that doesn't have a transformer and links renewable energy sources directly to power grid.

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