Solar Energy

2:12am

Mon October 8, 2012
Business

What's Going Wrong With China's Solar Industry?

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 2:35 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Which brings us to our next story. As Americans try again to heat up the solar industry, let's get an update on the competition. We reported last week on the West Coast solar power company that is trying to succeed where companies like Solyndra famously failed. American companies have struggled because they've been undermined by cheap imports from China. So it is meaningful to note that China's solar power industry is a mess.

We're going to talk about that with Beijing-based economist Patrick Chovanec. Welcome back to the program.

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1:40am

Thu September 27, 2012
Business

In Solyndra's Wake, Solar Company Sees Bright Spot

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 7:59 am

SoloPower is betting it will succeed where others have failed with a $197 million loan from the Department of Energy.
SoloPower/PRNewsFoto AP

A small solar power company hopes to become a winner in a market littered with losers.

San Jose, Calif.-based SoloPower is opening a $60 million manufacturing facility in Portland, Ore., Thursday as it works toward receiving a major government loan — like the one given to now-bankrupt Solyndra. SoloPower thinks it has a strategy to succeed where Solyndra failed.

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9:40am

Wed September 12, 2012
Business

To Be Sold To The Highest Bidder: Abound Solar Equipment Goes To Auction

Jim Hill KUNC
  • KUNC’s Erin O’Toole spoke with Boulder County Business Report Publisher Chris Wood about the failure of Abound Solar and the pending auction.

Equipment from bankrupt Loveland based Abound Solar is set to be auctioned off September 18th. Once a rising star in the solar industry, the company built solar energy panels and was backed by $70 million of Department of Energy loans.

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11:32am

Wed August 29, 2012
Environment

Groups Protest Obama Administration Solar Plan

Land the Bureau of Land Management has identified as suitable for large-scale solar power development in southern Colorado's San Luis Valley.
Kirk Siegler

Environmental groups have filed a formal protest against an Obama Administration plan to fast-track large-scale solar power development in Colorado and five other western states.

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1:23am

Thu August 23, 2012
Joe's Big Idea

Telescope Innovator Shines His Genius On New Fields

Originally published on Thu August 23, 2012 10:23 am

Roger Angel, an astronomer at the University of Arizona, stands in front of his new project: a solar tracker. Angel wants to use the device to harness Arizona's abundant sunlight and turn it into usable energy.
Jason Millstein for NPR

You may not be familiar with the name Roger Angel, but if there were ever a scientist with a creative streak a mile wide, it would be he.

Angel is an astronomer. He's famous for developing an entirely new way of making really large, incredibly precise telescope mirrors. But his creativity doesn't stop there. He's now turned his attention to solar power, hoping to use the tricks he learned from capturing distant light from stars to do a more cost-efficient job of capturing light from the Sun.

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