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Briefly Noted … Solar Energy

Worldwide News Briefs and Information on Renewable Energy

– Evergreen Solar has posted its investor presentation onto its internet website. The PV manufacturer was scheduled to make the presentation, with simultaneous webcasting, at the CIBC Power Technologies conference on September 11, but the event was cancelled due to the terrorist attacks in New York. – EFI has published its latest Guidebook of Funds & Incentives for Distributed Energy Resources. The 437 page document lists and describes government programs that can be accessed to reduce the cost of DG projects, and provides information on 200 different federal and state funding and incentive programs. The report costs US$395. – The Solar Electric Power Association has elected Donald Osborn of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) as its new chairman, and Mary O’Toole of Commonwealth Edison as vice chair. Other members of the executive include James Torpey of GPU Energy, Atul Arya of BP Solar, Angelina Galiteva of LADWP and Rolland Skinner of the Northwest Rural Public Power District. The elections were held at SEPA’s annual conference, UPEx’01, in California. Osborn is a director of the Solar Energy Industries Association and former member of the American Solar Energy Society. – Global Solar Energy has appointed Michael Gering as president. He was president of Litton’s Advanced Systems and his manufacturing experience will help the subsidiary of UniSource Energy in its production of thin-film PV arrays at a manufacturing plant in Arizona. – Mexico is committed to generating 2,000 MW of renewable energy by 2006. A survey shows that 54 percent of the nation’s top users of energy would be willing to pay extra for green energy, but that long-term fixed-price contracts would be required to start the process. The government plans to issue the first tenders for Pemex co-generation contracts early next year. Pemex has cogen capacity for 4,900 MW which would rise to 7,500 MW if used on combined cycle.