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This public notice is the same as the notice issued on April 15, 2013 (Release 13PN-20) except for the addition of Model AP-250MK.

NORTHBROOK, IL- Feb. 28, 2014 - The following is a notification from UL to Authorities Having Jurisdiction, distributors, installers and users that the photovoltaic modules identified below bear counterfeit UL Marks for the United States and Canada. The photovoltaic (solar) modules have not been evaluated by UL to the appropriate Standards for Safety and it is unknown if these photovoltaic modules comply with UL's safety requirements for the United States or Canada.  

Name of Product:    
ASP - Advanced Solar Photonics (also known as Bluechip Energy)
Models AP-240PK, AP-245MK, AP-250MK and ASP-390M

Note that ASP is a tradename for the parent company Bluechip Energy LLC

For additional information click here.

Germany is racing past 20 percent renewable energy on its electricity grid, but news stories stridently warn that this new wind and solar power is costing "billions." But often left out (or buried far from the lede) is the overwhelming popularity of the country's relentless focus on energy change (energiewende).

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Meet the ASU and University of New Mexico Solar Decathlon Team and SHADE -- an adaptable, self-sustaining house designed for the typical southwestern suburbia.

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Team UOW from the University of Wollongong in Australia won the first Solar Decathlon event held in China. Its entry was also the first retrofitted house entered in a decathlon. Instead of designing and building a new house from the ground up, they took an old house and refurbished it. They added new insulation to the walls and attic, installed new windows, and changed some of the interior rooms for more functionality. The end result was a modern, very energy-efficient house that was awarded first place for Architecture and Solar Application.

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The Solar Decathlon started in the United States in 2002, spread to Europe, and is now in Datong, China, where students from more than 35 countries and six continents are competing to build the most energy-efficient, solar-powered house that's also affordable and attractive.  Teams have 14 days to build their houses, which is a very short period of time and the biggest challenge of the competition. The Energy Department's Solar Decathlon Director Richard King is on the ground in Datong and blogging about the competition:

Read www.solardecathlon.gov/blog/archives/2106

China and the European Union defused their biggest trade dispute by far on Saturday with a deal to regulate Chinese solar panel imports and avoid a wider war in goods from wine to steel. After six weeks of talks, the EU's trade chief and his Chinese counterpart sealed the deal over the telephone, setting a minimum price for panels from China near spot market prices.

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Last week a new report anticipated that the solar industry will grow nearly $120 billion by 2018. Part of that might be because of China’s decision to dramatically increase it’s use of solar domestically. But in the states net-metering policies are facing some challenges. Those are among last week’s leading solar news.

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China has given a lift to the renewable energy industry by formally setting out plans to more than quadruple its solar power-generating capacity to 35 gigawatts by 2015.
China’s State Council, or cabinet, said it hoped 10GW of capacity would be added annually over the next three years, in a step that should help soak up the country’s sizeable share of a global glut in supply that has savaged many of the industry’s biggest names and seen solar panel prices plummet in the past two years.

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California will soon be home to the world's two largest solar towers through an ambitious project known as The Palen Solar Electrical Generating System. The announcement was made shortly after the US Department of Interior announced the country was to add 1.1 gigawatts to its clean energy capacity. California has also committed to have a third of their power must be derived from renewable sources by the year 2030.

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Abu Dhabi, the most oil-rich of the United Arab Emirates, is now home to the world's single-largest concentrated solar power plant. The 100-megawatt Shams 1 plant cost an estimated $750 million and is expected to provide electricity to 20,000 homes, according to the BBC.

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As India prepares to enter Phase II of its National Solar Mission (NSM), one of the world's more promising solar markets finds itself at a critical juncture. Much uncertainty lingers in this young market: financing is still challenging, a trade dispute looms, and policy decisions now being hashed out at both national and state levels could swell the country's market to its lofty goals - or just as easily undercut that momentum, according to a report from Mercom Capital Group's Raj Prabhu.

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Renewable Energy World network editors announced the project of the year winners at an Awards Gala during Renewable Energy World Conference and Expo, North America, which is co-located with Power-Gen International. Below, find our winners and runners up.

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The renewable energy industry is at a tipping point as the developed markets start to close the door on generous subsidy programs and emerging markets develop cost strategies to compete with fossil fuels, according to Ernst & Young's latest quarterly global renewable energy country attractiveness indices report released today.

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The renewable energy industry is at a tipping point as the developed markets start to close the door on generous subsidy programs and emerging markets develop cost strategies to compete with fossil fuels, according to Ernst & Young's latest quarterly global renewable energy country attractiveness indices report released today.

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(First published 11/6/2012)

Far to the north of the coast of New Zealand, the teeny tiny island nation of Tokelau just finished making a full switch to solar power-a renewable investment that will help the nation's roughly 1,400 people kick their $825,000 per year reliance on imported diesel.

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(First published 11/6/2012)

Far to the north of the coast of New Zealand, the teeny tiny island nation of Tokelau just finished making a full switch to solar power-a renewable investment that will help the nation's roughly 1,400 people kick their $825,000 per year reliance on imported diesel.

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Mexico's Sonora state, which has the highest insolation rate in North America, is working steadfastly to foster photovoltaic power research, generation and transmission lines for demand within the state and for export, say several state leaders. Last week in Hermosillo, Sonora State Governor Guillermo Padrés Elias announced that Sonora would host a new national solar research center, the Centro Mexicano de Innovación en Energía Solar, which would receive $25 million in funding.

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Mexico's Sonora state, which has the highest insolation rate in North America, is working steadfastly to foster photovoltaic power research, generation and transmission lines for demand within the state and for export, say several state leaders. Last week in Hermosillo, Sonora State Governor Guillermo Padrés Elias announced that Sonora would host a new national solar research center, the Centro Mexicano de Innovación en Energía Solar, which would receive $25 million in funding.

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In the final ruling in a highly politicized trade case, the U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday dramatically raised tariffs on imports of solar panels by Chinese companies, citing the illegal subsidies they got from their government. At the same time, it cut the duties it planned to charge some Chinese companies for illegal dumping of panels on the U.S. market.

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In the final ruling in a highly politicized trade case, the U.S. Commerce Department on Wednesday dramatically raised tariffs on imports of solar panels by Chinese companies, citing the illegal subsidies they got from their government. At the same time, it cut the duties it planned to charge some Chinese companies for illegal dumping of panels on the U.S. market.

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AzSC Blog

The Tucson Solar Potluck: A Who’s Who of Solar in Arizona

On April 26, the Tucson Solar Potluck will be held in the desert north of Tucson.  It is the 32nd straight year for the gathering of solar enthusiasts, a streak that some believe qualifies it as the longest continuously held solar event in the U.S.

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