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Jun 13, 2011

Cree CEO says LED payback still too long

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – LED lights need to pay back hefty investments a lot quicker before they will go mainstream in offices and houses, the chief executive of LED maker Cree Inc (CREE.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Monday.

Energy efficient light emitting diodes (LEDs) have long been seen as the future of the lighting industry, but mass adoption has been slower to materialize than many had hoped.

Jun 9, 2011

First Solar short interest at 37.4 pct of float

LOS ANGELES, June 9 (Reuters) – Short interest in First
Solar Inc (FSLR.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) rose to 37.4 percent of the company’s free
float as of May 31, according to Nasdaq data released on

The company’s short interest had been 30.8 percent of the
float as of May 13.

Jun 9, 2011

BrightSource-Chevron project incurs heavy losses

LOS ANGELES, June 9 (Reuters) – Solar thermal company
BrightSource Energy Inc said it had experienced “significant
cost overruns” with its enhanced oil recovery project with
Chevron Corp (CVX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

BrightSource, which filed with U.S. securities regulators
for an initial public offering in April [ID:nN25219102], said
in an amended filing on Thursday that it had set aside $40.2
million to account for losses since the project’s inception,
$29.7 million more than it originally anticipated.

Jun 7, 2011

Solar price drop to weigh on SunPower, LDK

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES, June 7 (Reuters) – Steep declines in
prices for solar products will shrink profit margins for
SunPower Corp (SPWRA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and LDK Solar Co Ltd (LDK.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) this year,
the companies said on Tuesday.

Germany and Italy, the world’s two largest solar markets,
both have cut subsidies for the renewable energy source in
recent months, though manufacturers have ramped up output of
the modules that turn sunlight into electricity.

Jun 4, 2011

FERC says needs more time to consider PJM rule changes

LOS ANGELES, June 3 (Reuters) – Federal energy regulators on
Friday said proposed changes to how electricity load reductions
by large energy consumers are measured during system emergencies
may be “unlawful,” and that it needs more time to review the

The highly-anticipated decision by the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission concerns the way so-called demand response
companies like EnerNOC Inc and Comverge Inc
record energy curtailments by their customers.

Jun 2, 2011

Groups sue to stop SunPower plant in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two conservation groups and a California resident have sued to stop construction of a SunPower Corp solar power plant, saying the project would harm the rural area’s wildlife, air quality and natural beauty.

San Luis Obispo county community groups Carrizo Commons and North County Watch and local farmer and auto repair shop owner Michael Strobridge filed the lawsuit on May 20 in California state court.

May 26, 2011

First Solar: are the shorts right?

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, May 26 (Reuters) – First Solar Inc
(FSLR.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) became the world’s most valuable solar company because
its cadmium telluride panels are the cheapest in the industry.

Investor euphoria for green technology sent the Wall Street
darling’s shares to an all-time high of $317 in May of 2008,
just 18 months after debuting on the market at $20 a share.

May 26, 2011

Deep-voiced Scotty McCreery wins “American Idol”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Deep-voiced country singer Scotty McCreery won the tenth season of “American Idol” on Wednesday, defeating rival Lauren Alaina who had been dubbed the front-runner by the show’s judges heading into the night.

McCreery, 17, hugged the other “Idol” contestants from the season and his family after host Ryan Seacrest proclaimed him the winner of the television singing competition.

May 26, 2011

“Idol” finale kicks off with Beyonce, Judas Priest

LOS ANGELES, May 25 (Reuters) – “American Idol” kicked off
its tenth season finale on Wednesday with performances from
Beyonce and Judas Priest, but viewers will have to wait for the
final moments to learn whether Lauren Alaina or Scotty McCreery
will take home the TV singing competition’s crown.

A record 122 million votes were cast by phone, text message
and online after the teen country singers each gave their final
performances on Tuesday — bringing the season’s vote total to
nearly 730 million.

May 25, 2011

Analysis: U.S. wind growing again, but business still choppy

ANAHEIM, California (Reuters) – The U.S. wind industry is growing again after taking a big step backward last year.

Yet turbine makers and wind farm developers are finding few reasons to celebrate as the clean energy source struggles to secure long-term government support while facing stiff competition from cheap natural gas.