Solar Energy

4:11pm

Fri April 29, 2011
Business

Ascent Solar Cuts Workforce, Launches New Direction

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Thornton-based Ascent Solar Technologies has cut its workforce from 167 employees as of last September to 85. That’s according to recent quarterly filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Many of the layoffs were in the production division. That’s because the company is changing course, hoping that its lightweight solar panels will be more interesting to niche markets. CEO Ron Eller says that translates into innovating new products, like one prototype that incorporates panels into tent flaps for the military.

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11:17am

Tue April 26, 2011
Business

CU Named as Solar Finalist

National Solar Observatory

The University of Colorado Boulder is a step closer to becoming the new headquarters for one of the world’s largest solar research facilities.

The National Solar Observatory is the nation’s top ground-based scientific program studying solar physics and space weather. Of six institutions competing to be the NSO’s new home, CU Boulder and the University of Alabama-Huntsville have been selected as finalists.

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3:35pm

Thu April 21, 2011
Renewable Energy

CSU Dedicates 5.3 Megawatt Solar Plant on Foothills Campus

Colorado State University and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures officials at a ribbon cutting on Thursday.
Grace Hood

Colorado State University administrators in Fort Collins officially dedicated a 5.3 megawatt solar plant on the Foothills Campus Thursday.

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3:06pm

Wed March 2, 2011
Business

Xcel Gets Earful from Solar Companies at Capitol Hearing

Before a panel of state lawmakers Wednesday, Xcel Energy defended its plan to dramatically cut subsidies that have made it easier for the utility’s customers to install solar panels on their roofs.  Colorado solar companies say the move has effectively frozen the market and they've filed a motion asking state utility regulators to reinstate the rebates.

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2:13pm

Thu February 24, 2011
Solar Energy

Rally Planned to Protest Xcel Energy’s Proposed Solar Cuts

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Xcel Energy is taking heat from the state's solar industry after last week's announcement that it plans to drastically cut back on a popular rebate program for consumers.

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