Solar Energy

8:44am

Wed March 20, 2013
The Two-Way

Chinese Solar Panel Maker Suntech Goes Bankrupt

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 12:25 pm

Workers at a Suntech plant in Wuxi last month.
Peter Parks AFP/Getty Images

The future doesn't look so bright for China-based Suntech, one of the world's largest makers of solar panels: On Wednesday, it was forced into bankruptcy after missing a $541 million payment to bondholders.

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11:33am

Tue March 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Flush With Oil, Abu Dhabi Opens World's Largest Solar Plant

Originally published on Tue March 19, 2013 12:34 pm

Rows of parabolic mirrors at the Shams 1 plant in Abu Dhabi.
Marwan Naamani AFP/Getty Images

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.

Why, you might ask?

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12:56pm

Sat March 2, 2013
Business

A Ray Of Sunshine For Abound As Former Rival Offers To Recycle Panels

Solar panels soak up rays on the Colorado State University campus.
Credit Grace Hood / KUNC

1:54pm

Fri February 22, 2013
Business

Bankrupt Abound Solar Dealt Another Blow

Solar panels soak up rays on the Colorado State University campus.
Grace Hood KUNC

Problems continue to mount for bankrupt solar panel maker Abound Solar. The company is now in violation of Colorado’s hazardous waste laws.

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12:56am

Tue January 1, 2013
Business

Rift With China Clouds Solar Industry's Future

Originally published on Tue January 1, 2013 7:44 am

Solar panels come off the line at SunPower's solar manufacturing plant near San Jose, Calif.
Lauren Sommer for NPR

It's been a banner year for solar energy. The United States is on track to install a record number of solar power systems — thanks in large part to low-cost solar panels from China. That's been challenging for American manufacturers, and federal officials have put trade tariffs on Chinese panels.

Things look busy at the SunPower solar manufacturing plant in Silicon Valley. Workers are screwing frames onto shiny, 6-foot solar panels as they come off the line.

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