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First Solar Soars: “First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR) is trading so well after-earnings that it might be thought of as “First Stellar,” with shares up 14% at $190.00 in after-hours trading — MarketWatch.

Applied Invests in Plextronics: Plextronics, a Pittsburgh, Pa.-based startup developing organic semiconductors for thin film solar and lighting applications, said it has received a strategic investment from Applied Ventures, the VC arm of Applied Materials. This funding is on the heels of its $20.6 million Series B roundrelease.

Silicon Valley the Detroit of Electric Cars?: The Merc thinks so, mentioning Shai Agassi’s venture, Tesla,, and AC Propulsion. What do you think? — SJMercury.

Berkeley City Council Approves Solar Plan: Mayor Bates is backing the plan, how could the council say no? — Green Wombat.

Aging Energy Workers: “Nearly half the workers in the energy sector — an estimated 500,000 — are slated to retire within the next decade.” — Houston Chronicle.

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