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Sam’s Club Selling Solar Panels: Nine Sam’s Club (owned by Wal-Mart) stores in southern California will be promoting rooftop solar installations in the stores and offer $500 discounts. Deals will be offered through residential installers Borrego Solar and BP Solar – CNet.

Johnson Controls-Saft Gets $8.2M for Hybrid Batteries: The joint venture between Johnson Controls and France’s Saft received a $8.2 million contract from the DOE-funded Advanced Battery Consortium. Over two years Johnson Controls-Saft will work on validating their lithium-ion battery technology for plug-in hybrid applications – Cleantech Group.

Chinese Solar Firm Aims for $1B U.S. IPO: Silicon wafer maker Jiangsu Shunda Group plans to IPO in the first half of 2009 on the New York Stock Exchange and hopes to raise $1 billion. The company says it plans to build a new polysilicon plant and will solidify its plan to IPO in October if its silicon meets international standards – Reuters.

Making Cement From Flue Gas: Khosla-backed Calera says it can make cement using flue gas from industrial facilities. Founder Brent Constantz claims: “We probably have the best carbon capture and storage technique there is by a long shot.” Too bad that’s not saying much – Scientific American.