PHOTOS: Next-gen solar, robots and patriotic marketing

The inaugural PV America West solar trade show, which took place in San Jose amid a big trade dispute involving Chinese manufacturers, offered novel solar equipment designs and robotic technology as well as an interesting mix of marketing and politics.

Disappointing solar earnings across the board

Solar makers continue to struggle in 2011 with weak third quarter earnings, as the price of solar panels has dropped by 40 percent and important European markets have cut subsidies. Solar companies Suntech, JA Solar, LDK Solar and Canadian Solar all issued disappointing earnings.

Why First Solar is sweeping solar in India

India is enjoying great love from solar companies as a result of its solar incentive programs. But rule changes to its national solar program also gives some companies a big advantage — namely First Solar.

China’s Overhyped, and Underhyped, Greentech Boom

China is either the greatest opportunity or the greatest threat the U.S. green technology industry has ever faced — or, according to Chinese greentech experts at Wednesday’s Cleantech Forum in San Francisco, somewhere in between.

Green Earnings: MolyCorp, Suntech, Evergreen

Earnings are looking a whole lot brighter for most greentech and solar firms, compared to a year ago. Well, that was the case for both rare earth mining company MolyCorp and solar panel maker Suntech. However for Evergreen Solar not even a bullish solar sector helped.

Chinese Solar Project Developers Tackling U.S.

The U.S. market isn’t just attractive to solar energy equipment makers from China, it also is drawing project developers from the country. GCL Solar Energy, owned by a Chinese silicon wafer maker, has lined up over $100 million from Wells Fargo.

5 Hot Topics To Watch For At Solar Power International

The solar industry will take over the LA Convention Center via the Solar Power International (SPI) event this week to showcase the latest technologies and discuss regulatory and financing trends. Here are five hot topics that you will no doubt hear about during the show:

Daily Sprout

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OQO hacked to the Mac

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AT&T To Attack Online Piracy

The nation’s dominant Internet service provider, AT&T, is working to develop a system to prevent the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted content according…

Let Hazel Clean Up For You

If you’re the type who has trouble keeping your Desktop organized, then my friend, I may have the solution for you. Hazel…

Where will Amanda Go?

Amanda “Rocketboom” Congdon has been unboomed! What a bummer since I really enjoyed her vlog on Net Neutrality. She did not specify…

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Don Whitacre

SBC is finally flexing its muscles in the UNE-P side of things, The company and clueless Washington have once again proved that…