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Milestone reached at West Tenn. Solar Farm

Chickasaw Electric Cooperative has announced the completion of system improvements between the cooperative’s Dancyville substation and the West Tennessee Solar Farm in Haywood County, according to a news release. The upgraded line was energized on Wednesday and the cooperative is ready to receive power from the 4.5 MW solar farm. The completion comes 11 weeks ahead of schedule, according to the release.

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Portland TN Company Receives Certification for Multiple 1000VDC Smart Combiner Boxes

Shoals Technologies Group Receives ETL Listing to UL 1741 for Multiple 1000VDC Smart Combiner Boxes with Integrated Disconnects and SNAPShot String Level Monitoring

Portland, TN, December 24, 2011 –(PR.com)– Shoals Technologies Group, the global leader in photovoltaic balance of systems components proudly announces it has received ETL certification to UL 1741 for multiple 1000VDC smart combiner boxes with SNAPShot™ string-level monitoring and integrated DC disconnects.

“Shoals has been leading the PV balance of systems market for nearly a decade by consistently providing the most innovative, highest quality, BOS components, at prices that have helped move our industry towards grid-parity. Our new 1000VDC smart combiners are another step in that direction and we are very happy to announce their ETL listing and look forward to providing these products to our many commercial and utility scale customers,” said Dean Solon, President and CEO.

The new 1000VDC smart combiners feature:

⁃ 12 to 32 strings inputs
⁃ 250A and 400A DC disconnects
⁃ Reinforced, plated buss bars
⁃ Blown fuse indication
⁃ SNAPShot™ string level monitoring
⁃ NEMA 4X enclosures

For more information regarding Shoals 1000VDC smart combiners, please visit www.Shoals.com or contact Shoals Technologies at +1-615-451-1400 or at sales@shoals.com

PV-Tech Newscast – December 16, 2011

Solar Energy Becomes GE Industrial Policy

Memphis TN

There are distinct phases in the development of a new technology.

The first phase is the era of the start-ups. The second is the era of big
capital. America is now into that second phase.

Spurred by fears that we’re losing “the green energy race” big players like Warren Buffett and General Electric (GE) are replacing older,
entrepreneurial companies as leaders of America’s solar industry.  The fear is that even American production of solar panels may be dominated by
foreign companies like Sharp, which is adding workers at its Memphis solar panel
factory. The companies are willing to take a short-term hit on earnings in order to make sure America has a shot at the “next big thing.”

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Project finds way to make solar cells 50 percent cheaper

A joint project between industry and academics funded by the National Science Council has developed new techniques to improve the manufacturing process of GaAs (gallium arsenide) solar cells, which could cut costs by approximately half.

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