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Solar Deployment in Japan

Japan has long been a pioneer in the solar industry — the first commercial solar panels in Japan were manufactured over 30 years ago. The Japanese government was also early to recognize the potential for solar and set up incentives to promote adoption, establishing the Sunshine Project in 1974 to help Japan become less dependent on imported oil. Japan is the world’s second largest market for solar, behind Germany, and this growth has accelerated largely due to government initiatives and subsidies.
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Inside the Numbers in China

In 2008, Applied Materials unveiled a 2 megawatt parking lot and roof top solar installation at its Sunnyvale, California location. It was then, and remains, one of the largest corporate installations in the world.
What is the Future of Cleantech?

What is the Future of Cleantech?

As the climate change and energy policy bills meander their way through the U.S. Congress, interest in when, where and how to build a renewable energy future is still up for debate—and funding. And, a lively debate it is.
Industrializing Solar

Industrializing Solar

At the recent European Photovoltaic Industry Association conference (EU PVSEC), I had the opportunity to address attendees about the industrialization of solar energy. Through our experience in enabling the semiconductor and display industries, I was able to share Applied’s perspective on the three stages of growth in the evolution of any industry (a) development (b) scaling and (c) mainstream.
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Making Green Power Possible: The Future of Utility Grade Renewables

On Thursday, October 8 Applied Materials will sponsor an important panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on the future of utility-scale renewables.  A distiguished panel, moderated by Jason Grumet of the Bipartisan Policy Center, will discuss "Making Green Power Possible: The Future of Utility Grade Renewables."  Stay tuned to the Applied Blog for more from the event.
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Ready, Set, Climate Bill in Motion

Today, Senators Boxer (Environment and Public Works committee chair) and Kerry (Foreign Relations committee chair) introduced a draft climate bill aimed at reducing U.S. CO2 emissions 83% by 2050 – with an ambitious 20% goal by 2020.
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The L Prize

The United States Government's Department of Energy (DOE) is running a contest, named the L Prize, to reward the first organization to design and develop an energy efficient LED bulb. A recent article in the New York Times describes both the contest and the recent submission from lighting giant Philips. The prize for a replacement 60 watt bulb is $10 million dollars and for a replacement reflector flood lamp it's $5 million dollars.