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Winners All Around

Winners All Around

I can’t resist one last update on the Solar Decathlon. Last week Team California took third place in the Solar Decathlon, a huge win, considering their size vs. some of the other schools. The Santa Clara University students should be proud of their results, especially in architecture, where they had set a specific goal to improve.
Let the Games Begin

Let the Games Begin

Appropriately, it was a warm, sunny afternoon in Washington, D.C. as the 2009 Solar Decathlon officially kicked off yesterday with a full color guard ceremony complete with several hundred solar devotees and the Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu.
No Surprises: It's about the Policy

No Surprises: It's about the Policy

As part of our kick-off activities for this year’s Solar Decathlon, Applied Materials hosted a panel discussion on scaling renewable energy at the National Press Club in Washington D.C yesterday. The panel included reps from Pacific Gas and Electric Company(PG&E), Bechtel, Green Strategies, the Bipartisan Policy Center as well as Applied Materials Chairman and CEO Mike Splinter.
The Solar Homes of Tomorrow

The Solar Homes of Tomorrow

It’s a great week for the solar power industry in Washington, D.C. thanks to 20 teams of university students competing in the 2009 Solar Decathlon. Each team has entered a solar powered home in the contest and over the next two weeks will have to surmount a number of obstacles and compete in a variety of events to try to win the number one spot, but every one of them is a unique opportunity to educate the public about the possibilities of solar power.
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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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New York Times Columnist Tom Friedman on Green China

Columnist Tom Friedman had a piece titled "The New Sputnik" in today's New York Times about China's push to become the global leader in green technology.  It is a topic that Applied's leadership has been discussing a great deal over the past few months and a column that is well worth the read.