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Sunrise Consulting Group Inc. Close to a Major Acquisition and Intends to Form a New Subsidiary "United Power Solar"

NEWPORT BEACH, CA–(Marketwire – June 1, 2009) – Sunrise Consulting Group, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: SNRS), announced today that they are still exploring possibilities with China-based solar panel manufacturer “Sunrise Solar Tech.” The company also believes that they will be able to announce a major acquisition of a U.S.-based solar company within 2 weeks. The company is still exploring partnerships through joint ventures and/or strategic alliances with U.S.-based solar companies.

Sunrise also announced today that they intend to launch a new wholly owned subsidiary within the next few months, and that they have been negotiating a consultancy contract with someone with vast experience in the solar industry.

The new subsidiary will be named United Power Solar, and will be a U.S. corporation which will focus its energy on obtaining a sizeable portion of the U.S. market share for residential solar systems.

Sunrise will be looking for new management with experience in the solar industry. There was a management change a few months ago, and those changes are now finally being updated on all of the reporting sites.

Interim CEO Alan Rothman commented, “We are excited to announce these developments and we are very pleased with the company’s direction. We believe that the establishment of this new subsidiary in conjunction with a new seasoned management team will catapult the company’s chance for success.”



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Sunrise Solar Joins Energy Leadership in Washington
SAN ANTONIO, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sunrise Solar Corp. (OTCBB:SSLR) announced today that it’s President, Maurice Stone, is the Chairman of the Energy Committee of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber actively works with members of Congress and the leaders of a number of national agencies and associations to provide a voice for small business in designing America’s new energy policies.

“Maurice Stone, NBCC Energy Committee Chairman, and I have been meeting with various associations and organizations in Washington, DC discussing the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 H.R. 2454, commonly referred to as the Waxman/Markey or Climate Change Bill, and its effects on “Green Jobs” and the economy.” stated Harry Alford, President and CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Regulatory Committee of the US Chamber of Commerce. “We expect a lot of debate in the House and very robust debate in the senate regarding this important bill.”

The National Black Chamber includes some of the most influential corporations in America, such as energy stalwarts Chevron (NYSE: CVX) and Exxon (NYSE:XOM), telecom giant AT&T (NYSE: T), and even financial powerhouse Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC).

The National Black Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to economically empowering and sustaining African American communities through entrepreneurship and capitalistic activity within the United States. The Chamber reaches more than 100,000 Black owned businesses nationwide and provides an advocacy that reaches 1 million Black owned businesses. African Americans have over $800 billion in expendable income each year according to the US Bureau of Census.

“We expect to lead, not follow, in the development of energy policy in the United States,” noted Maurice Stone, President of Sunrise Solar Corp. “We believe the interests of our company and its shareholders are best served if we have a voice at the table when energy policy decisions are being made.”



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Solar Power Partners Helps Los Angeles Go Green with Clean Solar Power
MILL VALLEY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Solar Power Partners, Inc. (SPPTM), America’s premier independent solar power producer, today officially announced that several of its solar energy facilities in the Los Angeles area are in full commercial operation and generating electricity. The solar energy facilities include a 238.68 kW system at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena; a 601.02 kW system at BT’s North America corporate headquarters offices in El Segundo; and Safeway Inc.’s Vons grocery stores in Monrovia (230.09 kW), Oxnard (187.53 kW), Corona (204.82 kW), and Murrieta (198.17 kW).

Each solar facility was financed and developed using a solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), a long-term energy financing solution that helps customers go green without the hassles or costs of solar facility ownership, operations, or maintenance. A solar PPA allows SPP’s host customers to pay only for the energy produced by the system, while SPP, alone and/or through its subsidiaries, develops, operates, and maintains the system for the length of the agreement, usually over twenty years. SPP’s host customers can enjoy predictable energy rates for the life of their agreement.

“Thanks to our partnership with Solar Power Partners, BT is now not only significantly reducing carbon emissions — we’re realizing reduced power costs for our site as well as helping our company fulfill its very ambitious corporate social responsibility goals,” said Jon Reiter, Senior Director, Major Transactions, BT Americas.

As noted by Bill Irwin, Senior Director of Facility Management at Caltech, “SPP’s experience making solar power attainable for schools and universities makes for a great long-term partnership.”

“SPP is proud to be a part of solar energy initiatives by leading corporations and universities in the greater Los Angeles Area, the regional market with possibly the greatest potential for distributed commercial solar applications throughout America. Our projects with Caltech, BT, and Safeway are excellent examples of how solar Power Purchase Agreements enable entities to embrace solar energy without any of the operational hassle of owning a power plant,” said Alexander v. Welczeck, President and CEO, Solar Power Partners.

SPP’s dedicated asset management team operates each facility using web-based monitoring technology, which provides performance data every 15 minutes and operation alerts as necessary. SPP manages all aspects of preventative maintenance and repairs when needed.

The Caltech solar system features a 238.68 kW sized fixed rooftop array on the Holliston parking garage. The system’s estimated annual solar-generated electricity eliminates 527,000 pounds of CO2 emissions from the air, which is equivalent to removing 46 cars from operation, planting 72 acres of trees, or powering 38 average homes annually.

The system at BT’s office building in El Segundo is a 601 kW fixed rooftop and elevated system, including a tracking system over the main parking lot. The tracking modules move during the day to follow the sun, thereby increasing energy production. The system is expected to generate approximately one million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable electricity each year, which will reduce carbon emissions by 700,000 pounds (more than 316 metric tons) annually, helping the company fulfill its global goals for sustainability.

The four Safeway stores in Monrovia, Oxnard, Corona, and Murrieta total 820.61 kW in size, and are all fixed rooftop systems. Combined, these systems are estimated to produce enough solar-generated electricity to eliminate 973 metric tons of CO2 emissions from the air, or to power 88.5 average homes annually, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency calculator.

Financing of the solar facilities was partially provided by Bank of America in the form of a tax equity investment and Energy Investors Funds through their United States Power Fund III, L.P.



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Solar Power Partners Helps Los Angeles Go Green with Clean Solar Power
MILL VALLEY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Solar Power Partners, Inc. (SPPTM), America’s premier independent solar power producer, today officially announced that several of its solar energy facilities in the Los Angeles area are in full commercial operation and generating electricity. The solar energy facilities include a 238.68 kW system at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena; a 601.02 kW system at BT’s North America corporate headquarters offices in El Segundo; and Safeway Inc.’s Vons grocery stores in Monrovia (230.09 kW), Oxnard (187.53 kW), Corona (204.82 kW), and Murrieta (198.17 kW).

Each solar facility was financed and developed using a solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), a long-term energy financing solution that helps customers go green without the hassles or costs of solar facility ownership, operations, or maintenance. A solar PPA allows SPP’s host customers to pay only for the energy produced by the system, while SPP, alone and/or through its subsidiaries, develops, operates, and maintains the system for the length of the agreement, usually over twenty years. SPP’s host customers can enjoy predictable energy rates for the life of their agreement.

“Thanks to our partnership with Solar Power Partners, BT is now not only significantly reducing carbon emissions — we’re realizing reduced power costs for our site as well as helping our company fulfill its very ambitious corporate social responsibility goals,” said Jon Reiter, Senior Director, Major Transactions, BT Americas.

As noted by Bill Irwin, Senior Director of Facility Management at Caltech, “SPP’s experience making solar power attainable for schools and universities makes for a great long-term partnership.”

“SPP is proud to be a part of solar energy initiatives by leading corporations and universities in the greater Los Angeles Area, the regional market with possibly the greatest potential for distributed commercial solar applications throughout America. Our projects with Caltech, BT, and Safeway are excellent examples of how solar Power Purchase Agreements enable entities to embrace solar energy without any of the operational hassle of owning a power plant,” said Alexander v. Welczeck, President and CEO, Solar Power Partners.

SPP’s dedicated asset management team operates each facility using web-based monitoring technology, which provides performance data every 15 minutes and operation alerts as necessary. SPP manages all aspects of preventative maintenance and repairs when needed.

The Caltech solar system features a 238.68 kW sized fixed rooftop array on the Holliston parking garage. The system’s estimated annual solar-generated electricity eliminates 527,000 pounds of CO2 emissions from the air, which is equivalent to removing 46 cars from operation, planting 72 acres of trees, or powering 38 average homes annually.

The system at BT’s office building in El Segundo is a 601 kW fixed rooftop and elevated system, including a tracking system over the main parking lot. The tracking modules move during the day to follow the sun, thereby increasing energy production. The system is expected to generate approximately one million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable electricity each year, which will reduce carbon emissions by 700,000 pounds (more than 316 metric tons) annually, helping the company fulfill its global goals for sustainability.

The four Safeway stores in Monrovia, Oxnard, Corona, and Murrieta total 820.61 kW in size, and are all fixed rooftop systems. Combined, these systems are estimated to produce enough solar-generated electricity to eliminate 973 metric tons of CO2 emissions from the air, or to power 88.5 average homes annually, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency calculator.

Financing of the solar facilities was partially provided by Bank of America in the form of a tax equity investment and Energy Investors Funds through their United States Power Fund III, L.P.



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Yingli Green Energy, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands and Amtech Systems Announce Research Collaboration to Develop Next Generation High Efficiency Solar Cells
BAODING, China & TEMPE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) (“Yingli Green Energy”), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated photovoltaic (“PV”) product manufacturers, the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (“ECN”), a leading solar research center in Europe, and Amtech Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASYS) (“Amtech”), a global supplier of production and automation systems and related supplies for the manufacture of solar cells, today announced a three-party research collaboration agreement to develop next generation high efficiency solar cells.

The joint project under the agreement endeavors to develop and implement high efficiency N-type silicon solar cells, named PANDA, at Yingli Green Energy’s pilot production line in Baoding, China. The high efficiency cells will utilize the cell design of ECN, the solar diffusion technology and dry PSG removal expertise of Tempress Systems, Inc., Amtech’s solar subsidiary (\”Tempress\”), and Yingli Green Energy’s leading cell process technology. The construction of the pilot production line does not require significant capital expense, as it only makes moderate changes on the current production lines.

“Yingli Green Energy always strives to be at the forefront of the latest technological developments in the PV industry,” said Mr. Liansheng Miao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yingli Green Energy. “To that end, we are very pleased to be entering into a cooperation that combines our strong commercialization capabilities with the strengths of a global research institution and a leading equipment supplier. We look forward to playing a crucial role in the introduction of the next generation of high efficiency solar cells. PANDA aims at significantly raising the efficiency of crystalline silicon solar cells and at commercializing the new technology quickly on our production lines.”

“We are very happy that ECN’s technology for N-type crystalline silicon solar cells is going to be industrialized in cooperation with these ambitious partners with a long operating history in the PV industry,” said Ton Hoff, Chairman of the Board of ECN.

J.S. Whang, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amtech, commented, “We are excited about this joint agreement with leaders in the industry and its potential to contribute to significant improvements in solar cell efficiency and bring solar energy closer to achieving grid parity. PANDA is true validation for our Tempress’ in-depth diffusion expertise and our capability for supplying reliable diffusion and automation equipment to the solar industry.”



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Yingli Green Energy, Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands and Amtech Systems Announce Research Collaboration to Develop Next Generation High Efficiency Solar Cells
BAODING, China & TEMPE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) (“Yingli Green Energy”), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated photovoltaic (“PV”) product manufacturers, the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (“ECN”), a leading solar research center in Europe, and Amtech Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASYS) (“Amtech”), a global supplier of production and automation systems and related supplies for the manufacture of solar cells, today announced a three-party research collaboration agreement to develop next generation high efficiency solar cells.

The joint project under the agreement endeavors to develop and implement high efficiency N-type silicon solar cells, named PANDA, at Yingli Green Energy’s pilot production line in Baoding, China. The high efficiency cells will utilize the cell design of ECN, the solar diffusion technology and dry PSG removal expertise of Tempress Systems, Inc., Amtech’s solar subsidiary (\”Tempress\”), and Yingli Green Energy’s leading cell process technology. The construction of the pilot production line does not require significant capital expense, as it only makes moderate changes on the current production lines.

“Yingli Green Energy always strives to be at the forefront of the latest technological developments in the PV industry,” said Mr. Liansheng Miao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yingli Green Energy. “To that end, we are very pleased to be entering into a cooperation that combines our strong commercialization capabilities with the strengths of a global research institution and a leading equipment supplier. We look forward to playing a crucial role in the introduction of the next generation of high efficiency solar cells. PANDA aims at significantly raising the efficiency of crystalline silicon solar cells and at commercializing the new technology quickly on our production lines.”

“We are very happy that ECN’s technology for N-type crystalline silicon solar cells is going to be industrialized in cooperation with these ambitious partners with a long operating history in the PV industry,” said Ton Hoff, Chairman of the Board of ECN.

J.S. Whang, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amtech, commented, “We are excited about this joint agreement with leaders in the industry and its potential to contribute to significant improvements in solar cell efficiency and bring solar energy closer to achieving grid parity. PANDA is true validation for our Tempress’ in-depth diffusion expertise and our capability for supplying reliable diffusion and automation equipment to the solar industry.”



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TEP SunShare Program Funds Seven New Solar Arrays for City of Tucson
TUCSON, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The City of Tucson is taking advantage of SunShare subsidies from Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to help fund seven new photovoltaic arrays that will add more than 1 megawatt (MW) to the city’s solar generating capacity.

TEP will provide an estimated $4.7 million in SunShare incentives to the city over the next 20 years, covering about 60 percent of the cost of the arrays. The systems, which are being built this year at recreation centers, office buildings and other city facilities, are expected to generate an amount of power equivalent to the annual electric usage of about 150 Tucson homes.

“These new solar energy systems represent a sound investment in our community’s energy future,” said Paul Bonavia, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of TEP and its parent company, UniSource Energy Corporation (NYSE: UNS).

“Thanks to TEP’s SunShare program, the city can scale back its carbon footprint while reducing its energy expenses, allowing it to devote more resources to other pressing needs,” Bonavia said.

The first of the city’s new photovoltaic (PV) systems will be unveiled today at the city’s El Pueblo Activity Center, 101 W. Irvington Road. The 97.65-kilowatt (kW) array is expected to generate enough power to meet about 20 percent of the facility’s energy needs. More details about the new systems, which will have a total capacity of 1,022 kW, are available online at www.ci.tucson.az.us/agdocs/20090127/jan27-09-56.pdf.

TEP’s SunShare program provides incentives that help customers reduce the cost of installing PV systems. The program is funded by a surcharge on customers’ bills, and the energy generated by subsidized systems helps TEP achieve renewable energy goals set by the Arizona Corporation Commission. Through the end of 2008, 559 customers participating in the SunShare program had installed a total of 1.6 MW of solar generating capacity.

For residential customers, SunShare offers up-front incentives of up to $3,000 per kW of system capacity. Combined with state and federal tax credits, SunShare incentives can reduce the cost of a typical 3-kW residential solar system by nearly $15,000. TEP also offers production-based incentives typically used for larger arrays such as those being installed by the City of Tucson.

SunShare is one of many environmentally friendly Bright Solutions offered by TEP. To learn more about green energy incentives and other energy-saving programs and services, visit tep.com/green.

TEP, a subsidiary of UniSource Energy Corporation, provides safe, reliable power to more than 400,000 customers in southern Arizona. For more information, visit tep.com. For more information about UniSource Energy, visit uns.com.



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Boston-Power unveils EV battery at site of new plant
Lithium-ion battery maker seeks $109 million in help from the federal and local government to build its first manufacturing operations on U.S. soil.


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When will water use enter power generation debate?

Perhaps Ontario doesn’t have to worry as much because it sits along Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, but I’m surprised that in other jurisdictions there hasn’t been more discussion related to the water requirements of thermoelectric power plants.

Water scarcity, after all, is considered one of the biggest negative outcomes of climate change, but not many people realize just how much water is required for a nuclear or coal (fossil fuel) power plant. The World Resources Institute estimates that nearly two out of every three gallons of fresh water drawn from the U.S. Southwest is used to cool power plants. One can draw similar conclusions for other regions. Nuclear plants, of course, are the biggest water hogs. You’ll recall that during the heat waves in Europe a few years back France had to ratched down nuclear output because it didn’t have enough water for cooling. It makes one wonder whether it makes sense to build hundreds of new nuclear plants, each with a life of more than 50 years, if a couple of decades down the road we find them crippled by water shortages.

Think about it: If a massive coal plant or nuclear plant had to pay for the amount of water it consumes, the same way individual homeowners must pay, the power would be prohibitively expense. So emissions aren’t the only thing not currently priced into power generation. Water use is a huge externality, and it’s just one more reason to favour renewables and distributed generation, particularly as part of any climate-change adaptation strategy.

Food for thought.

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Kleiner Perkins incubates stealthy software startup Hara
Hara Environmental and Energy Management emerges from stealth mode with environmental and energy management solution, announcing Fortune 500 customer and local municipality.


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GE Green Business up 21% – plans $1.5 billion in cleantech research by 2010
Company continues to grow revenues, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet other ecomagination goals

GE announced that it has surpassed its first ecomagination goal to reduce its own greenhouse gas intensity, and is making progress against its other goals for revenue growth, water and technology innovation.

In 2005 GE made a series of ecomagination commitments to be achieved sequentially in the years 2008, 2010 and 2012. The first commitment was to reduce its operational greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity 30% in 2008. The Company surpassed this goal by reducing GHG intensity 41%. Greenhouse gas intensity is the ratio of greenhouse gas emissions to Company revenue. GE also has reduced its absolute GHG emissions 13% and improved its energy efficiency 37% since 2005, keeping on track to meet its 2012 operational commitments in these areas.

With the release of the 2008 ecomagination annual report, GE also announced that it increased its portfolio of ecomagination products and services by one-third, to 80; grew revenues of ecomagination offerings 21%, to $17 billion; and increased its investment in the research and development of clean tech solutions 27%, to $1.4 billion.

The company’s business and environmental goals for the coming years include:

• Bringing annuals sales of ecomagination products to $25 billion by 2010.
• Investing $1.5 billion annually in ecomagination R&D by 2010.
• Improving energy efficiency by 30 percent by 2012.
• Reducing water consumption by 20 percent by 2012.


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HARA UNVEILS ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT SOLUTION FOR THE POST-CARBON ECONOMY
Menlo Park, CA – June 1, 2009 – Hara, the company dedicated to helping organizations grow and profit without depleting the earth’s resources, today unveiled HaraTM Environmental and Energy Management (Hara EEM), a comprehensive software as a service solution which enables organizations to holistically monitor and manage their natural resource consumption and environmental impact.


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Solar Stock News – Yingli Green Energy (NYSE: YGE), Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands and Amtech Systems Announce Research Collaboration to Develop Next Generation High Efficiency Solar Cells
BAODING, China & TEMPE, AZ – June 1 2009 – Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) (“Yingli Green Energy”), one of the world’s leading vertically integrated photovoltaic (“PV”) product manufacturers, the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (“ECN”), a leading solar research center in Europe, and Amtech Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ASYS) (“Amtech”), a global supplier of production and automation systems and related supplies for the manufacture of solar cells, today announced a three-party research collaboration agreement to develop next generation high efficiency solar cells.


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Midwest Monday: Utility Uses Psychology to Save Energy
Residents of the southern Minnesota city of Owatonna are playing keeping up with the Joneses…on their electric bills.

Owatonna is the fourth city in the United States to send its ratepayers something called a Conserve and Save Home Energy Use report with each gas, water and electric bill. The report not only shows how much energy the residence uses, but includes charts that compare the usage to the previous year and how the residence compares with the energy usage of 100 neighbors with the same sized home.

Sacramento was first city to test these “behavior reports” as a way to encourage energy efficiency. The city deemed the program “very successful” compared to other efforts to encourage efficiency and Owatonna is starting to see residents make changes too: Requests for home energy audits and meters that track appliances’ energy use are both up.

via Fresh Energy and Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. The home energy reports were developed by Positive Energy of Arlington, VA.


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