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Pope Benedict XVI: 5 Ways He Was Also an Economic Shepherd

Pope Benedict XVI was a moral and religious leader, but there's also a fiscal side to his legacy: He endorsed several positions that could affect the personal finances of millions of people. Here are five ways his papacy may impact our lives and pocketbooks.

SunPower Building America's Biggest Solar Roof

SunPower is on a roll: It just launch the most efficient mass-produced solar cell in the world and announced it will soon start construction of the biggest solar roof in North America. Is the market already too enthusiastic about the solar energy major, or is this a good time to buy?

LDK Solar Gets a Hand from Chinese Government

LDK Solar recently announced a $240 million investment by the China Development Bank, which gives it more breathing room to deal with its short-term debt situation. Right now, the market is pricing LDK at around $7 a share. Trefis thinks its worth $12. Wondering why? Read on ...

SunPower Holds the Lead in Solar Panel Efficiency

SunPower recently launched its SunPower E20 series of solar panels, the industry's first commercially available panels which provide a total area efficiency of more than 20%. That gives SunPower a significant competitive advantage over its competitors.

A Hot Solar Stock: SunPower's Sales Have Far to Rise

SunPower boasts of being able to manufacture the most efficient large-scale solar modules in the industry, and shipments of its residential and commercial components have been growing rapidly. Trefis predicts they'll keep growing, especially if federal policy shifts further in favor of solar.

California's SolarCity Sees a Bright Market on the East Coast

California-based solar panel installer SolarCity has announced its second East Coast deal in a month: It's buying the residential solar business of Vermont-based groSolar, hard on the heels of its purchase of Maryland's Clean Currents. And SolarCity isn't the only West Coast solar player looking toward the sunrise for growth.

Earnings for China's LDK Solar Far Outshine Estimates

The Chinese maker of solar wafers, modules and cells reported third-quarter earnings that easily beat analyst estimates on strong demand and improved pricing environment. The company also raised its outlook much above expectations.

Obama Administration to Install Solar Panels on White House

Next spring, the First Family will begin to receive solar electricity and solar-heated water from a new solar system that will be installed on the roof of the White House as part of the Obama administration's effort to showcase American solar power technology.

Sharp to Buy Solar Power Developer Recurrent Energy

Japanese electronics company Sharp is turning up the heat in the increasingly competitive solar energy market, announcing plans Wednesday to acquire solar energy producer Recurrent Energy in a cash deal worth upwards of $305 million.

New Solar Panel Factory Will Rise in Oregon

Oregon is the latest state to notch a big win in the effort to attract green jobs: Silicon Valley solar company Solexant has announced plans to build a large factory to produce thin-film solar panels near Portland. Oregon gets jobs; Solexant gets a $25 million loan and $18.75 million in tax credits.

Solar Energy Firms Step Into the Spotlight

A fake oil tycoon. The biggest sports event in the world. A Formula One racing team. What do they have in common? They're all part of branding initiatives by solar panel makers seeking to make their names in a fast-growing industry.

Solar Energy Market Will Get Even Hotter in 2010

This year is turning out to be a good one for solar energy equipment makers and project developers. Solar panel makers saw a 92% jump in shipments in the second quarter from a year ago, and market research firms have issued bullish outlooks for the industry.

An IPO Parade in Cleantech

Two cleantech start-ups, biofuel maker Codexis and solar-energy firm Solyndra, recently filed for IPOs, and others are rumored to be contemplating them, among them sexy electric car company Tesla Motors and smart grid integrated-technology maker Silver Spring Networks.

Will China lead the green revolution?

For anyone who watched the recent speeches by U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Hu Jintao at the United Nations, the difference between...