Applied Materials Swings Profit on Strong Sales

Applied Materials swung a first-quarter profit on strong sales of its semiconductor manufacturing equipment and improving customer demand. It also raised its full-year revenue target to reflect higher demand in its chip, LCD display and crystalline silicon solar businesses.

Applied Materials Expects Improving Earnings

Applied Materials expects a brighter earnings picture in 2010 as chip-makers retool and demand for solar panels grows. The company is big on solar, where it says "the opportunities over the next 20 years are really phenomenal."

Smart Money Bets on the Smart Grid

The emphasis in alternative energy used to be on finding better ways to generate power. Now, it's on finding better ways to conserve energy and make the power grid more efficient. The so-called "smart grid" is key to that goal, and fortunes will be spent -- and made -- on making it a reality.

A Chat with a CEO on the Front Lines of Solar Power

Now the third largest independent solar-energy producer, Solar Power Partners has succeeded in completing projects in difficult funding environments. CEO Bob Powell says the Holy Grail -- achieving the same price for solar power generation as for coal or gas-fired -- is near.

Coke Shines in New Solar Deal

Coca-Cola announced another major green initiative, as the world's biggest beverage company pushes ahead with an aggressive green agenda. Coca-Cola will place a three megawatt solar installation on rooftops of two Coca-Cola buildings in Spain.