Sunray Solar, Clean Power Finance Partners To Offer Consumers A More Affordable Solar Solution Sunray Solar has partnered with Clean Power Finance to bring more affordable financing options to consumers interested in solar power. This partnership supports Sunray Solar’s goal of delivering the best solar solutions available at an affordable price. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, residential installations in the United States grew by 21 percent toward the end of 2011, and analysts and industry experts expect the demand for residential solar in 2012 and beyond to continually increase. Nuclear Reactors in Diablo Canyon Shut Down The Unit 2 reactor of Pacific Gas and Electric’s Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California was shut down due to the clogging of the seawater intake screens by jellyfish-like creature called salp. Salp are small barrel-shaped planktons. Unit 1 was earlier shut down for scheduled refueling. Both reactors are now offline. Ygrene Energy Fund Won Prestigious Edison Award Ygrene Energy Fund has been awarded the silver 2012 Edison Award in the innovative services category for social innovation. Ygrene has been recognized repeatedly for its leadership in energy efficiency financing. The company has partnered with several cities and programs that won awards recognizing its clean energy benefits such as the “Green Economic Development”. Siemens Energy To Maintain First Solar-Hybrid Power Plant Siemens Energy will be providing long-term maintenance services at Abengoa’s150 megawatt, first solar-combined cycle hybrid power plant. The gas turbine and steam cycle are fired by natural gas, while the steam turbine will be receiving additional solar-generated steam during the day. The plant is located at the Hassi R’Mel natural gas field in northern Algeria. First Unitarian Church of Cleveland Installs Solar System In Shaker Heights, Ohio, a high-tech solar array is being installed at the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland. This solar system costs about $500,000 and is considered as the largest church solar system in the whole state. The 380 panels have a generating capacity of more than 91,000 watts and can supply about 80 percent of the church’s annual power consumption.