Business Briefs for the Week of July 19, 2010

Lighthouse Solar, Solexant Corp., Emerson Network Power

Lighthouse Solar

Boulder, Colo.-based Lighthouse Solar has created a proven franchise business model, which provides a turnkey solution for entrepreneurs looking to enter the market and take advantage of the boom. The Lighthouse Solar franchise program offers a comprehensive business model, training, and ongoing support, as well as financing for customers through power purchase agreements and solar leases. Franchise partners receive complete training in solar electric and solar thermal systems by experienced staff and obtain ongoing support to keep them competitive.

Solexant Corp.

San Jose, Calif.-based Solexant Corp., developer of third-generation ultrathin-film photovoltaic (PV) technology, recently announced the selection of the city of Gresham, Ore., for the location of its first commercial-scale nanocrystal manufacturing facility. Upon completion, the 100MW plant will be Oregon's first thin film solar manufacturing plant and the largest nanotechnology manufacturing facility in the world.

Emerson Network Power

Columbus, Ohio-based Emerson Network Power is one of the companies collaborating with IBM to address the ever-changing requirements and needs of large enterprise data centers around the world. IBM is strategically partnering with Emerson Network Power to give organizations the flexibility needed to meet unpredictable growth through a scalable, on-demand capacity approach that allows data center capabilities to be added when and where they are needed, while ensuring uninterruptible data center operations. As part of the collaboration, IBM is working with Emerson Network Power to integrate its Liebert power and precision cooling products and services with IBM’s Enterprise Modular Data Center (EMDC).

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