Technology

SolarBridge has $15 million to help in testing, production

CHAMPAIGN – SolarBridge Technologies has secured $15 million in Series "B" funding that will help the company finish testing and certification of microinverters and ramp up production of them.


Lumber prices increasing as production remains slow; more raises likely

CHAMPAIGN – If you calculated the price of installing a new deck last year but never got around to building it, you'd better update your figures.

Lumber prices have been climbing this year, and some lumberyard operators say an end isn't in sight yet.


Advertising trophy leads contest honors for News-Gazette

SPRINGFIELD – The News-Gazette won the James S. Copley Trophy for advertising achievement for daily newspapers for 2009 at the Illinois Press Association's annual convention in Springfield.


It's Your Business: Hip-hop shop now open on North Prospect

A new store featuring hip-hop clothing and accessories has opened on North Prospect Avenue in Champaign.

Activewear, located in the former Rest Spot furniture store at 1505 N. Prospect Ave. by Good Vibes, opened this spring.


DWS Inc. files application for WUIL-FM license

CHAMPAIGN – Champaign-based DWS Inc. has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to acquire the license for WUIL-FM in Arcola.

The station, which advertises itself as 107.9 JAMZ, is currently licensed to Champaign Partners LLC of Oklahoma City. John S. and Melanie W. Maguire are listed as the principals in Champaign Partners.


ICC awards Ameren a fraction of rate hike request

SPRINGFIELD – In a stunning ruling, the Illinois Commerce Commission awarded the Ameren Illinois Utilities a tiny fraction of the $130 million rate increase the company requested.


American Legion post wants to rezone land to lease to AT&T

DANVILLE – AT&T wants to put at least two new transmission towers in Danville, but the preferred site for one is on American Legion Post 210 property and will require a zoning change.


It's Your Business: New Champaign shop to feature vintage furniture

Downtown Champaign next month will have a new consignment shop that will feature vintage estate furniture and home accents.

Copasetic Consignments is moving into 41 E. University Ave., C, in the 1913 Illinois Traction Building, the long-ago headquarters of the regional electric rail line.


Business giant says energy tech is future

URBANA – If you're looking for opportunity over the next 25 years, look to energy technology.

That field is poised to succeed information technology as the next big economic driver, said Thomas Siebel, the founder of Siebel Systems.


'Shrink-wrap' electronics could help neurological disorders

URBANA – Epilepsy and other neurological conditions could be treated with electrodes that "shrink-wrap to the brain's surface," says a University of Illinois professor who has pioneered flexible electronics.


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