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NEW YORK (StreetAuthority) -- For clean-energy investors, 2010 finished on a dismal note. A change of political control in Congress signaled diminished support in Washington for any kind of major financial incentives in alternative energy. In Europe, fiscal challenges led countries such as Italy and Germany to scale back their previous commitments to clean-energy subsidies.
But a trio of factors has started to boost the outlook for the clean energy sector:
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