Solar electricity News for January 2009

Solar electricity News Archive

US House and Senate proposals for renewable energy

Just before the House of Representatives passed the US$819 billion economic stimulus package at the end of January, both the House and the Senate issued proposals for renewable energy incentives.

Econcern could boost Italy’s solar capacity

Econcern plans to install 42 MW of solar capacity in Puglia, southern Italy boosting Italy’s solar capacity by 15%.

REC Wafer and LG Electronics sign multi crystalline wafers supply agreement

REC Wafer has signed a long-term agreement with LG Electronics Inc in Korea for the supply of multi crystalline wafers.

Torresol gets €171 million solar thermal plant funding

Torresol Energy, the strategic alliance between SENER and Masdar, has announced a €171 million financing deal for Spanish solar thermal plant Gemasolar.

PV law introduced in Greece

A new photovoltaic (PV) law has been introduced in Greece amending the current legislation and setting new feed-in-tariffs.

Solar staff hit by financial situation

Oerlikon is planning around 1,000 layoffs following other similar announcement in the solar industry.

Enviromena constructs 10 MW on-grid solar plant

Masdar and Environmena Power Systems are constructing a 10 MW grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Isofoton installs PV in Morocco

Isofoton will set up 1215 photovoltaic (PV) grid-integrated installations in Errachidia and Ben Guerir, Morocco.

All eyes on the US for renewables in 2009

As 2009 gets underway, all eyes are turned towards the US, a market poised to begin a dramatic transition in energy and climate policy, but facing decisions still steeped in political wrangling, according to analyst Emerging Energy Research.

Elsevier site for energy researchers

Elsevier is launching a ‘one-stop’ site for energy researchers covering all aspects of energy including renewables.

Spire receives 100 MW solar contract

Spire Corporation has received a contract to provide 100 MW module manufacturing equipment for Solaria Energia y Medio Ambiente's new facility.

Tata Power explores geothermal and solar

Tata Power will explore the possibility of setting up a 5 MW geothermal power plant and a 5 MW solar power plant in Gujarat, India.

SEPA releases solar utility report

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has released a new report, Utility Procurement Study: Solar Electricity in the Utility Market, the first in a series of research reports to be released in 2009.

WFES09 reports 132 visiting solar companies

The World Future Energy Summit (WFES09) will see 132 solar-related companies exhibiting on January 19-21, 2009.

NEF: Clean energy shares on the up after 61% battering in 2008?

Clean energy shares have been benefiting from an 'Obama Bounce', surging from their lows in November last year, according to leading analysis company New Energy Finance.

UK's RE industry of growing importance

Recruitment company Resourcing Solutions predicts the renewable energy industry will have a growing importance in the UK job market.

Obama's green dollars

In a speech on 8 January, President-elect Barack Obama made it clear renewables would play an important part in saving the US economy.

VC investment in RE reaches US$2.5bn in Q4

Fourth quarter data from Greentech Media show that venture capital (VC) investment in green technologies exceeded US$2.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2008, down 1.4% from Q3.

CTDC to build 30 MW solar power station

China Technology Development Group Corporation (CTDC) and Qinghai New Energy Group (QNE) have signed an agreement with local government to build a 30 MW on-grid solar power station in the Qaidam Basin of north-western China.

SCHOTT Solar reports "record" 2007/2008 financial results

SCHOTT Solar AG has reported “record results” for the financial year 2007/2008 ending 30 September 2008.

Japan accepts applications for residential solar

According to the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA) will start accepting applications for the residential solar generation installation subsidies from mid-January as part of the implementation of the Japanese residential solar generation installation subsidy programme, which was incorporated in the supplementary budget for this fiscal year.

40 MW solar PV station connected to grid

The German juwi group has completed grid connection of its 40 MW Waldpolenz energy park in Brandis, near Leipzig in eastern Germany.