Solar electricity News for February 2009

Solar electricity News Archive

Canberra amends FiT

Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) Minister for Energy, Simon Corbell, has released details of Stage 1 of the ACT’s electricity feed-in-tariff (FiT) scheme for households and commercial buildings.

Portugal with FiT for micro energy

Portugal is introducing a special feed-in-tariff (FiT) for small wind turbines and solar photovoltaic (PV) panels with a maximum installed power of 5.75 kW.

Green New Deal offers a route out of the recession

A national Green New Deal that invests in jobs, carbon-free electricity and innovative green technology is the way to beat the recession, says Lord Chris Smith, Chairman of the UK Environment Agency.

1366 Technologies signs solar deal with DoE

1366 Technologies has been awarded a cost-shared, 18-month subcontract with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the US Department of Energy (DoE) for scaling solar cell production.

SCE and BrightSource sign 1.3 GW solar thermal deal

Southern California Edison (SCE) and BrightSource Energy have reached agreement on a series of contracts for 1.3 GW of solar thermal power.

New Jersey introduces renewables incentives

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) has launched a Renewable Energy Incentive Program for 2009.

PSE&G US$773m solar programme investment

The New Jersey utility Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) plans to invest US$773 million to add 120 MW of utility-owned photovoltaics (PV) within its service territory.

US stimulus bill passed

The US$789 billion economic stimulus bill, which includes provision for renewable energy, has been passed by the US Congress and endorsed by President Barack Obama.

More scope for solar energy in South Africa

The Danish Government will be providing R60 million to support renewable energy projects at local government level in South Africa.

PV facing a shakeout?

Over the last six months, the photovoltaic (PV) market has witnessed a perfect storm emerge, with a looming global recession and severe tightening of credit markets, according to a recent report from the Prometheus Institute and Greentech Media.

Utility solar tax manual from SEPA

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has released its Utility Solar Tax Manual, to clarify the solar tax credit changes for the utility and solar industries.