Solar electricity News for November 2009

Solar electricity News Archive

European Solar Thermal Industry Federation appoints Xavier Noyon as Secretary General European Solar Thermal Industry Federation appoints Xavier Noyon as Secretary General

Xavier Noyon has been unanimously appointed new Secretary General of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation (ESTIF).

Abengoa Solar and E.ON Climate & Renewables build two 50 MW CSP plants in Spain

Abengoa Solar and E.ON Climate & Renewables will jointly own and operate two 50 MW concentrating solar power (CSP) plants in Spain.

World Bank funds half-million for renewable energy and efficiency in South Africa

Funding to the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) Investment Plan in South Africa will allow the country to move towards its goal of 4% of electricity from renewable energy by 2013.

REF Webinar: "Renewable energy in the Middle East" - speakers confirmed

Helene Pelosse, interim Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is confirmed as one of the guest speakers for Renewable Energy Focus’ next interactive webinar taking place on Wednesday 9 December (10.00 EST/15.00 GMT/19.00 UAE), in association with the World Future Energy Summit.

Dow Corning opens Solar Solutions Application & Business Center in California, USA

Dow Corning Corp has opened a Solar Solutions Application & Business Center in Newark, California, USA, which will serve as its West Coast hub for customer sales, product evaluation and the development of commercialisation strategy for solar energy solutions.

Cost of solar energy will drop by half this year and other renewable energy by 10%, says analyst

The levelised costs for solar energy will drop 50% in 2009, while the pre-subsidy cost for other renewable energy technologies will decline by 10%, according to a quarterly research note from New Energy Finance.

Half of US states generate at least 1 GW from non-hydro renewable energy

Development of renewable energy is spreading rapidly across the United States, often in conjunction with public policies that are designed to spur such growth, according to a state-by-state analysis by the Department of Energy's (DoE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Bosch Solar Energy bundles solar cell capacities at Arnstadt, Germany

Bosch Solar Energy AG will be integrating its solar cell production located in Erfurt into the new production facilities at nearby Arnstadt, Germany, in early 2010.

SolarWorld establishes office in France for French solar power market

SolarWorld AG is establishing a liaison office in Grenoble, France, to be closer to French customers as the solar power market in France is now fourth place in the European league of newly installed solar output capacities.

Solar company Q-Cells notes €248.2m loss in Q3 – sheds 500 jobs

Solar company Q-Cells SE has published third quarter results with a loss of €248.2 million and is shedding up to 500 jobs as of December.

Siemens introduces next-gen solar receiver for solar thermal power plants

Siemens has released a new solar receiver, the UVAC 2010 (Universal Vacuum Air Collector), which is said to further increases solar thermal heat production.

Six renewable energy sources judged to be best prospect for future, says report

The best prospects for large-scale renewable energy production and net-energy performance remain wind and certain forms of solar, according to a study released by two California-based think tanks.

European utilities must invest more in renewable energy, says analysis

The economic recession has prompted utilities in Europe to invest less in renewable power and the smart grid, even though they need to invest more to meet goals, says the European Energy Markets Observatory.

First Solar closer to 2 GW solar power plant in China First Solar closer to 2 GW solar power plant in China

First Solar has announced a cooperation framework agreement with the Chinese government that takes another step towards the realisation of the 2 GW solar power plant in the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia, China.

Dow PV Solar Shingle named in top inventions of 2009

Time Magazine has named Dow's PV Solar Shingle to be one of the ‘50 Best Inventions’ of this year.

Enfinity and Titan Energy to install 1 GWp of solar PV in India

Enfinity, a global renewable energy developer, and Titan Energy Systems, a manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, are collaborating on developing, financing and constructing 1 GWp of solar PV installations on 3000 acres of land in Andhra Pradesh, India, in the coming five years.

USA to support CSP in Jordan

The US government will fund a US$738,492 feasibility study for installing more than 50 MW of concentrated solar power (CSP) in Jordan’s Ma’an development zone.

Bank lends €80m for 17 MW solar power project

A concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Spain’s province of Seville will be a commercial demonstration of a central tower receiver and heliostat field.

Morocco plans 2 GW of solar power by 2020

Morocco plans to have 2 GW of solar power by 2020 representing investment of US$9 billion.

Women and older people are less likely to support renewable energy in UK

Men are more likely to say they support the use of renewable energy than women, according to an opinion survey conducted by the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Suntech develops 20% of systems for China's Solar Rooftop Program

Suntech Power Holdings Co, a manufacturer of crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, expects to develop around 20% of the 91 MW of solar rooftop projects that were approved under China's Solar Rooftop Program.

Japanese solar car wins global race

A solar car built at Tokai University in Japan has won the solar race across Australia, at an average speed of more than 100 km/h.

SANYO combines technologies for energy creation, storage and saving SANYO combines technologies for energy creation, storage and saving

SANYO Electric Co. is entering the energy solutions business with system proposals to reduce running costs and CO2 emissions for factories, schools, stores and other facilities. The company will offer systems that combine SANYO’s technologies for energy creation (solar cell), energy storage (rechargeable battery), and energy saving (commercial equipment).

FLABEG Solar US Corp. opens solar mirror production plant

FLABEG, a high-tech glass and mirror applications provider, is opening a new 209 sq ft production facility for solar mirrors near Pittsburgh International Airport, USA.

Wind energy receives 45% increase in US budget allocation

Wind energy will receive US$80 million in federal government funding appropriations, a 45% increase over the last fiscal year.

US could create 4.5 million jobs in renewable energy, says analysis

The United States could net 4.5 million new jobs in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors by 2030 if it addresses climate change, according to a report prepared for the American Solar Energy Society.

California offers US$15m to improve solar PV

The California Solar Initiative (CSI) has released a second solicitation for grants to improve solar photovoltaic (PV) production technologies and innovative business models.

US firms to develop rooftop solar projects in Canada

Two US firms will collaborate on the development of a portfolio of rooftop solar installations in the province of Ontario, where the government will pay up to CA$0.80/kWh for electricity from renewable energy sources.

DESERTEC JV DII established for renewable energy from deserts

The articles of association for the joint venture (JV) DII GmbH have been signed by the group of founding members consisting of 12 companies and the DESERTEC Foundation to secure renewable energy supply from the deserts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

Applied Materials acquires assets of Advent Solar

Applied Materials, a supplier of equipment and services to the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry, has acquired all assets, including the intellectual property, of Advent Solar for an undisclosed cash amount.

Suntech and Huadian partner on 10 MW solar plant in Jiangsu Province, China

Suntech Power Holdings, the crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) modules manufacturer, and Huadian New Energy Development Co (HNE) will develop a 10 MW solar power plant in Dongtai, Jiangsu Province, China.

Concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) market could reach 24 GW by 2020 Concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) market could reach 24 GW by 2020

According to a new market report by CSP Today and Altran, CSP growth in the next 10 years will be concentrated in two key markets - Spain and USA, the USA currently having the largest market as measured by installed capacity - at 63% of global installed capacity.

Integration of renewable energy is top issue for next decade for US regulator

The integration of renewable energy facilities is one of the top factors that will require changes to policy, planning and operations over the next decade, according to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC).

3TIER expands geographical coverage of its advanced solar map and dataset solution

3TIER has announced that its advanced solar map and dataset - previously available for the Western Hemisphere - now includes Asia, the Middle East, and Oceania.

Q-Cells terminates solar wafer agreement with LDK Solar

Q-Cells SE has terminated an agreement for the supply of solar wafers entered in December 2007 with the Chinese solar company LDK Solar as LDK Solar “did not fulfil significant contractual obligations”.

DoE highlights best practices from 25 Solar America Cities DoE highlights best practices from 25 Solar America Cities

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced an online resource for local governments that assists community leaders and local stakeholders in building sustainable local solar markets with best practices from 25 Solar America Cities.