Solar electricity News for December 2009

Solar electricity News Archive

Phoenix Solar sets up subsidiary in Oman

Phoenix Solar AG has founded a subsidiary, Phoenix Solar LLC, in Muscat, Oman together with Silver Circle Overseas LLC.

Germany receives A-grade for solar power policies

Germany has received the top grade for solar power policies in the Global Solar Report Card released by Global Green USA on behalf of President Gorbachev’s Green Cross International (GCI).

Azure Power opens 2 MW privately owned solar PV plant in India

Azure Power has inaugurated what it calls the first privately operated, utility scale, solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in India.

South Australia supports renewable energy in the state

The state government of South Australia has made two announcements to promote the use of renewable energy.

Kyocera provides 13 MW of solar modules for large installation in Japan Kyocera provides 13 MW of solar modules for large installation in Japan

Kyocera Corp will provide approximately 13 MW of solar modules for the Ohgishima solar power plant Mega Solar System, planned by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) with construction by Hitachi, Ltd.

First Solar to add eight production lines in 2010 in Malaysia

First Solar Inc is expanding by adding 8 production lines in Malaysia in 2010 to satisfy a global contracted and advanced pipeline of over 6 GW.

Italy completes its largest solar PV facility

The 24 MW Montalto di Castro solar power plant has been completed as the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) facility in Italy, as the first phase of a planned 85-100 MW development that will be fully operational in 2010.

Bank provides €500m for solar PV projects in Europe

A new financing structure for solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in France and Italy will receive financial assistance from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

COP15: Solar groups want climate conference to recognise contribution of solar energy

Two dozen solar energy associations from around the world have told the United Nations at COP15 in Copenhagen that a significant portion of GHG emissions could be eliminated through an accelerated deployment of solar energy.

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COP15: US to promote renewable energy in developing countries

The United States has launched a US$350m ‘Renewables & Efficiency Deployment Initiative’ (Climate REDI) to accelerate deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies in developing countries at COP15 in Copenhagen.

COP15: Senior US official maps vision for new energy future at UN climate change summit

The international agreements being negotiated in Copenhagen “will propel all of us forward in the clean energy economy,” the US Secretary of the Interior has assured delegates to the UN conference on climate change, COP15, in Copenhagen.

MAN Ferrostaal opens Palestinian solar thermal plant

A solar thermal plant for warm water supply and central heating on Palestinian territory went into operation near Beit Jala at the beginning of December.

Solar powered scarecrow Solar powered scarecrow

Scarecrow Bio-Acoustic Systems has launched COMPACT – the solar powered scarecrow.

USA remains most attractive country for renewable energy

The United States remains the most attractive country overall for renewable energy, but China has moved ahead of Germany to take second spot in the rankings released by Ernst & Young.

Europeans embrace recycling to fight climate change, but not renewable energy

Europeans consider climate change to be the second-most serious problem facing the world today, but paying for green / renewable energy or installing solar panels or wind turbines are the least popular method to address the challenge.