Solar electricity News for February 2011

Solar electricity News Archive

UK rural enterprise invests in solar PV project

A 5 MW ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system is to be constructed as part of The Regeneration Initiative at the Royal Bath & West of England Showground in Shepton Mallet, Somerset.

Solar PV leads renewable growth in Europe

Solar photovoltaics (PV) saw the strongest growth of all renewable technologies in Europe last year.

JA Solar with 18.2% conversion efficiency solar cell

The new multi-crystalline silicon solar cell uses JA Solar’s proprietary Maple technology.

Eco Marine on-board solar and wind system for ships

The ship-based Aquarius Solar and Wind Marine Power System is being developed by Eco Marine Power.

Parabel plans potential 90 MW solar park in Germany

Parabel AG plans a 90 MW solar power plant at a former military training ground in Brandenburg, Germany.

Prioritise Australian renewable energy insists SEA

The Australian Government comes under pressure from the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia (SEA) to incorporate renewable energy infrastructure into the ongoing relief project following the floods in Eastern Australia.

Sharp Energy unveils solar development project Sharp Energy unveils solar development project

The Sun and Stars initiative links renewable energy companies with crisis projects in developing countries.

Spotlight on new solar power electronics technology

New research reveals apprehensions regarding the type of application for emerging solar power electronics technologies that are currently being developed such as micro inverters and power optimisation through maximum power-point tracking (MPPT).

Printed electronics research for organic PV

Organic photovoltaics (OPV) could benefit from a European research collaboration into printed electronics.

Sunways sales up 25% in 2010

Sunways AG has reported preliminary sales figures for the full year 2010 of €222.7 million, up 25% on 2009.

Carmanah and ADB win solar contract in Afghanistan

The military aviation solar contract has been won by partners Carmanah Technologies and ADB.

Phoenix Solar builds solar PV plant in Saudi Arabia

What could be Saudi Arabia’s largest photovoltaic (PV) power plant will be built by Phoenix Solar.

Mapping UK’s solar power potential Mapping UK’s solar power potential

Bluesky’s Solar Suitability Map for the UK maps the solar power potential for solar panels on roofs.

Donauer mobile solar energy system

Donauer Solartechnik’s Mobile Solar Power System (MSPS), designed for extreme climate conditions, will be distributed by the off grid division of Gilching solar wholesaler and was launched at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.

European solar PV industry calls for UK feed-in tariff caution

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association has urged the British Government to review its feed-in tariff carefully.

Solar PV plant planned in former Italian quarry

International energy provider Scatec Solar signs a contract with Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) and Italgen to construct a solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in an old quarry, close to Guiglia, Italy.

Crystalline solar PV margins and prices in decline

Prices are falling sharply throughout the solar photovoltaic (PV) crystalline supply chain, according to IMS Research.

First Solar modules for 25 MWp of Moser Baer solar projects

Moser Baer Clean Energy Limited (MBCEL) will procure 25 MWp DC of First Solar's thin-film solar modules for its solar power generation projects.

Gehrlicher sells 1.9 MWp Audi solar system

An Audi rooftop system owned by Gehrlicher Solar has been sold to PT Erneuerbare Energien Energy Fund for €4.6 million.

Solar PV materials market to reach US$12.8bn by 2014

The market for solar photovoltaic (PV) materials will have grown 50% in four years, according to GTM Research.

MENA region CSP beneficial for North Africa and Europe

North Africa and the Middle East could profit greatly from the expansion of concentrating solar power (CSP) capacity in the future, according to Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) and Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE).

Schott Solar signs 20 MW Indian PV contract

Schott Solar will deliver 200,00 solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to Premier Solar India.

European consortium develops thin-film solar PV module

European companies are working together to produce a low-cost thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) module for roofing.

Kyocera introduces 245 Wp solar PV module

Japanese company Kyocera is unveiling its new 245 Wp solar photovoltaic (PV) module in March.

UK solar farm feed-in tariffs under review

The UK has begun a review of the feed-in tariff scheme for solar power following evidence that large-scale solar farms may affect the amount of money intended to help homes and small businesses generate their own electricity.

Solar PV testing scheme to help buyers

TÜV Rheinland and Solarpraxis have set up a test to compare the quality of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules.

SolarWorld profit soars 51% in 2010

SolarWorld AG’s consolidated profits soared 51% in 2010 to €89 million, according to provisional results.

Juwi expands into South Africa and Chile

Wind, solar and bioenergy developer Juwi has opened subsidiaries near Cape Town and Santiago.

REC constructs 24 MW solar power plant in Italy

REC Systems, part of REC, is constructing a 24.2 MW solar power plant together with ABB in the Lazio region of Italy using 100,000 REC solar modules.

Celestica and Recurrent solar manufacturing JV in Ontario

Celestica Inc and Sharp subsidiary Recurrent Energy have formed a joint venture (JV) to manufacture over 200 MW of solar components annually creating 300 manufacturing jobs in Ontario, Canada.

CSP market set for 2011 solar boom

The market for concentrated solar power (CSP) will reach gigawatt scale this year, according to Lux Research.

GCube ups solar property coverage to US$0.5bn

GCube Underwriting Ltd, a provider of insurance services for renewable energy technologies, has grown its solar property coverage from US$300 million to US$500m for any single solar project or phase.

Solar industry concern about EU energy finance model

The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry has expressed concern about the European Commission's latest proposals to finance renewable energy.

Siemens to test molten salt CSP in Portugal

Siemens is building a molten salt concentrating solar power (CSP) test facility in Portugal to test molten salt as a heat transfer medium for CSP.