Solar electricity News for September 2011

Solar electricity News Archive

Suntech named Sustainability Champion by World Economic Forum

Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd has been recognised by the World Economic Forum as a New Sustainability Champion in WEF's report ‘Redefining the Future Growth: The New Sustainability Champions’.

DuPont Apollo and Loxley complete 8.7 MW solar thin-film farm in Thailand DuPont Apollo and Loxley complete 8.7 MW solar thin-film farm in Thailand

DuPont Apollo and Thailand's Loxley Plc have completed an 8.7 MW ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) thin-film farm in the Prachin Buri Province of Thailand.

IKEA turns on 538 kW solar PV system at Californian store

IKEA has officially plugged-in a 539 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system at its East Bay store in Emeryville, California, USA.

US solar PV grew 69% in Q2 2011

The US solar PV market grew 69% in the second quarter (Q2) this year over the same period last year with the installation of 314 MW.

Gehrlicher sells five solar parks to White Owl Capital Gehrlicher sells five solar parks to White Owl Capital

Gehrlicher Solar Italia Srl has sold five solar photovoltaic (PV) parks totalling 10.4 MWp to White Owl Capital AG.

New webinar: What are the prospects for competing solar electric technologies?

Paula Mints of Navigant, Ammonix's Brian Robertson and SolarVision's Andy Skumanich took part in our latest webinar...

SolarBridge gets US$2.3m to develop solar microinverters

SolarBridge Technologies has been awarded a US$2.3 million grant under the US Department of Energy's (DoE) SunShot programme to develop low-cost solar photovoltaic (PV) microinverters.

Spain: 3.4m m2 of building integrated solar thermal by 2020

The Spanish Technical Building Code could lead to 3.4 million m2 of solar thermal systems by 2020 led by the residential market, according to the Spanish Institute for Diversification and Energy Saving (IDAE) and consultancy ECLAREON.

Solar PV system costs significantly down in 2010 and 2011

The cost of installed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the USA fell “substantially” in 2010 and the first half of 2011, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Conergy discontinues solar wafer and cell manufacturing – lays off 100

Conergy will discontinue its wafer and solar cell manufacturing and lays off 100 permanent employees due to substantial price pressure and over-capacity in the solar photovoltaics (PV) market.

Phoenix Solar builds 227 kWp solar rooftop in Italy

Phoenix Solar has been commissioned to build a 227 kWp solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop installation in Italy as well as providing 3.7 MW of solar modules to various projects.

Baja Sun and Arima set up solar CPV company in Mexico

Baja Sun Energy SRL and Arima Solar are forming an integrated solar business in Mexico for the construction of concentrated solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

DEGERenergie supplies 270 solar trackers to Sicily

DEGERenergie is supplying 270 of its DEGERtrackers 6000NT solar trackers for two solar plants in Enna, Sicily in Italy.

UK microgeneration spurred by feed-in tariff UK microgeneration spurred by feed-in tariff

Renewable energy microgeneration uptake in the UK is increasing with a 400% jump since the feed-in tariff was introduced in April 2010.

Titan supplies trackers for 2 MW solar CPV in Italy

Titan Tracker will supply its dual-axis trackers for 2 MW of solar concentrating photvoltaics (PV) in Italy developed by Limen SA.

Portugal and New Jersey show favourable solar conditions

The relatively small solar markets, Portugal and New Jersey, USA, are showing favourable solar system returns despite other constraints, according to Lux Research.

juwi solar PV system powers Namibian town

juwi Solar GmbH has installed a 200 kW off-grid hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) system in Tsumkwe in Northern Namibia.

NREL helps four solar start-ups to ramp up

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is helping four solar start-ups ramp up innovations through its Department of Energy (DoE) funded Incubator Program.

DoE awards US$145m for solar technologies

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced over US$145 million for advanced solar technologies to “help shape the next generation of solar energy technologies”.

Solyndra files for bankruptcy – lays off 1100

US solar photovoltaic (PV) copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) module manufacturer Solyndra is suspending all manufacturing operations and is laying off 1100 employees as it files for bankruptcy.

Siemens builds 15 solar PV projects in Italy and France

Siemens Energy will deliver 15 turnkey solar photovoltaic (PV) installations totalling 25 MWp in Italy and France.