Solar electricity News for October 2011

Solar electricity News Archive

BrightSource Energy files application for 750 MW of solar thermal in California

BrightSource Energy Inc has filed an Application for Certification (AFC) with the California Energy Commission to develop three 250 MW solar thermal power plants in Riverside County, CA, USA.

Siemens commissions Les Mées solar PV farm in France

Siemens Energy has commissioned the 31 MW Les Mées solar photovoltaic (PV) farm in the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in the south of France for Eco Delta Développement (EDD).

3TIER has helped solar developers secure US$4.1bn

3TIER has helped utility-scale solar energy developers secure over US$4.1 billion in public and private project financing and loan guarantees by reducing investment risk.

Sungevity and Rabobank establish US residential solar fund

Sungevity Inc and Rabobank have established a residential solar fund that could support over US$50 million of new US residential solar lease projects.

Hawaii PUC approves contract for 5 MW solar farm in Kalaeloa

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a contract between SunPower Corp and Hawaiian Electric Company for the output of a 5 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) farm planned for Kalaeloa in West Oahu, Hawaii.

US solar firms accuses China of dumping solar modules in the US

SolarWorld Industries America Inc, along with six other solar manufacturers, have filed cases with the US Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission accusing Chinese solar cell and module manufacturers of illegal dumping in the US market.

Solar employment soars as US economy lags

Employment figures for the US solar industry is soaring despite a lagging economy, according to the Solar Foundation's National Solar Job Census 2011: A Review of the US Solar Workforce.

Solar PV component profits down 70% in Q4’11 Solar PV component profits down 70% in Q4’11

Solar photovoltaic (PV) component profits are set to fall by 70% year-on-year in Q4’11 according to IMS Research.

GE plans large solar panel factory in Colorado, USA

GE is planning to build a solar photovoltaic (PV) panel factory in Aurora, Colorado, USA, starting production in 2012.

Substantial variability in US solar performance

An anomaly study from 3TIER shows how solar irradiance in the USA varied from its long-term norm this summer.

37,000 US jobs predicted from Treasury 1603 extension

An extension of the 1603 Treasury Program could result in more than 37,000 jobs in the USA next year driven by solar market growth, according to an EuPD Research.

Solar Millennium sells off 2.25 GW CSP – projects converted to PV

Solar Millenium AG is selling off its 2.25 GW concentrating solar power (CSP) portfolio in the American Southwest to solarhybrid AG, which will build solar photovoltaic (PV) plants at the sites.

FLABEG collector reduces CSP cost by 25%

FLABEG, together with schlaich bergermann und partner, is working on a collector design to improve efficiency and reduce cost by up to 25% for concentrating solar power (CSP) parabolic trough plants.

AES constructs 24 MW solar PV in Puerto Rico

AES Solar has closed the financing and started construction of a 24 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Guayama, Puerto Rico.

Taiwan inaugurates its “largest” solar plant

Taiwan has started operations at what could be its largest solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the southern city of Kaohsiung.

Desert Sunlight gets DoE loan guarantee

The 550 MW Desert Sunlight Project in California, USA, has received US$1.46 billion in partial loan guarantees from the US Department of Energy (DoE).

AV Solar Ranch 1 gets US$646m DoE loan guarantee

The 230 MW Antelope Valley Solar Ranch 1 has received a US$646 million loan guarantee from the US Department of Energy (DoE).

Heliocentris wins energy lab order in Qatar, expands Middle East presence

Heliocentris Energy Solutions has won an order from Qatar University, to supply a complete teaching laboratory for energy generation, storage, and management. The German-based company is also opening an office in Dubai, to boost its presence in the Middle East.

REC closes down Norwegian solar wafer production

Norway's Renewable Energy Corporation ASA (REC) is assessing a permanent closedown of 45% of its solar wafer production capacity in Norway due to weak market conditions – 700 jobs could go.

PG&E dedicates three Californian solar PV plants

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has dedicated three solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants totalling 50 MW in Fresno County, California, USA.

New Energy Capital invests US$12m in solar installer FLS

The New Energy Capital Cleantech Infrastructure Fund has invested US$12 million in commercial solar hot water system installer and solar photovoltaic (PV) integrator, FLS Energy Inc.

Stirling Energy caves in against PV's falling costs

Stirling Energy Systems has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy as the stirling dish technology could not compete against the falling costs of solar photovoltaics (PV), according to media reports.

New WEBINAR recording available

Renewable Energy Focus' latest webinar on the development of solar electric technologies is now available online...

ReneSola modules power German solar PV plant

ReneSola Ltd has provided 27.5 MW of its Multi and Virtus solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for Enerparc's solar power plant in Gahro, Germany.

Suntech delivers 35 MW of solar panels to Californian projects

Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd has supplied a total of 35 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels for two solar power plants in central California built by Cupertino Electric Inc.

California Valley Solar Ranch acquisition complete

NRG Energy Inc has completed the acquisition of the 250 MW California Valley Solar Ranch (CVSR) project from SunPower Corp.