Solar electricity News for November 2011

Solar electricity News Archive

SolarFuel builds pilot e-gas facility for Audi

SolarFuel GmbH will build a pilot e-gas facility for car maker Audi by 2013 – converting electricity surpluses from wind and solar installations into renewable methane.

Potentia and OZZ develop 30 MW of rooftop solar in Ontario

OZZ Solar and Potentia Solar Inc will co-develop and co-own 30 MW of solar power generation capacity in Ontario, Canada.

Solarhybrid and First Solar JV to take over Solar Millennium's US pipeline

Solarhybrid AG and First Solar may form a joint venture (JV) to take over Solar Millennium AG's US solar project pipeline, including the 1 GW Blythe project.

GCL-Poly plans 1 GW solar farm in China

GCL-Poly and CGN Solar Energy Development Co will develop a 1 GW solar farm in Datong City, Shanxi Province, China, as part of a framework agreement between the two companies.

Solar Frontier and Mainstream cooperate on 5 MW of solar

Solar Frontier and Mainstream Energy have signed a distribution agreement to sell and install 5 MW of Solar Frontier's CIS solar modules in the US.

Phoenix Solar and Silicon Ranch develop solar PV in TN

Phoenix Solar Inc and Silicon Ranch Corporation have formed a strategic alliance to develop, finance and construct solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in Tennessee and the South-east USA.

JinkoSolar powers 14 MW of solar PV installations in the UK

JinkoSolar Holding Co Ltd is supplying its solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for AEE Renewables Plc and EPC Graäss Solartechnik's three solar projects across the UK totalling 14 MW.

The 32 MW Long Island Solar Farm has been commissioned

The 32 MW Long Island Solar Farm hosted at the US Department of Energy's (DoE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been switched on.

Manz plans to buy Würth Solar's CIGS module line

Manz AG has signed a letter of intent to acquire the innovation line for CIGS solar modules from Würth Solar, integrating the production site and 118 Würth Solar employees into the group.

Isle of Wight aims for net energy exports by 2020 in EcoIsland sustainability project

The Isle of Wight – a peaceful, modest-sized island off the English south coast – plans to become a net energy exporter of energy by 2020, while halving residents’ energy bills, eliminating waste going to landfill, and creating a significant number of green technology jobs. The EcoIsland initiative is the largest single sustainability project in the UK.

TSMC leads solar CIGS model efficiency ranking

TSMC' TS-150 CIGS solar photovoltaic (PV) module leads Solarplaza's most recent top 10 ranking for solar PV modules with an efficiency of 13.8%.

Theodor Scheidegger becomes CEO of Siemens' Solar & Hydro Division

Theodor Scheidegger is becoming the new CEO of the Solar & Hydro Division of Siemens Energy.

California approves Mojave CSP project despite higher cost

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved the power purchase agreement between Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Abengoa Solar affiliate Mojave Solar LLC, for the 250 MW Mojave concentrating solar power (CSP) facility, despite higher costs.

California on track to 3 GW of solar by 2016

Environment California Research & Policy Center says California’s 'Million Solar Roofs Initiative' is on track to meet its goal of installing 3 GW of solar capacity by 2016.

SolarWorld testifies against China's aggressive solar exports

SolarWorld Industries America Inc has testified before the International Trade Commission (ITC), saying Chinese manufacturers are flooding the US market with solar products backed by large government subsidies.

Facebook adopts hybrid solar technology

Cogenra Solar will install a solar cogeneration system at Facebook’s new Menlo Park campus, producing hot water and electricity.

Plumbing provider buys Aztec Solar Power stake

Sloan Global Holdings LLC has purchased a “significant interest” in the solar engineering, purchasing and construction company Aztec Solar Power, LLC for an undisclosed sum.

Obama affirms concern about China’s renewable energy trade

In response to SolarWorld and a coalition of US domestic solar manufacturers' complaint against China, President Barack Obama cites “questionable competitive practices coming out of China” and says his Administration has aggressively countered “these kinds of dumping activities.”

India’s solar market to reach 9 GW by 2016

India could see over 9 GW of solar installed between 2011 and 2016, according to the report The India Solar Market: Strategy, Players, and Opportunities from GTM Research and BRIDGE TO INDIA.

Desertec to construct first solar farm in Morocco

The Desertec Industrial Initiative (DII) says Morocco will be the first location for building a solar thermal power plant as part of the €400 billion Desertec project for developing renewable energy in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

USA: 9 out of 10 support solar

A poll reveals that Americans support the use and development of solar power as well as Federal investments in solar technology.

China hits back at solar dumping accusation

China hits back at the accusations brought forward by some US solar manufacturers that Chinese manufacturers are selling illegally subsidised solar products in the US.