Solar electricity News for November 2012

Solar electricity News Archive

Tokyo Electron buys Oerlikon Solar

Solar PV component manufacturer Tokyo Electron (TEL) has completed its acquisition of Oerlikon Group’s solar arm, buying Oerlikon Solar for 250 million Swiss francs (US$268 million), Oerlikon announces.

Masdar to develop 15 MW solar plant in Mauritania

The project is the first utility-scale solar power installation in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and will deliver 10 per cent of electricity capacity in Mauritania.

Abengoa begins construction on South African CSP plants

The two plants will use advanced technology specifically developed for the country's needs and will be able to store energy and generate power after sunset

Tough times, tough actions - time for a greentech patent amnesty?

Guest Blog by Barry Johnston

BioTherm Energy steams ahead with South African wind and solar projects

Johannesburg-based BioTherm Energy has agreed financing terms for one wind and two solar PV projects in South Africa.

Sulzer Pumps to supply Spanish, Indian CSP projects

Sulzer Pumps is to supply pumps for several concentrated solar power (CSP) projects in Spain and India, the Switzerland-based company announced on Tuesday.

Surge in solar energy news from South Africa – Top 5 solar power project announcements this month (so far)

The solar power market in South Africa has ramped up a gear, with a stream of project news emanating from the country in recent days.

IMS Research: CPV advances set to "ignite market development"

On-going, significant technological advances from companies such as Solar Junction and Amonix will help drive concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) installations to almost 1.2 GW by 2016, reports IMS.

SolarReserve consortium completes $586mn financing for South African solar PV power projects

Joint venture's two 75-megawatt solar photovoltaic projects will spur economic development, create jobs and contribute to South Africa's renewable energy goals

AES Solar completes $752mn debt financing and kicks off construction on 266MW utility-scale solar project in US

The company's global solar PV portfolio now totals more than 500MW in operation or construction in seven countries.

Private equity firm Conduit enters solar power market with stake in Peruvian projects

The investment in the 40MW of solar power capacity is expected to be its first portfolio investment in Latin Power IV.

Renewable energy to become world's second-largest power generation source by 2015, says IEA

The global energy map is changing “in dramatic fashion”, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today, as it launched the 2012 edition of its World Energy Outlook.

US set to overtake Germany for utility-scale solar power next year

With more than 1GW installed capacity of large scale solar farms, the US has surpassed Spain to become the second largest market behind Germany, according to the latest data from sector specialists Wiki-Solar.

Guest Blog: Global Energy Access by 2030?

By Mathias Aarre Maehlum,

Case study: Solar social enterprise in the UK sees positive growth Case study: Solar social enterprise in the UK sees positive growth

A green energy firm based in the Midlands in the UK is bucking the economic trend as the number of property owners looking to generate green energy increases.

Guest Blog: Setting the stage for GreenBuild 2012

With the industry in a state-of-flux, Comly Wilson from CleanEdison suggests a visit to GreenBuild 2012 is more worthwhile than ever

DNV unveils its SUNdy floating solar field concept

SUNdy - with a hexagonal array that floats on the sea surface - was officially launched during the Singapore International Energy Week.

Siemens to drop PV but keep wind and hydro

The company says it is holding talks with various parties interested in buying Siemens solar PV assets, but will continue to offer products for solar thermal and PV power plants.