Solar electricity News for August 2013

Solar electricity News Archive

100% increase in Asian PV demand

Solar photovoltaic (PV) demand from China and Japan during the second half of 2013 is forecast to reach 9 GW, representing an increase of 100% compared to the first half and 70% compared to the second half of 2013, says a new NPD Solarbuzz report.

Alterra Power buys ABW solar facility interest

Alterra Power Corp has completed its purchase of the ABW Solar project in partnership with GE Energy Financial Services.

Industry saddened by First Solar deaths

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) president and CEO Rhone Resch released the following statement after learning of the tragic deaths of two First Solar construction supervisors in a plane crash near the Desert Sunlight solar facility in Riverside County, California.

Cost gap for Western renewables could narrow by 2025

A new Energy Department study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) says that, in the US, by 2025 wind and solar power electricity generation could become cost-competitive without federal subsidies.

Gehrlicher Solar America completes Phase 1 of Arizona solar park

Gehrlicher Solar America Corp has completed building a 4 MW solar array, phase 1 of a 7.2 MWp solar park for UniSource Energy Service (UES) in Rio Rico, Arizona.

RE capacity at 2252.3 gigawatts in 2020

According to a new report by Frost & Sullivan, renewable energy capacity will be at 2252.3 gigawatts in 2020, with a gradual shift in the market to emerging economies.

Solar device monitors power demand Solar device monitors power demand

Magellan Power has released Solar Gate, technology which could help those with large solar installations keep the energy they generate for their own use.

Goldpoly to acquire 400MW solar power plants

Goldpoly New Energy Holdings Limited has entered into an agreement with a number of Chinese solar companies to buy 400MW of solar power plants.

Renewable energy demand to drive European transmission market

A rising demand for green electricity across Europe could boost investment in countries’ transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure, says research and consulting firm GlobalData.

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IBM has developed power and weather modelling technology that could help utilities increase the reliability of renewable energy resources.

SolarCity acquires Paramount Solar

SolarCity Corp is to purchase the assets of Paramount Energy Solutions LLC, which does business under the name of Paramount Solar, a subsidiary of Paramount Equity, for approximately US$120 million.

Scottish government invests £3 million in personal green energy

The Scottish government has put aside £3 million for people living in fuel poverty get their own green energy supply.

Duke Energy buys largest solar power plant in San Francisco

Duke Energy Renewables has acquired Sunset Reservoir Solar Power Project, a 4.5 megawatt AC solar plant, from solar developer Recurrent Energy.

US solar prices continue decline

The installed price of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States fell substantially in 2012 and through the first half of 2013, according to the latest edition of Tracking the Sun, an annual cost report produced by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).

21% growth in leading PV module shipments

Quarterly solar photovoltaic (PV) module shipments for 20 leading PV manufacturers exceeded 5.8 GW during the second quarter of 2013, a growth of 21% from Q2 2012.

Mitsubishi buys solar energy stakes

Mitsubishi Corp has acquired 50 per cent stakes in two solar power stations in France from EDF Energies Nouvelles SA.

America’s solar energy industry looks to play key role in grid modernisation

“Solar is critically important to our nation’s energy security and national security – and we’re doing our part to fight climate change,” said the head of the Solar Energy Industries Association, Rhone Resch, stressing the sector has a key role to play to ensure the lights stay on should disaster strike.

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GE and First Solar join forces to improve thin film cell technology

GE and First Solar have formed a technology partnership to improve PV thin-film solar cells and modules.

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Marubeni acquires 25 per cent of Mainstream Renewable Power

Global wind and solar developer Mainstream Renewable Power and Japanese trading company Marubeni Corporation have agreed a €100 million equity investment deal in which Marubeni gains an around 25 per cent holding in Mainstream.

310 Solar builds PV plant for Ted Turner

310 Solar Energy has installed a photovoltaic solar power plant at the Vermejo Park Ranch, a 590,823 acre ranch in northeastern New Mexico owned by media mogul, and renewable energy advocate, Ted Turner.

Gehrlicher Solar AG finds investor

Following its bankruptcy filing a few weeks ago, PV specialist Gehrlicher Solar AG could have a new investor.

19 per cent increase in UK renewable energy

Electricity generated from renewable sources in the UK in 2012 increased by 19 per cent on 2011, according to official figures published by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change.

PV market enjoys "warm summer"

The world solar PV market saw a pickup in June, enjoying a “warm summer of demand” according to Bloomberg’s Solar Shipment Index.