Solar electricity News for September 2013

Solar electricity News Archive

World’s largest solar thermal plant on line World’s largest solar thermal plant on line

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, the world’s largest solar thermal plant, has produced its first output of energy with its Unit 1 station synchronized to the power grid for the first time.

Commercial energy storage set to rise to 2.3 GW in 2017 Commercial energy storage set to rise to 2.3 GW in 2017

Global installations of photovoltaic (PV) storage systems for commercial use, currently the smallest part of the global solar energy storage business, are projected to expand by a factor of 700 in the coming years and become the largest market segment in 2017, from only 3.2 MW in 2012.

Latest White Paper Download: Using LEAN techniques to cut VOC emissions

This white paper from Kimberly-Clark looks at how organisations can adopt ‘Lean’ systems to get to grips with the problem of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions reduction.

Siemens sells CSP assets

Abengoa has bought Siemens' concentrated solar power (CSP) assets through its subsidiary Rioglass Solar.

Soitec solar-energy module efficiency “highest of any commercial module”

Soitec says that its new concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) module has a record power-generating efficiency of 31.8%, the highest efficiency of any commercial product available for multi-megawatt installations.

Biggest solar park built in the Caribbean Biggest solar park built in the Caribbean

WIRSOL has begun construction of the biggest solar park of the Caribbean, in the Dominican Monte Plata province.

First Solar/Belectric JV

First Solar Inc and Belectric Holding GmbH have formed a joint venture (JV) to develop photovoltaic (PV) power projects independently acquired or developed by either of the two companies in Europe, North Africa and the United States.

EU boost for North Pacific renewables EU boost for North Pacific renewables

The North Pacific Renewable Energy Efficiency Project (North-REP) has been boosted by an investment of almost €2 million from an EU agency.

New faces at Renewable Energy Focus

We welcome Reginald Tucker and Amanda Jacob to the editorial team...

Inverter shipments fall for the first time since 2011

Worldwide market shipments of solar photovoltaic (PV) inverters declined by 5 per cent year-on-year in the Q2 2013, the first such decrease since Q3 2011.

SunEdison separates semiconductor business

SunEdison Inc has approved initial public offering of its semiconductor business to create SunEdison Semiconductor Inc.

US Army awards solar contracts

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has awarded Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOC) to a group of 22 qualified solar technology contractors.

M+W Americas acquires Gehrlicher

M+W Americas (M+W), a company of M+W Group, acquired 100% ownership of Gehrlicher Solar America Corporation.

Bechtel completes utility-scale PV project

Bechtel has completed construction of the Catalina solar photovoltaic generating facility, a 110 MW alternating-current solar plant located in Southern California's Kern County.

Solar capital spending on the rebound

Growing demand in developing regions will create the first increase in industry-wide capital spending in three years in 2014, according to a new report.