Photovoltaics (PV) News for January 2010

Photovoltaics (PV) News Archive

Trina Solar delivers 40 MW PV to ITEC

Trina Solar Ltd will deliver 40 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to ITEC Solar GmbH of Germany in 2010.

Suntech plans solar factory in USA

Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd will build its first US solar module manufacturing plant in Goodyear, Arizona, USA

Solar brings jobs to Arizona

As solar companies set up manufacturing facilities in Arizona, Clean Energy Pioneers says there are now job and revenue opportunities in the Arizonan solar industry.

AEG enters North American solar market

AEG Power Solutions is entering the North American solar power market with solar turnkey solutions and power controllers systems.

Trina Solar sets up solar PV research lab

Trina Solar Ltd will establish a State Key Laboratory to develop solar photovoltaic (PV) in Changzhou, China.

New York state calls for 100 MW of solar electric

The governor of New York has requested 100 MW of solar electric capacity for the state, increasing current solar levels by 500%.

Most UK homeowners would adopt microgeneration

Most homeowners in Britain would install on-site microgeneration technology that uses renewable energy if the financial incentives were greater, according to a survey.

Intel plans 8 solar electric facilities

Intel Corp says new contracts are in place to incorporate 2.5 MW of solar electric projects at corporate locations in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Oregon, USA.

Duke Energy adds solar power

Duke Energy will add solar power to its commercial renewable energy portfolio through the acquisition of a solar electric facility under development in San Antonio, Texas.

Ten US companies purchase 7.3 TWh green power a year

The 1200 partners in the Green Power Partnership purchase 18 TWh of green power annually.

US electricity from wind energy exceeds share from petroleum or biomass

Wind energy generated 55.4 TWh of electricity in 2008, an increase of 60.7% from the 34.5 TWh in 2007, according to federal data.

PV Powered delivers solar inverters for Portland Water Bureau PV Powered delivers solar inverters for Portland Water Bureau

PV Powered Inc’s commercial solar inverters will be used for Portland Water Bureau’s US$2.2 million solar installation near the Portland Airport, Oregon, USA.

Trina Solar ships solar PV modules to Australia

Trina Solar Ltd has made initial shipments to RF Industries Pty Ltd (RFI), an Australian renewable energy distributor in conjunction with the national distribution agreement to supply up to 10 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules in 2010.

Centrosolar installs thin-film solar rooftop pilot system Centrosolar installs thin-film solar rooftop pilot system

Solar module manufacturer Centrosolar has installed a 63.36 kWp thin-film solar rooftop pilot system, using its new thin-film photovoltaic (PV) module TF Multi Professional.

In-line process control and optimisation tool for thin-film solar cell manufacturing In-line process control and optimisation tool for thin-film solar cell manufacturing

BrightView Systems of Israel has launched its InSight M Series, an in-line process control and optimisation tool developed specifically for thin-film solar cell manufacturing.

EarthSpark brings solar lighting for Haiti earthquake victims

EarthSpark International, a US-based non-profit operating in Haiti, is raising money to send solar lamps to the country to assist in disaster relief efforts after the earthquakes.

German solar feed-in tariff to sink another 15%

The German Minister for the Environment, Norbert Röttgen (CDU) says the feed-in tariff for solar electricity will be reduced – against the warnings from the industry – by a further 15%.

Conergy Korea disassociates from Conergy and becomes OSolar

Conergy Korea is changing its name to OSolar, and separates from Conergy of Germany, becoming a solar photovoltaic (PV) company in its own right.

US government funds US$20.5m for community renewable energy deployment

Five projects in the USA will receive US$20.5 million from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act to support deployment of community-based renewable energy projects in wind energy, solar electric and biomass installations.

Korean companies invest C$7bn into renewable energy in Canada

A consortium of Korean companies will invest C$7 billion to generate 2500 MW of wind energy and solar power in the province of Ontario, in a move that will create renewable energy 16,000 jobs.

DoE: up to US$12m for early stage solar

The US Department of Energy (DoE) will, through its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), invest up to US$12 million in four companies to support the development of early stage solar energy technologies and help them advance to full commercial scale.

First Solar to deliver 22 MW of utility scale solar PV for New Mexico

First Solar will construct a 22 MW utility scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in New Mexico for PNM, New Mexico's largest electric utility.

Retail giant completes major solar electric installation

Walmart has completed its largest solar power project at its Apple Valley distribution centre in southern California.

Oerlikon Solar on track to reduce cost by another 30% in 2010

Thin-film silicon technology provider Oerlikon Solar says that with its Micromorph® factories, the company plans to reach production costs at grid parity by the end of this year making solar energy cost equal to fossil fuel-generated energy in many locations.

SolarWorld donates solar panels to pump water in Haiti following earthquakes

SolarWorld is donating solar modules to power 10 pump stations to provide clean water for up to 175,000 earthquake survivors in Haiti.

Toyota wins Zayed Future Energy Prize 2010 Toyota wins Zayed Future Energy Prize 2010

Toyota Motor Corporation has been awarded the 2010 Zayed Future Energy Prize for its third-generation Toyota Prius, the world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle.

DuPont completes US$295m solar PV expansion

DuPont has invested US$175 million to complete the multi-phase expansion of its high-performance DuPont™ Tedlar® PV2001 series oriented film production line for solar photovoltaics (PV).

Solar PV module shipments up 25% in 2009

The solar photovoltaic (PV) market – in terms of shipments of solar PV modules and inverters grew 25% in 2009 according to recently released analysis from IMS Research.

Spanish solar firm to build large solar electric plant in Italy

Siliken will build one of the largest solar electric photovoltaic (PV) facilities in Italy, with the turnkey installation to be completed by this June.

SolarWorld has issued a €400m bond

SolarWorld AG has successfully issued a bond with a volume of €400 million to strengthen its financial flexibility for continued international growth.

First Solar acquires solar pipeline from Edison Mission Group

First Solar Inc has acquired a portion of Edison Mission Group's (EMG) solar project development pipeline. The utility-scale solar projects are located in California and the Southwest USA.

Enecsys gets £2.5m from Good Energies for solar micro-inverter

Enecsys Ltd, a manufacturer of solar photovoltaic (PV) micro-inverters, has received investment of £2.5 million (US$4.2m) from Good Energies, a global investor in renewable energy and energy efficiency industries.

PV Powered delivers solar inverters to California PV Powered delivers solar inverters to California

PV Powered Inc will deliver its commercial solar inverters to SPG Solar Inc of Novato, California, USA, for two large-scale installations in California.

Tomark and Hanita cooperate on solar PV backsheet products

Hanita Coatings, an Israeli manufacturer of solar control films, and Tomark Industries, specialists in the field of solar photovoltaics (PV), are launching a mutual cooperation programme.

Q-Cells International Canada to deliver 20 MW of solar PV to Ontario

Q-Cells International Canada, an affiliate of Q-Cells SE, will deliver two 10 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.

USA: US$2.3bn in clean energy manufacturing tax credits

The US$2.3 billion in tax credits for clean energy manufacturing is being allocated on a competitive basis.

Solar airplane to be discussed at World Future Energy Summit

A project to fly around the world in a solar airplane, will be presented by Bertrand Piccard, President of Solar Impulse, at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, 18-21 January, 2010.

Sharp and partners set up thin-film and solar PV generation JV

Sharp Corporation, Enel Green Power (EGP), and ST Microelectronics (STM) have signed a joint venture (JV) agreement for the production of thin-film solar cells, and Sharp and EGP have signed a JV agreement for independent power producer business (IPP).

Nine EU Governments take first steps towards a Northern European Supergrid.

The siging of a political declaration in early December last year will see the countries cooperate on the development of a North Sea supergrid joining up clean energy projects scattered in and around the North Sea.

US laboratory examines break-even cost for residential photovoltaic in the USA

The key drivers for solar electric systems to break even in the United States are non-technical, according to a report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

California processing 244 proposals for renewable energy facilities

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says the projects represent 70,000 MW of capacity that will help the state meet its 2020 goal of one-third of power from renewables.

US shipment of solar modules jumps 13-fold in less than a decade

The shipment of solar electric cells and modules in the United States is close to one million peak kilowatts, compared with 77,000 kW in 1999.