Photovoltaics (PV) News for September 2011

Photovoltaics (PV) News Archive

SoCore Energy installs Walgreens' 100th rooftop solar system

SoCore Energy has installed Walgreens' 100th rooftop solar power system at one of the drug store chain's outlets in Mason, Ohio, USA.

Suntech named Sustainability Champion by World Economic Forum

Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd has been recognised by the World Economic Forum as a New Sustainability Champion in WEF's report ‘Redefining the Future Growth: The New Sustainability Champions’.

DuPont Apollo and Loxley complete 8.7 MW solar thin-film farm in Thailand DuPont Apollo and Loxley complete 8.7 MW solar thin-film farm in Thailand

DuPont Apollo and Thailand's Loxley Plc have completed an 8.7 MW ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) thin-film farm in the Prachin Buri Province of Thailand.

IKEA turns on 538 kW solar PV system at Californian store

IKEA has officially plugged-in a 539 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system at its East Bay store in Emeryville, California, USA.

Isolux Corsán builds 15 MW solar PV in the UK

Isolux Corsán has built three solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Cornwall, UK, with a total installed capacity of 15 MWp representing a capex of €40 million.

Trina Solar's Trinamount launched in the UK

Trina Solar and Sundog Energy have launched Trina Solar's Trinamount solar photovoltaic (PV) mounting system.

ISOFOTON aims for 35% CPV solar module efficiency

ISOFOTON is involved in INNPACTO projects coordinated by ISFOC with the aim to improve solar concentrating photovoltaic (PV) module efficiency to 35%.

First Solar project misses DoE deadline

First Solar Inc's 550 MW Topaz Solar Farm project will not meet the deadline to receive a Federal loan guarantee from the US Department of Energy (DoE) – First Solar wishes to sell the project.

US solar PV grew 69% in Q2 2011

The US solar PV market grew 69% in the second quarter (Q2) this year over the same period last year with the installation of 314 MW.

Gehrlicher sells five solar parks to White Owl Capital Gehrlicher sells five solar parks to White Owl Capital

Gehrlicher Solar Italia Srl has sold five solar photovoltaic (PV) parks totalling 10.4 MWp to White Owl Capital AG.

First Solar thin-film modules to 2011 Solar Decathlon competition

A team of students from Ohio State University will use 8 kW of First Solar's thin-film solar modules to power their sustainable house in the 2011 US Department of Energy's (DoE) Solar Decathlon competition.

New webinar: What are the prospects for competing solar electric technologies?

Paula Mints of Navigant, Ammonix's Brian Robertson and SolarVision's Andy Skumanich took part in our latest webinar...

SolarBridge gets US$2.3m to develop solar microinverters

SolarBridge Technologies has been awarded a US$2.3 million grant under the US Department of Energy's (DoE) SunShot programme to develop low-cost solar photovoltaic (PV) microinverters.

Spain: 3.4m m2 of building integrated solar thermal by 2020

The Spanish Technical Building Code could lead to 3.4 million m2 of solar thermal systems by 2020 led by the residential market, according to the Spanish Institute for Diversification and Energy Saving (IDAE) and consultancy ECLAREON.

'Wireless' solar power

G24 Innovations (G24i) and Skyco Shading Systems Inc will install a wireless shade system powered by G25i's Gen-3 indoor solar technology in over 8000 windows for a global hotel chain.

Solar PV system costs significantly down in 2010 and 2011

The cost of installed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the USA fell “substantially” in 2010 and the first half of 2011, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Sungrow's solar PV inverter approved for Canadian market

Sungrow's solar photovoltaic (PV) grid-connected inverter, SG100KC, has received ETL certification for the Canadian solar market.

DuPont reduces silver content in solar PV

DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM) has introduced its Solamet PV51M solar photovoltaic (PV) metallisation paste for solar cell manufacturing, said to reduce the need for silver by up to 15%.

First Solar deliver 100 MW of thin-film modules to India

First Solar will deliver 100 MW of its thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to Reliance Power for a project near Mumbai, India.

Conergy discontinues solar wafer and cell manufacturing – lays off 100

Conergy will discontinue its wafer and solar cell manufacturing and lays off 100 permanent employees due to substantial price pressure and over-capacity in the solar photovoltaics (PV) market.

Phoenix Solar builds 227 kWp solar rooftop in Italy

Phoenix Solar has been commissioned to build a 227 kWp solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop installation in Italy as well as providing 3.7 MW of solar modules to various projects.

Baja Sun and Arima set up solar CPV company in Mexico

Baja Sun Energy SRL and Arima Solar are forming an integrated solar business in Mexico for the construction of concentrated solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

Boosting solar PV output for under US$0.01/W

SolOptics' FUSION solar photovoltaic (PV) enhancement technology using optical lenses on the surface of polymer or glass cover sheets could boost the output of solar PV modules for under US$0.01/W.

Solar PV microinverters and power optimisers up 500% in 2010 Solar PV microinverters and power optimisers up 500% in 2010

Shipments of solar photovoltaic (PV) microinverters and power optimisers soared over 500% in 2010, according to analyst IMS Research.

Konarka and ThyssenKrupp Steel cooperate on solar BIPV

Konarka Technologies Inc and the Color/Construction Unit of ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe will cooperate on developing steel roof and other construction elements for solar building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV).

Solar charged cars and bikes in Germany Solar charged cars and bikes in Germany

Kyocera Corporation has supplied solar modules for a carport roofing installation for charging electric cars and bikes in southern Germany.

Tenesol launches solar PV conversion and storage system Tenesol launches solar PV conversion and storage system

Tenesol has launched Sun Smart+, a solar photovoltaic (PV) energy conversion and storage solution.

Cheaper solar cells around the corner?

Using nanotubes, researchers at the University of Surrey, UK, may have found a route to increase the efficiency – and thereby reduce the cost of – solar photovoltaic (PV) cells.

All-quantum-dot tandem solar cells are feasible

Natcore Technology Inc has fabricated two families of multilayer quantum dot films for solar photovoltaic (PV) cells.

Yingli, EN and Amtech develop N-type solar cells

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company, the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and Amtech Systems Inc aim to increase solar photovoltaic (PV) cell and module output using metal wrap through technology.

DEGERenergie supplies 270 solar trackers to Sicily

DEGERenergie is supplying 270 of its DEGERtrackers 6000NT solar trackers for two solar plants in Enna, Sicily in Italy.

UK microgeneration spurred by feed-in tariff UK microgeneration spurred by feed-in tariff

Renewable energy microgeneration uptake in the UK is increasing with a 400% jump since the feed-in tariff was introduced in April 2010.

Titan supplies trackers for 2 MW solar CPV in Italy

Titan Tracker will supply its dual-axis trackers for 2 MW of solar concentrating photvoltaics (PV) in Italy developed by Limen SA.

DoE supports solar PV rooftops on military housing

The US Department of Energy has offered a conditional commitment for a partial guarantee of a US$344 million loan supporting a solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop project for military housing.

EU PVSEC: Bürkle introduces solar PV lamination system model EU PVSEC: Bürkle introduces solar PV lamination system model

The line manufacturer Bürkle is presenting its new SL technology for laminating solar photovoltaic (PV) modules at EU PVSEC in Hamburg, Germany.

SunPower's E20 solar PV panels boast 20% area efficiency

SunPower Corp's new SunPower E20 series of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels have total area efficiencies of 20% and over.

Portugal and New Jersey show favourable solar conditions

The relatively small solar markets, Portugal and New Jersey, USA, are showing favourable solar system returns despite other constraints, according to Lux Research.

EU PVSEC: Saint-Gobain launches solar PV membrane EU PVSEC: Saint-Gobain launches solar PV membrane

Saint-Gobain Solar is launching its SolarBond Membrane for solar photovoltaic (PV) panel lamination, said to enhance solar PV module manufacturing efficiency, at EU PVSEC in Hamburg, Germany.

EU PVSEC: Two new inkjet products for solar PV from Trident Solar

Trident Solar is announcing two inkjet product offerings for solar photovoltaic (PV) applications at EU PVSEC in Hamburg, Germany, this week.

EU PVSEC: Trina Solar introduces solar PV module and cell structure

Trina Solar has launched its latest solar photovoltaic (PV) crystalline module, the TSM-PC/PA05A, featuring a new cell structure at EU PVSEC in Hamburg, Germany.

Solar PV investment doubles to €70bn in 2015

Investment in solar photovoltaic (PV) technology could double from €35-40 billion in 2010 to over €70bn in 2015, according to the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).

EU PVSEC: Oerlikon wins Solar Industry Award three years in a row

Oerlikon Solar has won the Solar Industry Award in the category Thin Film Innovations for the third time at this year's EU PVSEC in Hamburg, Germany.

juwi solar PV system powers Namibian town

juwi Solar GmbH has installed a 200 kW off-grid hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) system in Tsumkwe in Northern Namibia.

EU PVSEC: Oerlikon Solar launches 154 Wp thin-film solar PV module

Oerlikon Solar has launched a 154 Wp solar photovoltaic (PV) thin-film module with "a record efficiency" of 10.8% at EU PVSEC 2011 in Hamburg, Germany.

NREL helps four solar start-ups to ramp up

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is helping four solar start-ups ramp up innovations through its Department of Energy (DoE) funded Incubator Program.

DoE awards US$145m for solar technologies

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced over US$145 million for advanced solar technologies to “help shape the next generation of solar energy technologies”.

SolarWorld closes California solar PV production

SolarWorld AG is closing down its solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing facilities in Camarillo (CA, USA), but says it will retain and strengthen its sales and distribution efforts there.

Solyndra shutdown no surprise – IMS Research

The bankruptcy announcement from Solyndra last week “should really come as no surprise”, says IMS Research.

CIGS drives indium use in solar PV

The growth of copper indium gallium selenide solar photovoltaics (PV) is driving increased use of indium in the solar PV industry according to analyst NanoMarkets.

DERlab partners develop international solar PV test standards

Research institutes from Europe and the USA have adopted a draft for an outdoor test standard for solar photovoltaic (PV) modules.

SCHOTT Solar boasts 18.2% aperture area efficiency

SCHOTT Solar has achieved a peak efficiency of 18.2% for its polycrystalline solar photovoltaic (PV) module.

Solyndra files for bankruptcy – lays off 1100

US solar photovoltaic (PV) copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) module manufacturer Solyndra is suspending all manufacturing operations and is laying off 1100 employees as it files for bankruptcy.

Siemens builds 15 solar PV projects in Italy and France

Siemens Energy will deliver 15 turnkey solar photovoltaic (PV) installations totalling 25 MWp in Italy and France.

Suntech launches HiPerforma solar PV line in Europe

Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd has launched the HiPerforma solar photovoltaic (PV) product line with the introduction of HiPerforma Pluto Pluto Vdm-295 and HiPerforma Wdm-245 in Europe.

Enphase solar microinverters outperform PVWatts predictions

Enphase Energy says solar photovoltaic (PV) installations using its microinverters outperform the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) PVWatts calculator predictions by 8% on average.

Payom Solar acquires AMSOLAR Corporation

Germany's Payom Solar AG has acquired US-based AMSOLAR Corporation and thereby officially entered the North American solar market.

China tops Q2 solar PV module suppliers China tops Q2 solar PV module suppliers

The top three suppliers of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules in the second quarter (Q2) of 2011 were Chinese, according to IMS Research.