Photovoltaics (PV) News for October 2011

Photovoltaics (PV) News Archive

Siemens commissions Les Mées solar PV farm in France

Siemens Energy has commissioned the 31 MW Les Mées solar photovoltaic (PV) farm in the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in the south of France for Eco Delta Développement (EDD).

3TIER has helped solar developers secure US$4.1bn

3TIER has helped utility-scale solar energy developers secure over US$4.1 billion in public and private project financing and loan guarantees by reducing investment risk.

First 1000 tonnes of end-of-life solar PV modules collected for recycling

PV CYCLE has reached its first 1020 tonnes of end-of-life solar photovoltaic (PV) modules collected for recycling since the programme became operational in June 2010.

Solar PV equipment suppliers must adjust strategies after US$6bn overspend Solar PV equipment suppliers must adjust strategies after US$6bn overspend

Global solar photovoltaic (PV) equipment spending, including c-Si ingot-to-module and thin-film panel, is now projected to fall by more than 45% in 2012, down from the historic peak of US$13.1 billion this year, according to Solarbuzz.

SunPower's solar CPV C7 Tracker lowers LCOE by 20% SunPower's solar CPV C7 Tracker lowers LCOE by 20%

SunPower Corp has launched the SunPower™ C7 Tracker for concentrating photovoltaics (CPV) solar systems said to lower the levelised cost of energy (LCOE) by up to 20% compared to competing technologies.

Santerno provides solar inverters for Renault’s French manufacturing plants

Italian solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter company, Santerno, will deliver 84 of its Sunway™ TG730 inverters to be installed on the five French factories for Renault.

Sungevity and Rabobank establish US residential solar fund

Sungevity Inc and Rabobank have established a residential solar fund that could support over US$50 million of new US residential solar lease projects.

Hawaii PUC approves contract for 5 MW solar farm in Kalaeloa

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved a contract between SunPower Corp and Hawaiian Electric Company for the output of a 5 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) farm planned for Kalaeloa in West Oahu, Hawaii.

US solar firms accuses China of dumping solar modules in the US

SolarWorld Industries America Inc, along with six other solar manufacturers, have filed cases with the US Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission accusing Chinese solar cell and module manufacturers of illegal dumping in the US market.

American Electric Technologies introduces news solar inverters

American Electric Technologies Inc. (AETI) is introducing two 1000 V Integrated Solar Inversion Station (ISIS™) solar inverter modules.

Spire delivers 25 MW solar PV module assembly line to India

Spire Corporation is providing a 25 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) module assembly line to Sonali Energees Pvt Ltd in Gujarat, India.

SOLARWATT AG enters Danish solar PV market

Germany's SOLARWATT AG has expanded its solar photovoltaic (PV) distribution network to include Solarglas A/S in Aarhus, Denmark.

Conergy launches solar systems planning tool

Conergy has launched a solar system planning tool, the ‘Conergizer’ in the UK to helps users work out the best solar solution for any roof.

ESA Renewables completes 999 kW solar farm in North Carolina

ESA Renewables has completed a 999 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system in Murphy, North Carolina.

SANJOSE to build €19m solar PV farm in Spain

SANJOSE has been awarded an EPC contract for a €19 million, 9 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) farm in Spain to be executed this year.

Solar employment soars as US economy lags

Employment figures for the US solar industry is soaring despite a lagging economy, according to the Solar Foundation's National Solar Job Census 2011: A Review of the US Solar Workforce.

Renault installs 60 MW of solar in France

French car manufacturer Renault pans to install 60 MW of solar power at five of its factories and two other work sites in France.

First Solar and Solar Chile to develop solar in Chile

Fundación Chile subsidiary Solar Chile and First Solar have entered a strategic alliance to co-develop solar projects in Chile.

Solar PV component profits down 70% in Q4’11 Solar PV component profits down 70% in Q4’11

Solar photovoltaic (PV) component profits are set to fall by 70% year-on-year in Q4’11 according to IMS Research.

Suntech celebrates 10 years and 5 GW milestone

Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd is celebrating its 10th anniversary and 5 GW of Suntech solar panels installed by customers and partners worldwide.

eIQ Energy DC parallel system at 1.2 MW solar PV installation

eIQ Energy has supplied its vBoost DC Parallel System for the 1.2 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) system at Granite Construction Inc's aggregate and hot mix facility in Coalinga, California, USA.

GE plans large solar panel factory in Colorado, USA

GE is planning to build a solar photovoltaic (PV) panel factory in Aurora, Colorado, USA, starting production in 2012.

South Korea provides loan for solar PV in Mozambique

South Korea will provide two loans totalling US$60 million to Mozambique for the construction of three solar photovoltaic (PV) power stations and to finance an emergency information management system.

US invests US$250m in 51 solar projects in Thailand

The US Government's development finance institution, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), has approved US$250 million in financing to develop 51 solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in Thailand.

Substantial variability in US solar performance

An anomaly study from 3TIER shows how solar irradiance in the USA varied from its long-term norm this summer.

37,000 US jobs predicted from Treasury 1603 extension

An extension of the 1603 Treasury Program could result in more than 37,000 jobs in the USA next year driven by solar market growth, according to an EuPD Research.

Solar Millennium sells off 2.25 GW CSP – projects converted to PV

Solar Millenium AG is selling off its 2.25 GW concentrating solar power (CSP) portfolio in the American Southwest to solarhybrid AG, which will build solar photovoltaic (PV) plants at the sites.

Saudi Arabia inaugurates 500 kW solar PV plant

Saudi Arabia has inaugurated a 500 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Farasan.

Canadian Solar supplies 15 MW of modules of Isolux' UK projects

Canadian Solar Inc has provided 22,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) modules totalling 15 MW for Isolux Corsan's three solar PV plants in the UK.

AES constructs 24 MW solar PV in Puerto Rico

AES Solar has closed the financing and started construction of a 24 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Guayama, Puerto Rico.

Taiwan inaugurates its “largest” solar plant

Taiwan has started operations at what could be its largest solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the southern city of Kaohsiung.

Desert Sunlight gets DoE loan guarantee

The 550 MW Desert Sunlight Project in California, USA, has received US$1.46 billion in partial loan guarantees from the US Department of Energy (DoE).

AV Solar Ranch 1 gets US$646m DoE loan guarantee

The 230 MW Antelope Valley Solar Ranch 1 has received a US$646 million loan guarantee from the US Department of Energy (DoE).

Sanyo labelled with “Top Brand PV” by EuPD Research

EuPD Research is awarding Sanyo the seal “Top Brand PV” as the solar company achieves higher than average evaluations in the category 'quality'.

Wind and solar hybrid systems Wind and solar hybrid systems

Southwest Windpower Inc and Advanced Technology & Research Corp (ATR) are joining forces to design and manufacture wind and solar hybrid systems.

Heliocentris wins energy lab order in Qatar, expands Middle East presence

Heliocentris Energy Solutions has won an order from Qatar University, to supply a complete teaching laboratory for energy generation, storage, and management. The German-based company is also opening an office in Dubai, to boost its presence in the Middle East.

REC closes down Norwegian solar wafer production

Norway's Renewable Energy Corporation ASA (REC) is assessing a permanent closedown of 45% of its solar wafer production capacity in Norway due to weak market conditions – 700 jobs could go.

Ohio lends US$15m for ISOFOTON’s solar panel plant

The State of Ohio is providing three loans totalling US$15 million to ISOFOTON North America to develop a solar photovoltaic (PV) panel manufacturing plant in Napoleon, Ohio, USA.

SolarWorld constructs silicon factory in Qatar

SolarWorld AG will, together with partners, invest a total of US$1 billion produce up to 8000 tonnes of silicon suitable for solar wafers annually in Qatar.

PG&E dedicates three Californian solar PV plants

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has dedicated three solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants totalling 50 MW in Fresno County, California, USA.

Construction starts on 16.1 MW solar PV in Maryland

Constellation Energy has started construction on a 16.1 MW DC grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) installation in Emmitsburg, Maryland, USA.

ABB opens solar inverters and engineering centre in Estonia

ABB has opened its first production line for solar string inverters and an engineering centre in Jüri, Estonia.

New Energy Capital invests US$12m in solar installer FLS

The New Energy Capital Cleantech Infrastructure Fund has invested US$12 million in commercial solar hot water system installer and solar photovoltaic (PV) integrator, FLS Energy Inc.

New WEBINAR recording available

Renewable Energy Focus' latest webinar on the development of solar electric technologies is now available online...

Innotech Solar commissions factory in Germany

Norway's Innotech Solar ASA has commissioned a solar factory in Halle/Saale, Germany, for testing and optimising solar photovoltaic (PV) cells.

ReneSola modules power German solar PV plant

ReneSola Ltd has provided 27.5 MW of its Multi and Virtus solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for Enerparc's solar power plant in Gahro, Germany.

Suntech delivers 35 MW of solar panels to Californian projects

Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd has supplied a total of 35 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels for two solar power plants in central California built by Cupertino Electric Inc.

California Valley Solar Ranch acquisition complete

NRG Energy Inc has completed the acquisition of the 250 MW California Valley Solar Ranch (CVSR) project from SunPower Corp.

Solar PV shifts from incentives to end user opportunities

The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry has to focus on reducing module prices as customers are expecting to pay less for solar energy, according to SolarPlaza.