Photovoltaics (PV) News for November 2011

Photovoltaics (PV) News Archive

SolarFuel builds pilot e-gas facility for Audi

SolarFuel GmbH will build a pilot e-gas facility for car maker Audi by 2013 – converting electricity surpluses from wind and solar installations into renewable methane.

Potentia and OZZ develop 30 MW of rooftop solar in Ontario

OZZ Solar and Potentia Solar Inc will co-develop and co-own 30 MW of solar power generation capacity in Ontario, Canada.

Solarhybrid and First Solar JV to take over Solar Millennium's US pipeline

Solarhybrid AG and First Solar may form a joint venture (JV) to take over Solar Millennium AG's US solar project pipeline, including the 1 GW Blythe project.

Coloured and transparent solutions for solar BIPV

Sunways AG has presented coloured and transparent solar cells for building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) at the international Bauhaus.SOLAR congress in Erfurt, Germany.

Plans for 1 GW solar PV project in Serbia

Securum Equity Partners is planning a 1 GW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Serbia using its NEPER Fund with support from Amicorp Fund Services.

Solar Frontier and Mainstream cooperate on 5 MW of solar

Solar Frontier and Mainstream Energy have signed a distribution agreement to sell and install 5 MW of Solar Frontier's CIS solar modules in the US.

Phoenix Solar and Silicon Ranch develop solar PV in TN

Phoenix Solar Inc and Silicon Ranch Corporation have formed a strategic alliance to develop, finance and construct solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in Tennessee and the South-east USA.

JinkoSolar powers 14 MW of solar PV installations in the UK

JinkoSolar Holding Co Ltd is supplying its solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for AEE Renewables Plc and EPC Graäss Solartechnik's three solar projects across the UK totalling 14 MW.

First Solar on the patent throne for solar PV

First Solar's patenting activities have largely outstripped that of its key competitors in Europe and China, according to analyst CambridgeIP.

3U builds 10 MW of solar in Lower Saxony, Germany

3U HOLDING AG is constructing its first solar park, a 10 MW solar power facility in Adelebsen, Lower Saxony, Germany.

TIME Magazine Best Invention distinction to Ascent's flexible solar panels

Ascent Solar Technologies Inc's flexible CIGS thin-film solar panels have been named one of TIME’s 50 Best Inventions of 2011.

The 32 MW Long Island Solar Farm has been commissioned

The 32 MW Long Island Solar Farm hosted at the US Department of Energy's (DoE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been switched on.

Ecotricity cancels solar farm on UK feed-in tariff cuts

Ecotricity has cancelled plans for a solar photovoltaic (PV) farm in Somerset, UK, due to the cuts in the UK feed-in tariff.

Solar roof system gets UK MCS certification Solar roof system gets UK MCS certification

SOLARWATT’s in-roof solar photovoltaic (PV) system, Easy-In, has been awarded Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certification for the British market.

Global solar PV to reach 24 GW in 2011 Global solar PV to reach 24 GW in 2011

Global solar photovoltaic (PV) installations could reach 24 GW in 2011, according to IMS Research.

Amonix solar CPV facilities achieve LEED Gold Certification

Amonix Inc's solar concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) facilities in California and Nevada have won gold-level certification for their low environmental impact construction, and high energy and water efficiency from the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) programme.

Manz plans to buy Würth Solar's CIGS module line

Manz AG has signed a letter of intent to acquire the innovation line for CIGS solar modules from Würth Solar, integrating the production site and 118 Würth Solar employees into the group.

Isle of Wight aims for net energy exports by 2020 in EcoIsland sustainability project

The Isle of Wight – a peaceful, modest-sized island off the English south coast – plans to become a net energy exporter of energy by 2020, while halving residents’ energy bills, eliminating waste going to landfill, and creating a significant number of green technology jobs. The EcoIsland initiative is the largest single sustainability project in the UK.

TSMC leads solar CIGS model efficiency ranking

TSMC' TS-150 CIGS solar photovoltaic (PV) module leads Solarplaza's most recent top 10 ranking for solar PV modules with an efficiency of 13.8%.

Updated: Is Sharp Solar reviewing its UK presence?

Sharp Solar could be reviewing its presence in the UK following the announcement of further cuts to the UK feed-in tariff, media say.

Duke Energy acquires three 1 MW solar farms in NC, USA

Duke Energy Renewables has acquired three 1 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in south western North Carolina from ESA Renewables LLC.

US Marine Corps installs 1.5 MW solar PV

Baker Electric Solar and Blue Oak Energy has installed 1.5 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) parking shades a Bachelor Enlisted Quarters complex at the US. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, CA, USA.

LDK Solar reduces Q3 revenue forecast by a quarter

LDK Solar has reduced its third quarter (Q3) revenues forecast by about a quarter to US$460-470 million, as the company is hit by rapidly declining prices for solar wafers and modules.

Soitec gets PPA approval for 155 MW of solar in California

Soitec Solar Development LLC has received the approval of five of its solar power purchase agreements (PPA) with San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

Solar PV manufacturing equipment revenues to halve in 2012

The solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing equipment market could more than halve in 2012, according IMS Research.

Theodor Scheidegger becomes CEO of Siemens' Solar & Hydro Division

Theodor Scheidegger is becoming the new CEO of the Solar & Hydro Division of Siemens Energy.

California on track to 3 GW of solar by 2016

Environment California Research & Policy Center says California’s 'Million Solar Roofs Initiative' is on track to meet its goal of installing 3 GW of solar capacity by 2016.

SolarWorld testifies against China's aggressive solar exports

SolarWorld Industries America Inc has testified before the International Trade Commission (ITC), saying Chinese manufacturers are flooding the US market with solar products backed by large government subsidies.

Facebook adopts hybrid solar technology

Cogenra Solar will install a solar cogeneration system at Facebook’s new Menlo Park campus, producing hot water and electricity.

Wind, solar and diesel power package for offshore wind measurement Wind, solar and diesel power package for offshore wind measurement

UK small wind turbine manufacturer Ampair has designed a wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and diesel powered range, the containerPod™, for providing platform power for the offshore wind measurement sector.

UK solar installation rates to fall 'drastically'

The UK's Renewable Energy Association (REA) says the latest fast-track review of solar feed-in tariffs in the UK could have been avoided had the industry been listened to.

Obama affirms concern about China’s renewable energy trade

In response to SolarWorld and a coalition of US domestic solar manufacturers' complaint against China, President Barack Obama cites “questionable competitive practices coming out of China” and says his Administration has aggressively countered “these kinds of dumping activities.”

India’s solar market to reach 9 GW by 2016

India could see over 9 GW of solar installed between 2011 and 2016, according to the report The India Solar Market: Strategy, Players, and Opportunities from GTM Research and BRIDGE TO INDIA.

Solar PV capacity expansion slows to 10% in 2012 Solar PV capacity expansion slows to 10% in 2012

The expansion of solar photovoltaic (PV) module, cell and wafer manufacturing capacity will slow dramatically throughout the rest of 2011 and the first half of 2012, according to IMS Research.

Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association appoints first chairman

The newly established Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA) has appointed Suntech Power's CEO and Founder, Dr Zhengrong Shi, as its first Chief Chairman.

Germany reduces solar PV feed-in tariff by 15%

The German Bundesnetzagentur has set the 2012 feed-in tariff for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, which see rates drop by 15%.

USA: 9 out of 10 support solar

A poll reveals that Americans support the use and development of solar power as well as Federal investments in solar technology.

20.8 MWp CIGS thin-film solar plant built in Germany

Q-Cells SE has sold approximately 200,000 Q.SMART CIGS thin-film solar modules to the solar company GP Joule for the 20.8 MW CIGS thin-film Solarpark Ammerland in Germany.

China hits back at solar dumping accusation

China hits back at the accusations brought forward by some US solar manufacturers that Chinese manufacturers are selling illegally subsidised solar products in the US.

UK launches consultation on solar PV feed-in tariff cuts

A consultation paper on the further proposed cuts to the UK feed-in tariffs for solar photovoltaics (PV) has been published by Minister of State Gregory Barker at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).