Photovoltaics (PV) News for September 2012

Photovoltaics (PV) News Archive

New Blog: Water use in electricity generation: the sobering facts that make a case for wind and solar power

Did you know it takes 100,000 gallons of water to produce a single megawatt hour of electricity?

Kyocera deploys renewable energy technology in support of international smart-grid

Kyocera is one of several organisations participating in the development of an international smart-grid demonstration project in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

Solar power project for UK waste treatment plant completed - 70% electricity supply from the sun Solar power project for UK waste treatment plant completed - 70% electricity supply from the sun

Lightsource Renewable Energy Ltd and Solarcentury have completed a 5MW solar project in Cambridgeshire which will supply electricity direct to a waste treatment plant.

CERES and PVC Recycling to offer module recycling in Europe and North America

The move comes as module manufacturers look to co-ordinate recycling across both continents...

Areva and Sandia collaborate to cut energy storage costs for concentrated solar power

Areva Solar is collaborating with Sandia National Laboratories on a concentrated solar power (CSP) installation with integrated thermal energy storage.

Japan becomes third largest solar power market

In 2011, Japan accounted for 7% of total installed PV capacity, according to a new research report.

Suntech slashes solar cell production in China

The company says that after closing some of its solar cell production lines in China, its operational solar cell capacity will be temporarily reduced to 1.8GW, affecting some 1,500 jobs.

Trina Solar to cut headcount, streamline operations

The company says it is optimising its business operations in the face of an increasingly competitive landscape.

Report: Cash incentives better than federal tax credits for US renewable energy

Replacing federal tax credits with cash incentives for renewable energy could deliver big savings for taxpayers, according to a new report.

Dow launches new range of polyolefin-based products

The technology sees the use of encapsulant films, which Dow says will increase solar panel efficiency.

Vela Solaris launches online version of its simulation software

The company’s Polysun software can simulate solar PV, solar thermal and heat pump systems, and can also simulate hybrid systems such as PV with heat pumps.

SolarVision completes $18mn NMTC solar power deal

SolarVision LLC has successfully completed an $18mn transaction using new market tax credits (NMTC) in order to fund a 5MW solar power system in Celina, Ohio.

Swiss first for Trina as it completes rooftop PV array

Trina Solar has completed the installation of a large PV array on the roof of the Sagewerke Christen AG production and storage complex in Luthern near Lucerne, Switzerland.

Huge solar array installed on Minnesota store

Ikea has installed the array - which covers 142,000 square feet of rooftop and consists of 4,316 panels - at its Twin Cities store in Bloomington, Minnesota. The company estimates that the panels will generate around 1.1 million kWh of electricity per year.

Mainstream Renewable Power ramps up after securing €60mn corporate finance deal

As it builds up for rapid expansion, Global renewable energy company Mainstream Renewable Power has signed an agreement for €60mn in corporate funds to be provided by Macquarie Group.

JinkoSolar PV testing lab secures CNAS accreditation

JinkoSolar’s PV testing facility has been accredited by the China National Accreditation Service (CNAS) for its quality controls, the firm recently announced.

Blog: an introduction from our new Managing Editor Gail Rajgor...

When David passed on the editorial metaphorical torch to me for Renewable Energy Focus, I knew it was going to be a whirlwind first month or two...

Stop Press: Our newsletter is back up and running...

Renewable Energy Focus' e-newsletter service returns after an unscheduled break...

Canadian Solar supplies 8MW for utility and commercial PV projects in US

Canadian Solar has supplied more than 8MW of solar modules to groSolar for three utility and commercial photovoltaic projects in the United States.

Strategic relationship provides financing solution for Panasonic solar power projects

Panasonic is establishing a strategic relationship with Coronal Management, LLC in connection with the formation of a new solar company.

JinkoSolar wins 30MW solar contract with China Guangdong Nuclear

JinkoSolar is to supply 30MW of solar modules for a PV power plant project in Hami City, Xinjiang Province.

Suntech launches 300W solar module for American market

Suntech Power Holdings Co has produced a 300 watt solar module designed for commercial and utility scale projects in both North and South America.