Photovoltaics (PV) News for November 2012

Photovoltaics (PV) News Archive

Tokyo Electron buys Oerlikon Solar

Solar PV component manufacturer Tokyo Electron (TEL) has completed its acquisition of Oerlikon Group’s solar arm, buying Oerlikon Solar for 250 million Swiss francs (US$268 million), Oerlikon announces.

Envision Solar unveils fast-deployment Solar Tree design

Californian solar product company Envision Solar has unveiled a new improvement to its Solar Tree Array design - a pre-engineered purlin structure that will allow the Solar Trees to be deployed much more quickly.

Tough times, tough actions - time for a greentech patent amnesty?

Guest Blog by Barry Johnston

BioTherm Energy steams ahead with South African wind and solar projects

Johannesburg-based BioTherm Energy has agreed financing terms for one wind and two solar PV projects in South Africa.

Surge in solar energy news from South Africa – Top 5 solar power project announcements this month (so far)

The solar power market in South Africa has ramped up a gear, with a stream of project news emanating from the country in recent days.

IMS Research: CPV advances set to "ignite market development"

On-going, significant technological advances from companies such as Solar Junction and Amonix will help drive concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) installations to almost 1.2 GW by 2016, reports IMS.

Canadian Solar supplies modules for Turkey's largest commercial PV project

The 540 kW solar power plant at Izmir Airport, installed by Gehrlicher Merk Solar, is the first PV project under the new Turkish 500 kW law

SolarReserve consortium completes $586mn financing for South African solar PV power projects

Joint venture's two 75-megawatt solar photovoltaic projects will spur economic development, create jobs and contribute to South Africa's renewable energy goals

AES Solar completes $752mn debt financing and kicks off construction on 266MW utility-scale solar project in US

The company's global solar PV portfolio now totals more than 500MW in operation or construction in seven countries.

Private equity firm Conduit enters solar power market with stake in Peruvian projects

The investment in the 40MW of solar power capacity is expected to be its first portfolio investment in Latin Power IV.

Renewable energy to become world's second-largest power generation source by 2015, says IEA

The global energy map is changing “in dramatic fashion”, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said today, as it launched the 2012 edition of its World Energy Outlook.

US set to overtake Germany for utility-scale solar power next year

With more than 1GW installed capacity of large scale solar farms, the US has surpassed Spain to become the second largest market behind Germany, according to the latest data from sector specialists Wiki-Solar.

Guest Blog: Global Energy Access by 2030?

By Mathias Aarre Maehlum,

Case study: Solar social enterprise in the UK sees positive growth Case study: Solar social enterprise in the UK sees positive growth

A green energy firm based in the Midlands in the UK is bucking the economic trend as the number of property owners looking to generate green energy increases.

Guest Blog: Setting the stage for GreenBuild 2012

With the industry in a state-of-flux, Comly Wilson from CleanEdison suggests a visit to GreenBuild 2012 is more worthwhile than ever

DNV unveils its SUNdy floating solar field concept

SUNdy - with a hexagonal array that floats on the sea surface - was officially launched during the Singapore International Energy Week.

Siemens to drop PV but keep wind and hydro

The company says it is holding talks with various parties interested in buying Siemens solar PV assets, but will continue to offer products for solar thermal and PV power plants.