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  • Namibia in line for first large-scale PV power plant
    Nov 19, 2014 - Ben Willis -

    Namibia in southern Africa is expected to see its first large-scale PV plant come online early next year following a ground-breaking ceremony last week.

  • India commercial rooftops ‘to reach grid parity next year’
    Nov 11, 2014 - Lucy Woods -

    The chief technology officer of Indian manufacturer and installer, Tata Power Solar, has said commercial rooftop solar will reach grid parity before any other solar segment in India, and will be the cheapest form of energy for customers by 2024.

  • EU sets 2030 renewable energy target of 27%
    Oct 24, 2014 - Peter Bennett -

    The European Council has reached an agreement over the 2030 climate and energy policy framework.

  • US Energy Secretary Tours 6.4-MW Rooftop Solar Array in Las Vegas
    Oct 22, 2014 - Jennifer Runyon -

    LAS VEGAS -- With more than 20,000 panels, one of the largest rooftop solar arrays in the U.S. is about to be commissioned on top of the Mandalay Bay Convention center in Las Vegas, Nevada. A 6.4-MW solar array, which uses SMA inverters and panels from Hanwha Q CELLS and JA Solar, covers the 20 acres of roofs on the convention center and its neighboring buildings.

  • SolarCity to supply Walmart with PV facilities across US
    Oct 20, 2014 - Conor Ryan -

    SolarCity has agreed to a deal with retailer Walmart that will see the clean energy provider install PV projects at stores across 36 states over the next four years.

  • Chile will lead Latin America in renewable energy, says president
    Oct 20, 2014 - Monique Avila -

    The president of the Republic of Chile, Michelle Bachelet said the country will aim to become a leader in renewable energy.

  • Former Desertec members 'continue to back desert-based solar'
    Oct 16, 2014 - Monique Avila -

    Two of the former shareholders in the Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) have said they will continue to invest in the region despite leaving the project.

  • Solar to beat wind to wholesale grid parity in Europe - report
    Oct 7, 2014 - Andy Colthorpe -

    Solar PV will narrowly beat onshore wind to wholesale grid parity in Europe, according to a new report.

  • BNEF: China dominated US$55 billion of global clean energy investment in Q3
    Oct 8, 2014 - Andy Colthorpe -

    Driven to a greater extent by a “solar boom,” China contributed US$19.9 billion to a global total of US$55 billion invested in clean energy in the third quarter of this year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

  • IEA plots path for solar to be world’s largest source of electricity by 2050
    Sep 29, 2014 - John Parnell-

    Solar energy could be the largest single source of electricity in the world by 2050, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

  • US earmarks 800,000 hectares of California desert for renewables
    Sep 24, 2014 - John Parnell -

    A draft plan for the development and conservation of California’s deserts has proposed setting aside 800,000 hectares of land for renewable energy projects. Of this 176,000 hectares would be on public land.

  • India drafts plan for 20GW of large PV projects by 2020
    Sep 15, 2014 - Lucy Woods -

    The government of India has published a draft plan proposing the development of 20GW in ‘ultra mega’solar power plants over the next five years.
  • US solar generation and output surge in first half of 2014
    Sep 10, 2014 - Ben Willis -

    New US utility-scale solar installations in the first half of 2014 defied a general downward trend across all generation types to surge by nearly 70% year on year, according to official figures.

  • Planned 50MW Israel project could send power to Jordan
    Sep 8, 2014 - John Parnell -

    The Eilat Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative (EEREI) has opened the tendering process for a 50MW PV project in Israel that could also rovide power to neighbouring Jordan.

  • Rooftop solar cheaper than coal, says Philippines’ energy minister
    Sep 08, 2014 - Lucy Woods -

    The Philippines’ secretary of energy, Carlos Jericho Petilla said 5 September that rooftop solar is cheaper than coal in the island state.

  • Report charts course to possible 145GW of solar in India
    Sep 02, 2014 - Lucy Woods -

    Solar energy in India now has the potential to become a viable alternative to fossil fuels, according to a report by manufacturer and developer, Tata Power Solar, and solar analyst, Bridge to India.

  • UK takes fifth place in utility-scale PV league table
    Aug 15, 2014 - Peter Bennet -

    The UK is now the world’s fifth largest utility-scale solar market, according to figures published by Wiki-Solar.
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  • Solar Power Installations Jump to a New Annual Total
    Jul 29, 2014 - Max Lander and Xiangyu Wu -

    The year 2013 saw record-breaking growth for solar electricity generation as the photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) markets continued to grow.

  • Panasonic provides solar power supply container in Indonesia as a stand-alone photovoltaic power package
    Jul 23, 2014 -

    Panasonic Corporation (Osaka, Japan) announced it installed the “Power Supply Container”, as a stand-alone photovoltaic power package that it developed, to the National Elementary School Karimunjawa 01 in Karimunjawa Island, Jepara District, Central Jawa Province, Indonesia.

  • Solar more than doubled share of new capacity in US for first half of 2014
    Jul 21, 2014 - Andy Colthorpe -

    In the first six months of 2014, solar has represented almost a third of new electricity generation capacity additions in the US, more than doubling its performance in the same period of 2013, according to US government statistics.

  • Report: Solar crucial to avoid water-related conflict
    Aug 1, 2014 - Lucy Woods -

    A new report analysing water scarcity in the power sector identifies PV as a major solution for avoiding water-related conflict.

  • Inside the Huge Solar Farm That Powers Apple's iCloud
    Jul. 28, 2014 - Suzanne Goldenberg and James West -

    The skies are threatening to pour on the Apple solar farm but as the woman in charge of the company's environmental initiatives points out: The panels are still putting out some power. Apple is still greening its act.

  • Huge North Carolina Solar Project Could “Move the Needle” for Solar’s Possibilities
    Jul 10, 2014 - Jennifer Runyon, Chief Editor -

    New Hampshire -- Coming on the heels of Apple’s announced 17.5-MW solar project in Maiden, North Carolina, spokespeople for an innovative renewable energy project involving two universities, a hospital and the largest non-utility solar PPA in the U.S. have said that it will also begin construction in North Carolina this summer.

  • Apple Widens Its Solar Energy Footprint
    Jul 09, 2014 - Meg Cichon

    Apple has reportedly purchased another parcel of land to build a third solar farm near its Maiden, N.C. data center.

  • Sustainable Energy Trade Initiative: International negotiations to eliminate tariffs on “environmental goods” like PV panels, solar water heaters
    Jul 9, 2014 -

    Officials from 14 governments met in Geneva on July 8th, 2014 announced the launch of international negotiations that will aim to eliminate tariffs on “environmental goods” – products like wind turbines, solar thermal water heaters, filters for wastewater treatment, and solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, the Sustainable Energy Trade Initiative (SETI Alliance) reports.

  • IHS: Solar PV expectations for Brazil rise as additional auctions are announced
    Jul 8, 2014 -

    Brazil’s plan to auction 3.5 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity through 2018 comes as welcome news for the global solar PV industry as the ambitious goal is expected to catalyze solar growth in Latin America, according to a new report from IHS Technology (El Segundo, California, U.S.).

  • Home of American motor racing embraces solar
    Jul 2, 2014 - Andy Colthorpe -

    The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, US motor racing's spiritual home, has been fitted with what is claimed to be the largest solar power plant at any sporting facility in the world.

  • 4 Lessons Pakistan’s Off-Grid Solar Market Can Teach the World
    Jun 20, 2014 - Justin Guay and Vrinda Manglik -

    When it comes to the off-grid solar market, the South Asian countries you normally hear about are India and Bangladesh. One is home to the largest potential market in the world, the other is home to the world's most successful and booming market to date.

  • Nation's Largest Community Solar Garden Sold Out
    June 25, 2014 - SunShare -

    DENVER, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A historic moment for the rapidly growing Community Solar market, Colorado energy company SunShare has sold out the nation's largest privately developed and subscribed Community Solar Garden - before construction begins on the 10,000+ solar panel installation this fall. A Solar Garden of this size can power over 500 average Colorado homes.

  • Hawaii's Solar Conundrum: Can Energy Storage Save the Day?
    Jun 18, 2014 - Charles Thurston - Renewable Energy

    Hawaii’s lead utility Hawaiian Electric (HECO) and other utilities in the islands have found that solar photovoltaics installations have grown far faster than their isolated grids can adapt to the intermittent flood of peak time energy. With an electricity tariff at least double the U.S. average, fuel-constrained Hawaii is a rare and now leading U.S. market where solar has reached parity with other energy costs.

  • Texas utility chooses solar, claims it will be ‘coal free’ by 2016
    Jun 16, 2014 - Andy Colthorpe -

    A utility company in Texas that serves nearly 400,000 people has declared that it is not only ready to meet recently issued Environment Protection Agency (EPA) carbon standards but will be able to go entirely ‘coal-free’ by 2016.

  • IRENA: 12 times more solar needed to avoid 'climate catastophe'
    Jun 10, 2014 - Lucy Woods -

    Solar deployment needs to increase 12 times over by 2030 to avoid "climate catastrophe", a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has warned.

  • Namibian energy minister pushes for solar expansion
    Jun 10, 2014 - Ben Willis -

    The energy minister of Namibia, southern Africa, has called for greater deployment of solar to provide power in off-grid locations.

  • Deutsche Bank to lend US$1 billion for Japan solar projects
    Jun 10, 2014 - Andy Colthorpe -

    A director at Deutsche Bank has revealed that the company plans to lend around US$1 billion for the construction of up to six solar power projects in Japan over the next 12 to 18 months.

  • In Kenya, schools lead renewable energy surge in remote areas
    Jun 9, 2014 - Kagondu Njagi -

    SAMBURU, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The tolling of the evening bell signals the end of the day’s classes at Donyo Wasin primary school. For a few adept pupils like Sotik Leleno, however, it ushers in the time for their private studies under the glow of solar powered lighting.

  • World first: Australian solar plant has generated "supercritical" steam that rivals fossil fuels'
    Jun 5, 2014 -

    A CSIRO test plant in Australia has broken a world record and proved solar power could efficiently replace fossil fuels.

  • Guatemala's first utility-scale solar plant complete
    May 30, 2014 - Lucy Woods -

    The first utility-scale solar power plant in Guatemala, and reportedly the largest in Central America, is now online.

  • Largest solar plant in Central America inaugurated in Guatemala
    May 28, 2014 -

    Guatemala City, May 28 (EFE).- Spanish developer Gran Solar, Guatemala's Grupo Green and Swiss investor Ecosolar on Wednesday inaugurated Guatemala's first solar power plant.

  • Friday Focus: Modi's solar 'to-do' list
    May 23, 2014 - Lucy Woods -

    After winning a huge majority, Narandra Modi is now leader of the globe's largest democracy.

  • Middle Eastern Money Oils Wheels of Solar Expansion
    May 22, 2014 - Jeremy Bowden -

    Next time you fill your gas tank, be reassured that some of the profits, at least, are going towards developing and expanding renewables in the developing world.

  • Solar Energy Versus the Grid: This Map Shows Where PV Makes the Most Sense
    May 20, 2014 - Stephen Lacey -

    Large corporations are turning into the biggest solar consumers. Last year, 25 of the biggest companies in the U.S. cumulatively installed nearly a half a gigawatt of solar at stores, warehouses and manufacturing plants. 

  • Mexican government wants 33% of electricity capacity to come from renewable sources by 2018
    May 20, 2014 - Conor Ryan -

    The Mexican government has set lofty goals for the future, as energy secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell announced that the current administration wants 33% of the country’s installed electricity capacity to come from renewable sources by 2018.

  • In India, solar surge aims to reshape the country's energy future
    May 20, 2014 - Saket S. -

    DHURSAR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The deserts of Rajasthan have long been known for their spare beauty and their intense sunshine. Now that sun is being turned into a surge of solar power expansion that may one day power not just Rajasthan but a wide swath of India with clean energy.

  • Conergy connects Philippines’ first utility-scale solar park
    May 15, 2014 -

    22 MW solar plant will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 13,000 local homes per year.

  • Philippines' first utility-scale solar power plant comes online
    May 15, 2014 - Lucy Woods -

    The first phase of the Philippines’ first utility-scale solar power plant is now online.

  • Why Green Jobs Are Booming in Bangladesh
    May 14, 2014 - Todd Woody -

    Bangladesh is known for its apparel manufacturing industry—and for the conditions faced by garment workers toiling in Dickensian factories for a dollar a day. But according to a report released Sunday, the South Asian nation has become a top hot spot for renewable energy jobs, creating a green workforce as large as Spain’s in 2013.
  • Germany's storage subsidy yields 4,000 systems in first year
    May 13, 2014 - Andy Colthorpe -

    In the year that has passed since Germany began offering subsidies for lithium-ion battery systems for residential use, around 4,000 solar-plus-batteries have been installed, the country's Federal Solar Industry Association (BSW Solar) has announced.

  • Solar power to the people: green energy could boost African development
    Apr 30, 2014 - John Vidal -

    Sub-Saharan Africa's lack of electricity is hindering development but this can be reversed if countries turn to ambitious, large-scale renewable energy projects, an environmental thinktank suggests.

  • Morocco turns to US in effort to kick start US$12 billion solar plans
    30 Apr, 2014 - John Parnell -

    Senior Moroccan officials will tour the US this June as they look to kick start the North African country’s ambitious US$12.4 billion solar plans.

  • More Than 120 Large-Scale Solar PV Farms Approved for Construction in the UK
    Apr 29, 2014 - World of renewables

    Santa Clara, Calif., April 28, 2014—The United Kingdom is forecast to be the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) market in Europe in 2014, fuelled by the rapid growth in ground-mounted solar PV farms. More than 120 large-scale solar PV farms in the UK have recently received project-planning approval, and many of them are targeting completion within the next 12 months, according to the new NPD Solarbuzz UK Deal Tracker report.

  • Utilities responsible for 80% of US solar in 2013 - SEPA
    Apr 28, 2014 - Ben Willis -

    California-based Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has topped the list of US utilities that added most new solar capacity to their systems in 2013.

  • Smart Wind and Solar Power
    Apr 28 2014 - Kevin Bullis -

    Wind power is booming on the open plains of eastern Colorado. Travel seven miles north of the town of Limon on Highway 71 and then head east on County Road 3p, a swath of dusty gravel running alongside new power lines: within minutes you’ll be surrounded by towering wind turbines in rows stretching for miles. Three large wind farms have been built in the area since 2011. A new one is going up this year.

  • Solar Power Grows 400 Percent in Only 4 Years
    Apr 24, 2014 - Daniel Cusick -

    Driven by an explosion in photovoltaics, the U.S. solar sector has emerged "from a relatively small contributor to the nation's total electric capacity into a one of comparative significance," the Energy Information Administration reported this week in its latest Electricity Monthly Update.

  • The Solar Battlefield: How the US DOD Will Bring Solar Technology Mainstream
    Apr 23, 2014 - Vince Font -

    Utah, USA -- When it comes to driving the development of renewable energy technology, no greater facilitating force exists than the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).

  • Jordan turns to the sun to meet energy demand - Vahid Fotuhi
    Apr 15, 2014 - Bea Gonzalez -

    The government of Jordan executed the power purchase agreements (PPA) related to the first phase of its direct proposal program involving 200MW of solar power.

  • The Solar Industry Has Been Waiting 60 Years For This To Happen - And It Finally Just Did
    Apr 10, 2014 - Rob Wile -

    It is now a question of how and where, not if, solar becomes a dominant force in energy markets.

  • UN report: Solar beats trend of falling renewables investment
    Apr 08, 2014 - Lucy Woods -

    Solar bucked a trend of falling investment in renewables last year, accounting for nearly half of the US$11 billion total for all new investments for renewables in 2013, according to a United Nations report.

  • Chile Installs Record-Breaking 150MW of PV in Q1, 380MW Under Construction
    Apr 7,2014 - Mike Munsell -

    Four major projects came on-line, giving Chile a promising start to the year.

  • UK launches Europe’s first dedicated solar strategy
    Apr 4, 2014 - Peter Bennett -

    The UK has become the first European government to publish a dedicated solar PV strategy.The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) published the long-awaited Solar Strategy today, designed to enact a “further step change in deployment” for solar in the UK.

  • NEC provides Enel with 2MWh battery system for grid trials
    Apr 3, 2014 - Andy Colthorpe -

    NEC Corporation has commissioned a 2MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system designed to ease the integration of renewable energy into the grid for Italian distribution system operator (DSO) Enel Distribuzione.

  • Solar set for ‘disruptive’ future as costs fall, says McKinsey
    Apr 2, 2014 - Ben Willis -

    A report by influential consultancy McKinsey has painted an upbeat assessment of solar’s future prospects despite recent problems from overcapacity, subsidy cuts and a global financial crash.

  • SunEdison announces financial close on largest merchant solar project in Latin America
    Apr 1, 2014 - Lucy Woods -

    SunEdison has announced financial close on a 50MW solar plant in Chile, which it claims is Latin America’s largest operational PV plant and also one of the biggest PV projects in the world operating without subsidies.

  • Report: Commercial solar hits grid parity in Spain, Germany and Italy
    Mar 26, 2014 - John Parnell -

    Solar PV has reached grid parity in Spain, Germany and Italy according to a new report by the consultancy Eclareon.

  • Former US energy secretary Chu: Utilities need to respond to 'disruptive' solar-plus-batteries
    Mar 25, 2014 - Andy Colthorpe -

    Former US energy secretary Steven Chu has claimed battery storage technology used in combination with solar could be “as disruptive to electricity distribution and generation as the internet”.

  • Global PV deployment set to surge by 2018 as profitability returns: Solarbuzz
    Mar 21, 2013 - Ben Willis -

    Falling module prices and system costs will help propel global PV deployment to 500GW by 2018 as the industry returns to profitability, new analysis suggests.

  • 'Two-thirds of German PV installers now offering storage'
    Mar 13, 2011 - Andy Colthorpe -

    Over two-thirds of German PV installers are now offering their customers energy storage options, while their British and Italian counterparts are beginning to follow suit, according to a new report from EuPD Research.

  • IHS: Mexico joins South Africa and Turkey in top three emerging PV markets
    Mar 12, 2014 - Andy Colthrope -

    Several hundred megawatts of PV projects currently under construction in Mexico are driving the country to third place in the world for attractiveness to investors, developers and manufacturers in the solar industry, according to analysis firm IHS.

  • HCPV cell efficiencies to exceed 45% by 2017, says IHS
    Mar 10, 2014 - Andy Colthorpe -

    High-concentration PV (HCPV) systems will reach cell efficiencies exceeding 45% by 2017, while the world’s biggest regional markets for HCPV will be in the United States and central America, according to a new report by analysis firm IHS.

  • Google, 3TIER colloborate on wind and solar data project
    Mar 3, 2014 - Renewable Energy Focus

    3TIER’s global wind and solar datasets now freely available through Google’s popular Map Gallery platform.

  • California solar power hits new production record
    Mar 11, 2011 - Conor Ryan -

    Solar power production in California hit a new record on 8 March 2014, as output reached 4,093MW. The mark broke the previous record of 3,926 MW set just a day before on 7 March, according to California Independent System Operator (ISO).

  • Solar with batteries could allow US 'grid defection' by 2030: Rocky Mountain Institute
    Feb 26, 2014 - Andy Colthorpe -

    The Rocky Mountain Institute has published a report which claims it could be possible, using PV coupled with storage, for portions of the USA to "defect" away from using grid networks entirely by 2030.

  • Any country can reach high shares of wind, solar power cost-effectively, study shows
    Feb 24, 2014 -

    Transformation of power systems is necessary to guarantee flexibility over long term, but this will be more difficult in some markets than in others

  • Solar Energy: Stacking the deck
    Feb 22, 2014 -

    A way to double the efficiency of solar cells is about to go mainstream

  • East Africa: Rwanda to Build East Africa's Largest Solar Plant
    Feb 19, 2014 -

    Rwanda has started the construction of a new 8.5 MW solar PV plant, the first utility-scale solar power field in East Africa. The plant will be built on land belonging to Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village.

  • Mega projects make up 68% of 95GW global project pipeline: NPD Solarbuzz
    Feb 18, 2014 - John Parnell -

    PV projects in excess of 50MW now represent 68% of the global project pipeline, however their enormous scale means they may not be the most interesting segment for developers.

  • Commissioning underway on Crescent Dunes CSP plant
    Feb 13, 2014 - Ben Willis -

    Commissioning has begun on Crescent Dunes, a concentrated solar power (CSP) project in the US claimed to be the largest of its kind in the world with molten salt storage capability.

  • A Third Of The Nation's Solar Industry Jobs Are Found In California
    Feb 11, 2014 - Lydia O'Connor -

    California is home to nearly one-third of the nation’s solar industry jobs, with almost five times the number as any other state, according to a report from The Solar Foundation.

  • Storage system powered by used Nissan batteries installed at Japanese solar farm
    Feb 7, 2014 - Andy Colthorpe -

    A large-scale storage system made by reusing electric vehicle batteries has been developed and deployed at a 10MW solar farm in south western Japan by Sumitomo Corporation.

  • World’s largest solar thermal plant comes on line near state line
    Feb 3,2014 - Jim Steinberg - The Sun

    NIPTON >> The world’s largest solar thermal electric plant has begun operating its three generating units, which will soon deliver enough clean energy to power more than 140,000 homes in Northern and Southern California, officials said.

  • U.S. solar industry employs more than coal, gas combined
    Jan 31, 2014 - Sustainable Business News -

    The annual census of U.S. solar jobs is in — and as of 2013, the industry now employs about 143,000 Americans.

  • Jan 30, 2014 -

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released new solar resource data for India. The 10-km hourly solar resource data were developed using weather satellite (METEOSAT) measurements incorporated into a site-time specific solar modeling approach developed at the U.S. State University of New York at Albany.

  • Former uranium site turning into solar farm mecca
    Jan 30, 2014 - Bob Fowler -

    OAK RIDGE — A former uranium enrichment site is becoming a green-power mecca. Two companies that have already built solar power facilities at East Tennessee Technology Park — formerly the sprawling K-25 site — are teaming up to construct what will be one of Tennessee’s top 10 solar farms.

  • Solar Jobs Climb Almost 20% in 2013
    Jan 28, 2014 -

    Solar jobs in the U.S. climbed nearly 20% in the 14 months through November as cheaper panels and rising electricity rates spurred people to turn to solar.

  • US Solar Jobs Growing Ten Times Faster than National Average Employment Growth
    Jan 27, 2014 - Jennifer Runyon - Renewable Energy World.COM

    New Hampshire, USA -- Today The Solar Foundation (TSF), a non-profit organization that seeks to further the understanding of solar energy through research and public education, released its 4th National Jobs Census report, which shows remarkable growth in the U.S. labor market as it pertains to solar energy employment.

  • PPA approved for California’s first large-scale solar plant with energy storage
    Jan 30, 2013 - Julia Chan -

    The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has unanimously approved an amended 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) between SolarReserve, a US PV project developer, and utility firm Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) relating to the Rice Solar Energy Project.

  • Greece reaches over 1GW of installed capacity in December 2012
    Jan 30, 2013 - Nilima Choudhury -

    Greek grid operator, Hellenic Transmission, has announced the country installed 1.126GW of solar PV capacity, while rooftop capacity was 298MW in December 2012.

  • Solar power has role in transforming Sub-Saharan economy: Commerzbank
    Jan 24, 2013 - John Parnell -

    The relatively quick deployment time of solar power could help to fix energy supply issues and get Sub-Saharan economies back on track, according to a new report by Commerzbank.

  • Report: MENA solar to be worth US$50 billion by 2020
    Jan 20, 2013 - Ben Willis -

    The Middle East and North Africa could see investment in solar reach US$50 billion by 2020 as governments push to exploit the region’s huge resources, research claims.

  • Top 10 US states offer more than 40GW of solar PV pipeline capacity
    Jan 14, 2014 - Michael Barker -

    At the end of 2013, based on annual market demand, the top 10 states for solar PV in the US had an aggregate project pipeline of approximately 2,000 non-residential projects. This represents almost 40GW of potential PV capacity.

  • Abengoa To Develop South America's Largest Solar Thermal Plant
    Jan 10, 2014 - Solar Industry

    Abengoa has been selected by the Ministry of Energy of the Chilean Government and Corporacion de Fomento de la Produccion (Corfo) to develop a 110 MW solar plant in Chile.

  • Chile to build 110MW CSP tower
    Jan 10, 2014 - Lucy Woods -

    Chile’s Ministry of Energy and government agency for entrepreneurship, COFO, has awarded a tender for South America’s first concentrated solar power (CSP) plant.

  • Bolivia plans first megawatt-scale PV plant
    Jan 08, 2014 - Andy Colthorpe -

    The Bolivian government has announced that US$11 million will be invested to build the country’s first megawatt-scale solar power station.

  • Deutsche Bank hails second solar ‘gold rush’
    Jan 07, 2014 - Mark Osborne -

    In a new detailed report by Deutsche Bank’s US-based solar industry analysts, the PV industry is said to be heading into its “second gold rush” with a base demand of 46GW in 2014, topped by an expected 56GW of demand in 2015.

  • Solar Energy - Opportunity in Africa
    Dec 20, 2013 -

    We have gathered together some of the Africa features, news and product coverage from our network of websites and journals

  • Zimbabwe plans to build three solar power plants
    Dec 9, 2013 - Reuters -

    Zimbabwe plans to construct three solar-powered plants in the west of the country at a cost of $540 million in a bid to ease electricity shortages in the country, an official with the state power company said.

  • 3TIER makes wind and solar data open access
    Dec 9, 2013 -

    Renewable energy forecaster 3TIER has made its wind and solar annual averages available via the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)’s Global Renewable Energy Atlas, an open-access online platform.

  • We need to talk about utility-scale solar…
    Nov 26, 2013 - Felicity Carus -

    Residential solar may steal the headlines and commercial solar show great promise, but utility-scale solar really is the 800lb gorilla in the room. In the US, utility-scale PV increased from just 5% of total annual PV installations in 2008 to 54% in 2012.

  • US third largest market as solar project pipeline passes 43GW, says NPD Solarbuzz
    Nov 25, 2013 - Mark Osborne -

    New data from NPD Solarbuzz highlights the growing significance of the US solar market and the booming large-scale PV project sector, making it the third largest end market in the world.

  • Japan hits 3.9GW of PV installations since FiT introduction
    Nov 19, 2013 - Andy Colthorpe -

    The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has announced that around 3.9GW of solar power generation capacity has been installed in Japan since July 2012, when the country introduced feed-in tariffs (FiTs) for renewable energy.

  • Solarbuzz: PV polysilicon and wafer costs set to drop to record low
    Nov 18, 2013 - Ben Willis -

    Manufacturing costs for tier one integrated polysilicon and PV wafer makers are set to hit a record low of US$0.20 per watt in 2014, according to analysis by NPD Solarbuzz.

  • Japan's Solar Market Surge Blows Away Earlier Forecasts
    Nov 7, 2013 - Herman K. Trabish -

    The newly projected 350 percent growth of Japan's solar market from 2012 to 2013 dwarfs estimates made earlier this year

  • Huge US-Backed Solar Plant Now at Full Power
    Nov 5, 2013 - Earthtechling, Pete Danko -

    You can call it another loan-guarantee success story: One of the world’s biggest solar PV plants is now fully operational in California.

  • Report card grades US states by solar friendliness
    Nov 4, 2013 - John Parnell -

    The latest ranking of US states for the solar friendliness of their utilities and grids has been released, with California, Massachusetts, Oregon and Utah picked out for special praise.

  • Apple files for solar power management system patent
    Nov 1, 2013 - Lucy Woods -

    Technology manufacturing giant Apple applied to the US patent and trademark office on Thursday for the patent of a power management system to utilise portable solar panels.

  • Renewable energy transition behind ‘remarkable’ slowdown in CO2 emissions
    Oct 31, 2013 - Ben Willis -

    The increase in global carbon dioxide emissions slowed last year because of a shift towards renewable energy usage, a major new study claims.

  • US Solar Surge: Flipping Switches on a Hoover Dam of Utility-scale Concentrated Solar Power
    Oct 29, 2013 - Susan Kraemer, Correspondent -

    During this month’s U.S. government shutdown, an astonishing 1.3 GW of CSP began commercial operation, thanks to the Department of Energy’s former loan guarantee program for clean energy. Another several gigawatts is in construction.

  • DoE’s Minh Le: Preparing for solar’s ‘giant leap’ to $1/W
    Oct 28, 2013 - Felicity Carus -

    Sunpower, First Solar, Sunrun and Clean Power Finance are such firm fixtures in solar that it's hard to imagine a US industry without these companies, their technology innovations and disruptive business models.

  • India’s Madhya Pradesh targets 1,200MW of solar by 2015
    Oct 28, 2013 - Lucy Woods -

    The Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has set a new solar target for 1,400MW of solar by 2015. The state’s principal secretary for new and renewable energy, Shri Sudhi Ranjan Mohanty, plans 2,600MW by June 2015, to be generated through renewable sources.

  • Gulf nations beginning to prove their solar demand is no mirage
    Oct 25, 2013 - John Parnell -

    High profile solar developments have taken place recently in Dubai, Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as lofty ambitions begin to bear fruit.

  • Breaking the 50GW barrier in 2014: the dawn of a new solar PV landscape
    Oct 25, 2013 - Finlay Colville -

    Global PV demand during 2014 is set to represent a new phase of growth for the solar PV industry. Not just because end-market demand is now forecast by NPD Solarbuzz to grow significantly to reach 45-55GW, but because the fundamental issues driving end-market demand appear to be shifting away from legacy demand constraints.

  • Nigeria plans 500MW of PV in joint German project
    Oct 23, 2013 - Ben Willis -

    Nigeria is planning to deploy up to 500MW of solar power capacity across nine of its states in a joint programme with the German government, according to reports.

  • China extends distributed solar target to 20GW by 2015
    Oct 21, 2013 - John Parnell -

    China has extended its distributed solar capacity target to 20GW by 2015. Wu Xinxiong, head of the National Energy Administration said during a recent speech that the country would look to build on the 2GW already installed

  • Cheap African solar energy could power UK homes in 2018
    Oct 20, 2014 - Matt McGrath -

    Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa.

  • New Report Shows Top U.S. Companies Investing Big In Solar
    Oct 16, 2013 - Rhone Resch -

    As the world’s largest retailer and biggest private employer, Walmart commands attention from Wall Street to Main Street. But it’s not what’s happening inside Walmart stores making news this week — it’s what’s happening on top of them.

  • Toyota, Apple and Intel among big business in US embracing solar
    Oct 16, 2011 - John Parnell -

    Car manufacturers and high-tech firms Apple and Intel are among the most noticeable additions to the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) list of commercial PV customers.

  • EU fast tracks grid and storage projects
    Oct 15, 2010 - John Parnell -

    The European Commission has announced a list of 140 electricity projects that will be fast tracked and have access to a funding pot of €5.85 billion (US$7.9 billion).

  • Exclusive: World Bank arm plans US$250 million backing for developing-world PV
    Oct 14, 2013 - Ben Willis -

    The International Finance Corporation (IFC), an arm of the World Bank, is planning to launch a new financing facility to pump-prime PV development in emerging markets, PV Tech has learned.

  • India Announces World's Largest Solar Plant By Far
    Oct 10, 2013 - News

    Below we say that India's auction on 750 MW of solar has been delayed. The government is now calling for bids (due Nov. 29) in the first national auction since 2011. Lowest bidders win and will receive as much as 30% of project costs from government grants. 

  • Abengoa's Solana, the first large-scale solar plant with a thermal energy storage system in the U.S., begins commercial operation
    Oct 9, 2013 - PRNewswire

    The project is a game-changer in U.S. renewable energy.

  • New Arizona Solar Plant Keeps Producing Electricity After Sun Goes Down
    Oct 3, 2013 -

    Solana Generating Station Can Supply Power for up to Six Hours After Dark

  • Solar turns tide against fossil fuels in Southeast Asia
    Oct, 2013 -

    Led by Thailand, Southeast Asia has become a key solar region. With regulation improving and the cost of financing decreasing, Edward Douglas says solar power will continue to grow and become a significant energy provider over the coming decade

  • "Story.headline">PNM modeling shows solar power is a good, economic choice
    September, 2013 - from ABQJournal Online -

  • China could install 15GW in 2014 says Deutsche Bank; polysilicon supply constraints loom
    Sep 30, 2013 - Mark Osborne -

    In a detailed research report from Deutsche Bank, China’s PV demand, driven by the utility-scale market is growing significantly faster than previously expected.

  • Solar to add more megawatts than wind in 2013, for first time
    Sep 27, 2013 - in Industry Roundup -

    Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that 33.8GW of new onshore wind farms, plus 1.7GW of offshore wind, will be added globally in 2013. This compares with its median forecast of 36.7GW of new photovoltaic, or PV, capacity.

  • California solar policy costing all utility customers -report
    Sep 26, 2013 - Nichola Groom - Reuters

    (Reuters) - California's non-solar homeowners are paying a growing share of maintaining the power grid under a controversial state policy, while ratepayers with solar rooftops are paying less, a report commissioned by the state's utility regulator said on Thursday.

  • NREL starting road mapping initiative on PV ‘soft costs’
    Sep 26, 2010 - Mark Osborne -

    I In tandem with a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on PV installation ‘soft costs’, an NREL and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) supported cost reduction roadmap with industry participation is to be launched.

  • Solar Growth Outpaces Wind for First Time - Sep 26, 2013
    Tildy Bayar, Associate Editor -

    LONDON -- A strong showing from global solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, coupled with a sharp fall in new wind capacity, has led to solar growth outpacing wind this year – for the first time ever.

  • Solar panels make inroads in Cameroon's cities
    Sep 24, 2013 - Elias Ntungwe Ngalame -

    YAOUNDE, Cameroon (Thomson Reuters) – The use of solar energy to power lighting in the home is fast gaining ground in Cameroon’s two main cities, Yaounde and Douala, following persistent and sometimes deadly outages in the power supply provided by the country’s sole hydroelectric company.

  • Quadruple III-V bonded CPV cell hits 44.7% record conversion efficiency
    Sep 24, 2013 - Mark Osborne -

    A solar cell with 50% efficiency is no longer a pipe dream after researchers at at Fraunhofer ISE, CEA-Leti, Helmholtz Center Berlin and commercial CPV firm, Soitec reached a world record 44.7% conversion efficiency for a novel III-V-based solar cell.

  • Kuwait’s first solar park to be built for US$3.27 billion
    Sep 23, 2013 - Andy Colthorpe -

    A contract has been signed for the first solar power plant to be built in the Gulf state of Kuwait, a 280MW solar thermal power plant in Al-Abdaliya.

  • FERC: US connected 578MW of large-scale PV in August
    Sep 19, 2013 - Andy Colthorpe -

    According to the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC), 578MW of solar capacity from large-scale projects was added in the US during August 2013.

  • Soitec solar-energy module efficiency “highest of any commercial module”
    Sep 13, 2013 -

    Soitec says that its new concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) module has a record power-generating efficiency of 31.8%, the highest efficiency of any commercial product available for multi-megawatt installations.

  • Africa’s largest PV project set for construction in early 2014
    Sep 18, 2013 - Lucy Woods -

    Construction is due to start in the first quarter of 2014 on a 155MW PV project in Ghana, said to be Africa's largest PV power plant to date.

  • Development banks finance record amount of clean energy: BNEF
    Sep 11, 2013 - John Parnell -

    Development banks have achieved record levels of investment in the clean energy sector breaking through the US$100 billion a year mark for the first time, according to a new report.

  • Coupled Solar and Energy Storage Market to Grow
    Sep 10, 2013 - David Appleyard, Senior Editor -

    LONDON -- The symbiotic match between the solar and energy storage sectors shows significant market promise and could see the sector yielding a US $2.8 billion market over the next five years

  • Latin America Report: Chile's Road To Solar Grid Parity
    Sep 11, 2013 - James Montgomery, Associate Editor -

    New Hampshire, USA -- Chile has become one of the planet's most promising solar markets, leading a wave of regions that will begin achieving grid parity, where solar is at equal cost or cheaper than traditional energy sources, in the near future. High electricity prices ($0.15-0.25/kWh), high irradiation, and rising energy demand all play in Chile's favor, but connection and policy hurdles remain if the country wants to really start tapping into that resource.

  • Report: Europe must take lead on Desertec project
    Jun 26, 2013 - Ben Willis -

    Europe needs to intensify its support for the Desertec plan to import cheap solar and wind power from desert areas or face escalating energy prices, the body behind the initiative has warned.

  • Kilowattsol to provide monthly UK irradiance anomaly data free of charge
    Sep 9, 2013 - By Andy Colthorpe -

    Kilowattsol, a yield assessment provider for photovoltaic projects, is to provide monthly solar irradiance abnormality maps for the UK, following the launch of similar services in Germany, France and Spain in February 2013.

  • South Africa’s Gauteng province plans US$1 billion rooftop PV spree
    Sep 3, 2013 - Ben Willis -

    The provincial government of Gauteng in South Africa is to spend over ZAR11 billion this year (US$1 billion) installing solar on all state-owned buildings in the province.

  • Pakistan’s Punjab government approves 700MW solar plan
    Sep 3, 2013 - Lucy Woods -

    Plans to develop 700MW of desert PV capacity in Punjab, Pakistan, have been approved.

  • Saudi Arabia, UAE lead race to deploy solar projects
    Sep 3, 2013 - Dubai: ARAB NEWS

    Saudi Arabia and the UAE have emerged as the biggest markets among GCC states for the deployment of solar power, accounting for most of the projects. The six GCC countries altogether have sanctioned solar power installation projects worth approximately $155 billion, which will generate more than 84 GW of power when complete in 2017.

  • Japan Set to Overtake Germany as World’s Largest Solar Market
    Jun 3, 2013 - By Chisaki Watanabe -

    Japan is set to overtake Germany as the world’s largest solar market by annual installations this year as government incentives to encourage clean energy after the Fukushima nuclear crisis attract investment.

  • Desertec vision in trouble as founder body quits
    Jul 1, 2013 - Ben Willis -

    The DESERTEC Foundation, the body behind an ambitious plan to power Europe with huge renewable energy plants in the deserts of North Africa, has quit the industrial consortium seeking to implement the vision.

  • FERC Chair Jon Wellinghoff: Solar ‘Is Going to Overtake Everything’
    Aug 21,2013 - Herman K. Trabish -

    One of the country’s top regulators explains why he is so bullish on solar.

  • Pentagon awards US$7 billion of solar contracts
    Aug 28, 2013 - John Parnell -

    The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded US$7 billion of contracts to 22 companies for the right to develop and sell solar energy to the US Army.

  • Ukraine aims to boost share of wind energy and solar power to 10% by 2030
    Jun 16, 2009 - evwind

    Ukraine plans to increase the capacity of power plants that use renewable and alternative sources of energy to 10% of the country’s total installed generating capacity by 2030, according to the draft of an updated version of the country’s energy strategy for the period to 2030

  • Selling Solar Panels on the Installment Plan in Africa
    May 30, 2013 - By Nick Leiber -

    An estimated 1.2 billion people worldwide live without electricity. Many depend on kerosene lamps to light their homes—a fuel that has ill effects on health and is costly.

  • Moniz: solar will be bigger industry sooner than expected
    May 29, 2013 - Felicity Carus -

    In his first remarks on renewables as the new US Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz, said that he was bullish on the solar industry and expected it to become a bigger industry sooner than many people expected.

  • Russian government greenlights renewable energy subsidy programme
    May 24, 2013 - by Julia Chan -

    The Russian government has reportedly approved a subsidy programme for renewable energy projects including solar developments.

  • Mexico offers tantalising prospect of a dawning major market
    May 21, 2013 - By Felicity Carus -

    Solar investors in the US and further afield would really love to get their hands on Mexico's solar market: great resource on cheap desert land located squarely in the southern sun-belt. Some experts estimate that it would only take PV panels spread over just 25km2 of land in Chihuahua or the Sonoran desert to supply Mexico’s electricity demand.

  • Europe’s largest solar rooftop complete
    Aug 15, 2013 - Lucy Woods-

    Eleven hectares of PV roof solar has been installed in Germany with the project becoming the largest self-consumption solar plant in Europe.

  • Sharing Renewable Energy: Solar Power Co-operatives in the UK
    Aug 8, 2013 - Andrew Williams, International Correspondent -

    Solar power co-operatives are fast emerging has an innovative way for local communities to gain access to renewable energy generation. Over the last few years, several such initiatives have been successfully launched in the UK — with new schemes opening in a number of cities including London and Bristol. So, how do such schemes work? And what benefits can they provide to local people?

  • Germany installs 309MW new solar capacity in June
    Aug 6, 2013 - John Parnell -

    Germany installed 309MW of PV capacity in June according to the network authority Bundesnetzagentur.

  • Chile continues solar growth with land concesions for 604MW
    Aug 6, 2013 - Lucy Woods -

    Seventeen applications for solar projects have received approval for land concessions from the Chilean government.

  • Georgia legislators introduce bill for up to 2GW of rural solar
    Mar 28,2013 - Felicity Carus -

    Georgia could be poised to build up 2GW of large-scale solar if a bill introduced last week passes the state legislature.

  • Record breaking start to 2013 puts UK on solar world map
    Mar 27, 2013 - Finlay Colville -

    According to recent NPD Solarbuzz channel checks, supplier surveys, module shipment analysis and updated project pipeline data, the UK is forecast to be the fifth largest PV market globally during quarter one of this year.

  • Solarpack breaks ground on two PV plants for Chilean mining firm
    Mar 21, 2013 - Julia Chan -

    Spanish solar developer Solarpack has commenced construction on two PV plants with a combined capacity of 25MW for Chilean mining company Compañía Minera Doña Inés de Collahuasi.

  • Materials scientists make solar energy chip 100 times more efficient
    Mar 20, 2013 - Mike Ross -

    ( —Scientists working at the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES) have improved an innovative solar-energy device to be about 100 times more efficient than its previous design in converting the sun's light and heat into electricity.

  • First Solar to become Desertec shareholder
    Mar 11, 2013 - Ben Willis -

    PV manufacturer First Solar has become a shareholder in the Desertec Industrial Initiative, the industry consortium looking to tap the renewable energy potential of desert regions.

  • Government of Uruguay signs decree for 200MW of PV
    Apr 30, 2013 - Julia Chan -

    Uruguay’s energy minister Roberto Kreimerman has signed a decree which seeks to install 200MW of solar projects in the country.

  • Apr 24, 2013 -

    Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have calibrated the significant value that concentrating solar power (CSP) plants can add to an electric grid.

  • World's Largest Solar Plant is in the Middle East (PHOTOS)
    Apr 19, 2013 - Sean Breslin -

    Behold -- a way to capture a maximum amount of solar power in one of the sunniest regions on the planet.

  • California Solar Project Includes Energy Storage
    Jan 28, 2013 - Susan Graybeal -

    On Monday, the California Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved the sale of power from SolarReserve's 150-megawatt Rice Solar Energy Project to Pacific Gas & Electric via a 25-year power purchase agreement.

  • Huge potential to exploit solar energy, says study
    Feb 6,2013 - By Santhosh V Perumal/Business Reporter -

    With every square kilometre of land in Qatar receiving solar energy equivalent to 1.5mn barrels of crude oil in a year, Qatar is geographically well positioned to exploit significant solar energy, hence should consider setting up concentrated solar power (CSP) plants, according to top officials of Qatar Petroleum (QP).

  • AEG to install 450MW of PV capacity in Pakistan
    Feb 25, 2011 - Julia Chan -

    AEG will construct a 400MW and a 50MW PV project in Cholistan, Pakistan, media reports have revealed.

  • A near miss for Earth: Solar flare that could have knocked out power, cars and phones came so close two weeks ago
    Aug 01, 2013 - By Ellie Zolfagharifard -

    An electromagnetic pulse that could have knocked electrical equipment over continent-scale regions barely missed Earth two weeks ago, it has been revealed.

  • UAE solar power capacity to reach 20GW by 2030
    May 29, 2013 - JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS

    The UAE could economically deploy solar power generation capacity of more than 20GW by 2030 if avoided and opportunity costs of new fossil power generation are fully considered and transparent, stable, predictable and enforceable regulatory and policy frameworks are implemented, said a senior industry expert.

  • Report: Central American Solar Markets Spurred On by High Electricity Prices
    Jul 23, 2013 - Nicholas Rinaldi - greentechsolar

    GTM Research publishes a new report on growth in unsubsidized Central American PV markets.

  • U.S. and European PV Developers Hold Lead, as Chinese Advance
    Jul 31, 2013 - David Appleyard, Chief Editor, Renewable Energy World

    American and European companies still lead the latest ranking of utility-scale solar project developers to be published by Wiki-Solar. However, Chinese players are leaping up the rankings.

  • Solar Mandate Embraced by a Second California City
    May 14, 2013 - Earthtechling, Pete Danko

    Sebastopol, in Sonoma County, Calif., joins Lancaster in backing a solar mandate for new construction, with an ordinance that is much stronger

  • NREL Report Firms Up Land-Use Requirements of Solar
    Study shows solar for 1,000 homes would require 32 acres
    Jul 30, 2013 -

  • How Bangladesh became the world’s biggest off-grid solar user
    Jul 05, 2013 - Ben Willis -

    Either it’s a particularly well kept secret or the people involved just don’t like shouting about it, but Bangladesh has quietly become the world’s biggest domestic off-grid solar user.

  • How Graphene and Friends Could Harness the Sun's Energy Hitting Walls
    May 2, 2013 -

    Combining wonder material graphene with other stunning one-atom thick materials could create the next generation of solar cells and optoelectronic devices, scientists have revealed.

  • Wind to Double and Solar to Triple in 6 Years, Says IEA
    Chris Nelder - July 10, 2013

    And a lot of it will be deployed in developing countries.

  • LA mayor flips switch on solar feed-in-tariff
    27 June 2013 - Colin Marrs -

    The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) FiT scheme is set to generate 150MW of energy through rooftop panels.

  • Another Banner Year for California Rooftop Solar as Successful Rebate Program Winds Down
    July 11, 2013 - Renewable Energy World, Susannah Churchill, Vote Solar

    Yesterday, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) released its annual progress report for the California Solar Initiative, and it’s more good news for solar in the Golden State

  • Solar power to be main energy source by 2017
    JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS - Thursday 4 July 2013

    Gulf countries are increasingly turning their focus toward clean renewable sources of energy for their power generation, with solar energy set to emerge as one of the region’s main sources of energy by 2017. Already solar power installation projects worth approximately $ 155 billion are in the pipeline with capabilities to generate more than 84 GW of power.

  • Solar PV Atlas: Solar Power in Harmony with Nature Towards 100 per cent renewable energy
    WWF Report Int 2012

    Renewable energy requires land. But just how much? This atlas illustrates some answers for one sector, solar photovoltaic electricity,in seven different regions.

  • An Analysis of Concentrating Solar Power with Thermal Energy Storage in a California 33% Renewable Scenario
    Paul Denholm, Yih Huei Wan, Marissa Hummon, and Mark Mehos - March 2013

    Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have quantified the significant value that concentrating solar power (CSP) plants can add to an electric grid.

  • 100 GW of Solar PV Now Installed in the World Today
    Feb 12, 2013 - James Montgomery -

    New Hampshire, USA -- Cumulative global installed solar PV capacity has topped the 100-gigawatt (GW) milestone, according to preliminary numbers from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA). Roughly 30 GW worldwide was connected to the grid in 2012, about the same as in 2011; there could be another 1-2 GW added to that 2012 total once final numbers come out in May.

  • White Sands becomes US Army’s largest solar power system
    Kizzi Nkwocha - January 16, 2013 -

    The US Army today dedicated its largest solar photovoltaic system at White Sands Missile Range. The ceremony was led by Brigadier General Gwen Bingham, who was joined by the Honorable Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.

  • FERC proposes reforms to fast-track small-scale PV interconnection
    Julia Chan - January 17, 2013 -

    The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has proposed reforms which will enable certain small-scale power generation projects including solar to qualify for a faster interconnection process.

  • IRENA and Fraunhofer ISE sign MOU to increase renewable energy deployment
    Kizzi Nkwocha - January 18, 2013 -

    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at enhancing their cooperation while increasing the deployment of renewable energy systems worldwide.

  • Energy Department announces US$12 million to bring solar technologies to market
    Kizzi Nkwocha - January 17, 2013 -

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has today announced the availability of US$12 million to accelerate solar energy innovation that could help reduce manufacturing and installation costs for homes, businesses and utilities.

  • Germany set to launch incentives for PV storage systems
    Julia Chan - January 18, 2013 -

    The German Federal Ministry of Environment (BMU) is expected to introduce incentives for PV energy storage systems in February 2013.

  • Empa achieves record 20.4% efficiency for flexible thin film
    By Kizzi Nkwocha - January 18, 2013 -

    Scientists at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, have developed thin film solar cells on flexible polymer foils with a new record efficiency of 20.4% for converting sunlight into electricity.
  • Crowd-sourced solar investment allows ‘mass participation’ in clean-tech financing
    By Ben Willis - 09 January 2013 -

    A new online marketplace that crowd-sources investment for solar schemes in the US has sold out four projects in less than 24 hours.

    The scheme's archtiects, California-based Mosaic, said the model offered the promise of mass public participation in the financing of renewable energy projects.

  • Chilean environmental authority approves 3.1GW of PV projects
    By Julia Chan - 09 January 2013 -

    Chile has 3.1GW worth of approved PV projects in the pipeline, according to a report published by Centro de Energías Renovables, the country's renewable energy body.

    The report reveals that there are a further 908MW worth of PV projects currently under consideration for approval by Chilean environmental authority Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental (SEA).

  • Solar Powered prisons helps cut costs in not time?
    By Kizzi Nkwocha - 20 December 2012 -

    Officials in Merced County, California, recently celebrated the launch of a 1.4 megawatt solar complex that will generate enough electricity to power two full-size correctional facilities.

  • McCoy Solar Energy Project seeks approval from Obama Administration
    By Julia Chan - 24 December 2012 -

    The 750MW project will represent one of the largest PV projects on public lands in the Californian desert and will be developed, owned and operated by McCoy Solar, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, on 1,780 hectares of land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Riverside County.

  • Kuwait University joins imec's silicon solar cell industrial affiliation program
    By Mark Osborne - December 24, 2012 -

    Ludo Deferm, Executive Vice-President Business Development at imec said, “The need and importance of renewable energy is dominantly present in the Middle East region. With this collaboration we feel that Kuwait is taking a new and strategic step in establishing a key position in the field of silicon solar cell technology in the region.”

  • Friday Focus: Is South Africa a solar hotspot or long-shot?
    By Julia Chan - December 21, 2012 -

    South Africa’s solar market has had a relatively successful year in 2012. Currently, South Africa’s installed PV market is made up of a few small-scale projects. In terms of large-scale projects, the market has only really just begun.

  • Japan reaches 1.4GW of PV installed capacity
    By Nilima Choudhury - December 17, 2012 -

    Japan’s renewable energy capacity has reached a total of 1.443GW, according to figures released by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).

  • Greenpower Capital and Wirsol Solar create JV for large-scale Japanese PV projects
    By Julia Chan - 07 December 2012 -

    US renewable energy firm Greenpower Capital and Wirsol Solar, an international PV developer based in Germany, have established a joint venture which focuses on financing and building solar projects in Japan which have a capacity of 10MW or more.

  • Friday Focus: Has Desertec Had Its Day In The Sun?
    By Ben Willis - 07 December 2012 -

    In Europe the Desertec concept, as it was dubbed when it was officially launched in 2009, gained the strongest traction, spawning the Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii), a consortium of companies working towards realising the vision in Europe and North Africa.

  • Chile proposes national solar research centre
    Dec 05, 2012 -Ben Willis -

    The Chilean Solar Research Centre, or SERC-Chile, will have a particular emphasis on exploring the potential of developing solar power in the Atacama Desert, and the organisations behind the initiative hope it will establish itself as a world leader in solar research.

  • ‘Groundbreaking’ proposals to cut power station pollution
    Dec 05, 2012 -Kizzi Nkwocha -

    Experts at the New York-based environmental advocacy group the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) have issued what it claims is a groundbreaking proposal to sharply cut carbon pollution from America's power plants.

  • India announces draft strategy for Phase II of Solar Mission
    Dec 05, 2012 - Nilima Choudhury -

    India's Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a draft solar policy for Phase II of the country's Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), outlining its strategy to install 10GW by 2017 through mostly utility-scale projects.

  • Blue Energy to develop Africa’s largest PV project
    Dec 04, 2012 -Julia Chan -

    UK renewable energy company Blue Energy will finance and develop a US$400 million large-scale 155MW PV plant in Ghana which, when complete, is said to represent Africa’s largest PV project.

  • US Bureau of Land Management proposes Solar Zone in California
    Dec 04, 2012 -Kizzi Nkwocha

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released its final analysis of the environmental impacts of opening up an area of the Californian desert to testing and developing renewable energy.

  • SMA sales and service companies in Chile and South Africa start operations
    Dec 04, 2012 -kizzi Nkwocha -

    German PV manufacturer SMA Solar Technology has expanded its global presence with new sales and service companies in South Africa and Chile. The company said that in the current market conditions, it would initially concentrate on installations in the power plant category, while at the same time offering PV inverters and system technology for all other plant sizes.

  • Solar panels heat up in Afghanistan
    Dec 04, 2012 - kizzi Nkwocha -

    Sunnyside hears that the delivery is the first of a series of 21 installations which will be set up in and around the capital. The private customer is using solar thermal technology to ensure a primary heat supply for his buildings.

  • SunPower inks Chinese JV agreement
    Dec 03, 2012 - Julia Chan -

    US PV manufacturer SunPower has entered into a definitive joint venture agreement with three of its partners based in Mongolia and China. The agreement was signed with Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor (TZS), Inner Mongolia Power Group (IMP) and Hohhot Jinqiao City Development Company (HJCD).

  • Aberdeen streets to get Wi-Fi bins powered by solar
    Nov 30, 2012 - Julia Chan -

    From 2013, solar-powered litter bins offering wireless internet will be placed on the streets around the city of Aberdeen in Scotland. The £246,500 Big Belly bins project is being funded by the Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Inspired, which represents the city’s Business Improvement District.

  • Orix begins developing 82MW of PV capacity across 17 Japanese sites
    Nov 29, 2012 - Julia Chan -

    Orix Corporation, a Japanese financial services group, has announced it will begin developing 81.6MW worth of “mega-solar” PV plants at 17 sites across Japan. The 17 projects include four joint projects with Kyudenko Corporation, three of which will be constructed in Kagoshima and one in Fukuoka. They are expected to come online between July 2013 and December 2014.

  • Orix and Kyudenko Corporation plan 8.5MW PV plant at former Japanese airfield
    Nov 29, 2012 - Julia Chan -

    Orix Corporation, a financial services company based in Tokyo, Japan, has entered into a strategic partnership with Kyudenko Corporation to jointly launch a “mega-solar” power generation business on the Japanese island of Kyushu. Under this new business, the companies will develop an 8.5MW “mega-solar” plant on the former site of Makurazaki Airport in Makurazaki City in the Kagoshima Prefecture. The project represents the first time that a solar operation will be built on a former airport site in Japan.

  • NREL updates US solar radiation database
    Nov 28, 2012 - Syanne Olson -

    The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released an updated 20-year version of its US National Solar Radiation Database.

  • SunEdison secures financing for 58MW South African PV projects
    Nov 28, 2012 - Julia Chan -

    US PV project developer SunEdison, Chint Solar, the Public Investment Corporation and the Kurisani Youth Development Trust have obtained US$314 million in long-term debt and equity financing for two large-scale solar projects in Limpopo province, South Africa.

  • Report: China’s CSP market may reach 3GW by 2015
    Nov 28, 2012 - Julia Chan -

    China’s CSP capacity could increase to 3GW by 2015, although more conservative estimates predict it will only grow to 1GW, according to a paper by the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

  • Report: Dramatic fall in US installed PV costs
    Nov 28, 2012 - Ben Willis -

    The installed cost of solar power systems in the US fell substantially last year and in the first half of this year, according the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

  • Solar’s soaring job growth keep boots on the roof
    Nov 27, 2012 - Felicity Carus -

    The National Solar Jobs Census 2012 published earlier this month revealed that solar companies are hiring faster than the general economy. The Solar Foundation's review of the US solar workforce found that as of September 2012, the solar industry had grown to 119,016 workers under its definition of those "who spend at least 50% of their time supporting solar-related activities"

  • Grid parity within reach in Europe, says consortium
    Nov 27, 2012 -kizzi Nkwocha -

    Grid parity for residential and commercial consumers is within reach in many European countries, according to the PV Parity project consortium.

  • Report: Emerging solar markets hold 20GW of PV project potential
    Nov 27, 2012 - Mark Osborne -

    A slew of emerging markets for PV have been identified in a weighty new report from market research firm IHS, which has identified 20GW of PV projects across Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle-East, Africa and "emerging Europe".

  • Costa Rica inaugurates largest solar plant
    Nov 26, 2012 -Julia Chan -

    The President of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla has officially inaugurated a 1MW solar park in Miravalles which is said to be the country’s largest PV plant to date and the largest project of its kind in Central America.

  • World Bank’s US$12 billion ‘better invested in desert power than in fossil fuels’
    Nov 23,2012 - Julia Chan -

    The more than US$12 billion which the World Bank has invested in fossil fuels over the last six years would have been “better invested in desert power”, claims Desertec’s Foundation Director Dr. Thiemo Gropp.

  • MASEN and ACWA-led group sign US$1 billion PPA for Morocco’s first CSP plant
    Nov 21, 2012 -Julia Chan -

    The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with a consortium led by Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power International for electricity generated by a proposed 160MW CSP plant in Morocco. The deal is worth US$1 billion.

  • Megalim Solar Power wins contract for 121MW Israeli solar thermal plant
    Nov 20, 2012 -Julia Chan -

    Megalim Solar Power, a company established by BrightSource Energy and Alstom, has won the bid to build a 121MW solar thermal power plant in Israel. The construction contract was awarded by Israel’s inter-ministerial Tender Committee.

  • EU offers US$32 million to develop Africa’s largest power plant
    Nov 19, 2012 -Julia Chan -

    Speaking at the Conference of African Energy Ministers and All Africa Energy Week, EU Development Commissioner Andris Piebalgs pledged EU support for the construction of a 22MW PV power plant in Zagtouli, Burkina Faso.

  • Tokelau islands shift to solar energy
    Nov 7,2012 -BBC NEWS

    Tokelau has become the first territory able to meet all its electricity needs with solar power, officials say.
  • Installed PV capacity in Italy surpasses 16GW
    Nov 7, 2012 - Julia chan -

    Italy has a total of 456,575 grid-connected PV plants currently in operation, benefitting from the country’s Conto Energia V incentive programme, according to figures published by Italian energy agency GSE. Combined, these plants have a total PV capacity of 16.6GW.

  • Southern Solar to create 100MW solar project in India
    Nov 2,2012 - pv

    According to RTT News, Gestamp and Zynergy's joint venture (JV), Southern Solar, will complete the first 25MW of the project by March. It has been noted that Rohit Rahindernath, CEO and MD of Zynergy stated that the Southern Solar will buy 202 hectares in the Madurai and Ramnad districts, with the JV planning to sell the power generated by the plants directly to industrial consumers.

  • MX Group SEE unveils plans for 1GW of PV projects across Serbia
    Oct. 31, 2012 - Julia Chan-

    The Serbian government and Luxembourg-based investor Securum Equity Partners have signed a binding framework agreement for a 1GW PV deal.

  • Tenaska and SDG&E install first module on 130MW PV project
    Oct. 31, 2012 -julia chan -

    US PV project developer Tenaska has installed the first PV module for  its 130MW Tenaska Imperial South solar project located at the company’s Imperial Solar Energy Center South facility near El Centro, California.

  • Swiss energy provider to launch residential rooftop leasing programme
    Oct. 30, 2012 - Nilima Choundhury -

    Swiss energy provider Energie de Sion-Région (ESR) has launched a residential rooftop leasing programme for PV installations in the Swiss canton of Valais.

  • DBSA approves US$980 million of loans for South African solar projects
    Oct. 24,2012 - Julia Chan -

    The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has approved loan facilities worth R9,668.50 billion (US$980 million) earmarked for 13 solar projects in South Africa. Combined, the projects have a total capacity of 762.6MW.
  • IKEA targets energy independence by 2020
    Ot. 23, 2012 -Julia chan -

    IKEA has allocated €1.5 billion to solar and wind projects up to 2015 in a bid to meet all its on-site energy demands from renewable sources by 2020.

  • EDF Energies Nouvelles commissions 56MW solar plant in France
    Oct. 22,2012 -Syanne Olson -

    DF Energies Nouvelles recently commissioned its Massangis solar power plant, located in the Bourgogne region of France.

  • SunPower completes largest PV system in the US Navy
    Oct. 22,2012 -Julia Chan -

    US PV manufacturer SunPower Corporation has announced the completion of a 13.78MW solar power system at the US Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake (NAWS China Lake) in California. The PV system is hailed as the largest in the US Navy.

  • Marubeni plans large-scale 81.5MW PV plant in Japan
    Oct. 22, 2012 - Julia Chan -

    The surge in solar activities in Japan is continuing with Tokyo-based Marubeni Corporation announcing plans to create a “mega-solar power business” by building an 81.5MW solar plant in Oita City, Japan.

  • Mapping the Potential for Solar Power On Every Roof
    Oct 17, 2012 - EMILY BADGER -

    Within the borders of Cambridge, Massachusetts, are 17,000 rooftops, or 17,000 individual surfaces on which it might make sense one day to install photovoltaic cells. Of course, these roofs are not all equally fit for solar power. Some of them have weird chimneys or sloping architecture or tree shade. Some buildings are oriented in the wrong direction (for the sun’s purposes, at least), or they’re boxed in by even taller structures that block out natural daylight.

  • Siemens plans solar business exit
    Oct 12, 2012 - Julia Chan -

    German manufacturer Siemens has announced that it is to sell its solar business activities as part of a reorganization of its energy division and is already in talks with a number of potential buyers.

  • New York to inject US$107 million into large-scale PV projects over 2 years
    Aug 13, 2012 - Julia Chan -

    Through the NY-Sun Initiative — a programme which aims to co-ordinate a well-funded solar energy expansion plan —US$107 million will be injected into the NY-Sun Competitive PV Program to facilitate the development of large-scale PV systems throughout New York, US, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced.

  • Gujarat in talks with IFC for 1,000MW solar project
    Aug 10, 2012 - Nilima Choudhury -

    The government of the state of Gujarat in India has confirmed it is exploring the possibility of setting up a 1,000MW solar power project in conjunction with the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Gujarat estimates that the project could cost around Rs 8 to 9 crore per MW, therefore, the 1,000MW project could cost anywhere between Rs 8,000 to 9,000 crore.

  • Global PV monitoring market will reach 23GW in 2012 and 50GW in 2016, report forecasts
    Aug 6, 2012 - Julia Chan-

    The global PV monitoring market is predicted to reach 23GW in 2012, according to the Global PV Monitoring 2012 report published by GTM Research.

  • PV to become Australia's cheapest electricity source by 2050, study says
    Aug 3, 2012 - Julia Chan-

    According to a study by the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics (BREE), PV, along with onshore wind, will be the cheapest sources of electricity in Australia by 2030. Moreover, non-tracking PV is estimated to go on to become the cheapest power generation technology in Australia by 2050. BREE is a research unit within Australia’s Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism.

  • Germany installs record amount of PV in 1H'12
    Aug 3, 2012 - Emma Hughes-

    The latest installation figures from the German Federal Network Agency show that the country’s mid-year subsidy change for rooftop installations has caused a surge in solar demand for the first half of 2012, with more than 4.3GW installed in a period of just six months. This figure compares to just 1.71GW installed in the same period last year.

  • PSE&G plans US$883 million investment to expand its solar projects
    Aug 2, 2012 - Julia Chan-

    Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G), a US electric and gas company, has announced that it will submit a request to New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) for approval to invest up to US$883 million to expand its Solar 4 All and Solar Loan programmes in order to develop an additional 233MW of solar capacity. The expansion is expected to create around 300 jobs per year over the next five years.

  • Walmart hits 100th solar installation milestone in California
    Aug 1, 2012 - Julia Chan -

    US retail giant Walmart is continuing to fulfill its promise to invest in renewable energy and has installed solar panels on the rooftop of its College Avenue store in San Diego to generate electricity. This marks the company’s 100th solar installation in California and is in line with its aim to expand its solar portfolio to more than 75% of its stores in the state, approximately 130 stores, by the end of 2013.

  • Greece adds 97MW of PV capacity in June 2012
    Aug 1, 2012 - Julia Chan -

    According to Hellenic Transmission System Operator SA (HTSO), Greece has installed an additional 97MW of grid-connected PV capacity in June 2012, bringing its total PV capacity to 724MW. HTSO also revealed that the country’s PV systems generated 161.5 GWh of electricity in the same month.

  • IMS Research: Chinese government doubles installation target to rescue domestic PV manufacturers
    Aug 1, 2012 - Nilima Choudhury -

    China’s PV manufacturing base saw a major setback in the first and second quarters of 2012, with a severe slump in exports sparking the government to step in and further raise its PV installation target to 50GW, according to the latest quarterly report on China’s PV market from IMS Research. Tough competition in the global market place, vast oversupply and falling prices has put Chinese manufacturers’ balance sheets under huge pressure and China’s government has responded by more than doubling its long-term installation target from 20 to 50 GW by 2020.

  • Kyocera's 70MW PV power plant to cost US$345 million
    Jul 31, 2012 - Mark Osborne -

    Japan's largest single utility-scale solar power plant, using 290,000 multicrystalline solar modules supplied by Kyocera is expected to cost in the region of US$345 million or approximately ¥27 billion when complet by autumn 2013. With project finance now in place, construction of the plant in Kagoshima City, on land owned by IHI Corporation, will start in September. The plant was initially announced in April 2012.

  • France offers €1 billion investment opportunity
    Jul 30, 2012 - Nilima Choudhury -

    Perhaps not in the way Enerplan wished in a statement to France’s new president, Francois Hollande, but the country is pushing forwards with its plans for renewable energy generation. Delphine Batho, the new minister for ecology, sustainable development and energy, announced the results of two tenders for solar plants.

  • Envision Solar announces development initiatives in Middle East, Spain
    Jul 26, 2012 - Syanne Olson -

    Shaded parking array designed and developer, Envision Solar International, has announced that through a new partnership with Aconfort, it will be developing new business initiatives through the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Spain. Aconfort is a member of Al Habtoor Enterprises and is based in the UAE and Spain.

  • IMS Research: micro-inverter firms fastest growing as PV inverter market to surpass US$7 billion
    Jul 25, 2012 - Mark Osborne -

    The latest global PV inverter market report from IMS Research paints a mixed business environment for the sector that has more than 150 active suppliers. Although having defended reasonably well against price declines, compared to the rest of the supply chain, the market research firm is forecasting inverter sector revenues to only increase by 3% in 2012, while shipments increased nearly 25%.

  • OCI and CPS's 400MW project will drive US$700 million into Texan economy
    Jul 24, 2012 - Nilima Choudhury -

    Endemic overcapacity and continued price declines within the polysilicon sector impeded Korean OCI Company’s previously announced plans for the construction of two plants in May. Nevertheless, its North-American arm, OCI Solar Power, has signed a landmark deal with CPS Energy in San Antonio, Texas, to develop more than 400MW of projects. The contracts are based on a 25-year power purchase agreement.

  • SolarCity partners with Credit Suisse on second round of investment for solar panel installations
    Jul 25, 2012 - Syanne Olson -

    SolarCity announced that it has partnered with Credit Suisse on a second round of investment. The investment will go towards building solar panel installations and will help offset the upfront cost of solar panels for SolarCity customers. Each round included an investment of US$100 million from Credit Suisse, for a total of US$200 million.

  • Credit Suisse provides US$200 million commitment to Sunrun
    Jul 25, 2012 - Syanne Olson -

    Credit Suisse, which just announced its US$200 million partnership with Solar City, has additionally advised that it has committed US$200 million to Sunrun. The investment will help support the purchase and installation of thousands of residential solar systems in the US.

  • Solar cells that convert windows into energy producers
    Jul 23, 2012 -

    Researchers have fashioned a new transparent solar cell that will not only permit windows at homes to generate power but also enable people to see outside.

  • Big Military Solar Project Expands To New Bases
    Jul 17, 2012 -Todd Woody -

    SolarCity has embarked on the second phase of Project SolarStrong, a billion dollar initiative to install solar panels on 120,000 units of privately managed U.S. military housing.

  • Update: Sky Solar to invest US$900 million into Chilean market
    Jul 13, 2012 - Nilima Choudhury -

    Chinese company Sky Solar will be a conduit to help form a strategic partnership for bilateral free trade between China and Chile. CEO Amy Zhang recently attended a banquet hosted by Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in the capital, Santiago, an event also attended by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his entourage.

  • SunEdison sells 98MW of European PV projects
    Jul 9, 2012 - Anne Zimmermann-

    SunEdison has sold a total of 98MW of European PV projects, the company has announced, closing three transactions last week. The projects include a 60MW PV plant in Karadzhalovo, Bulgaria, which was sold to a consortium of investors including the First Reserve Energy Infrastructure Fund, Saudi Arabian developer ACWA Power and Turkish private equity firm Crescent Capital. The plant was connected to the grid in March 2012 and had been funded by an IFC €155 million debt financing agreement. ACWA subsidiary NOMAC and SunEdison will operate and maintain the plant under a joint vernture agreement.

  • New US financing alternative to tax incentive could increase installations by 75%
    Jul 9, 2012 - Nilima Choudhury -

    The US Senate’s recent vote to not extend the Department of Treasury’s solar energy tax incentive has resulted in a creative alternative by underwriters from financial institutions like Bank of America to Credit Suisse and Citigroup. This option would convert “sunlight into cash to pay bond investors,” reports Bloomberg. The SEIA predicts solar installations could increase by 75%, exceeding the 3,200MW goal for 2012.

  • Waaree offers easy finance scheme for PV projects
    Jul 5, 2012 - Anne Zimmermann -

    Waaree has launched a new easy finance scheme, the company has announced. The scheme is aimed at both bridge finance as well as long-term finance of solar projects and will be offered to companies already under PPAs

  • Solaria to develop 50MW of PV projects throughout Argentina
    Jul 4, 2012 - Anne Zimmermann-

    Solaria Energía y Medio Ambiente is planning to develop upto 50MW of PV projects in Argentina, the company has announced.

  • Conergy installs 1MW PV rooftop system in Greece
    Jul 4, 2012 - Anne Zimmermann-

    Conergy has connected a 1MW PV plant in Greece to the grid, the company has announced. The company has been responsible for the design and construction of the plant and has also supplied 13,000 thin-film PV modules for the installation. N. Kornilakis MEPE, a Greek logistics company, had the system installed on its 68,000m² warehouse roof.

  • California installs 1GW in 2011
    Jul 4, 2012 - Nilima Choudhury -

    In 2011, California became the first US state to install more than 1GW of customer-generated solar energy, according to figures published by the California Public Utilities Commission. The report, California Solar Initiative (CSI) also demonstrates that 311MW were installed in the investor-owned utility territories last year. The CSI program has received a budget of US$2.4 billion and is aiming to reach 1,940MW of solar capacity by the end of 2016.

  • Solarpack lands contract to supply energy to Collahuasi copper mine in Chile
    Jul 3, 2012 - Syanne Olson-

    Spain-based Solarpack Corporacion Tecnologica was recently awarded a contract to supply energy to northern Chile’s Collahuasi copper mine. According to a statement emailed to Bloomberg from Compania Minera Dona Ines de Collahuasi, the company will deliver 60,000MWh of energy a year from two solar plants, beginning in Q4 2013.

  • Salazar Approves First-Ever Commercial Solar Energy Project on American Indian Trust Lands
    Jun 26, 2012 -

    350 megawatt photovoltaic facility in Nevada will benefit Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, generate enough power for over 100,000 homes

  • HCPV to attain 31% compound annual growth rate until 2017 according to Lux Research
    Jun 26, 2012 - Syanne Olson -

    Lux Research’s Putting High-Concentration Photovoltaics into Focus report is expecting for high-concentrating PV (HCPV) to start making a bigger footprint in the solar industry. The research company’s new report expects for HCPV to have a 31% compound annual growth rate until 2017, growing to 697MW in five years

  • Sky Solar plans to enter Chilean PV market with 300MW project
    Jun 26, 2012 - Anne Zimmermann-

    Chinese PV company Sky Solar is planning to invest in a 300MW PV project in Chile, according to a report by Reuters.

  • First the iPhone. Now Renewables.
    Jun 19, 2012 - Mitsuru Obe -

    TOKYO—When Masayoshi Son heard about the nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima last year, he had a mini meltdown of his own.

  • Japan approves renewable subsidies in shift from nuclear power
    Jun 18, 2012 - Yuko Inoue and Leonora Walet -

    Japan approved on Monday incentives for renewable energy that could unleash billions of dollars in clean-energy investment and help the world's third-biggest economy shift away from a reliance on nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster.

  • Scatec and IFC enter agreement to develop PV plants in West and Central Africa
    Jun 11, 2012 - Anne Zimmermann -

    Norwegian-based Scatec Solar and IFC InfraVentures have entered an agreement to develop a number of PV plants in West and Central Africa, the companies have announced. IFC will be financing the projects while Scatec will be responsible for designing, developing, constructing and operating PV plants with a capacity of 10MW or more in different African countries. Among the first countries in which Scatec and IFC are planning to develop solar power plants are Benin, Cameroon, Togo, Niger and Burkina Faso.

  • IBM partners with CUNY to study, establish solar adoption in New York City
    Jun 8, 2012 - Syanne Olson -

    IBM and CUNY Ventures, a City University of New York (CUNY) Economic Development unit, have partnered under the Smart NY program in order to encourage the adoption of solar. The program aims to develop the ability to analyse and understand key solar market indicators that make solar systems more cost competitive by using IBM’s Intelligent Operation Centre (IOC) for Smarter Cities.

  • KREDL seeks government approval for 500MW solar park, India
    Jun 7, 2012 - Nilima Choudhury -

    Having increased the allocation of solar projects to 350MW by 2016, in February this year, Karnataka Renewable Energy Development (KREDL) is in the process of seeking government approval for a solar park, following in the footsteps of states like Gujarat. KREDL wishes to build the 1,000 hectare solar park at Mannur village in Bijapur, India, through a public-private partnership (PPP) model. According to the chairman of KREDL, C.M. Nimbannavar, the site is expected to generate 500MW of solar power.

  • Suntech proposes 100MW of solar projects in Pakistan
    Jun 7, 2012 - Nilima Choudhury -

    Pakistan’s slow economic growth and energy shortage could be coming to an end if proposals from Suntech to establish 100MW in the country are realized. Speaking at a meeting attended by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Minister for Water and Power, Naveed Qamar, secretaries of the ministries of EAD, Water and Power, chairman NEPRA, CEO AEDB, Pakistan’s ambassador to China and senior officials of relevant ministries, Dr Shi Zhengrong, chairman of Suntech, announced plans for the phased installation of plants with a generating capacity of 20MW each.

  • Enfinity completes 1.1MW solar project for Macy's distribution centre in New Jersey
    Jun 6, 2012 - Syanne Olson -

    Retail giant, Macy’s, has added a new solar array to the rooftop of its Edison, New Jersey distribution centre. The 1.1MW project, completed by Enfinity America is operational and expected to generate nearly 1.3 million kWh of energy per year. Enfinity owns the solar plant and under a 20-year PPA, will sell the electricity produced to Macy’s at a fixed rate. Co-developed by SunConnect, the project received longer-term financing through PSE&G’s SREC-based solar loan program.

  • CNPV celebrates Enel Green Power's solar geothermal hybrid project completion in Nevada
    Jun 6, 2012 - Syanne Olson -

    CNPV Solar Power executives were on hand, May 2, at Enel Green Power’s inauguration ceremony for its solar geothermal hybrid project in Stillwater, Nevada. CNPV supplied its PV modules for the project, which has 33MW of geothermal capacity and 26MW of solar capacity. Initiated and owned by Enel Green Power, the project is said to be the world’s first and only geothermal hybrid project.

  • Last Weekend, Half of Germany Was Running on Solar Power
    May 28, 2012 -

    That's right—half of all of Germany was powered by electricity generated by solar plants. That's incredible. It was also world record-breaking. Germany is pretty much singlehandedly proving that solar can be a major, reliable source of power—even in countries that aren't all that sunny.

  • Project to Map 'Every U.S. Commerical Rooftop' for Solar Potential
    April 20, 2012 -

    Satellite imagery company GeoEye has teamed up with Geostellar in a partnership that aims to map and catalog the photovoltaic solar potential of every commercial and residential property in the United States.

  • First-Ever Solar Project to be Built on Arizona State Trust Lands
    April 4, 2012 - James Williams -

    The Arizona Public Service (APS) and the State Land Department (SLD) have announced a new partnership to deliver 35MW Foothills Solar Plant on 400 acres of Arizona State Trust Lands in Yuma County. This will be the first solar project to be developed on state-owned trust lands and outlines Arizona governor Janice Brewer’s plans to make Arizona a global force in the renewable energy sector.

  • NRG Energy completes first two solar energy projects with the Clinton Foundation in Haiti
    Mar 22, 2012 - Anne Zimmermann -

    Former president Bill Clinton and NRG Energy’s president David Crane visited Haiti to examine the progress of the solar power installations built in partnership with the Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF).

  • Alta Devices’ solar panel receives NREL verification of 23.5% efficiency
    Mar 22, 2012 - Nilima Choudhury -

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has verified Alta Devices’ most recent and highest efficiency solar panel at 23.5%.

  • Minnesota Electricity Could Be 100% Renewable, 100% Local
    Mar 21, 2012 - John Farrell -

    A new report released today by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research shows that Minnesota can meet 100% of its electricity needs with in-state wind and solar power, and (with ample energy efficiency investments) at a comparable cost to its existing electricity supply.

  • U.S. solar and wind industries expand
    Mar 21, 2012 - Wendy Koch -

    Despite last year's bankruptcies of several solar manufacturers, including government-backed Solyndra, the U.S. solar and wind industries continue to expand in the face of obstacles this year.

  • 'Nanotrees' could deliver clean fuel
    Mar 21, 2012 -

    U.S. engineers say a forest of tiny "nanowire trees" can cleanly capture solar energy without using fossil fuels and harvest it for hydrogen fuel generation.

  • South America and the Caribbean to receive US$600 million funding for renewable energy projects
    Mar 19, 2012 - Nilima Choudhury -

    The Inter-American and Development Bank (IDB) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have entered a co-financing agreement worth US$600 million to invest in renewable private-sector projects in South America and the Caribbean.

  • Solar shakeout: Oerlikon Solar to be sold to Tokyo Electron
    Mar 8, 2012 - Mark Osborne -

    Oerlikon Group’s loss-making Oerlikon Solar, the originator of the turnkey thin-film business model with a-Si and tandem-junction thin-film technology, is being sold to Japan’s leading semiconductor equipment supplier, Tokyo Electron (TEL).

  • 'Printed' solar cells a low-cost solution?
    Mar 2, 2012 - West Lafayette -

    Solar cells manufactured using special ink printed onto sheets of a supporting material could lead to new low-cost solar cells, U.S. chemical engineers say.

  • Germany Slashes FIT Subsidies in an Effort to Rein in Solar Power Installations
    Mar 2, 2012 - John Blau -

    Bonn, Germany -- Solar power has grown so massively in Germany that the government now plans to rein in the boom in photovoltaic installations by cutting generous subsidiaries.

  • Analysis: As Solar Panels Eclipsed, Installers In Limelight
    Feb 23, 2012 - Matt Daily -

    A steep decline in solar panel prices is helping solar installers attract new capital, a trend likely to trigger consolidation in the fragmented industry and drive down the cost of putting the renewable energy system on rooftops.

  • Renewable energy passes nuclear as U.S. power source
    Feb 8, 2012 - Steven E.F. Brown -

    Renewable energy sources -- wind, water, solar and others -- passed nuclear generation as a share of U.S. power in September, according to the Energy Information Administration.

  • Electricity through solar energy for 6 islands
    Feb 2, 2012 - Ahmed Rishan -

    Renewable Energy Maldives (REM) together with the State Electric Company Limited (STELCO) kick started a project yesterday, to generate electricity using solar energy in 6 islands in Male' atoll.

  • Solar, wind and geothermal power seen solution to energy crisis
    Feb 2, 2012 - Nisar Mahmood -

    PESHAWAR: After hydroelectricity, the solar, wind and geothermal power is the best alternative for thermal power to overcome the deepening energy crisis in the country, said experts at a seminar here on Sunday.

  • Report claims 50% of Chinese solar firms have ceased production
    Feb 2, 2012 - Sile Mc Mahon -

    Approximately half of China’s PV manufacturing firms have ceased production, according to a report on the Chinese newspaper Guangzhou Daily and as cited by Digitimes. Chronic oversupply and massive price drops would appear to have nudged the lower-performing China-based manufacturers over the edge, with the solar energy division of CSG Holding’s research suggesting that half have stopped production, around 30% are at half their production capability and 20% are at pains to maintain their current levels of production.

  • Could the desert sun power the world?
    Feb 2, 2012 - Leo Hickman -

    Green electricity generated by Sahara solar panels is being hailed as a solution to the climate change crisis

  • Incredible UK solar installation figures revealed
    Feb 2, 2012 - Emma Hughes -

    After Solar Power Portal last week reported that photovoltaic installations in the UK had begun to tail off, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has quietly updated its weekly data revealing shocking figures not even the most optimistic of us would have expected.

  • SolarStrong gains momentum as SolarCity, BofA Merrill plan US$1 billion in military installations
    Dec 1, 2011 - Sile Mc M ahon -

    SolarCity and Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA Merrill) are ploughing ahead with their plan for SolarStrong, a five-year initiative for solar power installations on privatized US military housing communities. The plan is for SolarCity and the major US bank to invest over US$1 billion in solar plants across the country, and the combined generation capacity is estimated to be in the region of 300MW.

  • NPD Solarbuzz: North American solar PV installations to exceed 2.2GW in 2011
    Dec 1, 2011 - Mark Osborne -

    Fear, uncertainty and doubt are ever present in the North American PV market, according to the latest ‘North America PV Markets Quarterly’ report from NPD Solarbuzz. In the US, issues over module dumping from China and the expiration of the US federal cash grant do not help, but there is growing concern of the feed-in tariff system in Ontario, Canada, not least as it is responsible for 99% of the Canadian PV market.

  • Nationwide Utility Rates Now on Open EI
    Nov 28, 2011 -

    Utility rates from cities all across the United States are now available in one place — the U.S. Department of Energy's Open Energy Information platform, or

  • Solar Farming a Transformative Resource for India
    Nov 17, 2011 - Darshan Goswami -

    Imagine a crop that can be harvested daily on the most barren desert and arid land, with no fertilizer or tillage, and that produces no harmful emissions. Imagine an energy source so bountiful that it can provide many times more energy than we could ever expect to need or use. Imagine that an hour's worth of sunlight bathing the planet holds far more energy than humans worldwide could consume in a year. You don't have to imagine it -- it's real and it's here. Solar energy is an abundant enormous resource that is readily available to all countries throughout the world, and all the space above the earth. It is clean, no waste comes from it, and once a system is in place, it's "free."

  • Huge solar power plants are blooming in California's southern deserts
    Nov. 4, 2011 - San Jose Mercury News -

    A new map developed by 3TIER appears to show correlation between a drop in Australia’s solar energy and the 2010 floods.

  • 3TIER map measures solar in Australia
    Nov 3, 2011 - Isabella Kaminski -

    A new map developed by 3TIER appears to show correlation between a drop in Australia’s solar energy and the 2010 floods.

  • Italy Passes 7,000 MW of Total Installed Solar PV
    Nov 3, 2011 - Paul Gipe -

    The interactive web page Atlasole created by Italy's Gestore dei Servizi Energetici (GSE) indicates that the country surpassed 7,000 MW of total installed solar photovoltaics (solar PV) from nearly one-quarter million systems sometime mid-year.

  • Sahara Solar Project to Present First Plant Design in 2012
    Nov 3, 2011 - Stefan Nicola -

    The Sahara solar initiative backed by German turbine maker Siemens AG (SIE) and Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) will sketch out plans in 2012 for its first power plant, a 600 million-euro ($800 million) station in Morocco, its project manager said.

  • Desertec To Start Work On First Solar Plant In 2012
    Oct. 29, 2011 - Reuters

    Desertec, the world's most ambitious solar power project, is to start building its first power plant next year, a 500 megawatt (MW) facility in Morocco costing up to 2 billion euros ($2.8 billion), the project lead told a German newspaper.

  • Wind, Water, and Solar Power for the World
    Oct 20, 2011 - Mark Delucchi -

    We don’t need nuclear power, coal, or biofuels. We can get 100 percent of our energy from wind, water, and solar (WWS) power. And we can do it today—efficiently, reliably, safely, sustainably, and economically.

  • Germany keen to buy solar-generated electricity from Greece
    Oct 20, 2011 -

    ATHENS — Greek Prime Minuster Georges Papandreou confirmed Sunday that Germany was keen to import solar-generated electricity from debt-ridden Greece.

  • Abu Dhabi hosts Africa meeting on renewable energy
    Oct. 7, 2011 - Michael Casey -

    African governments should consider investing in renewable energies like wind, solar and hydro power to help feed the continent's growing energy demands and combat threats of climate change, the head of a new international energy agency said Friday.

  • IRC Paper Addresses Renewable Energy Integration Challenges
    Oct 6, 2011 - Angela Beniwal -

    A recent briefing paper on variable energy resources (VERs) has proposed various remedies that independent system operators (ISOs) and regional transmission organizations (RTOs) can implement when incorporating increasing amounts of renewable energy resources onto their grids.

  • How China dominates solar power
    Oct 6, 2011 - Stephen Lacey

    Huge loans from the Chinese Development Bank are helping Chinese solar companies push American solar firms out of the market

  • SolarCity’s new pricing plan undercuts utility grid electricity in Hawaii
    Oct 5, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    The US Department of Energy has finalized another loan guarantee, this time for $90.6 million to Cogentrix for the 30MW Alamosa Solar Generating Project, which uses Amonix high-concentration PV dual-axis tracker systems. When the utility-scale installation is completed next year, the site will be the largest CPV-based power plant in the world.

  • DOE finalizes $90.6M loan guarantee for 30MW Alamosa solar power plant, featuring Amonix CPV systems
    Oct 5, 2011 - Tom Cheyney -

    The US Department of Energy has finalized another loan guarantee, this time for $90.6 million to Cogentrix for the 30MW Alamosa Solar Generating Project, which uses Amonix high-concentration PV dual-axis tracker systems. When the utility-scale installation is completed next year, the site will be the largest CPV-based power plant in the world.

  • Rooftop Solar Could Power 20% of D.C. and Save Ratepayers Money
    Oct 5, 2011 - John Farrell -

    For many years the citizens of Washington, D.C. struggled for the basic right to elect their own leaders. In 2011, they should use their political home rule to maximize the economic benefits of local renewable energy with “electricity home rule.”

  • MarketsandMarkets: Global Solar Energy Market Will Reach $75.2 Billion With Annual Installations Reaching 227 GW by 2016
    Oct 5, 2011 - Pangea -

    According to a new market research report, "Solar Power Market by PV, CSP Technologies by Installations, Price, Cost, Trade Trends & Global Forecasts (2011 - 2016)", published by MarketsandMarkets (, global solar energy market will grow from around $39.6 billion in 2011 to $75.2 billion in 2016 with a compound annual growth rate of 13.7% during the same period.

  • Order Focus: First Solar lands 100MW supply agreement for Reliance Power’s Jaisalmer project
    Oct 5, 2011 - Syanne Olson -

    Upon the US Export-Import Bank approving a US$84.2 million direct loan last month to Reliance Power’s Dahanu Solar Power unit, the company was able to secure an agreement with First Solar for the delivery of 100MW of solar modules. Under the supply contract, First Solar will deliver 40MW of its thin-film modules to Reliance Power by the end of the year, with the remaining 60MW delivered in 2012. The solar modules will be used for Reliance Power’s Jaisalmer solar project, which will supply solar electricity to Mumbai. The companies claim that this is the largest PV module supply agreement in India to date.

  • One of World's Largest Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Projects to Be Constructed in Windsor, Ontario
    Sept. 30, 2011 -

    Ontario-based solar installation company Solar & AlternativeTechnology Corp. has partnered with solar panel manufacturer Soventix Canada Inc., known as Sovello in Canada, and Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd., the historic Windsor, Ontario based producer of brands like Wiser's® Canadian whisky and Malibu® rum, to design and build the largest rooftop solar photovoltaic plant in Canada, at 7.9MW.

  • Mitsui to build huge solar power plants in disaster areas
    Sept. 30, 2011 -

    Trading company giant Mitsui & Co. plans to build huge solar power plants in the Tohoku region to help the region recover from the March 11 disaster by easing its power shortages, it was learned Wednesday.

  • Gigawatt-scale loan guarantees: First Solar gets DOE conditional commitments for Calif project trio
    Sept. 30, 2011 - Tom Cheyney -

    First Solar and its partners have received nearly $3.8 billion in new partial or full conditional loan guarantee commitments from the US Department of Energy. The commitments will be used to support the development of three major utility-scale solar farm projects in southern and central California, with a combined projected installed capacity of >1.3GW(AC) of the company's CdTe thin-film modules—Antelope Valley Solar Ranch One (230MW), Desert Sunlight (550MW), and Topaz Solar (550MW).

  • FRV-led consortium wins bid to build 150MW Australian solar plant
    Sept. 30, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    A consortium led by Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) has won a bid to develop Australia's largest solar power plant. The tender – launched by the Australian government – is for a 150MW system near the town of Moree in New South Wales.

  • Fast-tracking Renewable Energy
    Sep 27, 2011 - Bill Opalka -

    Arizona Public Service Company (APS) took another step to develop more solar energy with its recent announcement of an 18-megawatt solar photovoltaic plant to be located 70 miles southwest of Phoenix in Gila Bend.

  • Mitsui, Toshiba join forces to build 50MW PV plant in Japan
    Sep 21, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    Mitsui and Toshiba are joining forces to build Japan’s largest PV system, according to financial newspaper Nikkei. With a capacity of 50MW, the plant will be considerably bigger than any other in Japan and cover 800,000m2 of Mitsui-owned land in the Aichi Prefecture.

  • Can CSP Settle in India?
    Sept. 20, 2011 - Keith Lovegrove -

    India, possessing great potential and more than enough suitable land with sufficient solar resources, is well-placed to allow CSP to make a very major contribution to its national energy supply. A new IT Power report looks into the encouraging factors and the barriers for deployment.

  • Algeria urges Europe to remove constraints for exporting solar power
    Sept. 20, 2011 -

    ALGIERS, Jun 21, 2011 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- CEO of the Algerian state run electricity and gas distributor Sonelgaz Group, Noureddine Bouterfa, has urged Europe to remove all constraints hindering exporting Algerian solar power to Europe.

  • Applied Materials sees critical inflection point reached in the cost of solar energy
    Sept. 20, 2011 - Mark Osborne -

    A key point from Applied Materials third annual solar energy survey, undertaking to coincide with the summer solstice (June 21st) in the northern hemisphere is that electricity produced by solar PV panels will cost the same as traditional sources of residential power in 19 countries, including Italy and Spain and Brazil, and California by the end of 2011. Module prices have dropped 70% since 2008, according to the major equipment supplier and are expected to reach US$1 per watt in the next couple of years, echoing recent reports from market research firms such as IHS iSuppli.

  • Bosch to build €520 million integrated solar module manufacturing plant in Malaysia
    Sept. 20, 2011 - Mark Osborne -

    Cited as one of its largest single investments in manufacturing facilities in the long history of the company, Bosch is planning to invest over €520 million in a new fully-integrated solar module manufacturing plant in Batu Kawan, Penang, Malaysia. Construction is expected to start by the end of 2011 with production scheduled to have begun by the end of 2013. When fully ramped in 2014, capacity is expected to reach a combined 640MW. The company noted that it still expects sales to pass the €1 billion level this year.

  • Solar power boost to National Grid
    Sep 12, 2011 - Chamikara Weerasinghe -

    Power and Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka yesterday said they have arranged to introduce the first main grid connected solar power plant in the Hambantota District.

  • Desert Sunlight solar project gets go-ahead from Department of Interior; construction to begin soon
    Sep 12, 2011 - Tom Cheyney -

    US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has greenlighted the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, a 550MW (AC) solar power project to be developed, built, and operated by First Solar on 4100 acres of public lands in the California desert outside Joshua Tree National Park. Construction on the site could begin within days.

  • New FiT to increase China's solar capacity by 1.5GW, according to iSuppli report
    Sep 12, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    The Chinese government's new feed-in-tariff (FiT) has the potential to increase solar installations in the country by 1.5GW in the next 18 months, according to a new IHS iSuppli report.

  • Solarbuzz report sees US PV market doubling in 2011 due to lower module prices, incentives
    Sep 8, 2011 - Syanne Olson -

    According to Solarbuzz's new "United States PV Market Report", the country's PV market is set to double in the second half of 2011. While other industries fight to control their economic woes, incentives and policies at the federal, state and local government level have bolstered the US PV market over the past year leading Solarbuzz to predict that the country will become the third-largest solar PV market, behind Germany and Italy, in 2011.

  • Solarbuzz report expects Asia-Pacific PV markets to account for 25% of global demand by 2015
    Sep 8, 2011 - Syanne Olson -

    In the new "Asia Pacific Major PV Markets" published by Solarbuzz, the expectation has been set for the Asia-Pacific solar markets to experience significant growth over the next four years. According to Solarbuzz, this market segment is anticipated to make up 25% of global PV demand by 2015, compared to the 11% it represented in 2010. The top five markets, China, Japan, India Australia and South Korea, will more than likely account for 3.3GW of demand in 2011 alone, with China and Japan leading the region. Growth, in terms of customer segments is anticipated to be guided by utilities, which Solarbuzz speculates will become the largest customer segment as the Asia-Pacific markets leave the prevailing residential installation model.

  • US government invests US$27 million to help eliminate solar installation red tape
    Sept. 07, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    As part of its SunShot Initiative, the US government is allocating more than US$27 million in funding to bring down the non-hardware installation costs of solar energy projects. Up to US$12.5 million of this will be assigned to the Rooftop Solar Challenge, which will help eliminate the administrative barriers for small-scale systems, while the remaining US$15 million is being used to streamline the installation process for local governments.

  • Germany's latest EEG draft includes further solar subsidy cuts
    Sept. 07, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    Germany's solar industry is to be subjected to four subsidy cuts over the next 12 months, according to the revised draft of the country's Renewable Energy Act [EEG]. The final two of these reductions had not been included in the original amendment to the bill and their addition is a major blow to the country's solar industry.

  • Solar power to reach 68,000MW by 2022
    Sept. 07, 2011 - Makarand Gadgil -

    India’s solar power generation capacity will reach 68,000 megawatts (MW) by 2021-22, triple the government’s target and accounting for around 7% of the country’s total power generation capacity by that year, audit and consulting firm KPMG India said in its latest report on the sector. The cost of generating solar power will be on par with that of conventional thermal electricity by 2019-20, it adds in the report titled Rising Sun.

  • IKEA reveals plans to install just over 5MW of solar installations on six Eastern US stores
    Sep 1, 2011 - Syanne Olson -

    IKEA's mission to minimize its impact on the global environment continues with the announcement of six more solar installations to take place on its locations in the Eastern US. Since the beginning of this year, the home design giant has completed a 498kW solar system at its Denver store and a 200kW installation at its Brooklyn facility, while also announcing plans for two solar systems to be installed at store locations in Germany.

  • Boeing's South Carolina plant to install 2.6MW solar system and become a 100% renewable energy site
    Sep 1, 2011 - Syanne Olson -

    Boeing and South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) will be working together to make Boeing's South Carolina facility a 100% renewable energy site. The North Charleston site will produce renewable energy with the help of a 2.6MW rooftop solar installation. Both companies maintain that the solar system at the Boeings 787 Final Assembly site will be the largest solar installation in the Southeast and the sixth largest in the US.

  • Salazar Approves Major Renewable Energy Projects, Identifies Next Step in Solar Energy Development
    Aug 19, 2011 -

    Projects to generate 1,300 Jobs, 550 MW of clean power; Supplement to Solar PEIS will offer greater clarity for solar development in the West.

  • Australia's solar industry welcomes new carbon tax
    Aug 9, 2011 - Emma Hughes -

    Following months of tense negotiation between the minority Labour Government and the Green and independent MPs, Australia's prime minister Julia Gillard yesterday revealed the 'Strong Growth, Low Pollution' report, which models how the country's economy can continue to grow at the same time as reducing carbon pollution with a carbon price. The new tax, which will come into effect from July next year, will hit Australia's top 500 emitters with an AUD$23 per tonne carbon tax.

  • Department of Energy Commits Support for Landmark Rooftop Solar Project
    Aug 9, 2011 -

    Largest Rooftop Project in U.S. History Will Enable Wide Distribution of Solar Power Across Country While Creating at Least a Thousand Jobs

  • Q-Cells guides almost flat sales in 2011; CIGS modules achieve 13.4% new efficiency world record
    Aug 5, 2011 - Mark Osborne -

    Although there were no specifics mentioned in the financial forecast for 2011 provided by Q-Cells as it announced full year financial results, sales are set to be at around the same level as last year. As previously reported, Q-Cells sales increased by 70% to €1.35 billion in 2010. In its annual report, 2011 sales guidance is between €1.3 billion and €1.5 billion.

  • Solarcentury connects UK's largest solar system to national grid
    Aug 5, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    Solarcentury has broken new ground in the UK solar industry by connecting the nation's largest solar system to the grid. The 748kW array is comprised of over 3,000 panels and will produce enough electricity to power one-quarter of the Oxfordshire business park in which it is located.

  • New South Wales solar industry in crisis
    Aug 5, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    Without Government assistance, the New South Wales solar industry could cease to exist in as little as eight weeks, according to the Australian Solar Energy Society.

  • 6 MW Solar Plant Planned on Kauai
    Aug 5, 2011 -

    Alexander & Baldwin and Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) are planning a 6 MW utility-scale photovoltaic facility on Kaua'i's sunny south shore.

  • China Sunergy to invest US$277 million in 1GW cell manufacturing expansion
    Aug 5, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    Two China Sunergy subsidiaries are investing RMB1.8 billion (US$277 million) in a new 1GW solar cell manufacturing facility in Yangzhou, China. The joint venture will concentrate on the production of China Sunergy's newly-developed Quasar cells, with the first 500MW batch set to be delivered in the first half of 2012.

  • Deutsche Bank's 7.56MW solar project officially unveiled
    Aug 5, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    Deutsche Bank's 7.56MW solar park in the southeast Italian commune of Torre Santa Susanna has been officially opened. The plant was a joint venture alongside EST Energie & Solar Technik, dean Solar and Sanyo, and is one of the largest tracking solar systems in Europe.

  • First College in US Generates Income Selling Solar to the Grid
    Aug 3, 2011 -

    Butte College, near Sacramento, California is the first college in the US to be ‘grid positive' - it generates more electricity than it needs from its solar arrays and thus can deliver energy to the electric grid, making a tidy profit.

  • Can North Africa Light Up Europe With Concentrated Solar Power?
    Jul 21, 2011 - Lisa Friedman -

    HAMBURG, Germany -- Twenty-five years after Gerhard Knies conceived of powering Europe with the Sahara Desert's sun, the North Africa Solar project has grown into something considerably more than a mere mirage, but it's still less than a reality.

  • US$1.2 billion DOE loan guarantee offered to Abengoa for 280MW project
    Jul 21, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has offered a conditional loan guarantee totalling US$1.2 billion to help build a 280MW Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plant in southern California. If confirmed, the DOE guarantee will help fund the construction and start-up of Abengoa’s Mojave Solar Project (MSP), which is to be located around 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles in San Bernardino County.

  • Google invests US$280 million in SolarCity solar rooftop fund
    Jul 21, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    Google has made its biggest investment in renewable energy to date by creating a US$280 million fund with SolarCity. The money will be dedicated to projects in the residential solar market and takes the internet giant’s green spending to US$680 million.

  • Tata Steel, Dyesol produce world’s largest dye-sensitized photovoltaic module
    Jul 20, 2011 - Emma Hughes -

    The Tata Steel and Dyesol development partnership has produced the world’s largest dye sensitized photovoltaic module. Manufactured at Tata Steel’s Shotton site in North Wales, the module is over three metres in length and approximately one square metre in area. This unique achievement represents an important step towards the development of large-scale microgeneration capability within building infrastructure.

  • Top US utilities added 561MW of new solar capacity in 2010
    Jul 20, 2011 - Emma Hughes -

    According to the Solar Electric Power Association’s (SEPA) most recent report, US-based power utilities are ramping up the use of solar photovoltaics. The 2010 Utility Solar Rankings report identifies the top 10 US utilities that added the most new solar power to their systems last year as well as the top 10 utilities that added the most solar on a watts-per-customer-served basis.

  • OPIC approves $123 million for pair of 20MW PV power plants to be built by T-Solar in Peru
    Jul 20, 2011 - Tom Cheyney -

    The board of the Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC) has approved $123 million in financing for the construction of two 20MW solar power plants in Peru, said to be the first large-scale solar power project in the Latin American country. Along with the involvement of Peru's ProInversion investment promotion agency, the ground-mount-based projects will be developed by T-Solar and use silicon thin-film panels made by the Spanish company with Applied Materials SunFab technology.

  • Soitec, Schneider Electric to promote CPV in Morocco
    Jul 20, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    Soitec and Schneider Electric have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen) to develop concentrated photovoltaics (CPV) technology in the North African country.

  • IEEE: Solar could challenge fossil fuel in 10 years
    Jul 20, 2011 -

    Solar photovoltaics have the potential to be the most cost-effective electricity source and could even challenge fossil fuels within 10 years.

  • Utilities Developing More Solar Projects
    Jul 20, 2011 - Steve Leone -

    The 2010 SEPA Utility Solar Rankings report shows huge growth in utility ownership of solar projects.

  • San Diego's New CPV Solar Giant
    Jul 14, 2011 - David Appleyard, Chief Editor, Renewable Energy World International -

    The development of a commerical large-scale CPV project is helping to establish the performance credentials of a technology that offers significant opportunities at the power plant scale.

  • The Rise of Concentrating Solar Thermal Power
    Jul 14, 2011 - Ucilia Wang, Contributor -

    With big government help, a solar thermal power (CSP) technology boom seems to be coming in the United States. Regulators have issued permits for about a dozen power plant projects and construction is underway for a few. But the three main challenges for building a project – permits, finance and technology -- remain big concerns for technology and project developers.

  • MENA Tipped for CSP Boom
    Jul 13, 2011 -

    London, UK -- The Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) could be ripe for developing its massive potential in concentrating solar power (CSP), finds a recent study for the World Bank by the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE).

  • Roll-to-roll flexible solar thin-film with 10% efficiency
    Jul 2, 2011 -

    The Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) has developed a roll-to-roll system depositing CIGS solar thin-film on a 25 µm thin polymer film with a 10% efficiency.

  • The Fastest Growing Industry
    Jul 2, 2011 - Bill Opalka -

    Solar power may be the fastest growing industry in the country, says one of its leading proponents. The base from which it is growing may be small, but the rate of increased is unmatched in the renewables space.

  • DOE Offers Loan Guarantee for Solar Generation Project in Nevada
    Jun 29, 2011 -

    DOE announced on May 19 its offer of a conditional commitment for a $737 million loan guarantee to support a 110-megawatt concentrating solar power (CSP) tower facility in Nevada. The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project, sponsored by SolarReserve, LLC, will be the first of its kind in the United States and the tallest molten salt tower in the world. It is located on 2,250 acres leased from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management. The company estimates the project will create 600 construction jobs and 45 operations jobs.

  • Huge Growth Expected for North American Solar Industry
    Jun 29, 2011 - Eicke R. Weber, PhD -

    Washington, DC-- President Obama recently stated in his 2011 State of the Union Address: "Instead of subsidizing yesterday's energy, let's invest in tomorrow's." Shortly thereafter DOE secretary Chu launched the SunShot initiative, geared at research to drive down the costs of solar PV aggressively.

  • Japanese Billionaire Touted to Kick-Start Solar Power Plants In Tsunami-Hit Areas
    Jun 22, 2011 - Mark Osborne -

    Japan's richest man, Masayoshi Son, the CEO of Japanese telecom company, Softbank, wants to kick-start large solar power plants in tsunami-hit areas of eastern Japan, according to reports. Said to be an advocate of shifting Japan away from nuclear energy towards greater dependence on renewable forms of energy, Son wants to provide approximately 10% of the funding for 10 projects, supported by local governments and banks.

  • Solar Unstoppable
    Jun 20, 2011 - Bill Opalka -

    While the economy bumps along, the solar market is experiencing an unprecedented boom. The industry in the first quarter grew by 66 percent year-over-year. A new report by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research showed that the industry is well on its way to double last year, as earlier projections had shown.

  • 6 amazing facts about electricity transmission in China
    Jun 11, 2011 -

    It’s well known that China has been going gangbusters on developing its energy infrastructure, rapidly building everything from not-so-green new coal-fired power to a massive solar photovoltaics manufacturing base to large deployments of wind power. While its energy resources have been growing, though, its transmission capacity has some serious catching-up to do.

  • Japan contemplates making solar compulsory on all new builds
    June 8, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    The Japanese Government is contemplating making it compulsory for all new buildings to be fitted with solar panels by 2030, according to financial newspaper Nikkei. The proposed legislation illustrates Japan’s desire to promote the use of renewable energy and is expected to be unveiled at the upcoming G8 summit in Deauville, France.

  • Ecuador adopts feed-in tariffs
    June 8, 2011 - Paul Gipe -

    The programme by the South American country of 15 million people includes multiple technologies, including solar photovoltaics (PV). Biomass-biogas and hydro projects are further differentiated by size.

  • Desertec first pilot project in Morocco
    June 8, 2011 - aufait

    The first pilot project Desertec megaproject, which aims to supply Europe and the MENA (Middle East, North Africa) in renewable energy from the deserts of the latter will be in Morocco, said on Thursday, Klaus Schmidtke, Head of Communication Desertec Industrial Initiative. La capacité de production du projet sera de 500 MW d'énergie solaire. The production capacity of the project will be 500 MW of solar energy. L'exploitation débutera en 2016 et l'appel d'offres sera lancé en 2013. The operation will begin in 2016 and the tender will be launched in 2013.

  • SDG&E, Soitec Solar sign two more PPAs for another 125MW in CPV power plants
    June 5, 2011 - Syanne Olson -

    San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has signed two more 25-year power purchase agreements (PPA) with Soitec Solar Development, which, this time around, will total 125MW of solar energy produced in SDG&E’s service area. Just last month, the utility signed contracts with Soitec subsidiaries for three solar projects in the San Diego area that amounted to 30MW of solar PV energy. SDG&E stressed that the three previous contracts were separate contracts from those announced today.

  • New Jersey An Unlikely Leader In Solar Energy
    June 5, 2011 - Ronda Kaysen -

    New Jersey, home to more industrial waste clean-up sites than any other state, is poised to become an exemplar of solar power usage -- though not everyone is happy about it.

  • Importing solar energy to Britain from abroad
    June 4, 2011 - Martyn Oates -

    In future Britain should consider importing solar energy from as far away as North Africa, according to a new report from the Committee on Climate Change.

  • Solar PV could reach 130-200 GW by 2015
    June 4, 2011 -

    According to EPIA’s latest Global Market Outlook, the global cumulative solar PV market reached 40 GW at the end of 2010 with 16.6 GW added in 2010 alone. Solar PV is thereby now potentially producing around 50 TWh annually.

  • China revises PV installation targets
    May 25, 2011 - Mark Osborne -

    According to reports, the Chinese Government has increased the country’s target for PV installations from 5GW by 2015 to 10GW. Citing an official from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the reports claim that the government has also increased installation targets for 2020 to have 50GW of PV installations, up from 20GW target previously planned.

  • NREL Highlights 2010 Utility Green Power Leaders
    May 22, 2011 - National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

    The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) today released its annual assessment of leading utility green power programs. Under these voluntary programs, consumers can choose to help support additional electricity production from renewable resources such as wind and solar.

  • MIT Showcases New Way of Turning Sun's Heat into Electricity
    May 22, 2011 - David Chandler, MIT -

    Cambridge, MA, USA -- MIT researchers and their collaborators have come up with an unusual, high performance and possibly less expensive way of turning the sun's heat into electricity.

  • centrotherm, Kinetics Germany to build Africa’s largest module production facility
    May 21, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    centrotherm photovoltaics and Kinetics Germany have signed an agreement with Société Nationale de l'Electricité et du Gaz (Sonelgaz) to build an integrated solar module manufacturing facility in Rouiba, Algeria. When completed, the 43,000-square-metre site, located 30 km east of Algiers, will be home to Africa’s largest solar module factory and have an annual production capacity of around 116MW.

  • Q-Cells enters Japanese residential solar market
    May 21, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    Q-Cells is set to become the first German firm to enter into the Japanese solar residential sector and is establishing a sales network of selected local installers, Q-Cells Meister Club (QMC), to help smooth its market entry.

  • Tata Power commissions 3MW solar power plant in India
    May 21, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    India's largest private power utility firm, Tata Power, has commissioned a 3MW solar power plant in Mulshi. The project, which is one of the largest in the entire country and the first built in the province of Maharashtra, is spread over 12 acres and took nine months to complete.

  • Tibet to become China's leading solar power base
    May 15, 2011 - Xinhua -

    Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region is poised to become the country's leading solar power generation base with 10 more photovoltaic power plants to be completed within this year.

  • ADB pledges US$150 million in credit guarantees to bolster solar power development in India
    May 14, 2011 - Syanne Olson -

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) revealed plans to offer up to US$150 million in credit guarantees to local and foreign commercial banks to encourage the development of solar power as a renewable energy in India. The credit will cover 50% of the payment default risk on bank loans made to solar project developers with an aim to secure long-term funding for solar energy development in the country.

  • Real-Time Solar Grid Data Now Available
    May 14, 2011 -

    The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) launched a new tool today that enhances the visibility of renewable resources on the grid.

  • Boeing’s South Carolina plant to install 2.6MW solar system and become a 100% renewable energy site
    May 14, 2011 -

    Boeing and South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G) will be working together to make Boeing’s South Carolina facility a 100% renewable energy site. The North Charleston site will produce renewable energy with the help of a 2.6MW rooftop solar installation. Both companies maintain that the solar system at the Boeings 787 Final Assembly site will be the largest solar installation in the Southeast and the sixth largest in the US.

  • Renewable Energy Passed Up Nuclear in 2010
    May 11, 2011 - Zachary Shahan -

    It seems that total cumulative installed power capacity from renewable sources passed up nuclear for the first time in 2010, according to the draft version of a new report coming out soon by the Worldwatch Institute, The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2010-2011.

  • Screen-printed solar cells reach efficiencies over 20%
    May 11, 2011 -

    Researchers at Fraunhofer ISE have reached efficiencies over 20% for silicon solar cells using screen printing technology.

  • If You Like Solar, Tell Your Utility To Publish This Map
    May 11, 2011 -

    Distributed generation (like solar) brings unique and valuable benefits ($$$) to the electric grid. But capturing those benefits means solar and other renewable energy developers must find the best places to plug in to the grid, e.g. where demand is high or infrastructure is stressed. The cost to connect distributed generation may also be lower in these areas. Unfortunately, data about a utility's grid system is rarely public.

  • American U. to use sun for power, hot water
    May 11, 2011 -

    American University says it is installing Washington's largest solar power system

  • UA looking at air-storage system as alternative green-energy source
    May 08, 2011 -
    Solar power and wind energy are popular in the green movement, but when there's no wind or sun, there's no power.

  • PLG Power launches 40MW solar plant
    May 08, 2011 - LJ Ireton -

    PLG Power Limited, the flagship energy and power division of PLG Group, launched India’s biggest solar power generation plant of 40MW at Patan in Gujarat. This is one of the largest solar power projects in the country, reports The Hindu.

  • US DOE pledges US$170 million for advancement of solar PV technology
    May 08, 2011 - Syanne Olson -

    The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has unveiled its latest investment in its SunShot Initiative with Energy Secretary Steven Chu publicizing the nearly US$170 million that will be made available over three years for the advancement of solar PV technologies. As the DOE’s SunShot program looks to reduce the total cost of energy systems by 75% before 2020, this latest investment will help further its goal by supporting four areas of investment, which include: the improvement of efficiency and performance in solar cells, creating new installation, or balance of system, technologies, progressing solar energy grid integration and researching new materials and processes for solar PV technologies.

  • Hanwha spends US$955 million on polysilicon plant in South Korea
    May 04, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    Hanwha Chemical is planning to spend KRW1.04 trillion (US$955 million) on a new polysilicon plant to help double sales over the next five years, reports Bloomberg. When construction is completed in July 2013, the Yeosu plant will have the capacity to produce 10,000 metric tonnes of polysilicon a year.

  • New Study Shows Apartment Buildings Are Huge Source for Solar Energy in LA
    May 04, 2011 -

    Solar power on apartment rooftops provides a tremendous opportunity to create up to 300 megawatts of clean power within city boundaries in the next 5-10 years, according to a report issued today at the Los Angeles Business Council's Sustainability Summit, where city officials announced a pilot program that could result in citywide rooftop solar installations by 2012.

  • Google invests $168M in solar energy project
    May 04, 2011 -

    Google Inc. is investing $168 million in an alternative power project that aims to produce enough solar energy to light 140,000 homes.

  • Morocco Plans 2011 Solar Award As Investor Confidence Returns - Minister
    May 04, 2011 - Doug Cameron -

    Morocco plans to award a landmark contract by year end to build one of the world's largest solar power facilities, the country's industry minister said Monday.

  • US solar panel prices set to drop in 2011
    May 01, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    With the acquisition of US-based CdTe thin-film start-up PrimeStar now behind GE, the conglomerate is planning to expand its investments in PV with the building of a 400MW manufacturing plant, potentially bringing its total investment in the sector to over US$600 million. GE also announced that NREL had verified that CdTe thin-film modules from PrimeStar’s 30MW manufacturing line in Arvada, Colorado have achieved 12.8% aperture area efficiency. NREL had transitioned the technology to PrimeStar through a cooperative research and development agreement signed in 2007.

  • Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System
    Mar 30, 2011 -

    On August 31, 2007, Solar Partners I, LLC, Solar Partners II, LLC, Solar Partners IV, LLC and Solar Partners VIII, LLC (Solar Partners) submitted a single Application for Certification (AFC) to the California Energy Commission to develop three solar thermal power plants and shared facilities in close proximity to the Ivanpah Dry Lake, in San Bernardino County, California on federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The proposed project would be constructed in three phases: two 100-megawatt (MW) phases (known as Ivanpah 1 and Ivanpah 2) and a 200-MW phase (Ivanpah 3).

  • LDK Solar closes on US$33 million deal for 70% acquisition of Solar Power
    Mar 30, 2011 -

    LDK Solar has finalized its purchase of 70% interest in Solar Power under a US$33 million deal. An initial US$10 million was paid in January with the remaining US$23 million closing today. The companies look to this acquisition enabling Solar Power to enhance their project pipeline, while supporting LDK Solar’s prospects for its vertical integration model through module supply for large-scale projects.

  • Revolution offers a ray of hope for solar energy
    Mar 30, 2011 -

    The future of solar energy in the Middle East and North Africa is uncertain. The current instability may represent a temporary deterrent for investors and result in the delay of projects, while the reality of finite energy resources and an ever-increasing population means that the shift to solar energy is more urgently needed than ever. However, the recent breakdown of political power as uprisings sweep the region may actually prove an ideal opportunity for a paradigm shift required to get things moving.

  • TEP to Develop New Grid-Connected Solar Power Systems on Local Rooftops
    Apr 27, 2011 -

    Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is preparing to build new grid-tied solar arrays on the roofs of large public buildings to help serve a growing demand for renewable power.

  • Photon International survey sees solar cell production potentially increasing 80% to 67GW in 2011
    Apr 27, 2011 - Mark Osborne -

    An annual survey of cell manufacturers published in the March 2011 issue of Photon International highlights a significant increase in solar cell production that could result in new capacity growing by 80% in 2011 and roughly reach a global capacity of 67GW. This comes on the back of reported cell production figures reaching 27.2GW in 2010, up 118%, compared with 12.5GW produced in 2009.

  • New report focuses on the economic benefits of commercial and residential solar projects in Nevada
    Apr 20, 2011 -

    As Nevada lawmakers are in the midst of considering the Solar Jobs Now proposal, which advocates increasing the amount of solar energy produced in Nevada to reach 400MW by 2020, a report compiled by Vote Solar and Clean Energy Project NV has focused attention on the economic benefits that solar projects on homes and business would bring to the state.

  • TEP to Develop New Grid-Connected Solar Power Systems on Local Rooftops
    Apr 20, 2011 -

    Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is preparing to build new grid-tied solar arrays on the roofs of large public buildings to help serve a growing demand for renewable power.

  • KB Homes to Install Solar Systems in Ten California Communities
    Apr 20, 2011 -

    KB Home has launched a new initiative to provide solar power systems for its new homes as a standard feature in 10 Southern California communities.

  • Solarbuzz Reports World Solar Photovoltaic Market Grew to 18.2 Gigawatts in 2010, Up 139% Y/Y
    Mar 26, 2011 -

    SAN FRANCISCO, 2011—Worldwide solar photovoltaic (PV) market installations reached a record high of 18.2 gigawatts (GW) in 2010. This represents growth of 139% over the previous year, according to the annual PV market report, Marketbuzz® 2011, issued today by Solarbuzz, a California-based solar energy consultancy, and a part of The NPD Group.

  • Made in the USA: First Solar selects Mesa, AZ, as site for second domestic PV manufacturing facility
    Mar 26, 2011 - Tom Cheyney -

    First Solar has selected the location of its second manufacturing center in the United States, and it’s a short drive from the company’s Tempe, AZ, headquarters. A 135-acre site in Mesa that once hosted a General Motors vehicle testing facility will see the creation of a cadmium-telluride thin-film PV module factory, a $300 million capital investment which will feature four production lines and be suitable for future expansion.

  • US Solar Power Market Reaches $6 Billion In 2010, Installations Double-Study
    Mar 13, 2011 - Dow Jones & Company, Inc. -

    The U.S. solar power market grew by two-thirds in 2010 to $6 billion, while installations of solar-power projects doubled to about 1,000 megawatts, according to a study released Thursday.

  • Busting 4 Myths About Solar PV vs. Concentrating Solar Power
    Mar 13, 2011 - John Farrell -

    Although both produce electricity from the sun, there are significant differences between solar photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar thermal electricity generation. This guide answers the most pressing questions about the two solar technologies.

  • Global Solar Power Growth Doubled In 2010: Study
    Mar 03, 2011 - Gerard Wynn - Reuters -

    The world added about 16 gigawatts of new solar photovoltaic (PV) power in 2010, double the growth seen a year earlier, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association told Reuters on Monday.

  • Southern California Edison signs PPA with First Solar for Silver State South plant
    Feb 27, 2011 -

    Southern California Edison (SCE) has signed a power purchase agreement with First Solar for its 250MW (AC) Silver State South plant. First Solar’s ground-mounted system, which will be located on 2,500 acres of public land near Primm, Nevada, will start generating electricity in 2014 and be fully operational in May 2017.

  • U.S. DOE investing US$7 million in PV Solar Incubator Program with four California companies
    Feb 26, 2011 - Syanne Olson -

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been steadily working for the promotion of solar energy in the U.S. and recently announced its newest solar promotion, the SunShot initiative, which aims to reduce the total cost of PV solar energy systems by 75% in order to be more cost competitive. The announcement of its new initiative was followed by news of a US$20.3 million investment in technologies that aim to improve the country’s solar manufacturing industry, its efficiency and costs.

  • Solar PV Becoming Cheaper than Gas in California?
    Feb 23, 2011 - Stephen Lacey -

    The latest round of proposed contracts from a California utility for 250 MW of solar PV projects comes in below the projected price of natural gas.

  • Solar electric systems proliferate with much room to grow
    Feb 20, 2011 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Erika Engle The Honolulu Star-Advertiser -

    Consumer-installed solar electric systems on Oahu, the Big Island and in Maui County more than doubled in 2010 with 3,967 systems added, compared with 1,916 in 2009.

  • U.S. Air Force to quadruple solar use
    Feb 16, 2011 - UPI -

    The U.S. Air Force, the No. 1 government buyer of renewable energy, plans to quadruple its on-base solar-energy use in four years, an Air Force official said.

  • Solar PV installations reached 17.5 GW in 2010
    Feb 12, 2011 -

    New solar photovoltaic (PV) installations grew by 130% to reach 17.5 GW in 2010 and growth is set to continue in 2011, says analyst IMS Research.

  • WMECo plans 4.2MW solar facility on top of landfill in Massachusetts
    Feb 12, 2011 - Syanne Olson -

    Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECo) is in the early development stages for its second large-scale solar facility in Springfield, Massachusetts. The 4.2MW solar project will use around 17,000 solar panels and be built over a capped landfill. WMECo did not release any contract details of the project, nor what modules or balance system elements will be used.

  • Iranian villages equipped with solar power systems
    Feb, 12, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    The Iranian province of Kordestan is to supply electricity to several remote villages in eastern Kurdistan by equipping them with solar power systems. The project is the latest stage in the Iranian government’s programme to ensure the entire country has access to electricity.

  • Solarbuzz: PV manufacturers added 11.5GW of new capacity in 2010
    Feb 12, 2011 - Mark Osborne -

    The latest Solarbuzz ‘PV Equipment Quarterly Report’ highlights that the fourth quarter of 2010 saw a further 1.25GW of quarterly solar manufacturing capacity come online. According to the market research firm, annualized c-Si cell and thin-film module capacity increased by a further 11.5GW, in 2010. Equipment spending grew for the sixth consecutive quarter to reach US$2.9 billion in the fourth quarter. At the end of the year, 20 equipment suppliers to have order backlogs in excess of US$100 million, with the majority of these orders scheduled for shipment during the first half of 2011.

  • Stellar Solar makes strong start to Q1
    Feb 12, 2011 - Chris Whitmore -

    Strong residential sales have enabled Stellar Solar to post record-breaking Q1 figures.

  • Agreement reached on new German feed-in tariff, maximum 12% regression
    Feb 9, 2001 - Mark Osborne -

    Fears of further aggressive cuts to the German feed-in tariff (EEG) mid-year, on the back of installations exceeding 6GW in 2010, would seem to have been averted with industry and government provisional agreement on a new tariff structure. Although yet to be ratified into law, the new FiT structure limits regression to a maximum of 12% in July, should installations reach 6.5GW from March-May (normalized annually).

  • CIGS thin-film company SoloPower chooses Oregon as site for first volume production facility
    Feb 6, 2011 - Tom Cheyney -

    SoloPower becomes the fourth CIGS thin-film photovoltaics manufacturer since the beginning of the year to announce it has selected a site for its volume production facility. The San Jose-based company has chosen Wilsonville, OR, where it plans to build a 75MW plant and create 170 new jobs as part of its initial phase of expansion. SoloPower made its decision in part because of a package of local and state incentives that includes at least $40 million in potential loan and tax credit monies.

  • DOE Gives Conditional Approval of Loan Guarantee for Agua Caliente Solar PV Project in Arizona
    Feb 1, 2011 - Tom Cheyney - PV

    The U.S. Department of Energy has made a conditional commitment of a loan guarantee worth up to $967 million for the 290MW (AC) Agua Caliente solar PV farm, located on 2400 acres of former agricultural land site east of Yuma, AZ.

  • Solar-power buildup going large-scale across Arizona
    Jan 26, 2011 - David Wichner - Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

    Solar-power arrays have sprouted up on rooftops and parking garages across Tucson and Arizona.

  • Solar Power on Tribal Lands: Part 1
    Jan 26, 2011 - Ryan D. Dreveskracht - Planet Profit Report

    Indian tribes have a unique advantage when it comes to renewable projects.

  • Concentrating Solar Thermal Power, Distributed
    Jan 21, 2011 - John Farrell -

    When discussing centralized v. decentralized solar power, there’s an inevitable comparison between solar thermal electric power and solar photovoltaic (PV). But the fact is that solar thermal power – or concentrating solar power (CSP) – can also be done in a distributed fashion.

  • Map Lets Colorado Companies Tally Solar Potential
    Jan 13, 2011 - Energy Central - Associated Press

    Plans to develop a free online service to give large businesses the ability to calculate how much solar energy they could harvest from their rooftops has gone better than expected.

  • Gram for Gram, Solar is Ten Times More Powerful Than Nuclear
    Jan 10, 2011 - Susan Kraemer - Reuters

    An novel way of comparing solar power with nuclear power finds that solar easily bests nuclear.

  • U.S. Treasury Grant Extension: Environmental Study of Proposed Solar Zones
    Dec 27, 2010 - Tom Cheyney -

    President Barack Obama’s signing of the tax legislation passed by the U.S. Congress late last week included a holiday gift for the solar industry in the form of a one-year extension of the Department of Treasury Section 1603 “cash grant in lieu of investment tax credit” program.

  • SolarWorld Supplies Haitian Hospitals with PV Panels
    Dec 14, 2010 - Chris Whitmore -

    SolarWorld is supplying five medical centers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti with 440 of its 230-watt Sunmodule PV panels to power equipment, refrigeration and air conditioning.

  • Port of Los Angeles Boasts new 1MW Rooftop Solar PV Installation
    Dec 14, 2010 - Syanne Olson -

    The Port of Los Angeles’ World Cruise Center has been making several improvements to modernize the facility, including one the installation of a 1MW rooftop solar system.

  • SunPower sold out for 2011: Project Pipeline stands at 5GW
    Nov 17, 2011 - Mark Osborne -

    Despite an ongoing ramp of its Malaysia-based Fab 3 cell production plant that will increase its megawatt production by 65% in 2011, Tom Werner, CEO of SunPower, noted in its third-quarter financial conference call that demand for its products exceeded supply both in the second-half of this year but also going into 2011.

  • Helio Volt extends CRADA partnership with NREL
    Nov 15, 2010 - Syanne Olson -

    HelioVolt and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have agreed to extend their cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA), which is working towards the development of faster, yet more efficient ways to manufacture low-cost thin-film CIGS PV.

  • Project Focus: Amonix Breaks Ground on Nevada Manufacturing Plant
    Nov 15, 2010 - Syanne Olson -

    On hand in North Las Vegas, Nevada, Amonix was joined by state senators and representatives to break ground on a new 214,000 square foot manufacturing facility.

  • Project Focus: NRG and Brightsource Celebrate Ivanpah Groundbreaking and $300 Investment
    Nov 02, 2010 - Syanne Olson -

    Nestled close to the Nevada border in Needles, California, NRG Energy was on hand with BrightSource Energy and California’s Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System facility in the Mojave Desert.

  • Salazar Green-Lights First-Ever Solar Energy Projects on Public Lands
    Oct 29, 2010 - Press Release - (U.S. Departmant of the Interior)

    In an historic step forward in the nation’s clean energy future, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today approved the first large-scale solar energy plants ever to be built on public lands

  • Navajos Hope to Shift From Coal to Wind and Sun
    Oct 29, 2010 - Mireya Navarro -

    BLUE GAP, Ariz. — For decades, coal has been an economic lifeline for the Navajos, even as mining and power plant emissions dulled the blue skies and sullied the waters of their sprawling reservation.

  • Big solar: U.S. Department of Interior approves largest CSP project to be built on public lands
    Oct 29, 2010 - Tom Cheyney - pv-tech

    The U.S. Department of the Interior has approved what will be the largest solar energy project ever to be built on U.S. public lands.

  • Island Breezes, Sun Perfect for Renewables
    Oct 29, 2010 - NREL - Energy Central

    Islands have beautiful sunsets, slumbering volcanoes, soothing trade winds, outrageous energy prices.

  • US Interior Dept Approves 1,000-Megawatt Solar Project
    Oct 27, 2010 - Dow Jones - Energy Central

    The Obama administration on Monday said it has approved a permit for what will be the world's biggest solar power plant, driving home an election-year message that renewable energy is a source of jobs.

  • Large-scale photovoltaic power plants ranking 1 - 50
    Oct 25, 2010 -

    World's 50 largest photovoltaic power plants

  • Project Focus: Sempra Generation signs power purchase agreement with PG&E
    Oct 22, 2010 - Syanne Olson -

    Sempra Generation agreed to a 20-year power purchase agreement with PG&E during which it will sell 150MW of solar power produced at its Mesquite Solar I project.

  • Project Focus: Iberdrola signs PPAs in Arizona and Colorado
    Oct 22, 2010 - Syanne Olson -

    In what Iberdrola Renewables calls one of its first solar project in the U.S., the company has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Salt River Project (SRP) for 20MW of solar PV from the Pinal County facility.

  • Saint-Gobain and Hyundai Heavy Industries to build 100MW CIGS thin-film plant
    Oct 22, 2010 - Mark Osborne -

    A new joint venture has been formed between Saint-Gobain and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) to build and operate a 100MW CIGS (copper, indium, gallium, selenide) thin-film module plant in Korea, dubbed Fab 3.

  • SPI 2010: LG Electronics launches solar product technology onslaught on U.S.
    Oct 22, 2010 - Mark Osborne -

    Like other major consumer driven electronics firms based in Korea, LG Electronics sees the solar energy market across residential, commercial and utilities as key sectors for business growth. At Solar Power International 2010, LG is launching a slew of advanced high-performance solar modules from crystalline to thin film.

    SEIA and GTM confirm steady solar PV growth in US; highlight possibility of 10GW installed by 2015

    Oct 22, 2010 - Syanne Olson -

    Teaming up to deliver the new industry report entitled U.S. Solar Market Insight, the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research have backed up previous reports that all deliver one unanimous answer: the U.S. solar industry has shown important growth during 2010, despite the economical hardships faced in the country.

  • Strategic partnership created between Duke Energy, Integrys and Smart Energy for U.S. solar projects
    Oct 22, 2010 - Syanne Olson -

    Duke Energy announced the partnership it has built with Integrys Energy Services and Smart Energy Capital to build and finance distributed solar projects in the U.S.

  • ADB to help Asia unleash solar power potential
    Oct 20, 2010 - Asia Pulse

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help Asia and the Pacific develop the know-how and capabilities to make solar energy a future large-scale power source.

  • MIT Researchers Develop a Way to Funnel Solar Energy
    Oct. 12, 2010 - Anne Trafton - Renewable Energy World

    New antenna made of carbon nanotubes could make photovoltaic cells more efficient.

  • Solar Goes to School
    Sep 28, 2010 - Bill Opalka -

    Recently, the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education approved a partnership with AMSOLAR Corporation to build 5.2 megawatts of solar power for district campuses.

  • Feds fail to use land for solar power
    Sep 28, 2010 - Jason Dearen - Associated Press

    Not a light bulb's worth of solar electricity has been produced on the millions of acres (hectares) of public desert set aside for it. Not one project to build glimmering solar farms has even broken ground.
  • Nuclear Energy Loses Cost Advantage
    Aug 25, 2010 - By DIANA S. POWERS - New York Times

    PARIS — Solar photovoltaic systems have long been painted as a clean way to generate electricity, but expensive compared with other alternatives to oil, like nuclear power.

  • ARS: Blending Wind and Solar Meets Peak Energy Demands
    Aug 23, 2010 - M2 Presswire - Energy Central

    In parts of Texas and California, a good match between renewable energy production and peak energy demands could be obtained by combining wind power with solar power, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist.

  • Solarbuzz predicts U.S. solar market could grow tenfold by 2014
    Aug 11, 2010 - Emma Hughes - Market Watch

    Solarbuzz's latest report, "United States PV Market 2010," reveals that the U.S. solar market grew 36% in 2009, responding positively to the economic downfall.

  • Solar power now cheaper than nuclear
    Aug 11, 2010 - McClatchy/Tribune

    According to news aggregator Energy Collective, a historic era is upon us because solar power has become affordable. More specifically, solar power has become cheaper than nuclear power.

  • U.S. researchers claim solar enegy advance
    Aug 11, 2010 - UPI

    Scientists say a new process utilizing both the light and heat of solar radiation could double the efficiency of electricity-generating solar panels.

  • New Energy to Unveil World's First-of-Its-Kind
    Jul 28, 2010 - Associated Press

    New Energy to Unveil World's First-of-Its-Kind See-Thru Glass SolarWindow Capable of Generating Electricity University of South Florida Research Foundation Grants New Energy Exclusive, Worldwide License for Technologies to Enable Commercial Development of

  • Despite inverter shortages, IMS Research raises 2010 solar market to 14.6GW
    Jul 14, 2010 - Mark Osborne -

    Despite only a small improvement in solar inverter component supply expected in the second-half of the year, IMS Research has raised its forecast for global photovoltaics system installations.

  • Ultra pure water system features high efficiency reverse osmosis process
    Jul 12, 2010 -

    SunPower Corp has selected GE to supply the new SunPower-AUO joint venture solar cell fabrication plant in Malaysia with an ultra pure water system to meet the needs of its next generation manufacturing facility.

  • 12 remote villages of Ziarat electrified through solar energy
    Jul 12, 2010 - Asia Pulse Data Source

    International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN) and Pakistan Council for Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) have collaboratively installed 12 solar energy panel systems in ten different remotely located villages of Ziarat district of Balochistan.

  • Skyline Solar’s HGS PV system installation makes Nipton, CA, the most solar-powered U.S. town
    Jun 22, 2010 - Tom Cheyney -

    Nipton, CA, has become the highest per-capita solar town in the United States, thanks to the first commercial power system installation of Skyline Solar’s high-gain solar concentrator PV technology.

  • Brownfields' Bright Spot: Solar and Wind Energy
    Jun 21, 2010 - NREL - Energy Central

    Wind turbines are rising from abandoned toxic industrial sites.

    Today's Headlines

    DOE Announces More Than $76 Million for Advanced Energy-Efficient Building Technologies and Commercial Building Training Programs

    Southern Company, DOE Agree to Conditional Nuclear Loan Guarantee Terms

    AEP and Allegheny Energy Announce New In-Service Deadline for PATH Transmission Project

    Offshore wind farm clears key hurdle

    TVA halts solar power incentive program for fixes

    Solar panels are catching rays over contaminated landfills.

  • India: bullish on solar energy
    Jun 21, 2010 - Datamonitor -

    India added a record 2.33GW of renewable energy capacity in the past year, but only a miniscule 8MW was contributed by solar power.

  • Solar power to decrease the influence of pollution on human health: Scientist
    Jun 18, 2010 - Nisreen Zahreddine Kuwait Times - McClatchy-Tribune

    Kuwait's potential to benefit from the use of alternative energy was the subject of a workshop held at the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) on Thursday.

  • Florida takes giant step with huge solar-power plant
    Jun 18, 2010 - Kevin Spear - The Orlando Sentinel - Energy Central

    Florida Power & Light Co.'s newest solar-energy plant will have enough mirrors to cover 80 football fields. But those mirrors will focus sunlight onto surfaces that add up to slightly less than the area of a single football field.

  • CPUC Commissioner Bohn Dedicates California's First Grid-Connected Solar Farm
    June 17, 2010 - Business Wire - Energy Central

    Dedication ceremonies were held today for CalRENEW-1, the first utility-scale photovoltaic solar electricity plant to connect to the California Independent System Operator's (CAISO) transmission grid under the state's Renewables Portfolio Standards program.

  • Milestone: 10 Gigawatts of PV in 2010, Part 2
    Jun 17, 2010 - Eric Wesoff-

    As we approach the upcoming autumn milestone of 10 gigawatts of solar installed in 2010, Greentech Media asks a few solar luminaries to reflect on the event.

    Milestone: 10 Gigawatts of PV in 2010, Part 1
    Jun 11, 2010 - Eric Wesoff-

    As we approach the upcoming autumn milestone of 10 gigawatts of solar installed in 2010, Greentech Media asks a few solar luminaries to reflect on the event.

  • Raising Arizona (solar): Tucson Electric primes the PV pump with 100MW-plus program
    Jun 09, 2010 - Tom Cheyney-

    There are few places on the planet more suitable for solar power than Arizona. Despite the obviousness of this desert-fried fact, the state trails its large, golden neighbor to the west in the amount of PV and CSP installed as well as megawattage in the development pipeline. But two recently announced programs from a pair of  Arizona’s main utility operators—Tucson Electric Power and Salt River Project —would bring a couple of hundred more megawatts online within the next couple of years, and in TEP’s case, provide a distributed test bed for a variety of PV technologies.

  • Project Focus: SolFocus, Victor Valley College complete 1MW CPV solar power plant
    June 1, 2010 - Emma Hughes -

    Victor Valley College and SolFocushave officially opened the college's 1MW (AC) CPV solar power plant, located in the high desert northeast of Los Angeles.

  • Czech Republic in violation of EU directives in order to stop solar boom
    May 26, 2010 - Emma Hughes -

    Leading Czech photovoltaic experts addressed the European Commission with a request to review a brand-new decree of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MIT) of the Czech Republic regulating the construction of new solar photovoltaic power plants in the country.  Based on this decree, all PV plants installed in the Czech Republic from June onward that have a total output of more than 30kWp will have to adhere to very strict requirements related to using PV modules containing only solar cells with very high conversion efficiencies, namely 22% for monocrystalline cells and 16% for polycrystalline or thin-film cells.

  • Plans for world's largest photovoltaic power plant unveiled
    May 25, 2010 - Taylor Luck -

    AMMAN - An international consortium on Wednesday unveiled plans for what is expected to be the largest photovoltaic (PV) power plant in the world in Maan.

  • How home solar arrays can help to stabilize the grid, part 1 of 2
    May 25, 2010 - George Musser -

    Solar arrays can do more than feed energy into the power grid.

  • Chile’s Atacama may become Latin America’s Desertec
    May 24, 2010 - Sonia Credencia -

    According to numerous studies, Chile’s Atacama desert receives more solar radiation than any other desert in the world, giving the desert the potential to be transformed into Latin America’s Desertec.

  • SDG&E Adds Solar Energy to Its Portfolio From Imperial County
    May 17, 2010 - Marketwire -

    San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) today announced that it has signed a 20-year power-purchase agreement with an LS Power subsidiary.

  • Solar power could produce 25% of global electricity by 2050, studies say
    May 17, 2010 - Tiffany Hsu -

    By 2050, the world could be getting a quarter of its electricity from solar power, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday.

  • Australia’s Federal Government releases 2010/2011 budget with strong support for solar
    May 17, 2010 - Emma Hughes - Market Watch -

    The Australian Federal Government announced its 2010/2011 budget on May 11, showing strong support for renewable energy.

  • San Diego Gas & Electric signs 20-year power-purchase agreement
    May 14, 2010 - Syanne Olson - Poer Generation -

    San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has signed a 20-year power-purchase agreement with an LS Power subsidiary to secure up to 130MW of solar energy from the intended Centinela Solar Energy facility in Imperial Valley.

  • EPIA revises solar market growth for 2009: global installs reached 7.2GW
    May 7, 2010 - Mark Osborne -

    Preliminary 2009 market figures issued in March, 2010 by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) showed that installations had increased by 6.4GW, however in newly revised final figures, installations increased to at least 7.2GW in 2009. The PV market therefore grew by almost 15% in 2009 compared to 2008 and the total cumulative power installed in the World increased by 45% to 22.9 GW.

  • CIGS record of 20.1% efficiency reported by researchers at ZSW
    May 6, 2010 - Mark Osborne -

    The U.S. research institute NREL held the conversion efficiency record for copper, indium, gallium, and selenium (CIGS) solar cells for 16 years but has lost this accolade to scientists at the Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg, Germany (Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research, ZSW).

  • ADB launches Asia solar energy initiative
    May 6, 2010 - Xinhua

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) launched here on Monday an Asia Solar Energy Initiative (ASEI) to generate some 3,000 megawatts of solar power by 2012.

  • Troubled by power cuts, Indians go green with solar energy
    Mai 3, 2010 - Xinhua

    As rising mercury began scorching India this month, frequent electricity cuts are making the situation worse.

  • Niskayuna, NY, USA: GE to Study Impact of High Solar Energy Penetration on the Grid
    Mai 3, 2010 -

    GE researchers are working with Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest electric utility, to understand how large amounts of solar can best be integrated into today’s grid.

  • Accelerating Solar: A Look at the Next Decade
    Mai 3, 2010 - Dr. Charlie Gay - Applied Materials

    Dr. Charlie Gay is responsible for the solar efforts of Applied Materials, a supplier of photovoltaic processing equipment. Earlier this year, in a talk at the Industry Strategy Symposium, hosted by the Semiconductor Equipment and Material Institute (SEMI),

  • Purple Pokeberries Hold Secret to Affordable Solar Power Worldwide
    Mai 3, 2010 -

    Pokeberries -- the weeds that children smash to stain their cheeks purple-red and that Civil War soldiers used to write letters home -- could be the key to spreading solar power across the globe, according to researchers at Wake Forest University's Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials.

  • Bringing Utility-Scale Solar Power to the Grid
    May 3, 2010 - Tucker Ruberti - PV Powered, Inc.

    Over time the electrical grid will transform into a more distributed configuration, incorporating many new energy resources, including solar.

  • Bahrain planning solar energy push
    Apr 30, 2010 - Mandeep Singh Gulf Daily News, Manama, Bahrain

    The cost of powering Bahrain will not increase because the country is moving towards renewable sources, it was revealed said yesterday.

  • Barclays Capital analyst raises 2010 global solar installation forecast to 11GW, Germany to 5.8GW
    Apr 26, 2010 - Mark Osborne -

    Industry demand checks and recent German PV installation figures have seen Barclays Capital analyst, Vishal Shah raise his forecast for global solar installations for 2010.

  • Photon Consulting: Get ready for US$1.00 per watt across all solar PV technologies
    Apr 26, 2010 - Mark Osborne -

    According to the latest report from Photon Consulting the ‘true cost’ of solar power has fallen rapidly in the last year, driven by low cost producers in both China and Taiwan in particular.

  • SEIA releases 2009 US Solar Industry Year in Review report
    Apr 26, 2010 - Syanne Olson -

    After what was a trying year in economies all over the world, the Solar Energy Industries Association has released its 2009 US Solar Industry Year in Review report finding that the US solar industry posted strong numbers and showed significant growth.  Overall, the United States ranked 4th in new solar electric capacity worldwide with industry growth totaling nearly $4 billion – a 36% improvement.

  • U.S. Department of Energy to invest more than $200 million in solar power technologies
    Apr 26, 2010 - Syanne Olson -

    This past Earth Day was not only an anniversary of the celebration's 40th birthday, but also a step forward by the U.S. Department of Energy for the advancement and expansion of solar power technology.

  • GE to Study Impact of High Solar Energy Penetration on the Grid
    Apr 22, 2010 - Business Wire

    With energy experts forecasting substantial increases in solar power in the coming decades, GE researchers are working with Arizona Public Service, the state's largest electric utility, to understand how large amounts of solar can best be integrated into today's grid.

  • Kohl's Department Stores Announces Plans to Go Solar at 10 Colorado Stores
    Apr 20, 2010 - Business Wire -

    Kohl's Department Stores (NYSE: KSS), the largest retail host of solar power in North America, today announced plans to convert 10 of its 23 Colorado Kohl's stores to solar power by the end of this year.

  • Solar energy: Enormous Ontario potential
    Apr 20, 2010 - United Press International

    Canadian scientists say solar power production in southeastern Ontario can potentially produce nearly the same amount of power of all U.S. nuclear reactors.

  • LDK Solar becomes largest wafer producer: outlines technology roadmap
    Apr 20, 2010 - Mark Osborne -

    At an investor event held at LDK Solar’s main solar wafer manufacturing complex in Xinyu City, China, the rapidly scaling integrated PV producer noted that it has reached an annualized wafer capacity of 2GW, claiming to be the largest solar wafer producer in the world.

  • US Solar Power Market Grows 37% In 2009 - Study
    Apr 17, 2010 - Dow Jones

    The U.S. solar power market grew 37% in 2009 from the previous year, with 481 megawatts of new solar generation installed, up from 351 megawatts installed in 2008, the Solar Energy Industries Association said Thursday.

  • Dow Jones Plans Solar-Power System to Generate Clean Energy
    Apr 14, 2010 - Business Wire

    Dow Jones & Company plans to construct a large-scale solar-power installation to generate clean energy for its corporate offices in central New Jersey.

  • Solar Thermal Federation of India launched
    Apr 14, 2010 -

    The pan-Indian not-for-profit body Solar Thermal Federation of India (STFI) has been launched to provide a voice and platform for the Indian solar thermal industry.

  • IMS Research says solar installations could reach 10GW in 2010
    Apr 13, 2010 - Mark Osborne -

    Having forecasted that global PV installations would actually grow in 2009 despite the fact that’s its forecast was issued in early 2009 when barely 2.8MW was installed in Germany for January of that year, IMS Research now expects global installation could reach 10GW in 2010, despite changes to the German feed-in tariff.

  • SunEdison activates 945kW PV plant at San Diego’s Otay Mesa water treatment facility
    Apr 7, 2010 - Emma Hughes -

    San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and SunEdison have been celebrating the activation of the 945kW solar power plant at San Diego's Otay Mesa water treatment facility.

  • California to develop three more solar projects
    Apr 7, 2010 - Xinhua

    Solar Millennium LLC company is developing three solar project sites in California deserts that, once completed, will generate enough electricity to power more than 500,000 California households, it was announced on Wednesday.

  • New program makes solar panels more affordable
    Apr 6 - McClatchy-Tribune - David Garrick - North County Times,

    Aiming to encourage more residents to install solar panels and other energy-saving devices, city officials have joined a statewide program that loans businesses and homeowners money to install such devices and lets them slowly re-pay the loans with property tax surcharges over 20 years.

  • Solar panels made three times cheaper and four times more efficient
    Apr 4, 2010 - Darren Quick

    The Concentrated Universal Energy Solar System (CUESS) to be commercialized by Technique Solar

  • Transmission Stalls Solar Growth
    Apr 2, 2010 - Bill Opalka -

    Power purchase agreements and project finance are two of the legs on the stool for renewable energy's growth, but the third leg, transmission access, is turning into a problem for large solar projects in the Southwest.

  • How Concentrated Solar Power Can Meet India's Future Power Needs
    Mar 31, 2010 - Darshan Goswami - Project Manager, U.S. Department of Energy

    Solar energy is an enormous resource that is readily available in all countries throughout the world, and all the space above the earth.

  • Global solar photovoltaic installations reach a preliminary 6.4GW in 2009, says EPIA
    Mar 30, 2010  - Mark Osborne -

    Preliminary 2009 market figures for the PV industry have been issued by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), after its recent workshop was held in Rome, Italy. The EPIA said that 6.4GW of newly installed capacity was achieved in 2009, reaching a total capacity of over 20GW worldwide.

  • UPDATE 2-Italy new solar incentives seen in April
    Mar 25, 2010 - Svetlana Kovalyova - Reuters

    * Incentive cut slightly below reduction in solar panel cost

  • PV – A Question of Scale
    Mar 23, 2010 - J.Peter Lynch -

    PV is already the fastest growing industry in the world. But if it is going to play a significant role in future worldwide electricity production, it all comes down to one word – scalability.

  • Report: Solar Could Meet 10% of US Energy Needs
    Mar 23, 2010 -

    Environment America last week released a new report that outlines the road to meet 10 percent of the United States' energy needs by 2030.

  • Worldwide solar PV market reaches 6.43 GW in 2009
    Mar 22, 2010 - Renewable Energy Focus.Com

    Worldwide solar photovoltaic (PV) installations reached 6.43GW in 2009 – a 6% growth from 2008, according to the latest ‘Marketbuzz 2010 Report’ from market research and consulting company Solarbuzz.

  • Cost of solar going down, industry says
    Mar 22, 2010 - The Bakersfield Californian

    David Stillwell is trying to wind down his monthly expenses so he'll have fewer bills when he retires. Toward that end, last year he bought a solar energy system for his Rosedale area home.

  • US funds aluminium-based CSP system
    Mar 19, 2010 -

    Alcoa will use aluminium instead of glass mirrors to generate power by concentrating solar power (CSP).

  • Edison's bright idea: Solar panels on industrial roofs can act as mini power plants
    Mar 19, 2010 - Ryan Carter -San Gabriel Valley Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune

    Southern California Edison officials on Thursday said they've found another large rooftop to turn into a power plant to harness megawatts of energy from the sun.

  • Phaesun builds solar systems in Africa
    Mar 16, 2010 -

    German Phaesun and Ikratos Africa, based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, are constructing 10 solar power plants in the Koudougou region, to be finished at the end of March 2010.

  • First Solar Joins the Desertec Industrial Initiative
    Mar 16, 2010 -- BUSINESS WIRE

    First Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) on Tuesday announced that it had joined the Desertec Industrial Initiative as an Associated Partner to demonstrate the potential of photovoltaic (PV) solar technology to provide clean, sustainable energy on a vast scale by harnessing the desert sun.

  • SunPower scores 200MW rooftop PV contract with Southern California Edison
    Mar 11, 2010 - Tom Cheyney -

    The most ambitious rooftop solar initiative in the U.S. has taken a decidedly crystalline-silicon turn, as Southern California Edison has awarded a contract to SunPower to supply up to 200MW, or 80%, of the utility’s photovoltaic installation program.

  • Solar Power Vastly Underrated in Region
    Mar 11, 2010 - The Namibian/All Africa Global Media

    THE southern African region has the highest potential in the world for the use of Solar Thermal Power (STP).

  • Wind towers and solar panels help power Jacksonville strip mall
    Mar 11, 2010 - The Florida Times-Union

    The twin 30-foot-high towers in front of a strip mall on the south side of Atlantic Boulevard near St. Johns Bluff are hard to miss -- especially when the wind is blowing and both structures are spinning and generating power.

  • SunEdison receives go-ahead for largest plant in Europe
    Mar 11, 2010 - Emma Hughes -

    SunEdison has received final approval from the Italian government to develop and construct what will be the largest solar power plant in Europe. The 72MW project will be based in Northeastern Italy, near the town of Rovigo.

  • First Solar secures 300MW power purchase agreement with PG&E
    Mar 9, 2010 - Mark Osborne -

    The 550MW Desert Sunlight project planned by First Solar in eastern Riverside County, California, looks to be set to go ahead now that a power purchase agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) has been signed for the remaining 300MW plant.

  • On Rooftops Worldwide, a Solar Water Heating Revolution
    Mar 9, 2010 - Lester R. Brown - Earth Policy Institute

    The harnessing of solar energy is expanding on every front as concerns about climate change and energy security escalate, as government incentives for harnessing solar energy expand, and as these costs decline while those of fossil fuels rise.

  • Renewable energy can meet 100% of demand: US study
    Mar 9, 2010 -

    A study in North Carolina suggests that solar and wind energy could supply 94% of the electricity needs in the state.

  • Solar Industry Learns Lessons in Spanish Sun
    Mar 8, 2010 - Elisabeth Rosenthal -

    PUERTOLLANO, Spain — Two years ago, this gritty mining city hosted a brief 21st-century gold rush. Long famous for coal, Puertollano discovered another energy source it had overlooked: the relentless, scorching sun.

  • Project Focus: U.S. Navy to award $200M in contracts to build 40MW of solar PV power plants
    Mar 4, 2010 - Tom Cheyney -

    The U.S. Navy's Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) has awarded a $200 million contract to build up as much as 40MW of solar photovoltaic power plants at Navy and Marine Corps installations throughout the southwestern United States.

  • NREL says Global Solar first to exceed 13% efficiencies for CIGS on flex stainless-steel substrate
    Feb 25, 2010 - Tom Cheyney -

    In the latest example of increasing CIGS conversion efficiencies, the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has confirmed that Global Solar Energy has achieved 13.2% aperture-area efficiency on a thin-film photovoltaic module integrated with flexible cell-strings from its copper-indium-gallium-(di)selenide production line in Tucson, AZ. 

  • Solar Thermal Collectors Have Larger Capacity and Produce More Energy than Wind Power
    Feb 24, 2010 - World of Renewables

    The report “Solar Thermal Power Report” describes solar thermal energy technology in its various applications.

  • US utilities see future for solar and wind
    Feb 23, 2010 - Renewable Energy Focus

    Wind energy projects are underway or planned by 79% of utilities in the USA within the next five years, while solar energy is planned by 73% within that time horizon.

  • Italy’s FiT cuts will be less than expected
    Feb 23, 2010 - Emma Hughes -

    Reuters has reported that the Italian government plans to reduce the cuts it previously announced to solar incentives, according to the latest draft of a decree obtained on February 22.

  • Advocates envision Texas as solar power leader
    Feb 22, 2010 - Randy Lee Loftis - The Dallas Morning News

    The sun could rival the wind as a clean power source in Texas' near future, if the state gets serious about tapping the potential of pollution-free solar energy.

  • Is K.R. Sridhar’s 'magic box' ready for prime time?
    Feb 19, 2010 - Paul Keegan - CNN

    The Bloom Energy CEO is finally unveiling his entry in the fuel-cell arena after years of playing it close
  • to the vest.

  • Large solar PV to dominate US market
    Feb 18, 2010 - Renewable Energy Focus

    “Large-scale commercial solar PV and central-station utility-scale PV will most likely become the dominant growth market” in the United States, according to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

  • Kyocera claims new multicrystalline solar PV module conversion efficiency record, hits 17.3%
    Feb 12, 2010 - Tom Cheyney -

    Two months after ECN and REC claimed the highest conversion efficiency for multicrystalline-silicon solar modules, Kyocera has topped their mark and set a new world record.

  • Financial Crisis Paves the Way for Chinese Solar Giants
    Feb 10, 2010 - Coco Liu -

    Sales of Chinese solar modules, which accounted for nearly one third of the global market share, were shadowed in the wake of the financial crisis. However, what did not kill the Chinese companies made them stronger, especially in terms of product cost and market access.

  • Nuclear Giant Areva Buys Solar Company Ausra
    Feb 9, 2010 - Laura Lsensee - Reuters

    The world's largest nuclear plant builder, Areva SA, is diversifying into solar power with the aim of becoming an industry leader, as it acquires U.S.-based solar thermal player Ausra, the company said on Monday.

  • Business coalition pushes solar energy in Texas
    Feb 9, 2010 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Bill Teeter Waco Tribune-Herald, Texas

    A business organization is pressing for the state government to expand its solar power goals to make Texas a national leader in solar energy.

  • Solar energy expo seeks lighting solution to rural India
    Feb 06, 2010 -- Xinhua

    A four-day solar energy expo has been running since Thursday in the Indian capital, highlighting the "dark" situation especially in rural India and proposing " light'solution through solar energy.

  • Release: Sanders Introduces Major Solar Energy Initiative
    Feb 4, 2010 - Bernie Sanders

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), chairman of the Senate's green jobs subcommittee, today introduced legislation with nine cosponsors to encourage the installation of 10 million solar systems on the rooftops of homes and businesses over the next decade.

  • Tables of Renewable Tariffs or Feed-In Tariffs Worldwide
    Feb 1, 2010 - Paul Gipe -

    These tables summarize tariffs for different technologies in different countries, and various states and provinces. The tables may also provide an overview of program details.

  • Intel outside: Chipmaker moves to install more PV power systems, equipped with First Solar modules
    Jan 29, 2010 - Tom Cheyney -

    Intel likes to talk the green talk and walk it too with ever-smaller carbon footprints, buying copious amounts of renewable energy credits, investing millions of dollars in cleantech startups through its development fund, spinning off solar cell start-up Spectrawatt, and researching organic photovoltaics in its labs.

  • Solar energy initiative aired
    Jan 29, 2010 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Aaron Besecker The Buffalo News, N.Y.

    All kinds of public buildings under the sun, from schools to libraries to city halls, will be targeted as installation sites under a new state initiative to develop solar energy.

  • Project Focus: GA-Solar to build 300MW solar PV power plant in New Mexico
    Jan 28, 2010 - Tom Cheyney -

    Spanish renewable energy firm GA-Solar will develop and build a massive solar photovoltaic power plant in New Mexico's rural Guadalupe County, according to an announcement made by Gov. Bill Richardson. The project, to be sited on 2500 acres of land, could be scaled to more than 300MW and represents an investment of $1 billion by the solar company and its parent, Corporación Gestamp.

  • Spanish company plans NM solar energy plant
    Jan 27, 2010 - The Associated Press

    A Spanish company plans to invest $1 billion to build a large solar energy production plant in New Mexico.

  • Solar energy initiative launched
    Jan 25, 2010 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News

    The King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST) on Sunday launched a major national initiative to produce desalinated water and electricity at a much cheaper rate -- less than a riyal for a cubic meter of water and 30 halalas per kilowatt/hour. Prince Turki bin Saud bin Muhammad, vice president of KACST for research institutes, said the initiative would reduce the cost of water and electricity production by 40 percent. He said the first solar-powered desalination plant with a capacity of 30,000 cubic meters would be established in Al-Khafji to serve 100,000 people.

  • Duke Energy to start first solar power plant; buys juwi/First Solar ‘Blue Wing Solar’ project
    Jan 25, 2010 - Mark Osborne -

    A 16MW solar power plant under development by juwi solar, using 214,500 ground-mounted cadmium-telluride thin-film PV panels from First Solar, has been acquired by Duke Energy.

  • Tessera Solar and Stirling Energy Systems Unveil World's First Commercial-Scale SunCatcherTM Plant, Maricopa Solar, with Utility Partner Salt River Project
    Jan 22, 2010 - Energy Central

    Only four months after breaking ground, Tessera Solar and Stirling Energy Systems (SES) showcased the highly anticipated Maricopa Solar power plant today at a special event for key partners, stakeholders and media. Maricopa Solar is the first commercial project for the SunCatcherTM concentrating solar power (CSP) technology designed and manufactured by SES. Joining in the celebration were Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and officials from Salt River Project (SRP), local and state government, the U.S. Department of Energy, Sandia National Laboratories, utility customers, suppliers and NTR plc, Tessera Solar and SES’s majority shareholder.

  • Solar-driven Stirling engines get to work
    Jan 22, 2010 - Martin LaMonica - CNET

    Business and government officials on Friday cut the ribbon on a planned factory in Arizona that will build giant parabolic dishes to generate electricity from the sun.

  • NREL invests US$12 million in early stage solar development
    Jan 21, 2010 - Emma Hughes -

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will invest up to US$12 million in total funding in four companies to support the development of early stage solar energy technologies and help them advance to full commercial scale. The money will go towards expanding the U.S. clean energy economy and the development of solar energy as a more cost-competitive source of electricity.

  • At 1 MW, Wal-Mart Completes its Largest Solar Array to Date
    Jan 19, 2010 - Environmental Leader

    More than 5,300 solar panels at Wal-Mart’s Apple Valley distribution center in California will generate about a megawatt of electricity, reports LATimes blogs.

  • Solar PV module shipments up 25% in 2009
    Jan 19, 2010 - Renewable Energy Focus.Com

    The recently published report The World Market for PV Cells and Modules, reveals that solar PV module shipments grew by over a quarter to more than 8 GW in 2009, but new installations grew just 5-10%.

  • 21-Megawatt Solar Power Plant Opens in California
    Jan 18, 2010 - Ethan A. Huff - Natual News

    California-based solar panel producer First Solar has opened a 21-megawatt power plant in Blythe, making it the largest photovoltaic solar power plant in the country. Utilizing thin film solar cells made out of cadmium telluride, the plant will be able to generate power for about 17,000 southern California homes.

  • China Snaps Up California Solar Market
    Jan 14, 2010 - Todd Woody - The New York Times

    China’s rise as a major solar module maker has been meteoric, but perhaps nowhere has its ascension been faster than in California, the United States’ largest solar market.

  • Project Focus: EDF EN Canada completes 23.4MW Arnprior Solar Project
    Jan 12, 2010 - Emma Hughes - PV-tech

    EDF EN Canada has reached commercial operation and closed financing for the 23.4MW Arnprior Solar Project. This announcement marks the achievement of another of North America's largest solar PV projects. The site is located on the western side of the City of Ottawa, Ontario and consists of 312,000 First Solar thin-film panels. The plant is expected to generate enough renewable energy to meet the peak demands of approximately 7,000 Ontario homes.

  • Paint, spray or ink it on
    Jan 12, 2010 - Lisa Sibley - Cleantech Group

    In solar and batteries, thin--and sprayable--are in. Will brand new spray-on and inkjet printing tech of the last week supplement or replace existing solutions?

  • Polysilicon producers top U.S. federal tax credits
    Jan 12, 2010 - Mark Osborne - Fab and Facilities - PV-tech

    In respect of the US$2.3 billion U.S. federal tax credits issued last week for job creation, two key trends have emerged. As already highlighted, the solar sector garnered approximately US$1.0 billion of the credits allocated. However, another trend emerged whereby three major polysilicon producers garnered the most from the credits in the solar sector.

  • India to Boost Solar Power Generation
    Jan 12, 2010 - Voice of America News

    India has launched a program to boost solar power generation over the next decade. India wants to make solar energy a central part of its efforts to combat climate change.

  • eSolar strikes deal to build power plants in China
    Jan 9, 2010 - Cara Anna - AP

    A U.S. solar power company said Saturday it will help build a series of solar thermal power plants in China, as the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases tries to decrease its heavy reliance on coal, imported gas and oil.

  • Solar and Solyndra top venture capital funding in 2009, says Cleantech Group report
    Jan 08, 2010 - Mark Osborne -

    According to new figures from the Cleantech Group and Deloitte, VC investments in companies in the solar sector, reached US$1.2 billion or 21% of the share in 2009, making it the largest ‘Cleantech’ sector for investment. Clean technology venture investments in North America, Europe, China and India totalled US$5.6 billion in 557 deals. However, as these figures are preliminary, the firms expect the final figures could be up by as much as 10%.

  • Project Focus: Morocco invites bids for 500MW plant: first in country
    Jan 7, 2010 - Emma Hughes -

    Morocco will be inviting bids for the construction of its 500MW solar power station due to be complete at the end of February 2010. The project is estimated to cost US$9 billion and will be the first solar power station in the country according to Reuters.

  • Solar pond could produce fresh water
    Jan 06, 2010 - United Press International

    Salty lakes worldwide could produce valuable freshwater using a low-cost solar process developed at the
    University of Nevada, researchers said.

  • Acciona Energia gains financing for 150MW project in Spain
    Jan 05, 2010 - Emma Hughes -

    Reuters has reported the financial close of a combined 150MW project deal for Acciona Energia in Spain. The solar thermal power project involves a deal with 29 banks and is said to be one of the largest single solar financings to date.

  • Solar Panel Project to Light Up Schools
    Jan 5, 2010 - Business Daily - All Africa Global Media

    Two private companies have been commissioned to install solar panels in 117 schools and health centres in arid and semi arid regions in a move geared to reduce Kenya's reliance on hydro-generated electricity and lower the cost of energy to poor communities.

  • Storing the sun’s heat
    Dec 31, 2009- Stephanie Tavares -

    The U.S. solar energy industry is poised for a major technological breakthrough, and Nevada is in a race with Arizona to be the first to take advantage of it.

  • Solar rules! New list of proposed renewable energy projects in California has gigawatts of potential
    Dec 31, 2009 - Tom Cheyney -

    Ever wonder how many large-scale renewable energy projects might be on the drawing board in California? Thanks to the latest announcement from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, we now have a round number—244.

  • SunEdison to build, run five 10MW solar power plants for Xcel unit in New Mexico
    Dec 30, 2009 - Tom Cheyney -

    SunEdison will design and construct five ground-mounted solar photovoltaic power plants that will generate a total of 50MW (AC) in New Mexico for Southwestern Public Service, a regional operating company of Xcel Energy. The five 10MW sites will be located in Lea and Eddy counties in the southeastern part of the state and will be fully operational by the end of 2011, the companies said.

  • Hybrid Solar Panels Combine Photovoltaics with Thermoelectricity
    Dec 30, 2009 - Larry Greenemeuer -

    Columbia University and N.Y. engineering firm Weidlinger Associates are developing a layered approach that will draw electricity from the sun's energy in multiple ways

  • Are Engines the Future of Solar Power?
    Dec 30, 2009 - Cynthia Graber -

    Stirling engines might be the best way to harvest the power provided by the sun

  • Regulators Approve Key Contract for New 48-Megawatt Sempra Generation Solar Power Plant
    Dec 17, 2009 - MARKETWIRE - Energy Central

    Sempra Generation announced today that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved Pacific Gas & Electric's (PG&E) contract to purchase 48 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic solar power from Sempra Generation's Copper Mountain Solar facility.

  • EDF taps €1 billion in solar project financing: exclusive use of First Solar modules
    Dec 17, 2009 - Mark Osborne -

    In a significant move by EDF Energies Nouvelles to boost its solar energy portfolio, the renewable energy producer has secured new project finance that is underpinned by a €500 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB). EIB is financing 50% of planned projects in both France and Italy through 2012, while commercial banks will support each project with the other 50% of project finance required. EDF is exclusively using First Solar’s CdTe thin film modules for the €1 billion of projects over the next 2-years.

  • Rebound: US Photovoltaic Market Growth through 2010
    Dec 15, 2009 - Larry Sherwood, Anneke Hohl, Eric Paul and Jon Guice, PhD

    Recently, AltaTerra Research presented a national web conference on the American solar market with Jon Guice, an expert on U.S. solar market entry, and Larry Sherwood, author of the annual "U.S. Solar Market Trends" reports published by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

  • Solar industry groups release report in Copenhagen
    Dec 14, 2009 - LA Times

    As the United Nations Climate Change Conference enters its second week in Copenhagen, several international solar organizations released a report today summarizing solar power goals around the world.

  • South Korean polysilicon manufacturer OCI to invest $858.5 million in new plant
    Dec 11, 2009 - Tom Cheyney -

    In a bid to join the leading global producers of polysilicon, South Korean chemical manufacturer OCI plans to restart construction on a new poly plant inside its existing facility in Gunsan in January.

  • Ellensburg residents invest in solar power park
    Dec 11, 2009 - Leah Beth Ward - The Associated Press

    Gary Nystedt was brainstorming with a group of colleagues at a solar energy conference a few years ago when the idea hit him.

  • GE's New Solar Inverter Tackles Challenges of Integrating to Today's Grid
    Dec 09, 2009 - GE Energy -

    Technology used in GE’s (NYSE:GE) wind turbines, known for proven performance and reliability, is now bringing similar benefits to large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Building on a platform of power electronics, monitoring and controls that enhance wind energy grid integration, GE has developed a 600 kW solar inverter, which includes grid-friendly features to deliver performance in large-scale solar installations similar to conventional power plants.

  • US Solar Spins a 360
    Dec 8, 2009 - Elisa Wood - Renewable Energy World.COM

    The solar industry is finally feeling optimistic again, having apparently achieved a full 360 degree turn over the past 12 months, but what will 2010 hold?

  • Solar pipeline at U.S. utilities reaches 4.8GW: EER reports 21.5GW of solar power generation in 2020
    Dec 4, 2009 - Mark Osborne -

    A new detailed study of the U.S. utility market for solar applications by market research firm, Emerging Energy Research (EER) highlights the current and future pipeline of PV installations expected from the U.S. utilities. The utility-scale PV project pipeline has already reached 4.8GW with utilities expected to add a further 21.5GW to their generation portfolios between 2009 and 2020. Compared to the 77 MW of utility-driven projects currently operating, an explosion in the market is rapidly gaining momentum.

  • HelioSphera to build $500 million, 160MW solar PV module plant in Philadelphia Navy Yard complex
    Dec 1, 2009 - Tom Cheyney -

    Greek solar manufacturer HelioSphera will build a new photovoltaics module factory in Philadelphia’s historic Navy Yard mixed-use complex. Work on the 160-MW production plant is scheduled to begin next year.

  • Southern California Edison's Solar Transmission Line Approved
    Nov 30, 2009 - Wall Street Journal

    Southern California Edison (SCE) has received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for the construction of the 128-mile, 500 kV Devers Palo-Verde No. 2 line, which is designed to deliver solar power to demand centers in Southern California.

  • Cambodia to develop solar power to meet domestic need
    Nov 27, 2009 - Energy Central

    Ten companies from eight countries have sought permission to invest in solar energy projects in Cambodia after the August removal of a 15 percent duty on imports of the materials needed to build solar plants, local media reported Thursday, citing an official from Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy.

  • Tunisia adheres to “Desertec” project
    Nov 26, 2009 - Tunisia Online News

    An international conference on ” Desert Friendly Energy as a Challenge for Regional Cooperation and the Union For the Mediterranean” as part of the “Desertec” project to develop solar energy in southern Mediterranean countries, was held on Monday in Gammarth north of Tunis.

  • 20,000 MW grid solar power by 2022 under Nehru solar mission
    Nov 25, 2009 - Asia Pulse Data Source

    The Government of India Monday said that it has approved the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission with an aim of setting up 20,000 MW grid solar power and 2,000 MW off-grid solar power by 2022.

  • Cost of solar energy will drop by half this year and other renewable energy by 10%, says analyst
    Nov 24, 2009 - World of

    The levelised costs for solar energy will drop 50% in 2009, while the pre-subsidy cost for other renewable energy technologies will decline by 10%, according to a quarterly research note from New Energy Finance.

  • India to Spend $900 Million on Solar
    Nov 20, 2009 - Vakas Bajaj - New York Times - Green Inc.

    Ending months of speculation about exactly what it was planning to do to boost the use of renewable sources of energy, India said this week that it will spend about $900 million on solar energy.

  • Project focus: China to subsidize 294 solar power plants
    Nov 16, 2009 - Syanne Olson - PV+Tech Newsletter

    China has chosen 294 solar power projects, which will produce a total generation capacity of 642MW, for its first pilot program wherein it will subsidize at least half of the investment cost. reports that the expected total cost will be around 20 billion Yuan and should be in production within the next two to three years as stated by the Chinese Ministry of Finance.

  • Suntech to develop 20% of BIPV Solar Rooftop Program projects, China
    Nov 13, 2009 - By Emma Hughes -

    Suntech Power expects to develop approximately 20% of the 91MW of solar projects that were approved under China's Solar Rooftop Program, launched in March this year by the Ministry of Finance.

  • Solar Thermal Electricity Production to Jump 100-Fold, IEA Says
    Nov 10,2009 - Jeremy van Loon -

    Power generation using giant mirrors and solar panels to concentrate the sun’s rays and turn turbines will expand more than 100-fold over the next two decades, according to the International Energy Agency.

  • Solar Flare Ups
    Nov 9, 2009 - Ed Humes - California Lawyer

    True or false: California's plan to generate massive amounts of clean, sustainable solar power is a win for everyone—liberal or conservative, environmentalist or business executive.

  • Rooftop solar cells blossom, posing new challenges for power grid
    Nov 09, 2009- North County Times

    Solar power installations are sprouting on California rooftops like leaves in the spring, but all that renewable energy poses new problems for the aging power grid.

  • DoE highlights best practices from 25 Solar America Cities
    Nov 2, 2009 - renewable energy

    The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced an online resource for local governments that assists community leaders and local stakeholders in building sustainable local solar markets with best practices from 25 Solar America Cities.

  • Japan accelerates purchase of surplus solar electricity at homes
    Nov 1, 2009 - The Associated Press

    The government launched Sunday a new program that enables power companies to purchase at higher rates surplus electricity produced by solar power generation systems installed in homes, schools and hospitals.

  • Solar power from Sahara a step closer
    Nov 1, 2009 - Ashley Seager -

    A $400bn (£240bn) plan to provide Europe with solar power from the Sahara moved a step closer to reality today with the formation of a consortium of 12 companies to carry out the work.

  • Order focus: PG&E contracts with NextEra, Abengoa for 500MW of solar power
    Oct 27, 2009 - Syanne Olson -

    Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has inked a deal with subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Resources and Abengoa Solar for a total clean solar power delivery of 500MW. Combined with other solar deals that PG&E has recently signed with independent developers the company has totaled a delivery of 830MW.

  • Applied’s new solar research centre in China houses both ‘SunFab’ and c-Si pilot lines
    Oct 26, 2009 - Mark Osborne - PV-tech. org

    Billed as the largest nongovernment solar energy research facility in the world, Applied Materials has opened its new solar research centre in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, in northwest China. The 400,000-square-foot-plus facility houses a ‘SunFab’ thin film manufacturing line and a complete crystalline silicon pilot process. Applied started construction in 2006 on the center, which is expected to cost US$250 million as part of a multiphase project.

  • Solar Leaders Applaud New PV Cost Study That Shows Government Policies Reduce Installed Costs, Expand U.S. Solar Market
    Oct 21, 2009 - Business Wire

    Today researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab released "Tracking the Sun II: The Installed Cost of Photovoltaics in the U.S. from 1998--2008." The new report found that the average cost of going solar in the U.S. declined by more than 30 percent from 1998 to 2008, a trend that can be largely attributed to the success of market-building policies at the state and local level. Findings also show that, after a three-year plateau, costs decreased by 3.6 percent from 2007 to 2008, marking a pivotal year for the American solar industry.

  • Chipotle Plans Major Solar Power Initiative
    Oct 20, 2009 - Business Wire

    Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) (NYSE: CMG.B) announced today it is partnering with Houston-based Standard Renewable Energy (SRE) to install solar panels on approximately 75 Chipotle restaurants over the next year. In all, Chipotle has committed to panels that will produce 500 kilowatt hours of electricity, making Chipotle the largest direct producer of solar energy in the restaurant industry.

  • Second Rooftop in Southern California Edison's Massive Solar Panel Installation Program Now Generating Power in Chino
    Oct 20, 2009 - Business Wire

    The roof of a 458,000-square-foot industrial building in Chino, Calif. is now providing as much as one million watts of solar power to Southern California's Inland Empire. This is the second installation in Southern California Edison's (SCE's) plan to place advanced solar panels on hundreds of otherwise unused commercial rooftops across Southern California. The Chino site is owned by the Multi-Employer Property Trust (MEPT) whose exclusive investment advisor is Kennedy Associates.

  • California and Texas: Renewable energy's odd couple
    Oct 17, 2009 - Kate Galbraith - The New York Times

    Texas cares little for environmental niceties. Its governor, Rick Perry, bashes the Environmental Protection Agency at every opportunity, and recently branded the climate bill that passed the House of Representatives a “legislative monstrosity.”

  • ComEd Awarded $4 Million in Federal Economic Stimulus Funding To Expand Green Vehicle Fleet and Test Impact on Electric Grid
    Oct 16, 2009 - PRNewsWire

    ComEd today announced it has been awarded a total of $4 million in federal economic stimulus funding to expand one of the nation's largest private fleets of alternative-fuel vehicles and test solar-powered vehicle charging infrastructure as part of its study of plug-in electric vehicle usage and its impact on the electric system.

  • Video: Inside the 2009 Solar Decathlon
    Oct 15, 2009 - Graham Jesmer - Video Producer -

    A look inside some of the homes in this year's competition. The U.S. Department of Energy's 2009 Solar Decathlon brought 20 teams from colleges and universities around the world together on Washington D.C.'s National Mall, pitting them against one another in friendly competition to see who's solar-powered house would rise to the top.

  • Duke Distributed Generation Solar Sites Revealed
    Oct 14, 2009 - Renewable Energy

    Four sites have been selected to have solar energy systems installed on their rooftops as part of the first phase of Duke Energy's distributed solar generation program in North Carolina. Duke Energy has selected large nonresidential customer sites for this first phase.

  • Schwarzenegger, Salazar Sign MOU To Expedite RE Development In California
    Oct 13, 2009 - Solar Industry

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif., has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ken Salazar in order to expedite the siting of California renewable energy projects.

  • China's first 10MV ground mount solar system connected to the grid
    Oct 12, 2009 - Renewable Energy

    The Suntech solar PV system is located in Shizuishan, Ningxia Autonomous Region, China, and the 10 MW ground mount solar system is the first phase of a 50 MW solar plant that is targeted to be completed by 2011 in conjunction with Suntech's strategic partner, China Energy Conservation Investment Corporation (CECIC).

  • Governor Signs Two Big Solar Bills AB 920 and SB 32 Continue California’s Drive toward a Million Solar Roofs, Give Consumers New Incentives to Go Solar
    Oct 12, 2009 -

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. Oct. 12, 2009 - Californians have two more reasons to go solar tonight. Governor Schwarzenegger signed two popular solar bills designed to give consumers added incentive to invest in a solar roof and help the state achieve its aggressive clean energy goals.

  • Iberdrola Creeps Into Solar Technology Development
    Oct 9, 2009 - Jennifer Kho -

    The renewable energy venture arm of Iberdrola, the big Spanish utility, has made a small investment in a Toronto photovoltaic solar company — a sign that the company is stepping up its role in developing, and not just deploying, renewable-energy technologies beyond wind power.

  • Rust Belt sunshine: Silicon Valley solar firm gives autoworkers green jobs
    Oct 9, 2009 - Alex Salkever -

    the hope for redeploying industrial America likely lies in with technologies more similar to that of Skyline Solar. The array in Santa Clara puts out 27 kilowatts, enough to power a small- or medium-sized office building. That is the market Skyline is targeting, a space that includes office parks, churches, schools and state and local governments.

  • Dow Introduces Stealth Solar Shingles
    Aug 10, 2009 - Megan Treacy -

    This week Dow Chemical Company joined the ranks of companies trying to make renewable energy both practical and visually pleasing. The company introduced its POWERHOUSE Solar Shingle this week and, I have to say, I'm impressed. The new shingles almost seemlessly blend in with asphalt shingles, providing you with solar power without the possibility of offending your neighbors.

  • KYOCERA Donates Solar Power Generating Systems to Schools in Uganda
    Oct 8, 2009 - Business Wire

    Kyocera Corporation (President: Tetsuo Kuba)(NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) announced today that it is donating and installing solar power generating systems to 15 schools in the Republic of Uganda over the next five years.

  • KSK Surya Photovoltaic Venture Selects Applied Materials’ SunFab Solar Panel Production Lines for 150MW Project in India
    Oct 7, 2009 - BusinessWire

    KSK Surya Photovoltaic Venture, Private Limited (KSK), a subsidiary of KSK Power Ventur plc, a leading independent power provider in India, announced today that it has signed a contract with Applied Materials, Inc. to purchase two Applied SunFab Thin Film Lines for manufacturing high-power output 5.7m2 solar panels. The SunFab lines will be installed in a state-of-the-art facility, including an R&D center, which KSK plans to build in the “Fab City” located in Hyderabad, India, at a total project cost (including land and buildings) of approximately USD $500 million.

  • Dow Unveils Solar Shingles
    Oct 7, 2009 - Todd Woody - The New York Times

    Dow Chemical has unveiled a residential roof shingle in the form of a solar panel designed to be integrated into asphalt-tiled roofs.

  • Enlight to build new nation-wide solar energy project
    Oct 6, 2009 - Merav Ankori - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News

    Enlight Renewable Energy Ltd. has won a BOT (build, operate, transfer) project for 25 solar energy installations. Enlight will set up and operate the installations together with investors. The company is in advanced talks to secure financing with one of Israel's big banks, which sources inform "Globes" is Bank Hapoalim (TASE: POLI). The financial closing is due in a few weeks.

  • Nicaragua placing its bets on solar energy
    Oct 5, 2009 - EFE

    Nicaragua intends to become less dependent on electricity from fossil fuels in the short term, and to do that the country is carrying out solar development projects along the Caribbean coast and in rural areas, the deputy energy minister said Monday.

  • Ontario: The next solar hotbed?
    Oct , 2009 - Michael Bates - Solar Industry Magazine

    A little more than a week ago, the government of Ontario revealed the missing pieces of its Green Energy Act and the associated "Ten Steps to Green Energy." One of those steps - a feed-in tariff - has the potential to dramatically change the solar photovoltaic market in the province.

  • Financing Heating Up For Solar Industry
    Sep 29, 2009 - Donna Howell - Investor's Business Daily

    Lending is starting to flow a little more freely toward solar-power projects and providers, after a stall.

  • Alternative energy projects stumble on a need for water
    Sep 29, 2009 - The New York Times

    Amargosa Valley, Nev. — In a rural corner of Nevada reeling from the recession, a bit of salvation seemed to arrive last year. A German developer, Solar Millennium, announced plans to build two large solar farms here that would harness the sun to generate electricity, creating hundreds of jobs.

  • Local solar outlook is worldly, TREO tells visiting journalists
    Sept 21, 2009 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News

    There's enough noonday sunlight striking the University of Arizona campus to produce 1.5 gigawatts of electricity and power all of Tucson.

  • First Solar to build 2 GW solar power plant in Chinese Desert
    Sep 18, 2009 - Renewable Energy Focus.Com

    Phase one of the solar power plant will be a 30 MW demonstration project that will begin construction by June, 2010 and be completed as soon as practicable. Phases two, three and four will be 100 MW, 870 MW, and 1 GW. Phases two and three of the solar power plant will be completed in 2014 and Phase four will be completed by 2019.

  • TEP Unveils Plans for Giant Photovoltaic Array and New Solar Power Plant
    Sept 16, 2009 - Business Wire

    Tucson Electric Power (TEP) is working with partners to develop two new solar power systems that would rank as the Tucson area's largest renewable power plants, generating enough clean energy to serve more than 6,000 Tucson homes.

  • Printed PV: Nanosolar unveils 640MW utility-scale panel fab, high-efficiency CIGS cell production
    Sept 9, 2009 - Tom Cheyney -

    After staying relatively quiet for much of the past year, thin-film PV manufacturer Nanosolar has come out with a full docket of announcements: the completion of its 640MW panel-assembly factory near Berlin celebrated during an event attended by the German Minister of the Environment and other dignitaries; the start of serial roll-to-roll production of its flexible copper-indium-gallium-(di)selenide cells in the company’s San Jose facility; $4.1 billion in panel purchases from customers--including some of the world’s largest utility companies; NREL-verified cell efficiencies up to 16.4%; and new technical details of both its printed CIGS cell technology and utility-scale panels.

  • Concentrator PV: Harvesting More, Spending Less
    Sept 8, 2009 - Nancy Hartsoch - Renewable Energy World.COM

    Today we are faced with dramatically increasing electricity demand globally presenting a critical need for clean, renewable energy. While the sun is the world's most abundant renewable resource, today it is barely tapped as an energy source. The challenge has been in cost effective conversion of that sunlight to electricity. Historically, harvesting photons has been hindered by high costs compared with traditional energy.

  • First Solar signs MOU to develop 2GW of PV power plants in Inner Mongolia
    Sept 8, 2009 - Tom Cheyney -

    First Solar has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese government to build a multiphase solar power plant project in Ordos City, Inner Mongolia, a site that will eventually reach 2GW in installed capacity. Once finalized, the agreement--the first of its kind between the Chinese authorities and a non-Chinese solar company--could also lead to the construction of First Solar moduling and supplier manufacturing facilities in the region.

  • Chinese solar plant expected to be the biggest
    Sept 8, 2009 - Chris Kahn - The Associated Press

    First Solar Inc. said Tuesday it has received initial approval from the Chinese government to build what may become the largest solar field in the world.

  • Munich Re may insure Desertec solar energy project
    Sept 7, 2009 - George Frey - The Associated Press

    German reinsurer Munich Re AG said its main role in the proposed Desertec solar energy project is currently as a catalyst and advisor, but could become a bigger investor and possible insurer for the project in future - if and when it gets built.

  • How much surface area would it take to power the world completely with solar or wind?
    Sept 2, 2009 - Ariel Schwartz - Fast Company

    Ever wonder how much space we would need to use to power the entire world with solar energy or offshore wind power? So did the good people at the Land Art Generator, who created two infographics that show the amount of surface area required to power our planet with renewable resources.

  • China Racing Ahead of U.S. in the Drive to Go Solar
    Aug 24, 2009 - Keith Bradsher - New York Times

    WUXI, China — President Obama wants to make the United States “the world’s leading exporter of renewable energy,” but in his seven months in office, it is China that has stepped on the gas in an effort to become the dominant player in green energy — especially in solar power, and even in the United States.

  • Firm to Light up The Country With Solar Power
    Aug 20, 2009 - Daily Trust/All Africa Global Media

    Private Networks Nigeria Limited (PNN), a leading Pan-African technology service, has announced plans and ability to provide 100% visibility in Nigeria through the application of solar powered lights which can adequately address the persistent epileptic power supply in the country.

  • First Solar, Southern California Edison Sign Contracts for 550 MW of Photovoltaic Solar Electricity
    Aug 18, 2009 - Business Wire

    First Solar, Inc. and Southern California Edison (SCE) today announced agreements to build two large-scale solar power projects in Riverside and San Bernardino counties in Southern California. The installations, which will be among the largest of their kind, will have a generation capacity of 550 megawatts of photovoltaic solar electricity, enough to provide power to approximately 170,000 homes. The agreements are subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission.

  • Utilities Hatch Ambitious Plans to Own and Operate Large-scale PV Projects
    Aug 13, 2009 - Justin Moresco -

    n years past, solar photovoltaic (PV) installations were largely done in a piecemeal fashion, planned and implemented one rooftop or ground-mounted system at a time. But as solar technology has improved and as state governments demand more renewable generation through portfolio standards, large-scale projects are becoming more common. A growing number of utilities, rather than depend on independent power producers to build these projects, have launched multi-million dollar initiatives to own and operate their own solar assets.

  • India plans massive increase in solar energy
    Aug 10, 2009 - Renewable Energy Focus.Com

    India will launch a solar power target by September 2009, which could increase the output from almost nothing to a staggering 20GW by 2020 - in a bid to fight global warming. To put this in context, today's global PV installed capacity stands at around 14GW.

  • Award - winning reflector to cut solar cost
    Aug 3, 2009 - NREL

    Huge parabolic mirrors catching the sun's rays could crisscross America's deserts soon, thanks to a breakthrough that may greatly lower the cost of solar power.

  • FedEx Ground Plans Largest Rooftop Solar Power System in U.S.
    Jul 30, 2009 - BUSINESS WIRE

    FedEx Ground, the small-package shipping unit of FedEx Corp., today announced plans to install the nation's largest rooftop solar-electric system at its distribution hub in Woodbridge, N.J.

  • African Sun May Light Up European Homes
    Jul 29, 2009 - Inter Press Service/All Africa Global Media

    Twenty German companies have drawn up ambitious plans to meet at least 15 percent of the European electricity demand by 2020 from solar thermal power plants installed in the North African Maghreb region.

  • India To Launch 20 GW Solar Target Under Climate Plan
    Jul 28- 2009 - Energy Business Review

    India will launch its first solar power target by September 2009, according to Reuters. This is to increase the output from near zero to 20 gigawatts (GW) by 2020 as it firms up its national plan to fight global warming, draft documents show. The target, which would help India close the gap on solar front-runners like China, is part of a $19 billion, 30 year scheme that could could boost India's leverage in international talks for a new UN climate pact in December 2009.

  • Suntech Power Announces 1.8 Gigawatts of Strategic Agreements in China
    Jul 23, 2009 - Clean Edge News

    Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., a global crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer, recently announced that it has entered into a number of strategic agreements with each of Shaanxi provincial government, Shizuishan city government, Ningxia province, Qinghai provincial government and Panzhihua city government, Sichuan province to develop 300MW, 500MW, 500MW and 500MW of solar projects respectively. These projects, with an aggregate of 1.8GW, are expected to be developed in several stages.

  • N.M hydrogen power plant planned
    Jul 17, 2009 - The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico-based energy-technology company announced plans Wednesday to develop in southern New Mexico what it calls the world's first utility- scale, zero-emissions hydrogen power plant.

  • Cambodia installs over 500 solar energy electricity generations in rural areas
    Jul 14, 2009 - Xinhua

    More than 500 solar energy electricity generations have been installed in Cambodia's rural areas to help improving the living standard of poor people, local media reported on Tuesday.

  • €400bn energy plan to harness African sun
    Jul 12, 2009 - Tony Paterson - The Independent World

    The world's most ambitious green energy project is about to take shape. It is a plan for a chain of mammoth sun-powered energy plants in the deserts of North Africa to supply power to Europe's homes and factories by the end of the next decade.

  • UC Berkeley researchers harness nanotechnology for solar panels
    Jul 10, 2009 - Daily Californian/UWire

    The answer to developing low-cost solar panels may lie in the creation of tiny 3-dimensional fibers that are 1,000 times smaller than a human hair.

  • Off-grid PV back on the map with developing countries
    July 9, 2009 - Renewable Energy

    Off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) power has taken a back-seat in talk about solar power in recent years despite once holding 90% of the total installed capacity worldwide. However, as the thirst for energy increases in regions like Africa, Asia or Latin America, off-grid solar PV energy is experiencing a come-back.

  • Sahara solar project to move forward at Munich meet
    Jul 9, 2009 - Erik Kirschbaum - Reuters

    BERLIN (Reuters) - A group of companies from Europe and northern Africa will meet in Munich on Monday to map out concrete steps for a series of large-scale renewable energy projects worth 400 billion euros ($560 billion) over 40 years.

  • Toxic waste casts cloud on Massachusetts solar co.
    Jul 3, 2009 - Christine McConville - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News

    Evergreen Solar Inc., one of Massachusetts' rising green energy stars, is on its way to becoming one of the state's top producers of hazardous waste.

  • US Interior Secretary Outlines Solar Energy Zones In US West
    Jun 29, 2009 - Dow Jones & Company, Inc.

    Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar on Monday announced measures he said would expedite solar energy projects on federal lands.

  • European solar power from African deserts?
    Jun 18, 2009 - James Kanter - The New York Times

    Germany has become a global leader in solar energy by building up a substantial industry at home. Can the country now repeat the feat in North Africa?

  • California Regulators Approve Southern California Edison Proposal to Create Nation's Largest Solar Panel Installation Program
    Jun 18, 2009 - Business Wire

    A plan proposed by Southern California Edison (SCE) for the largest U.S. installation of advanced solar panels on otherwise unused large commercial rooftops across Southern California was approved today by the California Public Utilities Commission.

  • Massive European solar project set for launch
    Jun 16, 2009 - Spiegel Online International

    A German-led consortium wants to fund an international solar-energy plan to the tune of €400 billion. The idea is to gather solar heat in North Africa and send the electricity to Europe. If it works, it would be the largest green-energy project in the world.

  • Solar systems in desert regions
    Jun 16, 2009 - Deserttec

    In the coming decades, global developments will confront mankind
    with unprecedented challenges: climate change, a population growth
    far beyond Earth‘s present carrying capacity, the global striving for
    prosperity, and increasing demands for energy and water, are the
    core problems we are faced with. 200 years of global industrialization
    has resulted in an unparalleled standard of living and an increased
    life expectancy for part of the world’s population. However,
    all this has been and is still being achieved at a price: alarming
    environmental destruction as well as climate change which can no longer be ignored. These things will mean dramatic changes to life on
    Earth in the future.

  • Masdar 10 MV solar PV plant connects to Abu Dhabi power grid
    Jun 5, 2009 - renewable energy

    Abu Dhabi-based solar integrator Enviromena Power Systems has completed the Masdar 10 MW solar power plant, the largest grid-connected solar system in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Could India become a solar leader?
    Jun 5, 2009 - James Kanter - The New York Times

    India may be gearing to turn itself into the global leader in solar power generation, a sign that major developing nations could become renewable energy hubs to rival Germany and the United States.

  • Enviromena Completes It's First Large Scale Project: Masdar 10MW Solar Plant
    Jun 02, 2009 - Middle East Company News

    Abu Dhabi based solar integrator Enviromena Power Systems (Enviromena) announced the completion of the Masdar 10MW Solar Power Plant, the largest grid connected solar system in the Middle East and North Africa.

  • End-of-life PV: then what? - Recycling solar PV panels
    Aug 3, 2009 - Kari Larsen - Renewable Energy

    Solar energy is regarded as a green technology, but what happens to solar panels once they reach the end of their lifetime? Renewable Energy Focus' Kari Larsen investigates.

  • Energy from - molten salt?
    May 29, 2009 - Dan Whitcomb - Reuters

    In these green times energy producers are leaving no stone unturned in the hunt for new sources of energy.

  • Solar power could surge by 2050 in deserts-report
    May 25, 2009 - Alister Doyle - Reuters

    PARIS - Solar power plants in deserts using mirrors to concentrate the sun's rays have the potential to generate up to a quarter of the world's electricity by 2050, a report by pro-solar groups said on Monday.

  • Solar Shootout in the San Joaquin Valley
    May 18, 2009 - Bob Haavind - RenewableEnergyWorld

    Side-by-side crystalline and thin-film photovoltaic installations at a water treatment plant in California's Central Valley should provide a clear indication of which provides the best energy production and cost benefit performance over varying climatic conditions within a year.

  • Rudd plans "world's largest" solar project
    May 17, 2009 - ABC News

    The Federal Government says it wants to create the largest solar energy project in the world.

  • PG&E upgrades BrightSource deal to 1.3GW
    May 13, 2009 -

    Series of seven solar thermal projects in California are expected to power more than half a million homes in 'largest solar deal in the world.'

  • 220 MPH solar-powered bullet train on Arizona horizon
    May 12, 2009 - Jorge Chapa - inhabitat

    Travelers going from Tucson to Phoenix may soon be blazing across the desert in speeding solar bullet trains propelled by the sun’s rays. Hot on the heels of President Obama’s plan for High Speed Rail in the US comes the news that Arizona-based Solar Bullet LLC is proposing a new 220mph bullet train that will be entirely powered by the sun and will make the trip in 30 minutes flat.

  • APS Pilot Envisions Interconnected Solar Rooftops
    May 11, 2009 - BUSINESS WIRE

    PHOENIX - Arizona Public Service (APS) is launching an innovative pilot project in Flagstaff that ultimately could provide a substantial increase in the number of solar rooftops statewide.

  • China solar photovoltaic installed capacity set to rise in 2020
    May 07, 2009 - AsiaPulse

    China's solar PV installed capacity is likely to reach 10,000-20,000 megawatts by 2020, with the implementation of its solar photovoltaic (PV) roof plan and other supportive measures, China Securities Journal quoted Wang Zhongying, head of the Renewable Energy Development Center of the Energy Research Institute (ERI) as saying.

  • “Enormous potential” for solar energy in India - report
    May 6, 2009 -

    Solar energy offers enormous potential for a tropical country like India where around 45% of households, mainly rural, do not have access to electricity, according to Research and Markets’ report Indian Solar Energy Market Outlook 2012.

  • World's Largest Solar Power Tower Commissioned
    May 4, 2009 -

    Abengoa Solar has begun commercial operations of the world's largest solar power tower plant, a 20 MW installation.

  • Abengoa Solar Begins Operation of World's Largest Solar Power Tower Plant
    Apr 27, 2009 - PRNewswire

    Following the conclusion of the successful three-day production and operational testing period, Abengoa Solar has begun commercial operation of the new PS20 solar power tower plant located at the Solucar Platform, near Seville (Spain). Over the course of the testing period, PS20 surpassed the predicted power output, thus further validating the high potential of power tower technology.

  • DESERTEC-Australia: Solar and Geothermal Cheaper than Coal and Nuclear
    Apr 11, 2009 - Stewart Taggart - Deseretec - Australia

    The average Australian household could pay up to 30% more per year by 2025 for electricity generated from coal and nuclear power than from concentrating solar and hot dry rock geothermal power, according to DESERTEC-Australia.

  • Developer plans all solar city
    Apr 11, 2009 - UPI

    A Florida developer says he wants to build a 19,500-home city powered entirely by solar energy.

  • New Google maps to guide solar, wind placement
    Apr 7, 2009 - Adam Hadhazy

    Where should new solar and wind power facilities go? Seems many of the best potential sites, including rugged, windswept regions in the Rocky Mountains to the sun-baked Mojave Desert, contain swathes of land legally set aside as national parks, or support what remains of an endangered species' dwindling habitat, for example.

  • Canadian Solar Wins a Bid to a Rural Electrification Project in China
    Apr 6, 2009 - PRNewswire-Asia

    Canadian Solar Inc. ("the Company", "Canadian Solar" or "we") (Nasdaq: CSIQ) today announced that we were recently selected in a competitive bidding process to supply solar panels for 80,000 solar home systems for rural households in Sichuan province of China. The total order size is 1.6 MW. This project was initiated and financed by China's Ministry of Agriculture and the Sichuan Provincial Government. The solar home systems are rated for a peak capacity of 20 Watts each. A system of this size can power two lights and a small TV. The delivery of the 80,000 units will be completed by April.

  • World's Second Largest Solar Plant to be Built in Florida
    Mar 27, 2009 -

    Lauren Engineers & Constructors recently signed a contract with Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) as the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for a new 75 MW Concentrated Solar Power ( Plant located near Indiantown, FL.

  • Spain sets the benchmark for the concentrated photovoltaic industry worldwide
    Mar 27, 2009 - Energy Central

    The Concentrated Photovoltaic industry has excited scientists worldwide because of the opportunities it provides to produce cheap energy in large quantities, using relatively simple technology. Currently Spain is the world leader in Concentrated Photovoltaic and is the point of reference for other countries to follow in this sector. In order to maintain this leadership and create a solid industrial infrastructure, an economic stimulus is required such as that given to the thermo-solar energy sector.

  • First Solar Produces One Gigawatt of Clean Solar Electricity
    Mar 24, 2009 - Adrienne Selko - IndustryWeek

    By the end of this year the company will have the capacity to produce more than 1GW per year -- the equivalent of an average-sized nuclear power plant.

  • Qatar to build USD 500 m solar power plant
    Mar 23, 2009 - Asia Pulse Data Source

    Qatar is planning to build a major solar energy plant with an aim to generate at least 100 MW of solar power within five years, a news report said today.

  • Solar energy research & education foundation, release"Solar Jobs Map" projecting economic growth across nation
    Mar 17, 2009 - SEIA

    Real stories about solar industry workers unveiled to spotlight green-collar job opportunities.

  • 106 Members of British Parliment Sign Off on Solar Power and Supergrid
    Mar 15, 2009 - News Blaze - Daily News

    More Than 100 MPs Support Concentrating Solar Power and The Supergrid
    More than 100 MPs (106 at the last count) have now signed Early Day Motion 123, calling on the government to put its weight behind the development of concentrating solar power (CSP) in desert regions and a 'supergrid' of low-loss transmission lines spanning the whole of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

  • The Mediterranean Solar Plan – a necessity, not an option
    Feb 16, 2009 - Benita Ferrero-Waldner -

    Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner articulates why renewable energy especially solar energy is a key part of Europe's external policy development challenges and secure our energy future.

  • PSE&G Proposes $773 Million Solar Energy Program
    Feb 10, 2009 - PRNewswire-FirstCall

    Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) today asked New Jersey regulators to approve a $773-million proposal to bring the benefits of 120 megawatts of solar power directly to communities and customers throughout its service territory.

  • Key Provisions Benefiting the Solar Energy Industry in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
    Feb 2009 - Solar Energy Industries Association

    Here is a summary of the key provisions, courtesy of the Solar Energy Industries Association.

  • Commission gives its approval to feed-in tariff for solar power
    Feb 6, 2009 - Megan Rolland -

    Beginning March 1, those in Gainesville with new solar photovoltaic systems will be eligible to receive 32 cents per kilowatt hour of electricity produced by the system over the next 20 years.

  • Unprecedented growth seen for solar energy
    Feb 6, 2009- McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - The Blade, Toledo, Ohio

    The head of the federal government's effort to promote solar technology told about 200 industry leaders yesterday that expanding the industry to the level needed by 2030 will require unprecedented levels of growth.

  • Solar Power Coming to a Boil
    Jan 31, 2009 - USA Today; New York

    After emerging in 2006 from 1 5 years of hibernation, the solar thermal power industry is experiencing a resurgence, with plenty of new capacity coming online worldwide. During the 1990s, cheap fossil fuels, combined with a loss of state and Federal incentives, put a damper on solar thermal power development However, recent increases in energy prices, escalating concerns about global climate change, and fresh economic incentives are renewing interest in this technology.

  • DESERTEC-Australia - Clean Power From Deserts
    2009 -

    DESERTEC-Australia advocates developing large-scale solar, geothermal, wind and wave energy projects in interior Australia.

  • The Rush for Gigawatts in the Desert Explodes
    Jan 9, 2009 - Ucilia Wang -

    Although the economy is in the dumps, there's been a 78% jump in applications to build solar projects on BLM land in the last six months.

  • Wind, solar power capacity in 27 nations to quadruple by 2020
    Jan 14, 2009 -- AsiaPulse

    Tokyo - The capacity to generate electricity through wind and solar power systems in 27 nations, excluding Japan, will increase four- to fivefold from 2008 to 2020, according to a report released Tuesday by research firm Fuji Keizai Co.

  • 40 MW solar PV station connected to grid
    Jan 6, 2009 -

    BRANDIS/KÖTHEN, GERMANY - The German juwi group has completed grid connection of its 40 MW Waldpolenz energy park in Brandis, near Leipzig in eastern Germany.

  • Sempra Generation Completes North America's Largest 'Thin-Film' Solar Power Installation
    Dec 22, 2008 - Market Wire

    Sempra Generation, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), today announced the completion of the company's first solar energy project, a 10-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power-generation facility adjacent to the company's existing 480-megawatt El Dorado Energy power plant near Boulder City, Nev., about 40 miles southeast of Las Vegas.

  • China's first grid-connected solar power station in desert enters operation
    Dec 19, 2008 -- Xinhua

    WUWEI, Gansu - China's first grid-connected solar power station built in a desert entered operation on Friday in Wuwei City,northwest China's Gansu Province.

  • Solar power helping light streets of Iraq

    Mostly desert and a lot of sun, it makes sense there's a place for solar power in Iraq.

  • Southern California Edison Completes First of Its Major Commercial Rooftop Solar Installations
    Dec 01, 2008 - BUSINESS WIRE

    Southern California Edison (SCE) today announced completion of the first of its proposed 150 solar photovoltaic installations on Southern California commercial rooftops. The project could eventually cover two square miles of existing commercial roofs with 250 million watts of peak generating capacity - equivalent to building several utility-scale solar power plants.

  • Vatican unveils ambitious solar energy plans
    November 26, 2008 - Reuters

    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - And then there was light -- and it was powered by the sun. The Vatican on Wednesday activated a new solar energy system and announced an ambitious plan that could one day make it an alternative energy exporter.

  • France plans to ramp up solar energy by 2020
    Nov 18, 2008 -- Reuters

    PARIS - France pledged on Monday to multiply by 400 the amount of solar power used in the country in the next 12 years as part of its plan to double the share of renewables in consumed energies to 23 percent by 2020.

  • New solar maps help homeowners and installers
    Nov 3, 2008 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Matt Nauman San Jose mercury News, Calif.

    Innovations in online mapping are contributing to the rapid growth of solar energy. The high-tech tools benefit everyone from homeowners and solar-panel installers to the developers and financiers of large-scale power projects, industry experts said at a recent solar conference here.

  • Dubai starts ambitious 1GW PV production plan using Applied’s SunFab technology
    Oct 27, 2008 - Mark Osborne -

    At a two day event held in Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Mr. Sultan bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai World (pictured), announced the establishment of a photovoltaics manufacturing company, dubbed Solar Technologies FZE, which will build an operate a 130MW production plant in Dubai’s Technopark. Future plans include establishing manufacturing facilities in China, Mexico and Bulgaria, which will increase the total production capacity to 1GW by 2015.

  • Solar mapping technology rolling out
    Oct 11, 2008 - Steve Gelsi - MarketWatch

    CH2M Hill wins $6 million contract to map 25 cities
    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Home and business owners in 25 cities will soon be able to punch up the solar energy potential of their own rooftops on a free Web site, under a new mapping program rolling out with backing from the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • Berlin aims to become solar powerhouse
    Oct 10, 2008 - iNS/news/net

    Berlin wants to become a world leader in the solar energy field, both as a user of the sun's rays for energy and as a pioneer in solar technology despite its northern, cloud-covered location, its economy minister said. "You don't necessarily have to have the best natural geographic conditions to be a solar power capital," Harald Wolf told Reuters in an interview, referring to the German capital's 52-degree north latitude and its cloud cover for about two-thirds of daylight hours.

  • Acciona Delivers Two Solar Gardens to 1,200 Investors in Navarra, Spain
    Sep 25, 2008- Datamonitor

    Acciona Solar has delivered two solar gardens to its over 1,200 owners in Corella and Bardenas Reales in Navarra, Spain.

  • NW China's Largest Solar Power Plant Linked to the Grid
    Sep 17, 2008 - AsiaPulse

    An experimental solar energy power plant in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region was linked to the electricity grid recently, and is the largest solar photovoltaic high-tension power plant to be hooked up to the grid.

  • Harvesting the Power of the Sun in Rema, Ethiopia
    Sep 12, 2008 - Clinton Global Initiative

    On July 31, President Clinton visited the rural community of Rema, the first “solar village” in Ethiopia. After making a Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in 2006, the Solar Energy Foundation (SEF) and Good Energies, Inc. installed 1,100 solar panels in Rema, generating electricity for more than 5,500 people. Access to electricity has made night school and refrigerated medicine possible and has improved villagers’ eyesight. “Renewable energy is the economic opportunity of this century,” said Marcel Brenninkmeijer, chairman of Good Energies.

  • Nagpur to have Asia's biggest solar thermal power plant
    Sep 2, 2008 - Asia Pulse Data Source

    Nagpur - Asia's biggest solar thermal power plant will be set up here to generate 10 MW electricity for the national grid.

  • Clean power need gives India's solar mission a boost
    Aug 29, 2008 - Times of India

    The government is looking to get India's 'national solar mission' underway with steps to set up research-industry partnerships, tariff structures and tax breaks to citizens aimed at promoting competitiveness and even seed 'solar valleys' for largescale energy generation.

    Aug 2008 - David R. Mills and Robert G. Morgan - Ausra, Inc.

    Advanced solar thermal electric options are dropping in price and some companies are beginning to introduce thermal storage. This paper suggests not only that Solar Thermal Electricity (STE) has sufficient diurnal and seasonal natural correlation with electricity load to supply the great majority of the US national grid (and by logical extension, those of China and India) on an annual basis with only 16 hours of storage. The correlation between the natural output and load exceeds 90% California and Texas, and also on the entire US grid. Furthermore, STE can supply much of the transportation market without destroying these natural correlations. The almost complete elimination of both fossil fueled generation and oil usage for transportation in the USA appears to be technically feasible.

  • Solar utility: electricity from sunshine on a massive scale in California
    Aug 15, 2008 - David Biello - Scientific American (60 Second Science)

    The amount of solar photovoltaics harnessing electricity from sunshine in the U.S. will more than double by 2013, thanks to plans to build 800 megawatts worth in California. The two vast solar farms—covering more than 12 square miles—will be among the largest ever built in the world and dwarf the current U.S. record holder: Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada with 14 megawatts. In fact, the total amount of solar photovoltaics connected to the grid in the entire U.S. is just 473 megawatts at present.

  • The technical, geographical, and economic feasibility for solar energy to supply the energy needs of the US
    Aug 11, 2008 - Vasilis Fthenakis, James E. Mason, Ken Zweibel

    So far, solar energy has been viewd as only a minor contributor in the energy mixture of the US due to cost and intermittency constraints. This paper demonstrates the feasibility of a much larger role for solar energy.

  • Grids Ready for Solar
    Jul 25, 2008 -

    FREIBURG, GERMANY - Two reports compiled by Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE show how municipal electricity grids can accept large amounts of photovoltaic (PV) electricity.

  • Welcome to DESERTEC
    Jul 24, 2008 -

    By far the largest, technically accessible source of energy on the planet is to be found in the deserts around the equatorial regions of the earth. The DESERTEC Concept is designed to bring deserts and existing technology into service to improve global security of energy, water and the climate.

  • Solar PV Builds Momentum Across Europe
    Jul 24, 2008 -

    Barcelona, Spain After years of being labeled a German phenomenon, the solar photovoltaic (PV) sector is building momentum across Europe, particularly in Spain. Catalyzed by newly adopted feed-in tariffs, PV development activity in Europe is booming and project size is scaling - causing shifts in competitive positioning along the project development value chain, according to a recent study from Emerging Energy Research, a leading research and advisory firm analyzing clean and renewable energy markets.

  • Top Ten Utility Solar Integration Rankings (pdf)
    Jul 23, 2008 - Solar Energy Power Association

    In the last year, U.S. electric utilities’ engagement with grid-connected solar electricity increased significantly, with major photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar thermal (CST) announcements by utilities, their customers, and third-party solar developers. Utilities have traditionally operated as a solar facilitator, integrating customer developed projects. However, recently there have been several announcements by utilities of new entrepreneurial ideas that provide fresh solutions to regulatory, customer and internal issues. Based on these announcements and internal discussions with other utilities, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) anticipates that utilities will quickly become the largest and one of the most important customers for the solar industry. Whether solar electric systems are developed by utilities, their customers, or solar companies, the utilities’ proactive engagement with emerging solar technologies is important to the solar industry as a whole.

  • Solar power from Saharan sun could provide Europe's electricity, says EU
    Jul 23, 2008 - Alok Jha - The Guardian

    A tiny rectangle superimposed on the vast expanse of the Sahara captures the seductive appeal of the audacious plan to cut Europe's carbon emissions by harnessing the fierce power of the desert sun.

  • GM to build world's biggest rooftop solar station in Spain
    Jul 8, 2008 - Yahoo News

    MADRID (AFP) - US automaker General Motors said Tuesday it will equip the roof of its factory in Zaragoza in northeastern Spain with solar panels to create the world's largest rooftop source of power from the sun.

  • New Mexico utilities cooperate on CSP
    Jul 4, 2008 - RenewableEnergyFocus

    Four major utility companies in New Mexico have issued a joint request for proposals from solar developers for the construction of a solar parabolic trough generation facility to provide solar electricity to each utility by 2012.

  • KEPCO, Sharp to build solar plant
    Jul 3, 2008 - The Yomiuri Shimbun - The Associated Press

    Eco-friendly facility to be first of its kind to power nation's homes, factories
    OSAKA--Kansai Electric Power Co., the nation's second-biggest electricity producer, and Sharp Corp., the consumer electronics giant, recently announced plans to set up a solar power plant in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture, that will be one of the world's largest.

  • Energy Security in Africa with Renewable Energy
    Jul 2008 - Preben Maegaard - World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE)

    More than any other continent, Africa needs an energy revolution and independence from the international fossil fuel economy; a change to renewable energy and energy autonomy is paramount for survival. Africa depends largely on the import of fossil fuels to meet a significant and growing part of its modern energy needs, which has created perverse effects on the economy and lives of Africans. Renewable energy is the only viable alternative that has the potential, when properly managed, to improve quality of life on a national and continental scale.

  • A role for Sandia in solar plan
    Jun 26, 2008 - Albuquerque Journal

    The most ambitious alternative energy project that would feed a proposed cross-country power line in Southern California is a gigantic, $400 million solar plant that will use technology partially developed at Sandia National Laboratories.

  • Concentrated Solar Power and the Creation of a High Voltage Direct Current Grid
    Jun 24, 2008 - Howard Stoate -

    That this House notes that Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) technology, a means of capturing solar energy from deserts, has the potential to generate a substantial proportion of Europe's future electricity needs; notes that it would be feasible and cost-effective to transmit energy derived from desert based CSP plants in North Africa to Europe via the creation of a high voltage direct current (HVDC) super-grid, as this would restrict transmission losses to just three percent per 1,000 km; further notes that the cost of collecting solar thermal energy equivalent to the energy output of one barrel of oil is currently about US$50 and is likely to fall to around US$20 in the future, which is substantially less than the current world price of oil; welcomes the work that has been done by the Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Co-operation (TREC) in promoting the development of CSP and an integrated Europe and North Africa-wide HVDC super-grid; and calls on the Government to endorse TREC's proposals formally and to work with its international partners to advance the concept.

  • PG&E enters contracts for 106.8 MW of renewable solar hybrid power
    Jun 13, 2008 - Thomson Financial

    Pacific Gas and Electric Co. said Thursday it has entered into two contracts with San Joaquin Solar LLC, a subsidiary of Martifer Renewables Electricity LLC, for a combined 106.8 megawatts of solar thermal-biofuel hybrid power.

  • Arizona State University to start rooftop solar project
    Jun 10, 2008 - Chris Kahn - The Associated Press

    Arizona State University plans to spread solar panels across the rooftops of its sprawling Tempe, Ariz. campus, creating the largest solar array at an American university, school officials said.

  • Bangladesh to make installation of solar panels mandatory
    Jun 6, 2008 - Xinhua

    The Bangladeshi government has decided to bring changes in the country's existing building code to make installation of solar panels on top of high-rise buildings mandatory, aiming to reduce dependency on conventional power.

  • India to Focus on Solar Energy
    Jun 1, 2008 - The Times of India

    The much-awaited national climate change action plan is almost ready. As per the final draft, to be discussed by the PM's Climate Change Council on June 2, the government has decided to launch eight national missions. These eight focus areas will be implemented in a time-bound fashion as part of India's domestic agenda to counter impacts of climate change and reduce the country's emissions of greenhouse gases.

  • Acciona completes 66% of Amareleja PV plant
    May 27, 2008 - Datamonitor

    Spanish renewable energy firm Acciona has stated that the 46MW photovoltaic plant it is building in Amareleja, Portugal, is 66% complete and is expected to be connected to the grid later in 2008.

  • Green Revolution to Create 50,000 Jobs
    May 13, 2008 - The Scotsman

    Scotland is on the brink of a green jobs revolution with 50,000 posts expected to be created in the next decade, careers experts claim.

  • Group sees promise in solar power
    May 10 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - John G. Edwards Las Vegas Review-Journal

    Large solar thermal power plants, which use the sun's heat to generate electricity, could generate 715,000 megawatts of electricity in Nevada without greenhouse gases that lead to global warming, an advocacy group said Thursday in a new report.

  • German lighting firm aims to build solar power hubs
    May 8, 2008 - IPS/GIN

    Lighting industry entrepreneurs are hoping that alternative devices such as solar-powered LED lights will eventually replace the smoky kerosene lamps that keep the darkness at bay in many of Africa's towns and villages.

  • The Power of the Sun: Solar Lanterns Transform Lives in Malawi, Africa
    May 7, 2008 - Nick Sireau - SolarAid Director -

    Malawi, Africa - Mirriam is 18 years old and lives in Malawi. She has two children, one brother and one sister. Her father died of AIDS and her mother is now also sick with HIV AIDS. Every day is a struggle: finding food for her children, caring for her mother, looking after her other sick relatives – all this with next to no income.

  • Solar water heaters required in new Hawaii homes
    May 2, 2008 - Mark Niesse - The Associated Press

    All new homes in Hawaii will be required to have solar water heaters installed starting in 2010 under a law approved Thursday by the Legislature.

  • German energy giant to bid on Negev solar plant
    Apr 30, 2008 - Lior Baron - Globes - Tel Aviv - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News

    The tender to build and operate the Negev solar power station at Ashelim is drawing international alternative energy companies to Israel. Sources inform "Globes" that Germany's Solar Millennium AG (XETRA: S2M), one of the world's top three solar energy companies, plans to participate in the $650-700 million tender. Solar Millennium is considering collaborating with some of the Israeli companies already participating in the tender, and recently met representatives of Israel Corp. (TASE: ILCO) to discuss a possible joint bid in the tender.

  • Nevada goes solar
    Apr 23, 2008 - The Associated Press

    Thanks to two big solar projects, Nevada ranked second only to California in solar power development last year, the Solar Energy Industry Association says.

  • Government Planning to Convert 60 Cities into Solar Townships
    Apr 21, 2008 - Times of India

    Taking a cue from European and American cities, the government is aiming to convert 60 cities into solar townships that run partially on renewable energy sources.

  • Large-Scale Solar Thermal Power Projects Planned for California
    Apr 9, 2008 - EERE Network News

    The push to develop large concentrating solar power (CSP) plants in California gained momentum last week, as FPL Energy filed an application to build a 250-megawatt CSP plant in the Mojave Desert and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) agreed to buy the power from up to 900 megawatts of CSP projects proposed by BrightSource Energy, Inc. The FPL Energy project, called the Beacon Solar Energy Project, will employ trough-shaped parabolic mirrors to concentrate the sun's heat, capture the heat in a fluid such as oil, and then transfer that heat to a boiler. The boiler generates steam that drives a turbine to produce electricity. FPL Energy plans to build, own, and operate the facility, which will be located on 2,000 acres of land in eastern Kern County. Construction is slated to begin late next year, and it will take about two years to build the project, which will consist of more than 500,000 parabolic mirrors.

  • New report out on future energy scenarios in the GCC
    Apr 3, 2008 - Business Intelligence Middle East (BI-ME)

    UAE. With initiatives like MASDAR in Abu Dhabi and ENPARK in Dubai, the UAE is set to lead the world in future energy technologies according to a new report titled 'Future Energy Scenarios - Exploring the Energy Challenges and Opportunities in the GCC'.

  • Southern California Edison Launches Nation's Largest Solar Panel Installation
    Mar 27, 2008 - Business Wire

    Southern California Edison (SCE) today launched the nation's largest solar cell installation, a project that will place 250 megawatts of advanced photovoltaic generating technology on 65 million square feet of roofs of Southern California commercial buildings - enough power to serve approximately 162,000 homes.

  • FPL Energy Advances Solar Strategy; Plans to Build New Solar Electric Generating Facility in California
    Mar 26, 2008 - Business Wire

    FPL Energy, LLC, (NYSE:FPL) already the country's leading generator of wind and solar thermal power, announced today an important step in its strategy to add significantly to its solar power generating capability.

  • Abu Dhabi and Spanish entities combine to develop concentrating solar projects
    Mar 21, 2008 - Power News

    Spanish engineering group SENER and Abu Dhabi energy company MASDAR have incorporated a new company, Torresol Energy, whose mission will be to develop, build, and operate large concentrated solar power (CSP) plants worldwide.

  • Low-cost Solar Thermal Plants at Heart of Algerian-German Research Push
    Mar 20, 2008 - Jan Burgermeister -

    Vienna, Austria - The development of a new generation of large-scale, low-cost solar thermal power plants is the focus of a joint research agreement signed between Algeria and Germany.

  • Japan's Mitsubishi Electric plans major solar cell investment
    Mar 19, 2008 - Thomson Financial

    Japan's Mitsubishi Electric Corp said Wednesday it planned to invest 7 billion yen to boost production of solar cells as global demand rises on high oil costs and environmental awareness.

  • Study says solar's potential as high as 90%
    Mar 5, 2008 - Power News

    Ausra Inc., a developer of utility-scale solar thermal power technology, has announced a peer-reviewed study showing that over 90% of the U.S. electric grid and auto fleet's energy needs could be met by solar thermal power.

  • Arizona Public Service to build solar plant
    Feb 14, 2008 - Associated Press

    Arizona Public Service Co. said Thursday it will build a solar-power plant with enough capacity to serve 70,000 customers.

  • ProVision Opens PV Array on Maui
    Feb 12, 2008 -

    ProVision Technologies, Inc. a Hawaii-based provider of solar electric systems has announced that it has commissioned two photovoltaic (PV) solar systems which will provide over 100,000 kilowatt hours of energy per year to the Maui Economic Development Board, Inc. (MEDB). The hurricane-ready design will give MEDB a showcase PV facility providing predictable power pricing in a volatile market.

  • New photovoltaics change solar costs
    Feb 6, 2008 - Naomi Lubick

    A new life-cycle assessment of photovoltaic technologies shows that some are better than others:.
    New photovoltaic technologies, such as the recent introduction of thin-film cadmium–telluride (CdTe) materials, have nearly doubled the efficiency of solar cells within the past few years. But the methods of making the materials used for photovoltaic cells, whether from silicon, metal, or other material, have raised doubts about the environmental friendliness of these passive energy collectors. Purifying and producing silicon uses a lot of water and energy, and refining zinc and copper ores to get Cd, Te, and other elements creates metal emissions and an energy sink—all of which increase the technology's environmental footprint.

  • Hawaii unveils solar power plan
    Jan 11, 2008 - Associated Press

    The state plans to have large solar power arrays constructed at a dozen locations around the state.

  • Energy from the sun gets off the ground: After a long delay, the tender for building the Negev solar power plant will be published
    Jan 3, 2008 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Dalia Tal Globes, Tel Aviv, Israel

    The Ministries of Finance and National Infrastructures will publish the BOT (build, operate, transfer) tender for the Negev solar power plant at Ashelim, after years of delay. This is Israel's first tender for a solar powered plant. Many other countries already have such power stations in operation or under construction.

  • A Solar Grand Plan
    Jan 2008 - Ken Zweibel, James Mason and Vasilis Fthenakis - Scientific American Magazine

    By 2050 solar power could end U.S. dependence on foreign oil and slash greenhouse gas emissions.

  • World Bank mulls financing Negev solar project
    Dec 20, 2007 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Lior Baron Globes, Tel Aviv

    The World Bank is considering financing the proposed solar energy power station planned to be built in the Negev. A World Bank delegation may visit Israel to meet officials from the Ministries of Finance and National Infrastructures to discuss the project. The World Bank has already expressing its willingness to finance the Red-Dead Sea canal, or "Peace canal", subject to a feasibility study.

  • Poor Nations Demand Green Technology
    Dec 14, 2007 - The Associated Press

    Bali, Indonesia - Uganda gets plenty of sun, making it a great spot for solar energy. There's only one problem: In one of the world's most impoverished nations, few people can afford an imported solar panel.

  • FPL and NASA Join Forces to Explore Renewable Energy Projects
    Dec 13, 2007 - Business Wire

    From charting a clean energy future to trailblazing on the space frontier, they are respected leaders. Now Florida Power & Light Company and National Aeronautic and Space Administration's Kennedy Space Center (NASA-KSC) are teaming up to jointly explore developing renewable energy projects. FPL Group owns and operates the largest solar facility in the world and Florida Power & Light has the proven energy expertise in Florida. NASA has the top space science experts with extensive experience using solar technology in space. Together they hope to advance and deploy the use of large scale solar technology in Florida as early as 2008.

  • China Creates Wolrd's Largest Solar Energy Industry
    Dec 13, 2007 - SinoCast

    Beijing - As the world's largest consumer and producer of solar water heater, China ranks the global No.1 by its solar energy industry size, according to the National Reform and Development Committee (NRDC).

  • BP Solar to Build 300MW Solar Manufacturing Plant in Spain
    Dec 11, 2007 - Clean Edge News

    BP Solar, a European market leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of photovoltaic solar energy, will begin construction in the second quarter of 2008 of a module assembly factory in the industrial park of La Nava II, in Puertollano (Castilla La Mancha). This represents an investment of around 100m Euros.

  • MBPV to Set Up India's Largest Grid Connected Solar Farm
    Dec 4, 2007 -

    Moser Baer Photo Voltaic (MBPV) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Rajasthan (India) for establishing a solar power project with an estimated generation capacity of 1-5 megawatts (MW).

  • How Africa's desert sun can bring Europe power
    Dec 2, 2007 - The Observer

    A £5bn solar power plan, backed by a Jordanian prince, could provide the EU with a sixth of its electricity needs - and cut carbon emissions
    Europe is considering plans to spend more than £5bn on a string of giant solar power stations along the Mediterranean desert shores of northern Africa and the Middle East.

  • Mozambique rural areas to receive solar panels
    Nov 27, 2007 - Xinhua

    Mozambique is to launch a project to provide solar panels to a number of districts which have not been covered by the country's power grid in 2008, local media AIM reported on Tuesday.

  • Major switch for solar energy: Researchers investigate use of carbon-based materials to produce cheaper energy
    Nov 27, 2007 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Larry Rulison - Albany Times Union, N.Y.

    In a small physics lab on the uptown campus of the University at Albany, researchers are trying to develop a new type of solar-electric cell that will be cheaper -- and more flexible -- than a traditional solar cell made from silicon.

  • Clean Power from Desert (pdf)
    Nov 26, 2007 - The Club of Rome

    The Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation (TREC) is an initiative of The Club of Rome, the Hamburg Climate Protection Foundation and the National Energy Research Center of Jordan (NERC) in the field of renewable forms of energy. Since it was founded in 2003, it has developed the DESERTEC Concept for energy, water and climate security in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (EU-MENA), promoting cooperation between countries of the sun-belt and the technology belt. Now TREC is making this concept a reality in cooperation with people in politics, industry and the world of finance.

  • California Colleges Add 2 MW of Solar with MMA Renewable Ventures
    Nov 8, 2007 - PRNewswire- FirstCall

    MMA Renewable Ventures, LLC, a subsidiary of Municipal Mortgage & Equity, LLC (NYSE: MMA) ("MuniMae"), today announced that it is financing the installation of new solar energy systems at two California college campuses, California State University, Fresno (Fresno State) and Los Angeles Community College District's East Los Angeles College (ELAC). MMA Renewable Ventures will own and operate the clean energy systems and sell predictably priced electricity to Fresno State and ELAC under long term Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). At approximately one megawatt (MW) each, the solar installations are among the largest photovoltaic systems in U.S. higher education.

  • Endesa starts western Almeria's largest solar farm
    Nov 7, 2007 - Datamonitor

    Endesa has connected a new photovoltaic solar farm in the La Redonda industrial park in western Almeria, Spain to the power grid. The photovoltaic plant has a totalled installed capacity of 700KW, which could lead to annual savings in CO2 emissions of 1,170 tons.

  • Wind and Solar Energy: Renewable Energy to Create Thousands of New Jobs
    Oct 26, 2007 - Business Wire

    Rhone Resch, President of the Solar Energy Industries Association, and Randy Swisher, President of the American Wind Energy Association, guests at separate Executive News Roundtables sponsored by Energy Policy TV, said the renewable energy industries will be large creators of new jobs in the U.S. in the coming years. Videos of their appearances are available at no cost on Energy Policy TV's Solar and Wind Channels, respectively.

  • Egypt signs contract for solar power plant
    Oct 21, 2007 - BBC Monitoring

    Cairo - Egyptian Electricity and Energy Minister Hasan Yunis attended Sunday [21 October] the signing ceremony of a contract on the implementation of a solar component in the first Egyptian solar power station.

  • Alternative to Powerlink is Proposed
    Oct 19, 2007 - The San Diego Union-Tribune

    Opponents of the Sunrise Powerlink yesterday unveiled a detailed alternative plan for a vast expansion of solar power and other measures that they say would cost no more than the proposed power line and provide greater energy security and environmental benefits.

  • Spectrolab's Solar Breakthrough (pdf)
    Oct 9, 2007 - Technology Frontier

    A solar cell energy research breakthrough that has attracted national attention could open the door to the production of cost-competitive solar power within a decade, according to researchers involved in the effort.

  • Germany Looks to North Africa's Untapped Solar Thermal Potential
    Sep 27, 2007 - Jane Burgermeister -

    Vienna, Austria - Flabeg has recently developed a mirror that can reflect 93 percent of the sun's rays. A study by the German Aerospace Center estimated that harnessing the sun's energy falling on just 6,000 square kilometers of desert in North Africa would supply energy equivalent to the entire oil production of the Middle East of 9 billion barrels a year.

  • The Mediterranean Photovoltaic Power Plant Revolution
    Sep 25, 2007 - Jane Burgermeister -

    Costs of photovoltaic power plants in Italy could be recouped in as little as 8 to 12 years because of government subsidies and electricity market.

  • World Bank Launches Lighting Initiative for Africa
    Sep 9, 2007 - Planet Ark

    The World Bank launched an plan on Wednesday to provide inexpensive, safe and cleaner lighting to 250 million people in sub-Saharan Africa who lack access to electricity. The project is designed to replace costly and inefficient fuel-based lighting sources, such as kerosene lamps, that pose fire hazards and cause pollution.

  • Ultra Thin Solar Modules to Make 2008 Debut in Germany
    Sep 7, 2007 - Jane Burgermeister -

    A new generation of ultra thin solar modules that can be integrated into the facades of buildings at low cost is to be produced in Germany next year. The German company Schueco has joined up with E.ON, the country's biggest energy company, to invest 100 million euros [$US 136 million] in the research and production of this new ultra thin solar technology that cuts down on the need for silicon, the costly raw material for solar cells.

  • Delhi insist on solar power use for billboards
    Sep 6, 2007 - The Hindu

    New Delhi - Delhi government has decided to pass an order for compulsory use of solar power for advertising hoardings and water heating in government and some categories of buildings.

  • Lack of lines limit solar energy sales
    Sep 1, 2007 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News - Matt Hildner The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.

    If the large-scale production of solar energy is going to take off in the San Luis Valley, it will need some help getting to urban markets.

  • With Proven History, Solar Parabolic Technology Attracts Investors
    Aug 29, 2007 - California Energy Markets

    The once-dormant solar-parabolic industry has shown robust signs of life, with investment banks underwriting solar-power plants and utilities signing titanic contracts.

  • Zambia to go for solar energy
    Aug 13, 2007 - Xinhua

    The Zambian government intends to make solar energy an integral part of its rural electrification program, a government official has said.

  • Company sets record for solar efficiency
    Aug 10, 2007 - Kim Leonard - Tribune-Review

    Solar energy's cost and relative inefficiency have stunted its growth for decades, but Harmar-based Plextronics Inc. said it's made a major step toward solving both problems through a technology that "prints" solar cell technology onto plastic or glass.

  • China Builds Concentratory Photovoltaic Solar Power Stations
    Aug 10, 2007 - AsiaPulse

    Construction of China's largest concentrator photovoltaic solar power station is in full swing at Xichang, Sichuan Province.

  • Five solar plants scheduled to come on line
    Aug 3, 2007 - McClatchy-Tribune Regional News

    Every couple years or so, someone announces the "world's largest solar plant" for the Mojave Desert, where clouds rarely block the sun. Why, then, is Victorville moving forward with a large natural gas-fired plant that has a small solar component?

  • Arab countries urge solar future
    Jul 8, 2007 - Vanya Wlaker-Leigh - Times of Malta

    Arab energy ministers and some EU politicians attending a high-level conference in this desert oasis town flanked by the ruins of a vast Roman city, announced support for a revolutionary renewable energy electricity supply system proposed by Germany to link both areas. The Damascus Declaration adopted here on June 24 by them as well as the several hundred participants (scientists, industrialists, civil servants) at the Fourth Middle East and North Africa Renewable Energy Conference (MENAREC4) advocated "large-scale renewable energy systems" which would permit solar electricity to the EU. All nations were invited to set national renewable energy targets, and donors were asked to massively increase related assistance.

  • Indonesia to build 33,000 more solar power generators
    Jun 29, 2007 - AsiaPulse

    The Indonesian government is planning to build 33,000 more solar power generators for 33,000 households living in remote areas, an Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry official said.

  • Solar Energy to light dark villages in Mizoram
    Jun 19, 2007 - ZEENEWS.COM

    The Mizoram government, with the help of Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources, has chalked out a comprehensive one-year vision plan to provide electricity to all un-electrified villages, including households, through renewable energy resources by 2007.

  • Target starts solar-power rollout
    Apr 30, 2007 - John Vomhof Jr.

    Target Corp. is spending millions of dollars to cuts its energy costs and secure a greener image in the process. The Minneapolis-based retailer has installed solar panels on the roofs of four of its California retail stores and plans to install similar systems at 14 more locations later this year. The solar-panel systems will generate about 20 percent of those stores' annual energy requirements.

  • Retail Goes Solar
    Apr 30, 2007
    - Jack Uldric - The Motley Fool

    Advocates of solar power were given additional reasons to be bullish about the industry's long-term prospects this past week after two large retailers -- Tiffany & Co (NYSE: TIF) and Kohl's Corp (NYSE: KSS) -- announced plans to install major solar power projects.

  • Spanish Solar Thermal Plant First in World Tied to National Grid
    Apr 24, 2007 - Energy Central

    FLORENCE, ITALY A new solar thermal plant in Spain, the largest of its type in Europe and the first in the world to produce power for a national grid, illustrates how technology innovation can be applied to meet the growing demand for cleaner energy. Featuring a specially designed steam turbine-generator supplied by GE Oil & Gas, Planta Solar (PS10), an 11-megawatt solar thermal power plant at Sanlúcar in Spain’s Seville province, was inaugurated March 30. Now producing power for Spain’s electricity grid, it is the first solar plant developed in Spain by the Abengoa Group of Seville.

  • Iran's First Solar Power Plant to Become Operational in 2010
    Apr 13, 2007 - BBC Monitoring Middle East

    Tehran: Iran's first solar thermal electric power plant will become operational in 2010 in central province of Yazd.

  • GE Invests, Delivers One of World's Largest Solar Power Plants, Harnessing Portugal's Sunshine, PowerLight's Technology
    Mar 28, 2007 - BUSINESS WIRE

    Spread across a hillside pasture amid olive trees, 52,000 shimmering photovoltaic modules in one of the world's largest solar power plants have begun generating enough electricity for 8,000 homes, GE, PowerLight Corp. and Catavento SA announced today.

  • Egypt tries Concentrating Solar Power
    Feb 20, 2007 - Derek Sands - ME Times

    CAIRO -- Egypt may soon harness the same physics that a child uses to burn an ant with a magnifying glass, to generate electricity from the sun, a move that reflects the growth of Concentrating Solar Power technology worldwide. Plans to build a 150 megawatt (MW) combined solar- and gas-powered electric plant near Cairo are part of a larger effort by Egypt, and others in the region, to expand their use of renewable energies, including solar, wind, and nuclear power.

  • Gulf to get first solar-power plant
    Feb 18, 2007 -

    AbuDhabi is to build a $350m solar power plant, the first of its kind in the Gulf, according to an investor in the project.

  • State report touts solar energy's bright future
    Jan 20, 2007 - Tribune Business News

    Arizona could generate up to 1,000 megawatts of solar electricity and create 3,000 jobs by 2020 by supporting solar-energy technologies and boosting the state's solar-electric industry, a state report says.

  • Superefficient, Cost-Effective Solar Cell Breaks Conversion Records
    Dec 8, 2006 - Scientific American

    A tiny solar cell doubles the efficiency of common photovoltaics' conversion of sunlight to electricity by capturing the energy from a broader spectrum of light.

  • African solar farms to solve energy crisis?
    Dec 5, 2006 - James Murray - Green Business News

    It appears the UK government is not the only one busy commissioning reports on combating climate change, the German government has now got in on the act with two major new study's on the viability of a leftfield plan that could deliver clean energy to the whole of Europe within the next forty years.

  • A Study: Deserts offer cheap source of energy = 1/3 the price of oil
    Nov 21, 2006 - Asia Wind

    SAHARA sunshine could provide Europe with clean and cheap energy, according to a study for the German government. Experts said solar energy from north Africa could help to reduce emissions from European power stations by 70 per cent by 2050 as well as providing energy at a cost equivalent to a $20 barrel of oil - about a third of the current price.

  • SDG&E to buy 120 megawatts of solar, geothermal energy
    Nov 13, 2006- Press Release - Sempra Energy

    San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) today announced that it has signed new contracts to procure an additional 120 megawatts (MW) of solar and geothermal power for its customers by 2010.

  • Scientists detail desert solar power
    Oct 31, 2006 - UPI

    A German study suggests Europe can make deep cuts in carbon dioxide emissions and phase out nuclear power at the same time.

  • P.V. Could Supply 2 Billion Households By 2025
    Sep 19, 2006 - Green Building Press

    Photovoltaic solar panels could generate enough electricity to supply 2 billion households by 2025, according to a report by Greenpeace and the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA). The report, Solar Generation, says that the PV industry would be capable of producing 276 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity a year worldwide by 2020, rising to 589TWh by 2025, and cutting carbon dioxide emissions by 350 million tonnes a year.

  • SunPower Celebrates the Dedication of SOLON's Gut Erlasee Solar Park
    Sep 1, 2006 - SunPower Corporation - PRNewswire-FirstCall

    World's Largest Solar Electric Power Plant Features SunPower's High-Efficiency A-300 Solar Cells. SunPower Corporation (Nasdaq: SPWR), a Silicon Valley-based manufacturer of the world's highest efficiency, commercially available solar cells and solar panels, celebrated today's dedication of SOLON's Gut Erlasee Solar Park, the world's largest solar electric power plant.

  • Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Complete Million Solar Roofs Plan
  • Aug 22, 2006 - Ed Mendel - Union Tribune
More panels, cleaner power goal of project
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday signed a bill that completes his "million solar roofs plan," a move he says will put California on the cutting edge of renewable energy while also boosting the economy.
  • Let it shine, let it shine
    Aug 14, 2006 - Jon Ortiz - Sacramento Bee

    How's this for irony? A massive West Sacramento cold-storage warehouse is being powered by one of California's biggest privately owned solar energy systems.
  • BP Teams with Caltech to Explore Game-Changing Solar Technology
    Jun 27, 2006 - Press Release - BP Solar

    BP and The California Institute of Technology have teamed up in a multi-million dollar research program that could open the door to a radical new way of producing solar cells, making the cost of solar electricity more competitive and increasing current efficiency levels.

  • Notice the sunshine in the desert
    Jun 21, 2006 - Sanjay Suri
    - IPSnews

    A recent United Nations report suggests that the Sahara desert could capture enough solar energy to eventually supply all of the world's electricity needs. The report also points to some of the threats such as declining water resources which threaten delicate desert ecosystems.

  • Club of Rome wants deserts to become source of renewable energy
    Jun 14, 2006 - Refocus Weekly

    Hannover, Germany - The world’s deserts could serve as an "overabundant source of clean energy through solar thermal power plants," according to the president of the Club of Rome.
  • Solar Flares Imperil Grid (PDF)
    May/Jun, 2006 - EnergyBiz Magazine

    Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research predict that during the next several years solar activity will be unusually high — and this could bring down power systems.

  • Former Soviet President Calls for Global Solar Fund
    May 1, 2006 -

    Geneva, Switzerland and Washington, DC: Calling on leaders of the world's largest industrialized nations (G8) to invest in renewable energy and energy efficiency, former Soviet President Gorbachev marked the 20th anniversary of the world's largest nuclear power plant disaster in Chernobyl with a request for the creation of a $50 billion Global Solar Fund over 10 years.
  • Forget Computers. Here Comes the Sun
    Apr 14, 2006 - John Markoff -

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — T. J. Rodgers is surrounded by a sea of silicon wafers on the roof of his company's headquarters in a Silicon Valley industrial park.

  • SA solar research eclipses rest of the world
    Feb 11, 2006 - Willem Steenkamp - Saturday Argus

    In a scientific breakthrough that has stunned the world, a team of South African scientists has developed a revolutionary new, highly efficient solar power technology that will enable homes to obtain all their electricity from the sun. This means high electricity bills and frequent power failures could soon be a thing of the past.

  • Here comes the sun
    Oct 25, 2005 - Anthony Doman - Popular Mechanics

    Despite a soaring oil price and a panic-stricken planet scrambling to counteract its profligate use of energy resources, there is a glimmer of sunshine. And sunshine is all it takes, says an enterprising South African academic who is sitting on potentially one of the biggest solar energy breakthroughs to date.

  • SDG&E to buy solar electricity
    Sep 8, 2005 - Craig D. Rose - Union-Tribune

    San Diego Gas & Electric announced yesterday it had contracted with a Phoenix company to buy electricity from what could be the largest solar power generating project in the world.

  • Solar Pedaflo Creates Potable water for Remote Areas
    Aug 23, 2005 -

    Communities of people living in remote villages around the globe often endure scarcity of safe water for drinking and cooking, jeopardizing health and hygiene.

  • Rooftops Could Support Vast U.S. Market for Solar Power (PDF)
    Mar 1, 2005 - The Energy Foundation

    A new study released today by the Energy Foundation, and undertaken by Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:NCI), describes the vast market potential for rooftop solar photovoltaic systems (PV) in the United States. The study, “PV Grid Connected Market Potential in 2010 Under a Cost Breakthrough Scenario,” provides an estimate of the market for PV systems in the United States based on available rooftop space for residential and commercial solar PV.

  • Energy from the Desert
    May 2003

    The world's deserts are sufficiently large that, in theory, covering a fraction of their landmass with PV systems could generate many times the current primary global energy supply. Moreover, the energy produced is from solar radiation - a clean and renewable source - hence such systems would have the potential to contribute massively to the protection of the global environment.

  • Solar Power Alone Can Solve West Coast Power Crunch
    Aug 9, 2001 - PRNewswire

    BERKELEY, Calif. -- PowerLight Corporation ( today announced shipment of a 100 kWac solar electric PowerGuard system for installation on the Anaheim Convention Center. Owned by the City of Anaheim, the system is the largest solar power system on a convention center in North America.

  • EDITORIAL: Solar eclipse
    Jan 12, 2001 - Staff Editorial - The Technician - North Carolina State U.

    According to researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., photovoltaic units — or solar panels — spanning only 10,000 square miles could provide all the electricity the United States needs based on the current solar energy technology of 10-percent system efficiency. With next-generation 15-percent efficiency models, that land space would be decreased by 30 percent. An area roughly equivalent to 1 percent of the continental United States could supply enough electricity to charge the world.

  • Shea Homes and AstroPower Announce Premium Power Partnership
    Jan 3, 2001 - PrNewswire

    Leading US Home Builder to Adopt Solar Electric Technology As a Standard Feature, Increasing Performance, Home Efficiency and Value NEWARK, Del. - Shea Homes, Inc. of San Diego, CA and AstroPower, Inc. (Nasdaq: APWR) jointly announced today that they have signed an agreement to make solar power a standard feature in new Shea communities. The partnership kicks off with the construction of 100 solar powered homes in San Diego, CA this year. The companies have a goal to build a total of 200 solar powered homes in the next 18 months, as new development phases roll out.

  • Alternative sources of power are in business
    Nov 5, 2000 - Dan Weisman - North County Times

    San Diego County's status as an energy disaster area has propelled the few North County alternative energy companies into seeing green ---- green as in environmentally-friendly systems and green as in increased income.

  • New Sandia control method opens doors for more photovoltaic systems being safely linked to electric grid
    Sep 26, 2000 - Sandia

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. A new way to safely, simply and effectively connect electricity-producing photovoltaic (PV) solar systems to utility company power grids has been developed by the Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories. Already several manufacturers have adapted it into their systems.

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