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Major Australian utility calls on government to commit to carbon reduction

Apr 17, 2015

Australian utility company AGL has called on the country’s regional and local government to “set both binding and aspirational medium and long-term emission reduction targets”, while outlining its own commitments to carbon reduction.

Vikram Solar teams with European firms for solar cell production

Apr 17, 2015

India-based PV module manufacturer Vikram Solar has teamed with Fraunhofer ISE, Meyer Burger, and centrotherm to provide its previously announced plans to include solar cell production as part of overall module capacity expansions.

Ghana power minister to join top-level speakers at West Africa solar event

Apr 17, 2015

Ghana’s minister for power is to speak at the Solar & Off-Grid Renewables West Africa event in the country’s capital, Accra, next week, organised by PV Tech’s publisher, Solar Media.

SunEdison appoints Cathy Zoi to head up rural electrification business

Apr 17, 2015

SunEdison’s rural electrification business, which aims to give 20 million people access to electricity, will be headed up by Cathy Zoi.

Suntech touts carbon composite solar module frame

Apr 17, 2015

Wuxi Suntech the PV module manufacturing arm of Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) has confirmed the development and testing with Taiwan Carbon Nanotube Technology Corporation (TCNT) of a high-strength, lightweight carbon and glass fibre composite PV module frame, the first such development of its kind in the PV industry.

Gaza deal for 30MW of solar power

Apr 17, 2015

The Palestinian Energy Authority (PEA) has signed an agreement with a Palestinian American renewable energy company to provide 30MW of solar power in Gaza, according to local reports.

Hanergy TF building 10MW R&D and pilot line for Alta Devices GaAs solar cells

Apr 17, 2015

China-based Hanergy Thin Film Power Group is to build a 10MW gallium arsenide (GaAs) thin-film solar cell R&D and manufacturing plant using recently acquired US start-up Alta Devices technology.

Stem wants to take ‘virtual power plant’ concept to Japan, Australia, EU markets

Apr 17, 2015

Energy storage start-up Stem says it sees a “strong opportunity” for expansion of its business in Australia, Japan and the EU and is especially focused on the potential of aggregated ‘virtual power plants’, in the week when the company closed a US$12 million funding round led by Japanese trading company Mitsui & Co.

SECI to construct 100MW worth of projects in India’s Kerala

Apr 16, 2015

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), the government group conducting India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), has signed a deal with Indian utilities Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and Tehri Hydro Power Development Corporation India Limited (THDCIL) in order to build a 50MW PV plant in the district of Kasaragod, located within the state of Kerala.

Juwi establishes company’s first PV project in Turkey

Apr 16, 2015

Renewable-energy project developer juwi is building up its footprint, as it is set to develop its first project in Turkey. The project is comprised of seven separate plants — generating a combined capacity of 7.4MW — and will be located in the municipality of Denizli.

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Italian PV producer MegaCell announces industrially-manufactured polycrystalline bifacial solar cells

Apr 17, 2015

MegaCell Engineering Srl. (Carmignano di Brenta, Italy) already active in monocrystalline bifacial solar photovoltaic (PV) production, at Solarexpo announced that the first polycrystalline bifacial solar cells, never industrially made before, have been produced in its factory located Padua. According to MegaCell, the production line has already registered outstanding efficiency data: 18% on the front side and 15.3% on the back side of the solar cell, with a 85% of bifaciality factor and an overall cell efficiency of 22.5%.

Duke Energy to build a 17 MW solar PV project at Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune

Apr 17, 2015

Duke Energy (Charlotte, N.C., US) received regulatory approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) on April 14th, 2015 to construct a solar farm at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Onslow County, N.C. The 13 megawatt (AC) project (17 MW DC) is Duke Energy's first solar PV facility at a military base. Covering 80 acres, the PV plant will be owned and operated by Duke Energy Progress (DEP) and is expected to be online in 2015.

Solar in India: SECI to set up PV projects totaling 100 MW in the state of Kerala

Apr 17, 2015

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in April 2015 finalized the modalities for development of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the State of Kerala including transfer of land for solar parks. A tripartite arrangement has been signed among utilities Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and Tehri Hydro Power Development Corporation India Limited (THDCIL) and SECI, the government group conducting India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), to set up a 50 MW PV project in Kasaragod District of Kerala.

Valentin presents new versions solar PV software with lithium-ion battery storage, minute values for simulation of self-consumption and power-clipping

Apr 17, 2015

Valentin Software (Berlin, Germany) has updated the solar PV design software PV*SOL and PV*SOL premium, and adapted the programs to reflect the latest developments in the market. The result is that the detailed design, visualization and in particular yield calculation of PV systems has become even more relevant.

Intersolar China 2015 closes with considerable impetus for the solar industry

Apr 17, 2015

The latest edition of Intersolar China took place in Beijing from April 1–3, 2015. For the second time, the exhibition and conference for the solar industry were held together with Clean Energy Expo China and CIPV Expo China, which is organized under the Clean Energy Expo umbrella. Upwards of 12,000 visitors to the China International Exhibition Center (CIEC) received information on technology, solar industry products and services, energy storage, grid technology, biomass, and wind energy from around 300 exhibitors.

Southern Company subsidiary acquires fourth California solar PV project; 32 MW Lost Hills-Blackwell facility

Apr 17, 2015

Reflecting its long-standing commitment to develop the full portfolio of energy resources, Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power (Atlanta, Georgia, US) on April 16th, 2015 announced the acquisition of a controlling interest in the 32 megawatt (MW) Lost Hills-Blackwell Solar Facility in California from First Solar, Inc. (Tempe, Arizona, US). Remaining interest in the project will be owned by an affiliate of First Solar. Construction of the project began in April 2014, and is expected to be completed shortly after this acquisition. The facility will be operated and maintained by First Solar.

SunPower partners with Apple to build two PV projects totaling 40 MW in China

Apr 17, 2015

Continuing its growth in the world's largest solar photovoltaic market, SunPower Corporation (San Jose, California, US) on April 16th, 2015 announced that it plans to partner with Apple to build two solar photovoltaic (PV) projects totaling 40 megawatts (MW) in China When complete, the two PV plants in the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefectures, Sichuan Province will be co-owned by Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development Co., Ltd., SunPower's project development joint venture, and Apple.

ET Solar to build a 70 MW solar PV plant in the Philippines

Apr 17, 2015

ET Solar (Nanjing, China) on April 16th, 2015 announces that it has executed an agreement to build a 70 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) project in the Philippines, along with local partner Gate Solar Philippines Corp. ET Solar is partnering with Gate Solar to develop, invest, finance, construct, and operate the PV project. The construction is expected to be started in the last quarter of 2015 and the commercial operation is expected to be achieved in March 2016.

ib vogt, vogt solar Ltd. commission 8 solar PV farms totaling 132.4 MW in the UK in Q1

Apr 16, 2015

ib vogt GmbH (Berlin, Germany) and its British subsidiary vogt solar ltd commissioned eight solar farms with a total capacity of 132.4 MWp in the first quarter of 2015 in the United Kingdom. All the solar photovoltaic (PV) plants were connected on time for the UK “1.4” ROC policy incentive deadline for ground mounted solar systems. And all projects have been purchased by institutional investors, the companies note.

Energy storage: ZSW assesses battery damages with 3D HD scanner

Apr 16, 2015

As lithium-ion cells for electric cars, e-bikes and energy storage make inroads into the market, the ability to analyze aging and defective batteries is becoming increasingly important. In cases of damage, such assessments often aim to determine what caused the impairment - improper use, manufacturing defects or design flaws. To conduct these examinations, the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wuerttemberg (ZSW) now has a dual-source X-ray scanner that peers deep into batteries' inner workings.