Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is slated to develop a 131MW PV plant in Georgia, which will sell its energy to three electric membership companies within the “Peach State.”
Renewable energy company Acciona Energia will construct 255MW worth of solar and wind projects in Chile over the next few years, thanks to a total investment of US$500 million.
Virgin tycoon Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room and sustainability expert Amory Lovins’ Rocky Mountain Institute are set to merge, in an effort to scale up their respective operations in the fight against climate change.
South Africa’s government has confirmed that successful bidders under the fourth round of its renewable energy programme will not be announced until the New Year.
A 30MW PV plant in Chihuahua State, Mexico has moved a step closer to construction, with the Mexican subsidiary of Spanish developer Dhamma Energy receiving an electricity generation permit for the project.
Dieter Manz, founder of equipment supplier Manz AG, claims that crystalline technology will “lose out” to thin-film as the global solar market grows and gears itself up to much larger scales of production.
The Chinese Ministry of Commerce (Mofcom) has urged the US to consider alternative solutions to its ongoing solar trade dispute following the final determination of trade duties yesterday.
The latest figures from global microelectronics industry body SEMI suggest a stumbling recovery for PV equipment suppliers worldwide.
The US Department of Commerce has announced duties of up to 165% on Chinese modules, and as high as 50% for some top producers.
Solar technology manufacturer SunEdison has announced that it has raised US$117 million for its second fund for generation projects in the US with Barclays and Citi.
Southern Company (Atlanta, Georgia) subsidiary Southern Power on December 17th, 2014 announced plans to develop a 131 megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Georgia, which will be capable of generating enough electricity to help meet the energy needs of more than 21,000 homes.
Southern Power has selected First Solar to be the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the PV facility. Construction of the plant is scheduled to begin in September 2015, and the project is expected to achieve commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Prices for solar power storage systems have fallen by around a quarter in recent months. At the same time, the demand for solar batteries has increased significantly. As a result of the sharp decline in prices, the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar) expects that interest in battery systems will continue to grow.
According to Association estimates, more than 15,000 households in Germany already cover significant amounts of their electricity consumption from their own solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, even during evening hours; this gives them greater independence from rising electricity prices.
Abengoa (Madrid, Spain), has been awarded the third prize for excellence awarded by the African Development Bank for the combined cycle power plant of Ain Beni Mathar. The objective of this award is to recognize excellence in projects that contribute to sustainable development in Africa.
With 160 hectares and located 81 km south of Oujda (Morocco) and about 30 km from the Algerian border, Ain Beni Mathar was opened on May 12th, 2010 as the first solar thermal plant in Africa, and the first to start commercial operation with Integrated Solar Combine Cycle (ISCC) technology in the world.
SunPower Corp. (San Jose, Calif., US) and Sunverge Energy Inc. (San Francisco, Calif., US) on December 17th, 2014 announced an exclusive agreement that offers SunPower's fully integrated SunPower solar Photovoltaic (PV) power systems and Sunverge's advanced Solar Integration System (SIS) energy storage solutions to residential customers and utilities in the U.S.
The two companies are providing a similar offering to Australian customers. SunPower and Sunverge expect to make combined solar power and storage solutions broadly commercially available in early 2015.
ET Solar Energy Corp. (Nanjing, China) on December 16th, 2014 announces that its wholly-owned subsidiary ET Solutions AG has been chosen to provide turnkey EPC service to a 40 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Israel along with local partners G-Systems and Elmor.
The PV project is jointly owned by Arava Power, a developer of large scale solar installations in Israel, and EDF Energies Nouvelles Israel.
SEMI (San Jose, California, U.S.) on December 16th, 2014 reported the world-wide solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing equipment billings and bookings for Q3, 2014.
Worldwide billings decreased to USD 264 million in Q3, 2014, a decrease of 17 percent from the prior quarter but 36 percent above the same quarter a year ago. Worldwide bookings for Q3, 2014 declined to USD 157 million, 33 percent below Q2, 2014 but 71 percent higher than Q3, 2013.
S.A.G. Solarstrom AG (Freiburg, Germany), under insolvency proceedings, will reduce the Supervisory Board as part of the scheduled liquidation of the company.
Dr. Peter W. Heller, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, and Dr. Markus Haggeney, member of the Supervisory Board, will therefore resign their positions in agreement with the insolvency administrator Dr. Jörg Nerlich on December 31st, 2014.
United Photovoltaics Group Limited (United PV, Hong Kong), a leading solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant investor and operator in China, on December 17th, 2014 announced that the Company's subsidiary, China Merchants Zhangzhou Development Zone Trendar Solar Tech Limited (Trendar Solar), entered into a solar PV power plant projects development and construction cooperation agreement with China Merchants Logistics Holdings Co., Ltd. (CML).
Pursuant to the agreement, during the three years from 2015 to 2017, United PV and CML will jointly develop self-sustaining solar power plant projects with an annual installation target of 100 MW.
On December 16th, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its affirmative final determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of certain crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) products from the People’s Republic of China (China) and Taiwan.
DOC announced anti-dumping duty rates of 52.13 percent and anti-subsidy rates of 38.72 percent on most imports of solar PV panels made in China, and anti-dumping rates of 19.50 percent on most imports of solar cells made in Taiwan, regardless of where they are assembled into PV panels.
SolarWorld Americas (Hillsboro, Oregon, US) commended the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) for issuing final duties on a comprehensive scope of solar photovoltaic (PV) imports, announced on December 16th, 2014, in the company’s second set of trade cases over 3½ years.
SolarWorld said that DOC, by comprehensively addressing the allegedly unfair trade practices of China and Taiwan, has paved the way for expansion of solar manufacturing in the strong and growing U.S. market.