pvmagazine

Georgia regulators approve 515 MW of solar PPAs

Dec 19, 2014

With these and other projects in its Advanced Solar Initiative, utility Georgia Power plans have nearly 900 MW of solar PV online by the end of 2016.

Hemlock to close Tennessee polysilicon site

Dec 19, 2014

Hemlock Semiconductor majority owner Dow Corning has decided to abandon the never-opened polysilicon facility in Clarksville, citing price pressures and Chinese tariffs. 50 employees will be affected.

Schmid books 110 MW order for its Geminus bifacial line

Dec 19, 2014

German equipment supplier Schmid has announced the sale of 110 MW worth of equipment, for the production of bifacial cells and modules. Mexican PV producer ERDM made the purchase, to expand its manufacturing capacity to 170 MW in total.

The pv magazine weekly news digest

Dec 19, 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce decision came as no surprise, there was good news in battery storage and equipment manufacture and SunEdison Chile wins the pv mag prize for best-named CEO.

Belectric and First Solar connect UK's largest solar farm

Dec 19, 2014

In just three months German project developer Belectric, in partnership with manufacturer and developer First Solar, has installed 483,000 thin film modules to complete the 46 MW Landmead Solar Farm. Located in Oxfordshire, the array is said to be the UK’s largest.

GCL calls off Chinese wafer business sale

Dec 19, 2014

Polysilicon giant calls off sale in wake of ITC ruling that will see Chinese companies repatriate operations from Taiwan. Sale would have eased debt burden on GCL.

Meyer Burger picks up $12m to $15m in PERC orders

Dec 19, 2014

PERC technology uptake continues to deliver strong tool orders, with Meyer Burger Technology picking up contracts "in the past few weeks" worth between $12.1m and $15.3m. The orders are for Asian high-efficiency cell producers.

Arizona utility introduces residential solar program

Dec 19, 2014

Tucson utility will offer customers chance to fix energy bills for 25 years. TEP will choose which locations benefit from solar rooftops.

SDG&E transmission line passes 1 GW renewables mark

Dec 19, 2014

$1.9bn Sunrise Powerlink is carrying 1 GW of solar and wind power to San Diego. 150 MW from Solar Gen 2 project took utility past the landmark.

SunPower, Sunverge to offer solar with storage in US, Australia

Dec 18, 2014

"Over the next five years, we expect to see a disruptive shift in the energy market, with solar power, energy storage, smart devices, energy management technologies and electric vehicles being combined," says SunPower CEO Tom Werner.

solartribune

The War Over Rooftop Solar

Dec 19, 2014

Is Distributed Generation dead? Perhaps not, but some utility companies are trying hard to redefine DG and privately owned residential solar is not part of their plan. In 2014, distributed local solar power constituted over 25% of new power plant capacity, but that growth won’t continue if powerful utility lobbyists have their way. Since the […]

Gatherings of the Tribe: Grassroots Solar Events Build Community Support

Dec 12, 2014

For many years now, I have had the pleasure of attending renewable energy expos, solar industry conventions and meetings of the “solar community” both large and small. As the solar energy industry has grown from a niche market into a mainstream technology, the media often focuses on large, international trade shows. But what about your […]

A New Direction For Solar: West Facing Panels

Dec 04, 2014

Since the advent of modern solar technology, common wisdom has always taught us that solar panels should face the equator. For those of us in the Northern hemisphere, that means south. Now, with falling panel prices, the South-facing paradigm may be falling by the wayside. As we know, the suns relative position to any given […]

Solar Values = American Values

Nov 26, 2014

“By the way, if you want to have a war over oil, leave me out of it- because I don’t think we need it. All I have to say is, go solar! Go wind! Let a little freedom into your life, and help your neighbors stay free, too.” Richard Perez, Publisher, Home Power Magazine- keynote […]

“Futurists” and the Future of Solar Energy

Nov 21, 2014

“Their predictions range from near-term to long-term, from the mundane to the fantastic, but many futurists, regardless of their focus, see solar power in our future.” In the realm of science fiction, solar has long played a role as a primary energy source in imaginary futures. Ever since Dr. Hans Zeigler outfitted satellite Vanguard 1 […]

Lovington, NM to Launch Solar Trash Can Pilot

Nov 11, 2014

Lovington, New Mexico is the latest city to consider solar-powered trash cans as a way to save money. The solar trash cans compact the trash, cutting down on overflow and reducing the number of weekly pickups required. The Albuquerque Joural reports that regular trash containers in public places must be picked up between three and […]

Small College Makes Solar a Big Priority

Nov 10, 2014

Nestled among the cornfields of Southeastern Iowa, Maharishi University of Management is not your typical small college. More than 40 years after its founding, this unique campus has become a showcase of sustainability and solar technology. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, best known as man who taught meditation to The Beatles, bought the defunct Parsons College campus […]

USDA Announces New Loans For Solar

Nov 04, 2014

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the first of $250 million in loans it plans to distribute to rural electric cooperatives through the Energy Efficiency Conservation Loan Program (EECLP.) EELCP is a new program to assist rural utility customers with energy efficiency upgrades and residential-scale solar installations. According to an announcement released […]

AC Solar Modules: The Future of PV Panels?

Nov 03, 2014

Photovoltaic (PV) modules produce DC electricity, and how that DC power is converted to grid-quality AC is one of the most hotly debated subjects in the industry. Up until 2008 when Enphase released their first micro-inverter, large “string” inverters connecting multiple solar panels were the industry standard. Now, inverter technology has advanced to the point […]

Off-Grid Update: Off-Grid Solar Industry Quietly Breaking New Ground

Oct 29, 2014

With utility-scale solar installations may be grabbing the headlines, but off-grid solar is alive and well.With increasing concerns about out aging transmission and distribution systems and more demand for electricity in remote areas, the off-grid solar industry is quietly breaking new ground. Equal Earth Offers Off-Grid Financing Equal Earth, a San Diego based renewable energy […]