Yingli to supply 300 MW Neoen PV plant in France

Nov 24, 2014

Yingli Solar will provide 120 MW of solar panels for the 300 MW project in South West France. The plant will provide electricity at around $130 per megawatt hour -- well below the $145 per MWh the U.K government will pay for electricity from the new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant in England.

Hanwha SolarOne achieves record third-quarter shipments while redudcing net loss

Nov 24, 2014

Hanwha SolarOne on Friday reported record third-quarter shipments and an increase in revenue despite lower overall prices. While the Shanghai-based PV manufacturer remained in the red, it nevertheless managed to cut its loss by 49% year on year.

Conergy to add 41 MW of solar capacity in Philippines

Nov 24, 2014

The Hamburg-based company will build the new plants on the Philippine island of Negros for San Carlos Solar Energy, Inc. (SaCaSol), a joint venture between European-based investment and advisory firm ThomasLloyd and Bronzeoak Philippines. The installations are scheduled for completion and grid connection in June 2015.

Tesla looking to build battery fab in Germany, in talks to partner with BMW

Nov 24, 2014

In an interview with Germany's Der Spiegel, Elon Musk called for a greater commitment to battery development from German automakers, arguing that large-scale battery production would lead to lower prices for electric cars.

US installs only 31 MW of utility-scale solar in October

Nov 21, 2014

The latest figures from the U.S. government show a particularly slow month for solar PV in October, as part of lagging utility-scale PV market in 2014.

Walmart to install up to 400 more solar PV systems over the next four years

Nov 21, 2014

Projects built under this latest announcement build on Walmart's installation of 105 MW of solar PV to date in 260 locations. SunEdison and SolarCity will install the systems.

UK government refuses to intervene in solar farm plans

Nov 21, 2014

Secretary of state Eric Pickles refused to be drawn into the planning application for a 15-16 MW farm in Cumbria but is very much an interventionist when it comes to applications in the Tory heartlands in the south east of England.

pv magazine weekly news roundup: Nov 14-21

Nov 21, 2014

Impressive efficiency breakthroughs, big-ticket collaborations and encouraging PV development in India... welcome to the past seven days.

Policy uncertainty paralyzes large-scale Down Under

Nov 21, 2014

While rooftop solar is powering ahead, large-scale projects are at a standstill in Australia. Less than 200 MW of large-scale renewable projects were approved this year.

Fraunhofer ISE pursues titania rearside coating

Nov 21, 2014

Using a technique it has labeled 'Snow Globe Coating,' Germany's Fraunhofer ISE is pursuing a titania rearside cell coating technology. Fraunhofer says it provides a reflective back coating to cells, boosting efficiency.


“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 […]

Microinverter Leader Takes on Energy Storage

Oct 28, 2014

Enphase, whose microinverter took the solar industry by storm in 2008, has continued to dominate the microinverter market ever since. They aren’t resting on their laurels, however. At Solar Power 2014 in Las Vegas, Enphase rolled out its plans to move into the energy storage market as well. This is a great sign for the […]

Morocco To Open Giant Solar Thermal Plant

Oct 27, 2014

Morocco does not share the oil wealth of its neighboring countries, but it still has plans to compete in the world energy market. According to The Moroccan Agency of Solar Energy, one of the worlds largest solar thermal plants is on track to open in 2015. Mr. Mustapha Elbakoury, a spokesman for the agency, told […]

Will Solar Drive Up Silver Prices?

Oct 23, 2014

In August of this year, Wall Street Daily predicted that solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing would be “The Unlikely Driving Force Behind an Imminent Surge in Silver Prices.” In fact, all over the web, precious metals watchers are predicting a jump in silver prices due to increasing demand for the highly conductive metal by the booming […]

Solar Water Heating: In the Shadow of PV

Oct 21, 2014

It would be hard not to notice the rush of activity in the worldwide photovoltaic marketplace in recent years, but you may not have noticed that at the same time, solar thermal technology has been rapidly overshadowed by the unprecedented growth and popularity of PV. Once heralded as the most cost effective way to capture […]