Solar News

Belectric, First Solar connect 46 MW Landmead solar PV farm in the UK to the grid

2014-12-19 |

Belectric UK and First Solar have connected the 46 MW Landmead solar farm in East Hanney near Abingdon in Oxfordshire to the grid. The solar photovoltaic (PV) plant will supply around 45 million kilowatt hours of solar power annually, enough to power 14,000 average homes. And the PV plant will displace an estimated 20 million kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions per year. Read more...

 
Solar Report

Official figures published: China installed 12.92 GW of solar PV capacity in 2013; Shift to distributed generation in 2014

2014-07-21 |

Late April 2014, China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) announced that a total of 12.92 GW of solar PV capacity were installed in 2013. However, this figure is incomplete, since data from provinces like e.g. Jilin and Tibet were not included, Solar Server’s partner Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory Co. Ltd. (AECEA) notes. According to the official statistics, 12.12 GW fell into the category of large-scale, whereas the remaining 801 MW belonged to distributed solar PV projects. Read more...

Solar Energy System of the Month

Wildwoods Convention Center PV project

2013-07-05 |

In late July 2012, workers connected to the grid a 487 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant on the roof of the Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwoods, New Jersey, on the Jersey Shore of reality TV fame. This is a large PV plant, but by no means the largest in New Jersey, and the mixture of Suntech and Eoplly multicrystalline silicon PV modules and Power-One inverters is fairly mainstream as well. What makes this PV plant different is its investors. A total of 823 individuals from 42 US states invested more than USD 1 million in the plant, though crowd-funding platform Mosaic. Read more...

Solar Showcase

“Up-and-running solar plants are better than traditional real estate”

2014-06-07 |

Where is the market for operating solar installations heading? Long-term investors, such as pension funds, value above all the security of investing in these installations, which solar expert Paul Grunow has long referred to as being “better than traditional real estate”. Engineering experts, meanwhile, tend to purchase existing solar plants with design errors, before carrying out improvements and reselling them at a profit. Support for this growing market is being provided by MilktheSun.com, the largest open marketplace for photovoltaic installations, PV project rights and unused roofs and ground areas. Read more...

Solar Interviews

Solar Interview on desert challenges: O&M in China’s solar market

2014-12-16 |

There is growing discussion around the effects of harsh climatic conditions on the O&M of PV plants. It’s not just an issue for China, is it? No, definitely not. With cumulative global PV capacities reaching ~180 GW this year, the O&M market for solar PV installations worldwide is already substantial. Out of this total, more and more PV installations are operating under demanding climatic conditions, such as in deserts or in highly polluted areas, and this will increase in the future, especially in emerging markets. These challenging environments require module manufacturers and power generators to adapt their module design and O&M strategies accordingly, which is vital for plant profitability. Read more...

Solar point of view

Solar Point of View: Building a New Value Chain for Solar PV

2014-07-21 |

To date, billions of dollars have been spent on building factories to produce solar wafers and cells. But as the global solar photovoltaic (PV) market continues to grow, the industry is going to need to find innovative ways to ramp up production without spending billions of dollars on new factories. One way that holds promise is leveraging new technologies and making improvements in the supply chain. Read more...