Solar News

SunEdison: New polysilicon technology to slash cost of solar power; Proprietary FBR technology will contribute to 400 watt / USD 0.40 per Wpeak solar panel by 2016

2014-10-01 |

SunEdison, Inc. (Belmont. Calif., US) ob October 1st, 2014 announced that its most advanced polysilicon technology was now in production and on target to produce solar photovoltaic (PV) material at the lowest cost in the world. This achievement represents a step-change in PV technology and will enable SunEdison to deliver a 400 watt peak solar PV panel at a cost of USD 0.40 per watt peak by 2016, the company emphasizes. 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: Suntech’s Head of Sales (Americas) on challenges and perspectives in Latin America’s PV market

2014-09-22 |

SolarServer: Suntech attended Intersolar South America to meet potential customers. In general, which potential does Suntech identify in the Latin American solar market? Robert Ho: Suntech currently has a strong presence in Mexico. We recently supplied the 30 MW of modules for Mexico’s Aura Solar I park. There is definitely room for PV growth, not only in Mexico but in other Latin American markets. We believe that Intersolar South America served as a perfect venue to engage with major players in the Latin American solar market, including potential partners, suppliers, clients and competitors. 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...