Solar News

Southern Company subsidiary announces acquisition of a 103 MW solar PV project in Georgia

2015-05-22 |

Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power (Atlanta, GA, U.S.) is demonstrating its commitment to developing more renewable energy resources through the acquisition of the 103 MW Butler solar photovoltaic (PV) facility from Community Energy, Inc., in Georgia. The project, which was initially developed by Community Energy, Inc., was selected by Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power in a competitive process through the nationally recognized Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative. Read more...


Solar Report

Renewable Energy and Chilean Mines: A Market Overview

2015-01-13 |

For a relatively new and untested renewable energy market, Chile has a remarkable number of strengths. The country has incredibly attractive solar resources, according to Joel Link, vice president of development and global head of mining development for SolarReserve. “The Atacama Desert, in northern Chile, has arguably the world’s strongest solar resource,” he says, noting that this area also happens to be home to the lion’s share of the country’s mining activities. 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

Cédric Philibert: Four ways to overcome uncertainty in renewables

2015-05-21 |

Cédric Philibert is a senior analyst in the Renewable Energy Division of the International Energy Agency (IEA). He leads the division’s policy analysis on concentrating solar power (CSP) and is the lead author on the IEA renewable energy Technology Roadmaps. In this solar point of view, he points out four ways that are being used to enable a steadier power supply from renewable energy resources. Read more...