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ACWA Power wins 260 MWp phase II of the Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park by Dubai Electricity

2015-03-02 |

A consortium led by ACWA Power (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) and TSK, the Spanish engineering and construction company as technology provider, was announced by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) as first rank bidder to develop, construct, own and operate the solar photovoltaic (PV) independent power project of a net power capacity of 200 MW (260 MWp installed) for the Phase II of the Middle East’s largest renewable energy power plant located at Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, Dubai. Read more...

 
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First Solar’s thin film PV panels are already used in phase I of the Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park

ACWA Power wins 260 MWp phase II of the Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park by Dubai Electricity

2015-03-02

A consortium led by ACWA Power (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) and TSK, the Spanish engineering and construction company as technology provider, was announced by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) as first rank bidder to develop, construct, own and operate the solar photovoltaic (PV) independent power project of a net power capacity of 200 MW (260 MWp installed) for the Phase II of the Middle East’s largest renewable energy power plant located at Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, Dubai. Read more...

Mounting Systems also grew quickly in rooftop PV, ten times faster than the market

Mounting Systems posted record UK sales of 204 MW in 2014

2015-03-02

Mounting Systems (Rangsdorf, Germany), a manufacturer of racking systems for solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants, has revealed its UK sales volumes for the first time. The company, which is owned by German industrial group Nordwest Industrie Group (NWI) and has its UK offices in London, sold enough racking systems last year to support 204 MWp of new British PV generation capacity, equivalent to the needs of 55,000 homes. Read more...

“It is our goal to educate the market about the new high-efficiency solar panels that are avaialble now,“ says Sven Armbrecht, Area Sales Manager, LG Solar

LG Solar appoints Bob Mills UK solar sales manager

2015-03-02

LG Solar, the solar PV business unit of LG Electronics, has appointed Bob Mills as its UK solar sales manager. The UK solar PV market is rapidly developing and Mills will expand LG Solar’s channel strategy to meet the demands of a growing market. Read more...

Image of the Kunitomi Megasolar Facility (the right part will be sold)

Solar Frontier sells its first owned-and-operated megasolar PV plant

2015-03-02

Solar Frontier (Tokyo, Japan) on March 2nd, 2015 announced that it will sell its 2 MW Kunitomi Megasolar power plant in Miyazaki, Japan, to a trust account managed by Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation (MUTB). The agreement was signed on February 24th, 2015, and will include the transfer of all related facilities, contractual positions, rights, and obligations. Kunitomi Megasolar, which started operating in March 2013, was the first megasolar power plant owned and operated by Solar Frontier. Read more...

Artist’s rendering of the organic PV façade in Singapore

Heliatek supplies organic PV film for Asia's largest BIOPV installation in Singapore

2015-03-02

Heliatek's partner, vTrium Energy, will be implementing the world's most powerful and Asia's largest building integrated organic photovoltaic (BIOPV) project. Heliatek's organic solar photovoltaic (PV) film “HeliaFilm” will be the core part of this installation in Singapore, which provides a test-bed platform for new sustainable technologies, Heliatek GmbH (Dresden, Germany) announces. Read more...

Overall UK solar PV capacity at the end of January 2015 stood at 5,143 MW. Image: PV plant in Somerset, U.K. Image source: A-SUN

UK increases PV capacity by 48 MW respectively 0.9 % in January 2015

2015-03-02

Official Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) figures out on February 26th, 2015 show that in January 2015 solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in the UK increased by 0.9 per cent in capacity and 1.3 per cent in installations compared to the end of December 2014. In January 2015 48 megawatts (MW) have been installed compared to 168 MW in December 2014. Overall UK solar PV capacity at the end of January 2015 stood at 5,143 MW. Read more...

REA’s Head of External Affairs, James Court, note that developers of large solar PV farms were forced into the CfD policy which may have led to some odd outcomes

UK REA comments on the outcomes of first CfD allocation round: More contracts allocated to higher cost renewables than to the cheapest

2015-03-02

On February 26th, 2015 the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published the outcomes of the first ever allocation round for Contracts for Difference (CfD) contracts. The Renewable Energy Association (REA, London, UK) welcomes the fact that a key component of Electricity Market Reform (EMR) and renewable energy policy has now been delivered in line with the intended timetable following several years of development. Read more...

The new conductive adhesive for PV modules is approximately 50 percent cheaper than standard silver filled conductive adhesives, EMS emphasizes

EMS debuts low-cost conductive adhesive for stringing or shingling solar PV modules

2015-03-02

Engineered Materials Systems (EMS, Delaware, OH, US) introduces its new DB-1541-S9 low-cost conductive adhesive for stringing or shingling applications in crystalline silicon and thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. DB-1541-S9 is designed to electrically interconnect solar cells using ribbons or direct cell to cell contact. Read more...

AfDB CIF for instance supported investments in Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) in Morocco

African Development Bank now supports 27 African countries to advance climate-smart initiatives, renewables

2015-03-02

In its 2014 Annual Report Financing Change: AfDB and CIF for a Climate-Smart Africa released on February 26th, 2015, the African Development Bank (AfDB) shows that its support to Africa through the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) increased exponentially in 2014 to include one regional and 25 national Investment Plans, with an additional nine poor countries being funded for renewable energy solutions. It also shows an additional USD 500 million from AfDB and CIF for a total of USD 2.1 billion going to 16 projects already underway in 11 African nations. Read more...

According to the poll, 94% of New Yorkers support the use of solar energy, and New Yorkers prefer the ability to use the power they produce on site

New polls confirm overwhelming support for rooftop solar PV and net metering among New York voters

2015-03-02

The solar industry is a strong, growing job creator in New York State, as confirmed by two official surveys released in the past two months. The recently released New York Solar Jobs Census from The Solar Foundation found that in 2014, New York’s solar industry added nearly 2,100 jobs, 40% growth that moved the state to 4th nationally for highest number of solar jobs. A late December poll from The Alliance from Solar Choice (TASC, Albany, NY) shows that 79% of New Yorkers agree that solar power is the type of job creator New York State needs. Read more...

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