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Canadian Solar will supply its 60-cell CS6P modules for the project

Canadian Solar to supply 43 MW of solar PV modules to utility-scale project in Japan

2014-04-23

Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Canada) has announced that it will supply 43 MW of its solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for a utility-scale PV plant in Japan. The company plans to deliver roughly 168,000 of its 60-cell, 255-watt CS6P255P PV modules for the project from May 2014 through February 2015. “We are proud to announce this large module supply agreement to provide our high efficiency modules to the second largest solar power plant in Japan, which is another significant milestone for Canadian Solar in this important market,” commented Canadian Solar Chairman, President and CEO Dr. Shawn Qu. Read more...

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Canadian Solar will supply its 60-cell CS6P modules for the project

Canadian Solar to supply 43 MW of solar PV modules to utility-scale project in Japan

2014-04-23

Canadian Solar Inc. (Guelph, Canada) has announced that it will supply 43 MW of its solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for a utility-scale PV plant in Japan. The company plans to deliver roughly 168,000 of its 60-cell, 255-watt CS6P255P PV modules for the project from May 2014 through February 2015. “We are proud to announce this large module supply agreement to provide our high efficiency modules to the second largest solar power plant in Japan, which is another significant milestone for Canadian Solar in this important market,” commented Canadian Solar Chairman, President and CEO Dr. Shawn Qu. Read more...

The PV plants will utilize Kyocera PV modules

Kyocera to invest in 9.4 MW of solar PV projects in New York State

2014-04-23

Kyocera Corp.'s (Kyoto, Japan) U.S. subsidiary has announced plans to invest in a tax equity partnership to develop USD 38 million worth of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the U.S. state of New York. This investment will leverage the 30% federal energy investment tax credit. Developer U.S. Light Energy (USLE, Latham, New York, U.S.) will use Kyocera PV modules to build 9.4 MW of PV projects, which it expects to complete in June 2014. USLE and Kyocera are providing the electricity from these PV plants to businesses and schools through power purchase agreements (PPAs), with no up-front cost. Read more...

The PV plant is located in California's Kern County

SunEdison puts online 20 MW-AC solar PV plant in California, which is acquired by Southern Company and Ted Turner

2014-04-23

SunEdison (St. Peters, Missouri, U.S.) has commissioned a 20 MW-AC solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Kern County, California, and has sold this plant to Southern Company (Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.) and Turner Renewable Energy (Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.). SunEdison built the Adobe Solar Facility, and will operate and maintain it as well, including asset management through the company's Renewable Operations Center. This is the second PV plant which Southern Company and Turner Renewable Energy have bought in California. Read more...

North Carolina has emerged as one of the largest PV markets in the United States

FLS issues RFP for 100 MW-AC of solar PV projects in the Carolinas

2014-04-22

FLS Energy (Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for roughly 100 MW-AC of solar photovoltaic (PV) plants which it plans to acquire over the next 12 months. The company seeks 2 MW-AC and larger projects in the service areas of utilities Duke Energy (Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.) or Dominion North Carolina Power (Richmond, Virginia, U.S.). FLS is only looking for pre-developed, shovel-ready projects. Read more...

Fraunhofer ISE team chosen as one of three finalists for laser innovation award

2014-04-22

Fraunhofer ISE's (Freiburg, Germany) work on laser fired contact (LFC) technology for the production of highly efficient solar photovoltaic (PV) cells has earned it a placement as one of three finalists for the Innovation Award Laser Technology 2014. The award is conferred on researchers whose skills and work have led to “outstanding” innovation in the field of laser technology. Dr. Ralf Preu of Fraunhofer ISE leads the team which made the finals, which also includes Dr. Jan Nekarda and Martin Graf, both also from Fraunhofer ISE. Read more...

Yingli will supply its PV cells for the modules used in 185 MW of projects

Yingli to supply solar PV cells to “made in France” modules for projects under national solicitation

2014-04-22

Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. (Baoding, China) has entered into an agreement to supply multicrystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) cells to an un-named French PV module manufacturer, which will produce modules which comply with French government solicitation requirements. Yingli says that the co-branded PV modules will be used in 17 PV projects which represent 185 MW out of the 380 MW of capacity awarded in recent French national solicitations. The projects are expected to be completed in the next 24 months. Read more...

Italian PV produced 37% more electricity in March 2014 as compared to March 2013

Italian solar PV meets 8.0% of demand in March 2014

2014-04-22

Italian solar photovoltaic (PV) plants produced 2.10 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity in March 2014, according to figures by grid operator Terna (Rome). This was a 37% increase from a year prior and enough to meet 8.0% of the nation's electricity demand during the month. Italy has the highest portion of power demand met with PV of any mid-sized to large nation on earth. In 2013 the nation met around 7.0% of its demand with PV throughout the year, but it is likely that this will increase in 2014 despite a slowdown in the nation's PV market following the close of its feed-in tariff. Read more...

“Photoswitch” molecules like azobenzene can store and release energy, similar to the way that a battery does

MIT, Harvard researchers develop material to provide thermal energy storage

2014-04-22

A team of researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.) and Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.) have developed a material that can store the energy from sunlight in a chemical form, to be later released as heat. This research is based on azobenzene, which is a photoswitch, meaning that it can change molecular configurations when exposed to light but then remain stable for long periods of time. These photoswitches are triggered to return to their original configuration by applying a small dose of heat, light or electricity, and give off heat when they return. Read more...

The bill now goes to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) for approval

Oklahoma to create new class of rates for customers with solar PV

2014-04-22

Both houses of the legislature in the U.S. state of Oklahoma have approved a bill that will allow state regulators to create a new class of rates for customers who install solar photovoltaic (PV) or other distributed generation. While SB 1456 itself does not impose a charge on distributed generation, it is broadly interpreted as an attempt to impose charges on customers who generate their own electricity, and would be a significant change to the state's net metering policy. The bill passed the Oklahoma House 83-5 with no debate after passing the senate 41-0, and now goes to Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) for approval. Read more...

Rooftop PV plant, Japan

Japan installs 569 MW of solar PV in January 2014

2014-04-21

Japan installed 86 MW of residential and 483 MW of “non-residential” solar photovoltaics (PV) under its feed-in tariff in January 2014, according to statistics released by the nation's Ministry of Energy, Trade and Industry (METI). This is a 3% sequential fall from December 2013 levels, and is consistent with the ongoing dominance by the commercial and utility-scale sectors over residential installations. Read more...

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