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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...

 
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The Butler solar facility is expected to consist of more than 1 million of First Solar's thin-film PV modules mounted on single-axis tracking tables

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...

PV inverter market leader SMA enjoyed an outstanding quarter and saw a slight rebound in its market share in Q1, 2015

IHS: Q1 sees massive solar PV inverter shipment growth & solid quarter for SMA Solar Technology

2015-05-22

According to latest findings from IHS Technology’s Q1 report on the global solar PV inverter market, PV inverter shipments grew 37.5% in Q1, 2015 versus the same quarter of 2014 and exceeded 11 GW. This is the largest Q1 on record and the fourth largest quarter the industry has recorded, IHS notes. Market leader, SMA Solar Technology, enjoyed an outstanding quarter and saw a slight rebound in its market share. Despite not having a major presence in the major Asian markets, its strength in other regions such as the UK saw its global market share increase to 15.7% in Q1, 2015. Read more...

Risen Energy’s Shanghai subsidiary will become a comprehensive financial leasing company in the field of new energy, Chairman Lin said. Image: Risen Energy HQ

Chinese PV producer Risen Energy to invest a total of USD 96.72 million to set up internet finance and financial leasing subsidiaries

2015-05-22

Solar PV manufacturer Risen Energy Co., Ltd. (Ningbo, China) will set up an internet finance service subsidiary to create a “new ecosystem of energy production and consumption, investment and financing”, the company announced on May 21st, 2015. The company will make use of its digital and mobile communications and internet technology by combining new energy power stations and the internet through cloud computing and big data. The registered capital for the project is about USD 16.12 million to be supplied by Risen. Read more...

“We are pleased to announce the strongest first quarter in our company's history,” comments Jifan Gao, Chairman and CEO of Trina Solar

Trina Solar Q1 results include record PV module shipments exceeding 1 GW, increased net income and gross margin

2015-05-21

Trina Solar Limited (Changzhou, China) on May 21st, 2015 announced its unaudited financial results for Q1, 2015. Total solar photovoltaic (PV) module shipments were 1,026.2 MW, consisting of 891.7 MW of external shipments and 134.5 MW shipments to the Company's own downstream solar power projects. This compares with total shipments of 1,098.8 MW in the fourth quarter of 2014 and 558.0 MW in the first quarter of 2014, and the company's guidance of 840 MW to 870 MW. Read more...

Rooftop solar PV systems can be sized and strategically located to provide benefit to the utility grid

SunEdison awarded 17 rooftop solar PV systems totaling 33 MW to modernize the grid in Southern California

2015-05-21

SunEdison Inc. (Belmont, California, U.S.) on May 21st, 2015 announced that it has been awarded contracts to build 33 megawatts (MW) of rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems with Southern California Edison (SCE) in the utility company's latest round of solar procurement. The PV systems will be built on rooftops throughout the Orange County and Inland Empire industrial corridors as part of SCE's plan to upgrade and modernize the grid for customers in densely populated metro areas and reduce power interruptions during periods of peak demand. Read more...

The first project under the new partnership, a 5MW PV plant in the UK, will be equipped with Sungrow’s SG60KTL inverter

Conergy and Sungrow announce strategic partnership; utility-scale PV projects to be equipped with Sungrow inverters

2015-05-21

On May 21st, 2015 global solar company Conergy (Hamburg, Germany) and solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter manufacturer Sungrow (Hefei, China) announced a strategic partnership in which Conergy will purchase inverters from Sungrow for many of its global commercial and utility-scale projects over the next year. Read more...

King Mohammed VI of Morocco with a model of the NOORo solar plants

Masen announces simultaneous financial close of both major CSP projects NOOR Ouarzazate II, III in Morocco

2015-05-21

Only two months after signing the contracts for the concentrating solar power (CSP) projects NOOR Ouarzazate II and NOOR Ouarzazate III with the consortium composed of Acwa Power and Sener, the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen) is announcing the financial close of these large projects with the effectiveness of all contracts in relation to the offtake and sale of electricity, construction, operation and financing of these plants. Read more...

Mercom’s forecast for solar installations in India for CY 2015 now stands at greater than 2 GW

Mercom raises Indian solar installation forecast for 2015 to over 2 GW

2015-05-21

Mercom Capital Group, LLC (Austin, TX, US) on May 20th, 2015 released its quarterly update on the Indian solar market. Mercom’s forecast for solar installations in India for CY 2015 now stands at greater than 2,000 MW due to positive developments in Tamil Nadu. The Modi administration has continued to announce various solar programs, goals and policies during its one year in office, but has yet to call an auction. According to the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), they are very close to announcing the Phase II Batch 2 program. Read more...

The report shows how very large scale solar electricity generation provides economic, social and environmental benefits, security of electricity supply and fair access to affordable and sustainable energy solutions

IEA PVPS publishes reports on “Power System Operation Planning with PV Integration” and “PV in the desert”

2015-05-21

The massive deployment of grid-connected solar photovoltaics (PV) in recent years has brought PV penetration into the electricity grids to levels where PV - together with other variable RES – has become a visible player in the electricity sector. This fact not only influences voltage and power flows in the local distribution systems, but also influences the demand-supply balance of the overall power system. In parallel the size of PV systems continued to grow to the extent that GW-scale systems could be developed in the coming years, the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power System Programme (IEA PVPS) notes. Read more...

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Duke Energy, University of South Florida unveil solar battery project including 100 kW PV installation

2015-05-21

Duke Energy Florida and the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) on May 20th, 2015 unveiled a new solar battery project that will explore how to store and use energy from the sun. A USD 1 million grant from Duke Energy is funding the research at USFSP. As part of the grant, a 100 kilowatt (kW) solar photovoltaic (PV) system has already been installed on the top of the university's 5th Avenue South parking garage. Read more...

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