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PV system (256,5 kW) with modules by SANYO at Alfdorf, Germany

Sanyo and Nippon Oil combine efforts on thin film solar cells

2008-12-30

Nippon Oil Corporation and Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. announced in a press release, that they have reached a basic agreement to explore the possibility of establishing a joint company. That company should handle the expected expansion and development of the thin-film solar cell market and will move forward with more specific negotiations. Within the rapidly expanding marketplace for solar power, photovoltaic thin-film solar cells are forecast to be the lowest costing solar cells available, and as such, many companies from varying industries are rapidly becoming involved, making a departure from standard solar manufacturers. Sanyo manufactures and sells so called “HIT” solar cells, currently the world’s highest conversion efficiency level for mass-produced panels available, as the company reports in the press release. Read more...

Suntech Headquarters in Wuxi, China.

Suntech to deliver 3 MW of integrated solar systems to World Expo Shanghai 2010

2008-12-29

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., one of the world's leading solar energy companies, announced in a press release that it has won a bid to supply, design and install building integrated photovoltaic systems (BIPV) with a total capacity of 3 MW on the China and Theme Pavilions at the World Expo Shanghai 2010. The projects due to Suntech will be the largest BIPV installations in China and are scheduled to be completed by September 2009. Read more...

LA's Mayor Villaraigosa.

LA's Mayor Villaraigosa unveiled largest solar power plan in America

2008-12-28

Antonio Villaraigosa, City Council President Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Jan Perry and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power at the End of 2008 unveiled Solar LA, the country’s largest solar power plan, which is to jumpstart the green economy in Los Angeles with the installation of 1.3 gigawatts of solar power. "It is time that we use our most abundant natural resource to create the electricity and the jobs we need for our future", Mayor Villaraigosa said. "Today, we are turning up the heat and taking the next step to become a shining example of green growth worldwide." Solar LA, the largest solar project undertaken by any single city in the world, lays out a far-reaching course of action to create a 1.3 gigawatt solar network of residential, commercial and municipally-owned solar systems to replace more volatile fossil fuels during peak energy demand. Read more...

Satcon PV inverter Power Gate Plus 500.

Photovoltaics: US producer Satcon delivers inverters for 1 MW solar energy project by Suntech Energy Solutions

2008-12-28

Satcon Technology Corporation (Boston, MA), a provider of utility scale distributed power solutions for the renewable energy market, on December 9th, 2008 announced that it had been chosen to partner with large-scale photovoltaic (PV) systems installer Suntech Energy Solutions (San Francisco, CA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (Wuxi, China). Satcon will help to power a one megawatt (MW) solar energy installation hosted at The North Face West Coast Distribution Center in Visalia, California, according to the press release. This recently completed project is financed, owned, and operated by Recurrent Energy Inc. (San Francisco, CA) and features Satcon’s 500 kilowatt (kW) "PowerGate Plus" PV inverters. Read more...

San Francisco: Mayor Newsom commends PUC for five MW solar project

2008-12-27

Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco in December 2008 praised the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) for approving a contract with the distributed power company Recurrent Energy Inc. (San Francisco, CA). According to the press release, the agreement was made on a photovoltaic (PV) installation with five megawatts (MW) of peak solar power atop the recently seismically-retrofitted Sunset Reservoir. The project, which is scheduled to be completed in 2010, is going to be California’s largest solar PV system and the nation’s largest municipal solar project, according to the press release. The project will increase total municipal solar generation of San Francisco by more than 300%, from the current 2 MW to a total of 7 MW of solar power. Read more...

One megawatt solar farm at SAS headquarter connected to the grid

2008-12-27

The business analytics company SAS Institute Inc. (Cary, NC), on December 17th, 2008, announced that its on-campus solar farm had started to provide energy to Progress Energy’s (Raleigh, NC) utility grid. "In less than a year this plan went from idea to reality", said SAS Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jim Goodnight. "I hope people will learn from our experience that sustainable energy is within reach and makes bottom-line business sense." The utility Progress Energy Carolinas will, according to the terms of the agreement, purchase all of the energy produced by the SAS’s solar array. Read more...

European initiative PV Cycle supports the recycling of photovoltaic modules

SOLPOWER AG guarantees recycling of photovoltaic modules

2008-12-26

SOLPOWER AG, a German system integrator and planning company in the photovoltaic industry, has committed itself to the acceptance and recycling of returned photovoltaic modules free of charge. SOLPOWER AG is a member of PV CYCLE (www.pvcycle.org), a European initiative with headquarters in Brussels in cooperation with the European Commission. As a part of this task force, the solar company supports the concept of polluting the environment as little as possible in the disposal and recycling of photovoltaic plants and improving the reuse of increasingly valuable components of the modules. The company also advocates the development and implementation of environmentally friendly PV technologies with as high as possible a proportion of reusable materials. In spring 2009, the practical implementation of the module return is scheduled to begin. Read more...

A PV system creates a steady income for the children’s village.

Solar energy embellishes Christmas at the SOS children’s village in Vari, Greece

2008-12-25

A special photovoltaic system was installed at the SOS children’s village in Vari (Greece) with the cooperation of BP Solar, RSEnergy, SMA, and PPC Renewables. The system which will produce more than 2000 kWh of solar electricity per year was installed on the roof of the central administration building. The modules were donated by BPSolar, inverter and monitoring system by SMA Hellas and design, plan, installation, mounting system and overall project management by RSEnergy Greece. PPC Renewables donated the metering and the connection to the grid network. During the festivities of the project’s official inauguration, which took place on December 19th, 2008, the official representatives of the four companies pointed out that such pilot photovoltaic projects can highlight the significance as well as the appreciation of renewable sources of energy for the SOS children. Read more...

Photo composition of the World Games 2009 stadium with PV modules.

Solar energy for the World Games 2009 in Taiwan - thanks to Swiss know-how

2008-12-24

Before the end of this year, the construction work for the new main stadium for the World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan shall be finished. The new, architecturally impressive sports arena is also Taiwan's largest photovoltaic installation to date - fitted with solar modules manufactured by the Taiwanese company Lucky Power Technology Co., Ltd. using machines and know-how from 3S Swiss Solar Systems AG, Lyss, Switzerland. The stadium due to 3S Swiss Solar System is the world's biggest sports facility powered with its own solar electricity. The Japanese architect Toyo Ito planned the ultra-modern stadium in accordance with the ecological requirements of a "Green Building". 8,844 solar panels on a surface area of 14,155m2 are integrated into the roof construction of the sports facility. Read more...

European solar thermal technology platform specifies research needed to make solar thermal the leading energy source for heating and cooling in Europe

2008-12-22

A Strategic Research Agenda of the solar thermal sector was presented in Brussels on December 19th, 2008. The document, developed by more than 100 experts organized in the European Solar Thermal Technology Platform (ESTTP) describes the research efforts and infrastructure needed to reach the goal of supplying 50 % of the energy needed for heating in cooling with solar thermal energy. A deployment roadmap shows the non-technological framework conditions that enable the reaching of this goal. "Solar thermal can provide much more than just domestic hot water", says ESTTP chairman Gerhard Stryi-Hipp. Read more...

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