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Chinese crystalline solar cell manufacturer JA Solar tops the production ranking for the first time

Chinese suppliers top IMS Research’s PV cell and module supplier rankings in Q3’10


Chinese crystalline photovoltaic (PV) giants, Suntech and JA Solar, topped the rankings for PV module shipments and PV cell production in Q3’10, according to the latest quarterly report from IMS Research (Wellingborough, UK). Suntech increased its PV module shipments by an impressive 25% over the previous quarter, to retain the top position, which it had first claimed in the second quarter of this year. Read more...

CPUC passes Renewable Auction Mechanism to mixed reviews from advocates


On December 16, 2010 the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unanimously approved a 1GW pilot renewable energy program based on an auction of renewable energy projects from 1.5MW to 20MW in size. Responses to the "Renewable Auction Mechanism" (RAM), which the CPUC describes as a "next generation" feed-in tariff (FIT), have differed sharply from different groups of renewable energy advocates. California utilities must file implementation plans for the program in the next 60 days, which is expected to be operational in the Spring of 2011. Read more...

Parabolic trough technology by Abengoa Solar

Abengoa Solar and ITOCHU Corporation partner to jointly own two 50 megawatt concentrating solar power plants in Spain; total investment of more than 500 million euros


Abengoa Solar (Seville, Spain) and ITOCHU Corporation (Tokyo, Japan) have formed a partnership to own two 50 megawatt concentrating solar power (CSP) plants in Logrosán (Cáceres), Extremadura, Spain. Abengoa Solar, who will also operate both facilities, will retain control of the project with a 70% stake while ITOCHU will take a 30% stake. Read more...

Best Management Practices and Guidance Manual, by the Renewable Energy Action Team

CEC approves best practices manual for renewable energy development in California's desert


On December 16, 2010, the California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a manual developed by four U.S. government agencies to improve the review of renewable energy projects in desert regions in the U.S. state of California. The CEC says that "The Best Management Practices and Guidance Manual: Desert Renewable Energy Projects" provides recommendations to help renewable energy developers understand and meet federal, state, tribal and local energy and environmental requirements. Read more...

"Tracking the Sun 3"

Lawrence Berkeley National Labs notes sharp decrease in U.S. PV system costs in 2010


The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories (Berkeley, California, U.S.) has released a report noting that the cost of installed, grid-tied solar photovoltaics (PV) has fallen sharply in 2010, after a year of relatively unchanged prices in 2009. "Tracking the Sun 3: the installed cost of photovoltaics in the United States from 1998 to 2009" updates previous reports from Berkeley Lab using project-level data to evaluate cost trends in installed PV before subsidies. The report was released in December 2010. Read more...

SunCatcher dish stirling systems will be used at the Imperial Valley Plant

Judge grants injunction on 709MW Imperial Valley CSP project


On December 15, 2010 the United States District Court, Southern District of California, issued an order granting preliminary injunction to delay the start of construction on one of the world’s largest solar power projects, Imperial Valley Solar, near El Centro, California. The injunction was issued at the request of the Quechan Tribe which had sued the United States Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) alleging insufficient consultation during the permitting process. Read more...

Solar cell production at a China Sunergy facyility

China Sunergy to supply 120 MW of PV modules to Italian Ecoware S.p.A


China Sunergy Co., Ltd., a solar cell and module manufacturer based in Nanjing, China, on December 17, 2010 announced that it has entered into a framework agreement with Ecoware S.p.A., a subsidiary of Kerslef Group, an Italian company active in the integration of photovoltaic (PV) systems and solar fields of any size, both for private and industrial use. According to the terms of the agreement, China Sunergy will supply 120 megawatts (MW) of PV modules, which are branded as CEEG by China Sunergy, to Ecoware S.p.A. from the fourth quarter of 2010 to the third quarter of 2011. Read more...

U.S. DOE Secretary Steven Chu.

U.S. DOE, DOI identify "solar energy zones" on public lands in Western states


In December 2010 the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Department of Energy (DOE) announced a comprehensive environmental analysis, including identifying preferred "solar energy zones", for public lands in six Western states. The move was praised by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) as providing for a more predictable project review process. Also on December 16, 2010, the DOE announced that it will make available USD$50 million to test and demonstrate innovations that reduce the cost of solar energy technologies. Read more...

Global PV industry growth over the last four quarters

Solarbuzz: global PV industry reaches 4.0GW in 3Q 2010, to reach 16.3GW for full year


On December 16, 2010, Solarbuzz LLC (San Francisco, California, U.S.) announced the release of its latest "Solarbuzz Quarterly" report, estimating that global solar photovoltaic (PV) demand remained at 4.0GW in the third quarter of 2010, with industry revenues at USD$17.9 billion. As a result of this strong performance, the company now estimates that 16.3GW of PV will be installed globally in 2010, and projects that PV demand will reach 20.4GW in 2011. Read more...

U.S. President Barack Obama signing the bill that will extend the TGP for another year

Obama signs one year Treasury Grant Program extension into law


On December 17, 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama signed into law a one-year extension of the Treasury Grant Program (TGP) as part of compromise tax legislation, after its passage earlier that day by the U.S. House of Representatives. The passage and signing of the legislation was cheered by the U.S. solar industry, including the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), which has described extension of the TGP as the most important federal U.S. policy for the industry. Read more...

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