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  • IKEA powers on two more solar projects on US stores, brings completed US solar projects to 25

    25 July 2012, 18:05

    Just two days after IKEA’s Atlanta store officially turned on its rooftop solar array, the company announced that two of its Chicago-area stores, in Bolingbrook and Schaumburg, Illinois, now sport new rooftop PV projects. The two projects cover a total of 248,700 square feet and have a combined generating capacity of 1,989kW. Together, the two installations use 8,463 panels, which were provided by SolarWorld. SoCore Energy was responsible for the development, design and installation.

  • China Sunergy signs 7.8MW module sales contract with Australia’s Urban Group Energy

    24 July 2012, 19:24

    China Sunergy announced that it had recently signed a 7.8MW solar modules sales contract with the energy unit of Urban Group Australia, Urban Group Energy. The solar modules are scheduled to complete delivery by the end of August. China Sunergy noted that during Q1 2012, Australia accounted for 18% of its total shipments.

  • SolarWorld’s Adelanto solar plant in California dedicated by LADWP

    24 July 2012, 19:16 | 1

    The 11.4MW DC Adelanto solar plant in California’s Mojave Desert was recently dedicated by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). The project was designed and supplied by SolarWord, which also managed the installation’s engineering, procurement and construction.

  • SolFocus announces completion of 1.25MW solar park in Italy

    24 July 2012, 18:42

    Working with solar investor Sistema Solare, SolFocus has completed a 1.25MW solar park in Italy. The project spans two sites in central Italy, one in Aveani and the other in Savini, which combined are said to form one of the largest CPV power plants in the country. The CPV plants were developed and designed by Ren It and built by EPC company Delta.

  • Sumitomo Electric’s power generation, storage system commences operation

    24 July 2012, 18:30

    Sumitomo Electric Industries’ new megawatt-class electric power generation/storage system has begun operation at the company’s Yokohama Works site. The system is said to use the world’s largest redox flow battery and Japan’s largest CPV units for its operation. Sumitomo Electric partnered with Nissin Electric, Sumitomo Densetsu and Meidensha for the completion of the project.

  • Conergy completes second rooftop PV installation for BIG Shopping Centre in Israel

    24 July 2012, 18:18

    Conergy advised that it had finished the installation of its second 630kW rooftop installation for BIG Shopping Centres. The latest project was developed on a BIG shopping mall in Beit Shemesh in Israel using over 2,600 Conergy PowerPlus modules. The energy produced will be fed into the grid using Conergy IPG 300K inverters.  BIG Shopping noted it plans to install more solar plants on its shopping malls in Israel.

  • Alcatraz prison home to new 307kW rooftop PV array

    24 July 2012, 18:07

    Sitting in the middle of the San Francisco Bay is one of the most iconic US prisons, Alcatraz, and while it hasn’t served as an operating prison for several decades, it does now serve as host to a 307kW PV system. Developed by the National Park Service (NPS) and the U. S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) the solar project brings clean energy to another national landmark.

  • Small PV projects becoming large-scale business in US, says NPD Solarbuzz

    24 July 2012, 13:19

    The number of small-scale PV installations in the sub-500kW range, are expanding rapidly in the US, according to the latest NPD Solarbuzz United States Deal Tracker report. Known predominantly for large-scale utility projects, the US would seem to be broadening its market base, creating increased business opportunities and jobs for downstream PV suppliers and installers.

  • OCI and CPS’s 400MW project will drive US$700 million into Texan economy

    24 July 2012, 12:10

    Endemic overcapacity and continued price declines within the polysilicon sector impeded Korean OCI Company’s previously announced plans for the construction of two plants in May. Nevertheless, its North-American arm, OCI Solar Power, has signed a landmark deal with CPS Energy in San Antonio, Texas, to develop more than 400MW of projects. The contracts are based on a 25-year power purchase agreement.

  • IKEA’s Atlanta store plugs in 1.03MW rooftop PV array

    23 July 2012, 17:02

    IKEA’s Atlanta, Georgia store has recently seen the completion of its 1.03MW (1, 0.34.9kW) rooftop PV system, built with 4,312 panels. The 129,400 square foot PV project was developed, designed and installed by Gehrlicher Solar America and is anticipated to produce nearly 1,416,502kWh of electricity per year.

  • Solid state hydrogen storage program to support solar power plants in Puglia, Italy

    23 July 2012, 13:15

    A consortium of seven partners supported by €13.8 million in financing from the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme for European Research and Innovation are to build a solid state hydrogen storage plant designed to balance power supply and demand of renewable energy installed in the Puglia region of Italy, which employs around 3.5GW of solar, wind and biomass energy resources.

  • Eletrosul announces Efacec to build 1MW PV park

    20 July 2012, 19:07

    Eletrosul, Brazil’s energy utility, advised that it has chosen Portuguese electronics and engineer Efacec and its Brazilian unit, Efacec do Brasil, to build its 1MW solar park. The consortium won the bid for Megawatt Solar by acknowledging that it can build the project for a total of US$4 million.

  • Ex-Im Bank authorizes US$57.3M in loans for export of US solar panels, services to India

    19 July 2012, 18:42 | 1

    The Export-Import Bank of the United States has okayed two loans, totalling US$57.3 million, which will see the exportation of US-made solar panels and ancillary services to Solar Field Energy Two and Mahindra Surya Prakash in India.

  • Waaree Energies nabs order for 5.75MW turnkey solar project in Maharashtra, India

    19 July 2012, 18:11

    Waaree Energies revealed that it had landed a contract to deliver a 5.75MW turnkey thin-film solar PV plant for Shree Saibaba sugar factory in Latur, Maharashtra, India. No details were given as to a timeline for project completion.

  • Community Energy closes financing, begins construction on 6MW solar project in Pennsylvania

    19 July 2012, 18:03

    Community Energy Solar advised that it had not only closed financing its 6MW Keystone Solar Project in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but that it had also started on its construction through its partner groSolar. Nearly 20,000 Canadian Solar 290W solar modules are being installed on fixed-tilt, ground-mounted aluminum racking provided by Schletter and will be interconnected to the PPUL Electric grid at 12kV with AE inverters and platforms.

  • Centrosolar completes 1MWp project in Trier, Germany

    19 July 2012, 17:03

    Harsh cuts to the German feed-in tariff appear not to have deterred Centrosolar. The company has completed a 1MWp shared project in Trier with the City of Trier, Bürgerservice GmbH and the Trierer Energiegenossenschaft (Trier Energy Cooperative) costing €1.7 million. All components used to build the system were sourced from Germany. This system consists of over 4,000 Centrosolar panels and represents an important step for the region in its transition to renewable energies.

  • WAREE to construct 5.75MW thin-film solar PV plant in Maharashtra, India

    19 July 2012, 16:21

    WAAREE is continuing its influence in India with a turnkey 5.75MW thin-film solar PV plant in Latur, Maharashtra. The company will be responsible for manufacturing solar PV modules, design engineering, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance for Shree Saibaba sugar factory.

  • Order Focus: Clenergy to supply 15MW mounting solution to four Chinese plants

    19 July 2012, 14:10

    Further to Clenergy’s large-scale ground-mounted PV project being developed by a utility in Dunhuang, the company has announced that it has signed a 15MW contract with an unnamed client towards a project covering four factories located across China. The installations will be in Tianjing Ninghe Modern Industry area Hengshui Economic Development Zone and Haikou National Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone. The company will provide a customized PV-ezRack SolarRoof mounting solution, as previously exhibited on a 40MW solar power station developed in Jiayuguan last month.

  • CarbonFree Technology installs 543kW rooftop PV system at Algoma Orchards

    18 July 2012, 12:17

    Canadian solar developer CarbonFree Technology has installed a 543kW PV system on the roof of Canada’s largest apple grower Algoma Orchards, the company has announced. The system, which is operated by BrightRoof Solar, a collaboration between CarbonFree and Connor Clark and Lunn Infrastructure, is installed on the roof of one of Algoma Orchards processing facilities.

  • Solar power projects in 2011 cost €3.6 million per MW to purchase

    18 July 2012, 11:47

    In a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, 2011 was a record year for investors purchasing PV power plants. A record 3.9GW of solar photovoltaic projects worth an estimated US$10.8 billion were acquired, a 122% increase over 2010. PV power plants in Italy and the US dominated investor’s purchasing decisions with an overall average cost per MW of €3.6 million.

  • Ethiopia signs agreement to install PV systems in rural areas

    18 July 2012, 11:05

    Ethiopia will receive solar systems to connect rural areas to the grid, according to 2merkato reports. Chinese and British solar companies have signed agreements with the Ethiopian government to develop PV arrays ranging from 8kW to 130kW to power rural villages.

  • Gestamp Solar and Real Goods Solar build 4.8MW of PV projects in Vermont

    18 July 2012, 09:44

    Gestamp Solar and Real Goods Solar have entered an agreement to construct a total of 4.8MW of PV projects, the companies have announced. The companies are jointly developing two PV plants in Vermont; a 2.3MW project in Pownal and a 2.5MW installation in Williamstown. Both projects are expected to begin construction at the end of July and are estimated to be completed by the end of 2012. RGS Energy, a Real Goods Solar division, is responsible for the design and installation of the projects while Gestamp Solar will own and operate the ground-mounted systems.

  • Infigen constructs 1MW PV plant with integrated storage in Australia

    18 July 2012, 09:21

    Infigen has been chosen to construct a 1MW PV plant with integrated storage, the company has announced. The Capital East solar farm will be built in New South Wales (NSW) and it will be the first in Australia to be registered with the National Electricity Market (NEM) as well as Infigen’s first PV project in operation.

  • Entecco submits proposal for 2,000MW solar project in Seneca County, New York

    17 July 2012, 19:02 | 1

    Responding to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Energy Highway Initiative, Renewables Biz has reported that Entecco has submitted a project proposal for a PV or CPV project with a size up to 2,000MW that will be built in Seneca County, New York. Entecco’s Central Solar City (CSC) project would potentially be the largest single solar hub of its kind in the US.

  • Lend Lease, SolarCity announce new projects at California and Colorado Air Force communities

    17 July 2012, 18:41

    Lend Lease and SolarCity’s SolarStrong initiative, which plans to provide solar electricity for up to 120,000 US military homes, has announced its newest projects. The program will develop solar systems at Lend Lease-managed Air Force communities at the Tierra Vista at Los Angeles Air Force Base and Colorado’s Peterson and Schriever Air Force Base communities.

  • TiSun installs largest solar collector façade in Czech Republic

    17 July 2012, 16:54

    TiSun has installed the largest solar thermal system in the Czech Republic, the company has announced. The 22 collector strong installation is located at a nursing home in Ostrava-Marianske on a 176m² surface and has been installed by Apex Euro. The system is connected to a 10,000 litre water tank that is heated with the generated energy. TiSun did not specify the energy output generated by the system.

  • Order Focus: Senersun provides SolarNRG with 55MW of modules

    17 July 2012, 14:50

    Senersun has entered an agreement with Dutch SolarNRG, the company has announced. Under the agreement, PV panel manufacturer Senersun will supply SolarNRG with 55MW of PV panels. Senersun’s official distributer SolarNGR will distribute the panel in the Benelux region as well as the Dutch ABC Islands.

  • System No. 22 installed for IKEA in Pittsburgh

    17 July 2012, 10:53

    IKEA has connected PV system number 22 to the grid in an area of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company has announced. The 694kW array is equipped with 2,884 PV panels on an 86,800ft² site at the IKEA store in Robinson Township. This PV plant leaves the Swedish retailer with 17 more projects to connect to the grid to achieve the goal of installing 38MW of energy at IKEA stores throughout the United States. The Pittsburgh store had a 31kW PPA PV system installed in 2000, under a five-year PPA, but it had been removed in order for the new system to be built by REC Solar, owned and operated by IKEA.

  • NRG, MidAmerican and First Solar complete 200MW of 290MW Agua Caliente project

    16 July 2012, 16:37

    Two thirds of the 290MW Agua Caliente PV project have been completed and connected to the grid, it has been announced. The PV project, which is owned by NRG Energy and MidAmerican Solar and equipped with First Solar thin-film panels, has begun generating 200MW of energy. Agua Caliente is the biggest PV project to date, financed with a loan guarantee from the US Department of Energy and it is estimated to be completed in 2014.

  • Grace Solar expects to complete 902kW Auckland PV project by August

    13 July 2012, 16:36

    Grace Solar advised that it will be building a 902kW ground-mounted PV project in Auckland. The company expects for the installation to be completed by August 5. Located in Hamilton, the project is said to be the largest individual PV power station built by Grace Solar in Auckland to date.

  • Parabel constructs 50MW Krempendorf PV project

    13 July 2012, 14:35

    After completing and connecting the 40.5MW Jännersdorf PV plant to the grid in June, Parabel has now begun construction of a 50MW PV plant at a site approximately 10km away, the company has announced. The Jännersdorf site’s ‘sister project’ is in Krempendorf, which is part of the Jännersdorf military area. Parabel founded four companies to realize projects varying from eight to 20MW on a site of approximately 70 hectares. The company is convinced that the Marienfliess Solar Cluster, consisting of Jännersdorf and Kremendorf, will be completed with its planned 90MW and it is already looking to connect further projects totaling 80MW in the region.

  • Update: Sky Solar to invest US$900 million into Chilean market

    13 July 2012, 07:50

    Chinese company Sky Solar will be a conduit to help form a strategic partnership for bilateral free trade between China and Chile. CEO Amy Zhang recently attended a banquet hosted by Chilean President Sebastian Pinera in the capital, Santiago, an event also attended by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his entourage.

  • Chimes International, Bithenergy and WGES activate new solar system in Baltimore

    12 July 2012, 19:00

    Chimes International was joined by state and local officials, as well as representatives from Gas Energy Services (WGES) and Bithenergy as it commemorated its new rooftop PV system at the Terry Allen Perl Centre. The 259kW system uses 1,079 panels and was made possible through a combined effort between Chimes, WGES and Bithenergy.

  • Kyocera installs 209kW PV system in the Marshall Islands

    12 July 2012, 15:45

    Kyocera has installed the largest PV system in Majuro, in the Marshall Islands, the company has announced. The 208.98kW PV installation has been installed at Majuro Hospital in collaboration with the Marubeni Corporation and Wakachiku Construction.

  • Intersolar NA: Solexel introduces new ultra-thin solar cell

    12 July 2012, 09:41

    Solexel has launched its new silicon solar cell at Intersolar, the company has announced. Mehrdad Moslehi, Solexel’s founder, introduced the disruptive ultra-thin PV cell, which is manufactured from trichlorosilane gas.

  • Standard Solar’s Worton solar project dedicated in Maryland

    11 July 2012, 18:34

    Community and educational leaders from Kent County were on hand to celebrate the dedication of Standard Solar’s Worton solar project in Maryland. The project, owned and operated by Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES), is the first public sector solar system to use the state’s new aggregate, net-metering law that allows one solar system to serve facilities at different locations.

  • Intersolar NA: Suniva, Soligent announce distribution agreement

    11 July 2012, 18:20

    This week during Intersolar North America in San Francisco Suniva and Soligent announced they had entered into a new distribution agreement. Soligent, which was recently formed after the merge of DC Power Systems and Solar Depot, will help Suniva provide small to mid-tier ECP firms and local residential installers with the US-made modules.

  • Saudi company ACWA Power buys 42% stake in Karadzhalovo, Bulgaria solar plant

    11 July 2012, 17:58 | 1

    Earlier this week, SunEdison advised that it had sold 98MW of European PV projects, including the 60MW Karadzhalovo, Bulgaria plant, which became operational in March. Today, it has been reported that Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power advised that it had partnered with an associate of First Reserve Energy Infrastructure Fund and Clean Energy Transition Fund to buy the 60MW Bulgarian plant.

  • Activ Solar completes 42.95MW PV plant in the Ukraine

    11 July 2012, 16:47

    Austria-based Activ Solar has completed its Ukrainian PV plant, the company has announced. The Starokozache PV plant has a total capacity of 42.95MW and Active Solar has just completed the second phase, adding the last 21.77MW to the project.

  • IKEA installs 21st PV system in Virginia

    11 July 2012, 11:54

    Swedish retailer IKEA has connected the 21st solar system at its store in Woodbridge, Virginia, the company has announced. Gehrlicher Solar developed and installed the 504kW PV system, equipped with 2,100 PV panels, on 63,000ft² of IKEA’s rooftop. IKEA has 18 more systems to install at US stores to reach its goal of installing a total of 38MW of systems.

  • Perth Zoo is new home of region’s largest solar installation using SunPower panels

    10 July 2012, 21:02

    Perth Zoo is sporting a new 146.5kW solar array, becoming Perth’s largest solar installation. The PV array is built on a 334 foot long canopy and uses 452 SunPower panels. Funding for the project was jointly received from the Western Australian Government and the Australian Government through the Perth Solar City program.

  • Satcon supplies California PV project with 52.5MW of inverter solutions

    10 July 2012, 14:57

    Satcon has been chosen to provide 51MW of inverters to PV projects in southern California, the company has announced. Satcon will supply a project that will be interconnected with the San Diego Gas and Electric (SDGE) grid once it commences commercial operation in 2013 with 51MW of its Equinox Prism Platform as well as with 1.5MW of Equinox inverter systems.

  • IKEA connects PV system No. 20 to the grid

    10 July 2012, 11:25

    On the same day that IKEA connected its Houston, Texas, store PV system to the grid, the company’s Canton, Michigan, store began commercial operation of its 977.6kW PV system. The array is 122,200ft² in size, equipped with 4,160 solar panels and it constitutes the largest PV system in Michigan so far. The installation was constructed by solar developer SoCore Energy and it is IKEA’s 20th PV installation in the US, with 19 more on its way.

  • ET Solar provides 7.2MW of modules for Hawaiian PV project

    10 July 2012, 10:18

    Hawaiian electrical contractor Helix Electric has been supplied with 7.2MW of solar modules from ET Solar, the company has announced. The modules will be used to equip the Port Allen solar farm on the island of Kaua’i, Hawaii. The generated energy will be sold under a 20-year PPA to Kaua’i Island Utility.

  • 8minutenergy Renewables enters GIA with SDG&W and ISO for 200MW

    10 July 2012, 09:43

    8minutenergy Renewables has entered a Generation Interconnection Agreement (GIA) over 200MW with San Diego Gas and Water (SDG&W) and California Independent System Operator (ISO), the company has announced

  • Sunperfect develops 2.5MW PV project in New Jersey

    09 July 2012, 17:08

    Sunperfect has been chosen to build and manage a 2.5MW PV plant in Pittstown, New Jersey, the company has announced. The project is expected to be completed in July 2012. Sunperfect exclusively distributes Shanghai Chaori Solar’s PV panels in the US and provides projects development as well as supervision.

  • Martifer Solar installs 229kW PV system at Hertz global HQ, New Jersey

    09 July 2012, 16:40

    Martier Solar’s expansion plans are slowly being realized with a 229kW PV solar system at Hertz’s global headquarters in Park Ridge, New Jersey, US. This is one of a series of approximately 15 PV systems designed and installed at Hertz facilities around the US. The array is expected to produce more than 263,000kWh of renewable energy on an annual basis.

  • SunEdison sells 98MW of European PV projects

    09 July 2012, 10:27

    SunEdison has sold a total of 98MW of European PV projects, the company has announced, closing three transactions last week. The projects include a 60MW PV plant in Karadzhalovo, Bulgaria, which was sold to a consortium of investors including the First Reserve Energy Infrastructure Fund, Saudi Arabian developer ACWA Power and Turkish private equity firm Crescent Capital. The plant was connected to the grid in March 2012 and had been funded by an IFC €155 million debt financing agreement. ACWA subsidiary NOMAC and SunEdison will operate and maintain the plant under a joint vernture agreement.

  • IPC begins construction of 10MW Brockville PV project in Ontario

    06 July 2012, 18:39 | 1

    International Power Canada’s (IPC) 10MW Brockville Solar project has begun construction in Leeds County, Ontario. The project site has been cleared and final engineering has commenced. The company expects for civil works to continue through the summer in order to construct the racks for the modules.

  • Larsen & Toubro wins 10MW turnkey EPC contract

    06 July 2012, 18:18

    According to reports from Larsen and Toubro, its solar unit landed an Rs 125 crore order for turnkey EPC services for 10MW of solar PV systems. No further information was given regarding the contract, but the company advised that it continues to see growth opportunities in India’s solar market simply because the country intends to increase its solar capacity to 20,000MW by 2020.

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