Chris Whitmore

January 9, 2012
NxGen Power has activated its 1.3MW PV system at the Neuse River Wastewater Treatment Plant in Raleigh, North Carolina.
January 9, 2012
Austin Energy has inaugurated its 30MW solar plant in Webberville, Texas. The system, which went live on December 20, 2011, is the largest active solar project of any public power utility in the country and its opening ceremony was attended by Lee Leffingwell and Hector Gonzales, the mayors of Austin and Webberville.
January 9, 2012
Indian solar manufacturers have entered into talks with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) over adjusting policy to help protect against foreign competition.
January 6, 2012
India’s Prime Minister has appointed Anil Kakodkar as the new head of his government’s solar programme. Kakodkar, who is also a member of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) and previously led India’s nuclear programme, was unveiled as chairman of the recently launched Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s speech at the Indian Science Congress.
January 6, 2012
The French government is set to offer Photowatt France an 11th hour reprieve by investing in the ailing panel manufacturer. Two months ago Photowatt, a subsidiary of Canada’s ATS Automation Tooling Systems, was on the verge of filing for bankruptcy after falling demand and increased competition led to losses escalating.
January 5, 2012
Canadian Solar and the Ningxia Electric Power Group have finished work on a 10MW ground-mounted PV system in northwest China. The joint development is part of a larger 50MW plant in the Hongsibao district of Ningxia and will generate around 13.5 million kWh of electricity a year.
January 5, 2012
Gujarat’s government has responded to calls for a deadline extension from project developers working within its solar programme by moving the completion date back to January 28.
January 5, 2012
Israel’s Public Utility Authority has awarded licences to build two solar thermal power plants with a combined capacity of 180MW. The larger of the plants has a capacity of 120MW and is being installed by Israel’s largest construction firm, Shikun & Binui. The contract for the smaller, 60MW station was handed out to a subsidiary of US investment company Two Sigma.
January 5, 2012
Adani Group has commissioned a new large-scale PV project in the Kutch district of Gujarat. With a capacity of 40MW, it is India’s largest solar installation to date and Adani is planning to ramp it up to 100MW in the future.
January 4, 2012
Hanwha Solar America has placed an order for a multi-chamber research tool with plasma etch and deposition tool manufacturer Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology. The PlasmaPro System100 will be installed at Hanwha Solar America’s Advanced PV Research Laboratory in Santa Clara, California and enable research into new materials, cell concepts and process characterisation for crystalline silicon cell development.

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