Emma Hughes

December 9, 2011
After Solar Power Portal last week reported that photovoltaic installations in the UK had begun to tail off, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has quietly updated its weekly data revealing shocking figures not even the most optimistic of us would have expected.
November 1, 2011
The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has published its consultation document for the comprehensive review of solar feed-in tariffs. After weeks of speculation surrounding the UK government’s support for solar power, the new proposed rates and the timeline within which they will be implemented have finally been outlined.
September 28, 2011
Yorkshire-based companies GMI Renewable Energy Group, Town Centre Securities and Rex Procter & Partners have launched what is thought to be the largest city centre solar PV installation in the UK. Constructed on the roof of Clarence Dock Car Park in Leeds, the team used Solyndra modules for the project, which may well mark one of the last installations of its kind following the company’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy recently.
September 6, 2011
Tenesol has achieved ‘Factory Inspection’ (CFQ002) certification from the Institute of Industrial Certification for Mechanics (ICIM) in Italy, allowing the company’s PV modules to automatically receive 10% more return from Italy’s feed-in tariff (FiT). The certification also officially identifies that the company’s modules are ‘Made in EU.’
September 5, 2011
Following the successful implementation of fluorine technology at Schüco TF’s 40MW Osterweddingen site, the company has signed a significant long-term supply contract with Linde Gases for the delivery of onsite fluorine (F2) to its new thin-film module mass production site in Großröhrsdorf, eastern Germany.
September 2, 2011
Bringing over 15 years of executive and technology experience to the role, Dr. Omid Shojaei joins Indeotec as its new chief executive officer. In his new position Shojaei hopes to build upon the company’s PECVD platform for R&D and pilot production for both c-Si and TF-Si.
August 1, 2011
The first day of August, which we have all been talking about since early March, is finally here. Marking the beginning of new, lower feed-in tariff rates for all photovoltaic installations over 50kW, today signifies the end of the UK’s solar industry as we know it.
July 27, 2011
US-based inverter manufacturer Solectria Renewables has delivered four 266kW SGI 266 smartgrid inverters to BlueChip Energy for what will be the largest PV rooftop installation in Florida. The inverters will power the first 1.5MW stage of the 10MW Rinehart Solar Farm project located in Lake Mary, Florida.
July 18, 2011
Peter Mak, Trina Solar’s independent director and chairman of the audit committee has resigned from his post, effective July 10, in order to focus on other personal and professional pursuits. Jerome Corcoran and Qian Zhao, independent directors for the company, have been appointed chairman of the audit committee and member of the corporate governance and nominating committee respectively.
July 15, 2011
Less than two weeks after Australia’s Capital Territory small-scale feed-in tariff was revived, the state has closed the scheme – again – to new participants. Having reached full capacity by midnight on the July 13, the program shutters were pulled down for what looks to be the final time.

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