Rebecca Butcher

July 15, 2009
SCHOTT Solar announced that it is starting production on a second CSP receiver line in Albuquerque, New Mexico. SCHOTT Solar’s 200,000sq.ft facility is the first new solar manufacturing facility to open since the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provides incentives for the growth of solar manufacturing.
July 14, 2009
Abengoa Solar has joined the list of founders for the Desertec Initiative, a project that includes among its members the Club of Rome, the Union of the Mediterranean, TREC, and other institutions. Industry founders also include the industrial conglomerate Siemens AG, power companies RWE and E.ON, re-insurer Munich Re AG, Deutsche Bank AG...
July 14, 2009
TÜV SÜD America Inc. has combined efforts with Renewable Energy Test Centre LLC (RETC)—a partnership that will speed up the certification process for renewable energy technologies.
July 13, 2009
Four companies, BrightSource Energy, Inc., Johnson Controls, Inc., Tessera Solar, and a team of US Energy Partners plus Munich Energy Partners America have proposals to build the first utility-scale solar project in Phoenix, Arizona. The city has called for proposals to build a 150-200MW solar power station situated on a closed landfill.
July 13, 2009
Tessera Solar has won the opportunity to develop solar thermal power plants in Riverside County, California up to 500MW. Tessera plans to collaborate with Optiflex Properties & Development for the development and the financing of the power plants. Most would be set up on old landfills and undeveloped properties, using about 3,500 acres of land.
July 13, 2009
West Coast Quartz Corporation (WCQ) has hired a new Silicon Operations Director, Dr. Zbigniew Radzimski. As a manufacturer of silicon crystal and precision quartz and silicon components for semiconductor and photovoltaic industries, WCQ is “exceedingly pleased to have him join” their leadership team.
July 13, 2009
Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., a large crystalline silicon PV module manufacturer, is collaborating with Sydney Theatre Company (STC) to install a solar power system using Pluto technology at a capacity of 500kW. Upon completion in 2010, it will be one of the largest rooftop installations in Australia and will reduce STC’s power grid draw by 70%. 
July 7, 2009
E.ON has acquired Société Conilhac Energies S.A.S. through a share sale and purchase agreement. This follows the opening of the company’s first solar farm in the south of France, a region ripe for solar power development.
July 6, 2009
The New York State Power Authority has awarded 5MW of hydropower to Sunworks Solar, a small solar panel manufacturer planning to build a plant in Western New York. Sunworks will receive a 25% discount. Company officials said they have not yet selected a site
July 6, 2009
Professor Dr. Volker Wittwer, deputy director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and supernumerary professor at the University of Freiburg, Germany celebrated his 65th birthday and retired from his position at the end of June. He will continue to consult with the institute, but will no longer serve as director to follow German service regulations.

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