Module manufacturer Solaria Corp. has joined forces with renewable energy project developer Convert Italia to create the largest low concentrating PV solar plant in the world. The plant, located in Puglia, southern Italy, recently came online and will deliver an annual generation of 2MW to the Italian grid.
Canadian Solar has become the first solar company to pass the stringent new PID certification program unveiled by US solar module testing laboratory, PV Evolution Labs (PVEL). The certification program was designed to inform module manufacturers and project developers on intricacies of module degradation from system voltages, a leading cause of module failure.
Representatives from the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE), the government body directing alternative energy development, have announced the country’s ambitious long-term goals for solar power. The oil-rich kingdom aims to have installed 41GW of concentrated solar power (CSP) and solar PV projects by 2032, 25GW and 16GW respectively.
Yingli Green Energy will team up with Light ESCO, EDF Energy and Rio de Janeiro State to Brazil’s best known football stadium, the Estadio do Maracanã. Project developer Light ESCO, which is also the majority owner of the project, will work with EDF to install and construct the system. The power produced will then be supplied to the State of Rio de Janeiro.
The European Photovoltaic Industry Association has reported that, for the first time ever, solar PV power became the most installed energy source in Europe in 2011.The increased uptake of solar power, which rose 63% to reach 21.9GW last year, has been attributed to the implementation of incentive schemes and widespread subsidization by governments.
Concentrator Optics has received financing totaling €3.5 million to build a 40 MW silicone-on-glass lens production line. The largest contributors were Belgian Capricorn Cleantech Fund and German company Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau, as well as the production line the money will also be used for commercial expansion and organizational development.
ET Solar has announced the completion of four rooftop projects, totalling 4MW generating capacity, in partnership with French developer Langa Solar. The projects are expected to begin power production by June, 2012.
Multi-Contact’s Westlake junction box (PV-JB/WL-H) has been certified by TÜV and UL following the product’s passing of the DIN EN 60068-2-52:1996 salt mist spray test.
JinkoSolar will continue to sponsor Valencia Football Club for two more years following the signing of a new contract. Valencia recently finished third in Spain’s La Liga and will play in the European Champions League next year. JinkoSolar will remain the club’s main sponsor and the company’s logo will be featured on Valencia’s home and away shirts throughout the season.
SPI Solar has announced that it will enter a engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement with a subsidiary of KDC Solar. As part of the partnership SPI Solar will develop and build three PV projects for KDC Solar at the Grand Cascades Golf Resort and Mountain Creek Resort in New Jersey. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2012.
9REN Group has signed contracts to deliver three rooftop PV projects in Israel totaling 4.5MW. The projects will be developed with FK Generators, Israel’s largest diesel generator manufacturer and cost an estimated €11 million.
PV panel provider Antaris Solar looks set to step up its operations in the Middle East after announcing the formation of a local supply network with local installers in the UAE and Qatar.
US President Barack Obama has said that the US plans to strengthen its cooperation on energy issues with Japan. Obama made the comments at the White House earlier this week after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.
ReneSola has announced that its chief strategy officer, Charles Bai, has left the company as his contract comes to an end. The departure is effective May 1, 2012.
A new US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) report has predicted that the US solar industry will employ hundreds of thousands more Americans by 2020.