Power Plants

December 1, 2010
SunPower will build solar power systems for the Fallbrook Public Utilities District (FPUD) in San Diego County and the San Juan Water District (SJWD) in Placer County, both of which are expected to be operational in the first half of 2011.
December 1, 2010
GT Solar has received the first orders for its sapphire crystallization system. The two orders, which total more than US$84 million, are from Jiangsu Jixing New Material and Jiujiang Sapphire Tech and mark GT Solar's entry into LED equipment market.
December 1, 2010
Rhodia is planning to install 12,000m² of PV panels at the Rhodia Belle-Etoile site in Rhône, France. Solairedirect, the solar module manufacturer, and OFI Asset Management will partner Rhodia on the project, which will boast a peak capacity of 2MW and produce two million kilowatt hours of electricity per annum.
December 1, 2010
United Solar has finished work on a solar power project for the rooftop of the Moon Palace Hotel in Cancun, Mexico. The development was led by Enel Green Power, with support coming from the Mexican Environment Ministry, SEMARNAT, and the Italian Ministry of the Environment, and will generate 220MWh of electricity per year.
December 1, 2010
SunSi Energies has entered into a definitive agreement for the purchase of a trichlorosilane (TCS) facility in Weihai City, China. The TCS facility, Wendeng He Xie Silicon, has a current TCS capacity of 20,000MT, which SunSi Energies, after the successful purchase, will look to increase to 60,000MT by 2011.
December 1, 2010
Solarcentury has finished the installation of a 305kWp solar power system, which it deems as one of the largest rooftop solar installations in Berlin. btb Energie is the owner and operator for the rooftop installation and used Sulfurcell solar modules in combination with Solarcentury’s Fast Sun framing system.
December 1, 2010
Canadian Solar has completed and activated what it claims as the largest private solar electric system in Worcester, Massachusetts on the roof of the McDonough Center at the Bancroft School. The 105kW roof-mount was activated before the 2010 school year began and utilizes 462 Canadian Solar CS6P-230P polycrystalline modules. The installation is expected to produce 117,000kWh annually for the McDonough Center.
November 30, 2010
E.ON Climate & Renewables (EC&R) is no stranger to solar installations. The company expects 50MW of PV farms to be in construction by the middle of 2011, which will add to its 450MW of PV farms in France and Italy. As the installations continue, EC&R, over the next three years, is looking to bring solar power to the same level of success that it feels the wind sector currently holds.
November 30, 2010
Phoenix Solar is constructing two PV plants in Italy, with a combined capacity of 8.9MWp. Building work on the 6.1MWp Taranto and 2.8MWp Alessandria plants began in October, with a completion date scheduled for the end of December.
November 30, 2010
Although a new and detailed report from GTM Research doesn’t give much credence to more than 20GW of announced PV projects in the U.S. in the coming few years, the report’s author, Shayle Kann, does see some significant developments on the horizon. According to the report, The U.S. Utility PV Market: Demand, Players, Strategy and Project Economics Through 2015, the utility PV market is already a US$1 billion market in 2010 and is projected to reach US$8 billion by 2015.

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