Power Plants

June 25, 2010
Milenio Solar, the wholly owned Spanish development subsidiary of Solar Millennium, has signed a contract for a parabolic trough power plant feasibility study with Inversiones Energéticas (INE) whose main shareholder is Comisión Ejecutiva Hidroeléctrica del Río Lempa (CEL), the public utility of El Salvador.
April 27, 2010
SunEdison announced its intention to develop and build 14 roof-top PV projects that will total up to 3MW for The Remington Group. All of the PV systems will be located in the greater Toronto area and will commence a phased rollout this summer.
April 21, 2010
Recurrent Energy and BlueWatt announced that they have entered into a joint development to finance, build and operate PV power plants on industrial, commercial and logistic building rooftops across France. BlueWatt will develop and coinvest in rooftop solar projects with real estate firms in the country, while Recurrent will finance, own and operate the PV systems for the first 50MW of joint projects.
April 20, 2010
iSuppli now projects solar installations will reach 13.6GW this year, an increase of 93.6% compared to its estimates of installations reaching 7.0GW in 2009.
April 9, 2010
The German Federal Network Agency has released preliminary photovoltaic (PV) installations in the country for 2009, which highlight the significant growth that took place between October and December 2009. In total, 3.8GW was installed in 2009, a 60% increase over 2008. 2.3GW was installed between October and December. “According to the figures we have done in the past year, a significant build up of solar systems. The installed capacity has increased from 6.0 gigawatts in 2008 to 9.8 gigawatts in 2009," noted Matthias Kurth, President of the Federal Network Agency, in a statement.
March 31, 2010
Recurrent Energy has signed agreements with Kaiser Permanente for the development of 15MW of solar power systems at several different locations across California. Recurrent will build, own, and operate 16 solar power systems installed across 15 Kaiser Permanente hospital and office rooftops, ground spaces and above existing ground-level parking spaces and garages.
February 25, 2010
Polysilicon, wafers and solar module prices all declined severely in 2009, according to a new report from iSuppli. On average, crystalline module prices dropped 37.8%, solar wafer prices fell by 50%, and polysilicon prices declined by 80%.
February 4, 2010
After significant polysilicon and wafer price declines in 2009, MEMC executives have become more upbeat about demand and price stability entering the first quarter of 2010 and beyond. In a conference call to discuss fourth quarter results, the company noted that capacity utilization of silicon wafer production was at approximately 80%, with a demand recovery underway in the semiconductor industry, enabling a firming in prices to that sector. In solar, price declines were said to have moderated and the company was now shipping wafers to 10 of the top 25 PV manufacturers, compared to having made shipments to only 2 solar customers at the beginning of 2009.
February 1, 2010
The UK feed-in tariff rates have now been finalized, offering its residents a financial incentive for producing renewable energy. The government has confirmed the proposed rate, which will begin to take effect from April 1, 2010.
January 19, 2010
After a fair amount of digging and the much needed help of our German correspondent we can now confirm that the reports of a 16-17% cut in feed-in tariff rate for Germany were true, and the cuts are to go ahead from April 1, 2010. Click here to see the analyst's thoughts on these cuts.

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