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China Sunergy, Enrich Energy Confirm Solar Module Contract (Int'l)
Nanjing, China-based solar cell and module manufacturer China Sunergy Co., Ltd., reports that its wholly-owned subsidiary, CEEG (Nanjing) Renewable Energy Co., Ltd., has won a 30 MW contract from India-headquartered Enrich Energy Pvt. Ltd (Enrich). Enrich is focused on developing large-scale private solar parks across India.
Enrich Energy will deploy China Sunergy's multi-crystalline modules in a ground-mounted project in Telangana State. The solar modules will be supplied from the Company's Shanghai plant, and the shipment is expected to be completed by the end of January 2015. (Source: China Sunergy Co., 5 Jan., 2015) Contact: China Sunergy, 011 86 25 5276 6666, IR@chinasunergy.com, http://www.chinasunergy.com, http://www.csun-solar.com
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JA Solar Supplies Modules to Pakistani Solar Farm (Ind. Report)
Shanghai-based JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. reports that it has shipped solar modules of 100 MW capacity to the 500 acre Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park in Bahawalpur, Pakistan.The project is the country's first large-scale solar farm.
In Q3, 2014, JA Solar's total shipments increased 57 pct, year over year to 785.4 MW. Module shipments jumped 127.4 pct. from last year. The company anticipates expanding its cell and module capacity by 20 pct. in 2015. (Source: JA Solar, Zacks, 8 Dec., 2014) Contact: JA Solar, www.jasolar.com
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China Sunergy, Deniz Leasing Ink Solar Financing Deal (Int'l)
Nanjing, China-headquartered solar cell and module manufacturer China, China Sunergy Co reports that it has signed a strategic partnership memorandum of understanding with Deniz Finansal Kiralama A.S. (Deniz Leasing) to finance the leasing of China Sunergy's projects in Turkey. According to the MOU, Deniz Leasing will facilitate and provide capital leasing for solar PV projects of up to 100 MW deploying China Sunergy's solar modules and other components.
China Sunergy Co., Ltd. designs, manufactures and delivers high efficiency solar cells and modules worldwide from its production centers in China and Turkey. China Sunergy also invests in high potential solar projects. (Source: China Sunergy, PR, 14 Nov., 2014) Contact: China Sunergy, http://www.csun-solar.com;
Deniz Finansal Kiralama, www.denizleasing.com.tr
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JinkoSolar Supplied 34MW of Solar Modules to sPower for Four Solar Power Projects in Antelope Valley, California
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. ("JinkoSolar" or the "Company") (NYSE: JKS), a global leader in the PV industry, today announced that it supplied 34MW of solar modules to Salt Lake City-headquartered independent power producer sPower for four solar power projects in Antelope Valley, California.
According to the terms of the contract, JinkoSolar supplied approximately 115,000 of its 305W high efficiency solar PV modules to sPower for the 34MW solar plant which is comprised of four separate projects located in Lancaster and Victorville, California. When fully operational, the sPower facility is expected to generate enough clean solar energy to serve the needs of approximately 4,110 homes per year, reducing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by roughly 45,050 metric tons annually - the equivalent of taking nearly 10,000 cars off the road. sPower has a 20-year power purchase agreement in place with Southern California Edison (SCE) to purchase 34MW of clean energy output from the facilities. Swinerton Builders was the primary EPC for the project, which is expected to commence operations by November 30, 2014.
www.swinerton.com. sPower CEO, Mr. Ryan Creamer
(Source : JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., Oct. 17, 2014) Nigel Cockroft, General Manager of JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc.
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GreyStone Power to Purchase Silicon Ranch Solar Generated Power (Ind. Report)
GreyStone Power,Silicon Ranch Corp.,Green Power EMC
GreyStone Power Corporation reports that it is one of 27 Georgia electric cooperatives that will purchase solar power from Silicon Ranch Corp.'s planned 20-MW solar farm in Social Circle, Georgia. Upon, completion, the project will be one of the largest solar facilities in the state.
GreyStone, which services portions of southern Cobb County, is one of 27 Georgia electric cooperatives that will purchase the output of the planned project for a 25-year period through Green Power EMC, the renewable energy supplier for 38 Georgia Electric Membership Corporations.
The ground-mounted solar array will be constructed near Hazlehurst in Jeff Davis County and will incorporate over 87,000 solar modules. Once completed, the solar array will generate more than 43,000 megawatt hours of clean, renewable electricity annually.
(Source: GreyStone Power, The Marietta Daily Journal, 12 July, 2014) (Source: GreyStone Power, www.greystonepower.com: Silicon Ranch, Matt Kisber, CEO, (615) 321-2022, www.siliconranchcorp.com;
Green Power EMC, http://www.greenpoweremc.com
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DSM Joins Solliance High-Performance Solar Module Program (Ind. Report, R&D)
Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, has joined the Solliance CIGS Research program and will participate for a 3-year term. Solliance focuses on fundamental research and developing new solar modules and technologies. DSM is presently developing proprietary innovative materials for the solar industry to increase module efficiencies to lower the cost of the energy produced, allowing for a further penetration of solar energy.
Solliance's research in the field of CIGS (copper-indium/gallium-diselenide/sulfide) ranges from fundamentals of materials composition to details of production technologies. In the lab, research has reached a yield of about 20 percent efficiency, but in mass production, this figure is still elusive. As a substrate, all types of materials, both flexible (like metals and plastics) and non-flexible (like glass) are being investigated.
DSM will contribute its expertise in the field of Textured Surfaces (Light Trapping technology) through its Emerging Business Area DSM Advanced Surfaces. By applying DSM's proprietary Light Trapping foils, it is expected that the efficiency of CIGS modules can be increased while simplifying the construction of the CIGS modules and reducing the thickness of the active layer. This will increase the output and reduce the cost of the modules and therefore the cost of the energy produced. (Source: DSM, PR, 5 June, 2014) Contact: Solliance, Ando Kuypers, +31 (0) 6 2299 5837 , email@example.com, www.solliance.eu; DSM, Leo Smit, +31 (0) 46 47 63559, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.dsm.com
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First Solar to Build 42.76MW for EDF RE (Ind. Report)
Tempe, Arizona-headquartered First Solar, Inc. has been selected as the turnkey Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for two projects under development by EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) in California. The companies
have signed agreements for the 19.76 MW AC CID Solar Project, in Kings County; and the 23 MW AC Cottonwood Solar Project, consisting of two sites, one located in Kings County and the other in Kern County. The CID Solar Project has a PPA in place with Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The Cottonwood project has a PPA with Marin Clean Energy.
Both projects will utilize First Solar's Series 3 Black Plus PV thin-film solar modules, and will provide enhanced grid reliability and stability using the company's advanced PV plant controls. Construction on the projects is expected to begin in Q2, 2014 for completion by Q1, 2015. (Source: First Solar, 6 May, 2014)
Contact: First Solar, Christopher Houghton, Senior Manager of US Business Development, www.firstsolar.com
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Jinko Supplying 120,000 PV Panels for US Solar Parks (Ind. Report)
Shanghai-headquartered solar PV specialist JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. will supply 38.7 MW of PV Modules to EDP Renovaveis, a leading Independent Power Producer (IPP) in the global renewable energy sector, for two installation at two solar parks in San Bernadino County, California.
JinkoSolar will provide approximately 120,000 high-efficiency solar panels for the construction of both the Lone Valley Solar Park I (12.4MW DC) and Lone Valley Solar Park II (24.8MW DC) projects, in Lucerne Valley, California. Both projects are expected to connect to the grid in 2014 allowing clean energy to be supplied to 5,000 homes in San Bernardino County.
JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of approximately 2.0 GW each for silicon ingots, wafers and solar cells and approximately 2.1 GW for solar modules, as of March 31, 2014. JinkoSolar sells electricity in China and distributes its solar products to a diversified customer base in the global PV market, including Germany, Italy, Belgium, Spain, the United States, Eastern Europe, China, India, Japan, South Africa, and other countries and regions. (Source: Jinko Solar, PR, 30 April, 2014) Contact: Jinko Solar, +86 21-6061-1792,
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Gintech Enjoys Record March Solar Sales (Int'l, Ind. Report)
Taiwan-based solar cell and module manufacturer Gintech Energy Corporation reported a significant jump in revenue for the month of March 2014.
The company posted revenue of NT$1,674 million (US$55.4 million approx), a new record month and a month-on-month increase of 33.8 percent . Year-on-year revenue increased 52.5 percent.
Gintech Energy has not indicated why there was a spike in revenue and has yet to report first quarter 2014 financial results. Taking monthly revenue figures, the company generated first quarter revenue of around US$142.1 million. (Source: Gintech, PV Tech, 14 April, 2014) Contact: Gintech, +866 32 586 198, www.gintechenergy.com
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Trina Solar PV Cells Achieve Anti-PID Ability (Ind. Report)
In Changzhou, China, Trina Solar Limited is reporting that all of its company produced solar PV cells have achieved anti-PID (Potential-Induced Degradation) ability following the optimization of the Company's manufacturing technology.
Beginning in April, all Trina Solar modules using the Company's self-produced cells will conform to IEC62804 Ed.1.0 (82/685/NP) standards, a system voltage durability testing standard (commonly known as the PID Test). The company's PV modules, which use anti-PID solar PV cells, have also been certified by TUV SUD.
By optimizing cell and the module manufacture technology, Trina's anti-PID modules can reduce loss in power output from solar panels due to induced degradation, as well as that caused by severe conditions including high voltage, severe salt mist and high humidity. (Source: Trina Solar, Mar., 2014)
Contact: Trina Solar, Yvonne Young, IR, +86 519 8517 6878, email@example.com, www.trinasolar.com
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Hanwha SolarOne Receives New Product Carbon Footprint Certification (Ind. Report)
Hanwha SolarOne Receives New Product Carbon Footprint Certification (Ind. Report)
German PV module manufacturer Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. has been certified with the new international standard for carbon footprint assessment, ISO 14067 by German safety standard authority TUV Rheinland in January 2014. The ISO 14067 is an internationally recognized technical specification for quantifying carbon emissions throughout a product's life cycle.
In order to secure a viable methodology for different product groups, the standard specifies different Product Category Rules (PCR). The solar modules from Hanwha SolarOne, HSL 60 Poly and HSL 72 Poly, were assessed according to the Product Category Rules for crystalline solar cells. (Source: Hanwha SolarOne Co., 21 Feb., 2014) Contact: Hanwha SolarOne, +49 (0) 89 21301 753, www.hanwha-solarone.com;TUV Rheinland, www.tuv.com/us/ptl
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JinkoSolar Supplying PV Modules to Swiss Embassy in Japan (Int'l)
In Shanghai, JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. , a global solar PV power product manufacturer, has entered into an agreement with its distributor, Premium Energy Co. Ltd., to supply 49.41kW of high-efficiency mono JKM270M-60-J 270W solar modules for installation at the Swiss Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. This will be the Swiss Embassy's first clean energy project. (Source: JinkoSolar Holdings Co., LTD., 19 Feb., 2014) Contact: Jinko Solar, +86 21 6061 1792, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Solar Canopy Alternative to Rooftop Solar Launched (New Prod & Tech)
Baker Electric Solar
San Diego-based solar energy installation specialist Baker Electric Solaris now offering an innovative solar canopy that blends form and function. The canopy roof, which can be built to 607 sq-ft, contains photovoltaic solar modules that generate up to 7.32kW of power to offset a homeowner's utility costs.
The solar canopy can be added to existing solar systems or used as an alternative to rooftop or ground-mounted solar system. (Source: Baker Electric Solar, 17 Jan., 2014) Contact: Baker Electric Solar, (877) 543-8765, www.bakerelectricsolar.com
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JA Solar, Powerway Building South African Solar Module Manufactory (Int'l., Ind. Report)
JA Solar, Powerway PV
Shangai-based JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd and Powerway PV SA Pty., Ltd. (PWSA), a provider of solar farm construction services, have formed a Joint Venture to establish a solar module manufacturing facility in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
The facility,will service customers in South Africa and the broader Southern African region with solar modules assembled from JA Solar's high-efficiency cells.
Production is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2014, with the plant targeted to reach an initial annualized capacity of 150 MW. The facility is being designed to accommodate an increase in production capacity to 600 MW. (Source: JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd., Jakarta Post, 22 Jan., 2014) Contact: JA Solar, www.jasolar.com
; Powerway PV SA Pty., www.pvpowerway.com
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ReneSola, Strata Solar Tout 50MW in Projects (Ind. Report)
ReneSola, Strata Solar
San Francisco-based ReneSola Ltd and solar integrator Strata Solar of Chapel Hill, N.C., on Thursday marked a year of projects that cumulatively utilize over 50MW of solar power across several sites in North Carolina. All of the sites are powered by ReneSola's 300W 72-cell polycrystalline high-efficiency solar modules.
Strata Solar is a national leader of utility scale solar energy systems and installations. Strata offers complete turnkey services for the design, construction and installation of utility and commercial photovoltaic systems. The company also offers development, engineering, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance services.
(Source: ReneSola Ltd., PR, 9 Jan., 2014) Contact: ReneSola America , Kevin Chen, Pres., Brian Armentrout , (603) 748-6933, www.renesola.com; StrataSolar, Markus Wilhelm, CEO, www.StrataSolar.com
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Zebra Energy Solar Modules Among Top CEC Listings (Ind. Report)
Torrance, California-headquartered solar energy equipment provider Zebra Energy reports that it has recently completed third party certification of its products to UL 1703, Florida Solar Energy Center, and California Energy Commission (CEC) SB-1 standards. Products include a full line of monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar modules in standard 60 and 72-cell sizes as well as smaller off grid panels.
Testing for the California Energy Commission also provides guidance towards real world production values with PVUSA Test Conditions (PTC) ratings. Zebra Energy equipment has an average PTC rating of over 90 percent and are within the top tier of all CEC certified solar modules. (Source: Zebra Energy, Digital Journal, Others, 6 Jan., 2014) Contact: Zebra Energy, (855) ZEBRA85, email@example.com, www.zebra-energy.com; California Energy Commission, Karen Douglas, Vice Chair, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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GE Financial Services Expands Solar Portfolio (M&A)
GE Financial Services,EDF Renewable Energy
GE Financial Services has invested in EDF Renewable Energy's Catalina Solar plant in Rosamond, California. The transaction contributes to GE Energy Financial Services' one–gigawatt, $1.5 billion solar investment commitments, comprising over 50 installations. Financial terms were not readily available.
GE initially acquired a minority ownership stake in the 143-MW project in late 2012, prior to the first 60 MWp going online. Following construction completion and the achievement of commercial operations in August, the group purchased the remaining stake and converted the entire structure to a single investor lease.
EDF is providing long-term operations and maintenance for the project.
Catalina Solar includes over 1.1 million thin-film PV solar modules from First Solar and Solar Frontier. The project's clean energy, which is being purchased by San Diego Gas & Electric Company, is sufficient to power 35,000 homes annually and offset 250,000 MTPY of greenhouse gas emissions. (Source: GE Financial Services, Dec., 2013) Contact: GE Financial Services,
Kevin Walsh, Manager Director and Head of Power and Renewable Energy, Jaclyn Cole, (203) 961-2934,www.geenergyfinancialservices.com, www.ge.com; EDF Renewable Energy,
Tristan Grimbert, Pres., CEO, www.edf-re.com
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Canadian Solar Seals Chinese 100MW Module Supply Deal (Ind. Report)
Guelph, Ontario-headquartered Canadian Solar Inc. has been awarded a module supply agreement to provide China Three Gorges New Energy Co., Ltd. with photovoltaic modules totaling 100MW for a solar power project located in Gansu Province, China.
Canadian Solar will supply its high efficiency 60 cell CS6P250P and CS6P-255P modules with power output of 250Wp and 255Wp for the project. The Company's 250Wp and 255Wp CS6P-P modules outperform competing 60 polycrystalline cell module brands in the market, producing over 6 percent more power annually according to PVsyst PV system simulation.. Module delivery has already commenced and is expected to be completed in December 2013.
China Three Gorges New Energy Co. Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Three Gorges Corporation, which is one of the first state owned enterprises to enter the field of wind power. Three Gorges New Energy actively explores opportunities in renewable energy including wind, solar, and hydropower as well as other clean energy technologies. Three Gorges New Energy specializes in large-scaled renewable energy development and operations.
Canadian Solar Inc. is a vertically integrated provider of solar modules, specialized solar products and solar power plants with operations in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Asia. (Source: Canadian Solar Inc., SolarPV Investor, 3 Nov., 2013) Contact: Canadian Solar Inc., www.canadiansolar.com; China Three Gorges New Energy Co. Ltd., www.ctgpc.com
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Kyocera to Introduce 1000-V Solar Modules (New Prod & Tech)
Kyocera Solar Inc. plans to offer new 1000-volt solar photovoltaic (PV) modules designed to significantly reduce labor and materials costs while simultaneously increasing overall system efficiency.
The 1000-volt can reduce total system costs byas much as 20 percent and minimize resistive losses (voltage drop) which is typically about 0.75 percent lower in a 1000-Volt system than in a comparable 600-volt system. This increase in efficiency results in significant energy retention over the 20+ year lifespan of a system.
Kyocera's 1000-volt PV modules are currently undergoing UL testing and will be available in 2014 in both 60-cell and 80-cell configurations. (Source: Kyocera, SolarNovus, 24 Oct., 2013) Contact: Kyocera Solar, Tetsuo Kuba, President, www.global.kyocera.com
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JinkoSolar Supplies Solar Modules to China State Grid (Int'l)
Shanghai-headquartered JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. will supply 20MW of solar modules to the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) for the Second Phase of China's National Wind/PV/Energy Storage and Transmission Joint Demonstration Project.
JinkoSolar will deliver the solar modules during the fourth quarter of 2013 to the project site in
Zhangbei County, Hebei Province. With a total investment of approximately around 12 billion RMB, the project aims to further implement China's national renewable energy development strategy. The wind and solar energy project will also serve as a R&D platform and act as a model for future grid-friendly renewable energy projects. The project includes 500 MW of wind power, 100 MW of solar power, and 110 MW of power storage system. (Source: Jinko, PR, Various Sources, 30 Sept., 2013) Contact: Jinko Solar Holding Co. Ltd.,, Sebastian Liu , +86 21 6061 1792, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Bosch Solar Unit Abandons U.S. Solar Business (Ind. Report, Int'l)
Bosch,aleo solar AG
Following on our May, 29, 2013 coverage, citing missed sales targets and continuing loses, aleo solar AG plans to withdraw from business in the U.S. and will close-down its Denver-headquartered subsidiary aleo solar North America Inc.
aleo solar AG, which is majority Bosch Group owned, produces and distributes solar modules and systems for the international PV market. The company has approximately 850 employees, is represented in the key PV markets in Europe, and has an annual production capacity of 280 MW at its plant in Prenzlau, Germany. The company generated a turnover of €279.9 million in 2012. (Source: aleo Solar, PR, Various Sources, 13 Sept., 2013) Contact: Aleo Solar, York zu Putlitz , CEO; Robert Bosch GmbH, Wolf-Henning Scheider, +49 (0) 711 811-0, www.bosch-group.com
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Celestica Solar Lab TUV Rheinland Certified (Ind. Report)
Celestica Inc. is reporting that TUV Rheinland PTL has audited and approved Celestica's solar lab in Toronto, Ontario, to provide testing required for certification of solar modules.
Celestica's Solar Lab is capable of carrying out tests for a variety of PV standards, including UL-1703 / ULC--1703 and IEC--61215 /IEC--61730. It operates independently within the Total Quality Management System at Celestica, ensuring the integrity of test procedures and results.
The solar lab's testing capabilities and quality system, aligned with TUV Rheinland PTL's existing comprehensive regulatory compliance, testing and certification infrastructure, will decrease time-to-market for local solar customers.
(Source: Celstica Inc., PE, WSJ, 5 Sept., 2013) Contact: Celestica, John Nastasi, General Manager, Solar, (416) 448-5800, email@example.com, www.celestica.com; TUV Rhineland, www.tuv.com/us/ptl
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ET Solar Supplies 10.8MW Solar Modules to Ormat Tech. (Ind. Report)
San Francisco-based ET Solar Group Corp. announced that it is supplying 10.8MW PV modules to geothermal energy specialist Ormat Technologies Inc. for their first PV power plant in Imperial Valley, California.
The project will utilize 36,868 ET Solar 1000-Volt rated solar modules and will generate approximately 24,500 megawatt-hours of power per year. Imperial Irrigation District will purchase the project's power under the terms of a 20-yera PPA.
Ormat Technologies, Inc. is the only vertically integrated company primarily engaged in the geothermal and recovered energy power business. The company designs, develops, owns and operates geothermal and recovered energy-based power plants around the world. Additionally, the company designs, manufactures and sells geothermal and recovered energy power units and other power-generating equipment, and provides related services.
(Source: ET Solar Group Corp. , PR, July 9, 2013) Contact: ET Solar, (925) 460-9898, www.etsolar.com; Ormat Technologies, Dita Bronicki, CEO, (775) 356-9029, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ormat.com
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Kyocera announces ¥8.5Bn Japanese Solar Energy Deal (Int'l.)
JAMCNational Federation of Agriculture Cooperative Associations, Solar Energy Company,Kyocera
Japanese electronics manufacturer Kyocera reports that it is supplying approximately 30 MW of solar power to agricultural facilities across Japan in a deal worth ¥8.5 billion ($89 million).
Kyocera will supply, engineer, construct, and maintain 30MW of solar power generating systems to the project implemented by the National Federation of Agriculture Cooperative Associations (Zen-Noh) and the Mitsubishi Corporation.
The project is intended to reinvigorate the agriculture sector and local farming towns and to the use of renewable energy.
Mitsubishi and Kyocera have jointly established the JAMC Solar Energy Company to operate the project. The project's power will be sold to regional utility power companies under Japan's feed-in tariff (FIT) program.
Kyocera will provide approximately 124,000 solar modules to the project to be split between 80 locations. (Source: Kyocera, VB Green, June 17, 2013) Contact: National Federation of Agriculture Cooperative Associations, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zen-Noh; KYOSERA Solar, www.kyosera.com
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SunEdison, Fox Energy Ink Solar Module Manufacturing Services Agreement (Ind. Report)
SunEdison, a global solar energy services provider and a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. , reports that its affiliate, MEMC Singapore, entered into a PV module manufacturing services agreement with Fox Energy, the PV solar business subsidiary of Foxconn Technology. Under the terms of the agreement, Fox Energy will manufacture up to 350 MW of solar modules for SunEdison. The modules will be produced in a manufacturing facility in Juarez, Mexico.
The agreement is part of SunEdison's virtual vertically integrated business strategy leveraging the manufacturing expertise of partners like Fox Energy and enabling SunEdison to bring high quality solar modules to market while continuing to reduce levelized cost of energy (LCOE).
As of December 31, 2012, SunEdison had interconnected over 989 MW of solar energy and had a pipeline of 2.6 GW. This relationship with Fox Energy will assist SunEdison in its global expansion.
(Source: SunEdison, PR, 23 April 23, 2013) Contact: SunEdison, www.sunedison.com; Foxconn, Ping-Yin.Hou@Foxconn.com, www.foxconn.com
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Organic PV Solar Modules to be Optimized for Energy Harvesting Applications (Ind. Report)
Solar Press,Gas Sensing Solutions Ltd
Organic photovoltaic (OPV) technology developer Solar Press is investigating flexible plastic based OPV modules as a power source for remote, autonomous sensors within buildings as an energy harvesting application. OPV power harvesting offer the potential for low cost fit-and-forget deployment of sensors for CO2, humidity and temperature monitoring as part of a smart wireless sensor network.
This project will focus on the development of self-powered wireless CO2 sensors to monitor indoor air quality, optimize ventilation and to reduce building energy consumption.
Solar Press is partnering with UK-based Gas Sensing Solutions Ltd and Seamless Sensing for the project, which is supported by a grant from the Technology Strategy Board (TSB). The consortium includes end user assessment by Schneider Electric Industries, Sontay and Ecotechnics.
(Source: Solar Press, Altenergymag, 24 April, 2013) Contact: Solar Press, Dr Chris Harris, CEO, www.solar-press.com; Gas Sensing Solutions Ltd, +44 1236 781900, www.gassensing.co.uk
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Conergy completes 725kW Calif. Farm solar Project (Ind. Report)
Conergy Projects Group has completed construction of a 725 kW photovoltaic system for T&P Farms in Arbuckle, California. The system is supplying T&P with 95 percent of its energy needs.
The 725 kW PV system is divided into two installations specially designed by Conergy for agricultural applications. The two installations feature 3,024 Conergy PM 240P Watt solar modules secured with 3.9 miles of Conergy Mounting System rail. The installations, producing 1,1 million kWh annually, will prevent the release of more than 892 tpy of CO2, reduce energy consumption, and save millions in electricity costs for T&P.
(Source: Conergy, 16 April, 2013) Contact: Conergy, (888) 489-3701, email@example.com, www.conergy.us.
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ReneSola Scores S&C Electric New Mexico Solar Project (Ind. Report)
Solar PV module and wafer manufacturer ReneSola Ltd. will provide 7,200 of its 250-watt high-efficiency polycrystalline solar PV modules for a solar project to be built by Chicago-based S&C Electric Company in Roswell, New Mexico this year.
ReneSola began delivering solar modules to the Roswell, New Mexico project site on April 8, 2013. S&C is responsible for the solar project's engineering, procurement and construction. (Source: ReneSolar, 15 April, 2013) Contact: ReneSolar, Xianshou Li, CEO, www.ReneSola.com; S&C, www.sandc.com
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First Solar acquires 150-MW Southern California Project (M&A)
Tempe, Arizona-based First Solar Inc. has acquired a 150-MW solar project planned for Southern California's Imperial Valley from a group led by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. The project is expected to begin later this year and be completed in 2014.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The planned Solar Gen 2 projectis expected to produce sufficient electricity for more than 60,000 average homes.
The acquisition includes 40 MW of solar modules that the project purchased from another solar-module supplier.
San Diego Gas & Electric Co. has signed a 25-year PPA for the prjects power. (Source: First Solar, PR, April 1, 2013) Contact: First Solar, (602) 414-9300, www.firstsolar.com
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Sacramento International Jet Center Goes Solar (Ind. Report)
The Sacramento International Jet Center, the Sacramento County's airport system partner for general aviation at the Sacramento International Airport, has installed a 130 kilowatt solar electric system on their hangar and office facilities. The system was installed by CitiGreen, Inc. & Foothill Electric, turn-key solar contractors for commercial customers. The installation is comprised of 562 Conergy PM 235 watt solar modules affixed to the Jet Center rooftop using more than 5,600 feet of Conergy SunTop mounting systems. The entire system is connected to the grid using two Solectria 60 kilowatt inverters. This system will essentially eliminate their $31,000 annual electric bill. Other benefits include federal tax incentives that allow them to write off 70 percent of their system installation costs and they will receive a SMUD rebate for 20 percent more cost reduction.
Over its expected 30 year life span, of this system will produce approximately 6,402,000 kilowatt hours which will offset 4,650 tons of carbon dioxide. This equates to turning off 59,000 incandescent light bulbs and planting 138,000 trees.
(Source: Conergy, 11 Mar., 2013) Contact: Conergy, www.conergy-group.com; SacJet, (916) 428-8292,
CitiGreen Solar, Inc., (530) 292-8011, www.citigreensolar.com
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VW to Reduce CO2 Emissions to 95 g/km by 2020 (Ind. Report)
The Volkswagen Group reports that it will reduce the CO2 emissions of its European new car fleet to 95 grams per kilometer by 2020. The German automaker previously set a target of reducing the CO2 emissions of its European new vehicle fleet to less than 120 grams per kilometer by 2015. The automaker says it is on track to meet this goal, and that increasingly efficient technologies, powertrains and vehicles, and environmentally sustainable production, would account for more than two-thirds of VW's total investment of €50.2 billion ($65.4 billion) planned up to 2015.
The company says it is also making progress toward its target of making all 100 VW production facilities throughout the world 25 percent more environmentally sustainable by 2018. It says is has cut energy and water consumption, waste production, and CO2 and solvent emissions, on average, 10 percent per vehicle over the past two years.
In January, Volkswagen opened a solar park on 33 acres adjacent to its LEED Platinum manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. The 9.5 MW solar park contains 33,600 solar modules from JA Solar, designed to produce 13.1 GWh of electricity per year. (Source: VW, Env. Leader, 6 Mar., 2013)
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First Solar Sets CdTe Solar Cell Efficiency Record (New Prod & Tech)
First Solar, Inc. says it has set a new world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic (PV) solar cell conversion efficiency; 18.7 percent cell efficiency in tests confirmed by NREL. The record-setting cell was built at the Company's Perrysburg, Ohio factory and R&D center using processes and materials designed for commercial-scale manufacturing.
Since it began commercial production in 2002, First Solar has produced more than 90 million of its advanced thin-film solar modules with a capacity of over 7 gigawatts (GW), enough to provide clean electricity for approximately 3.5 million homes and displace 4.7 million metric tpy of CO2, based on world averages. The company utilizes a continuous manufacturing process which transforms a sheet of glass into a complete solar module in less than 2.5 hours, contributing to the industry-leading energy payback time and low carbon footprint of systems using First Solar PV modules.
For more information visithttp://www.firstsolar.com/Innovation/Advanced-Thin-Film-Modules
www.firstsolar.com. (Source: First Solar, altenergymag.com, 28 Feb., 2013) Contact: First Solar, Jim Brown, President , (602) 414-9300, www.firstsolar.com
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Sunrise Global Solar Achieves 20.3% Efficiency with DuPont Pastes (New Prod & Tech))
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DuPont Microcircuit Materials (MCM) and Sunrise Global Solar Energy Corporation have produced solar cells with conversion efficiencies of 20.3 percent using newly commercialized DuPont™ Solamet® PV36X series aluminum photovoltaic metallization pastes for rear-side passivation of silicon solar cells.
Taiwanese solar cell producer Sunrise Global Solar Energy reported that results with its latest CELCO high-efficiency solar cell design were independently verified by certified global standards group, Fraunhofer ISE in Germany. High performance solar panels with electrical output power greater than 280 Watts were produced and certified by independent certification group, TUV Rheinland.
DuPont™ Solamet® PV36X series pastes can achieve greater cell efficiency gains compared with traditional aluminum pastes due to better electrical contacts and stronger adhesion. The new materials also exhibit strong resistance to a phenomenon known as potential induced degradation (PID) which has been observed in competing solar cell designs, where performance can slightly decrease. DuPont has also reduced total paste usage on each cell and continues to focus on further improving the reliability and durability of solar modules.
(Source: Dupont, PR, 25 Feb., 2013) Contact: DuPont, Ellen Pressley, (919) 248-5598, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://mcm.dupont.com or http://photovoltaics.dupont.com; Sunrise Global Solar Energy, William Chen, William.email@example.com, www.sunriseglobalsolar.com
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Trina Solar announces New PDG5 Frameless Module (New Prod & Tech)
Trina Solar Limited today announced the 60-cell PDG5, the first in Trina Solar's new line of dual rated frameless modules.
The PDG5 is resistant to potential induced degradation (PID) and micro-cracking, and does not require grounding.
The PDG5 features front and back layers of special heat-strengthened glass, and is among the first such crystalline silicon (c-Si) modules. By replacing the traditional backsheet materials of conventional solar modules with heat-strengthened glass, the PDG5 provides a heavy-duty solution for environments of high temperature and humidity, conditions that can accelerate performance degradation. The resulting module has increased resistance to micro-cracking, potential induced degradation (PID), module warping, and degradation from UV rays, sand, alkali, acids and salt mist.
(Source: Trina Solar, 4 Feb., 2013) Contact: Trina Solar, Jifan Gao, CEO, (800) 696-7114, www.trinasolar.com
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VW Powers-Up Volunteer State's Largest Solar Park (Ind. Report)
In Chattanooga, Volkswagen has "powered up" the largest single solar installation at an automotive manufacturing facility in the U.S. and the biggest solar installation in the state of Tennessee.
VW's Chattanooga Solar Park occupies 33 acres and contains 33,600 solar modules from JA Solar designed to produce 13.1 gigawatt hours of electricity per year -- equivalent to the energy consumed annually by around 1,200 homes.
The electricity produced from the solar park is expected to meet 12.5 percent of the plant's energy needs during full production and 100 percent during non-production periods. The plant covers 1.9 million square feet and employs more than 3,000 people. The Chattanooga installation is the automaker's largest photovoltaic installation worldwide.
Nashville-headquartered Silicon Ranch Corp, a developer and operator of solar energy solutions tailored to meet its customers' needs, will own the solar park and sell the electricity to VW under the terms of a 20-year PPA. (Source: VW, 24 Jan., 2013) Contact: VW, www.vw.com ; Silicon Ranch, (615) 321-2022,
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Tata Solar Cites Stiff Chinese Competition for Solar Shift (Int'l, Ind. Report)
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In India, Tata Power subsidiary Tata Power Solar Systems is citing stiff Chinese competition as the reason for its plan to shift from an export-oriented operation to a domestic engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) service provider.
To date, Tata
has concentrated on exporting solar modules and cells, primarily to the US, Australia, Europe and Asian markets, which have accounted for nearly 80 percent of the company's sales.
The company also provides solar power solutions and EPC services. Tata Solar has a manufacturing capacity of 125 mw of modules and 84 mw of solar cells, most of which the company says is "under-utilized due to fierce competition from Chinese players." (Source: Tata Solar, Times of India, Jan. 20, 2013) Contact: Tata Power Solar Systems, Ajay Goel, CEO, www.tatapowersolar.com; Tata Power, +91 (2) 26 665-8733, www.tpc.co.in
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Yingli Multicrystalline PV Module Passes PID Test (Ind. Report)
PV manufacturer Yingli Green Energy, which markets its products under the Yingli Solar brand,reports that its multicrystalline PV modules passed the Potential Induced Degradation (PID) test conducted by TUV SUD.
The PID test was conducted under stringent conditions of 85 degrees Celsius, 85 percent relative humidity, and 1,000 volts of system voltage bias with a testing duration of 96 hours. The test results showed that the power degradation of Yingli Solar modules was lower than 0.5 percent, significantly below the maximum allowable power output degradation rate of 5 percent.
(Source: Yingli Green Energy, PR, Dec. 30, 2012)
Contact: Yingli Green Energy, Helena Kimball, Marketing, (603) 591-5812, firstname.lastname@example.org
; TUV SUD, Lily Qian, +86 21 6141 8673, email@example.com
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Module Cost Structure Update: The Path to Profitability - Report Available (Ind. Report)
According to a report from Boston-based Lux Research, as the solar manufacturing industry continues to struggle with overcapacity and oversupply, pressures for lower prices will likely push the cost of solar down to 48 cents per watt by 2017.
The prices for solar modules have fallen steadily over the last four years to just 70 cents per watt, according to the study. The problem is that the cost of goods sold for panel production has not fallen as quickly, which has resulted in many solar panel manufacturers selling their products at a loss, said Lux Research assistant Ed Cahill, who authored the report Module Cost Structure Update: The Path to Profitability.
There are two primary ways manufacturers will be able to reduce their costs per watt and only one that most companies will be able to execute.
The first option is for companies to close up manufacturing facilities in regions of the world that are more expensive and move to cheaper labor markets like China. Most won't be able to afford to do that," Cahill said.
Since solar companies are already operating on tight margins, capital expenditures for new facilities and major corporate moves and restructuring are out of the question for most.
Cahill said that most companies will focus improving solar module efficiency to reduce costs. "CIGS aren't the cheapest," Cahill said. "But they have the greatest potential to cut costs."
The cost of goods sold for CIGS could drop more than 14 cents per watt between 2012 and 2017, landing it at 64 cents per watt.
Cadmium telluride, typically used in thin-film modules, could drop to as low as 48 cents per watt. It's already the low-cost leader at 67 center per watt.
But Cahill said that doesn’t mean the technology will push out others. "It depends on applications; he thin-film will likely be good for utility-scale installations," Cahill said.
But because it takes up more space to produce the same amount of energy as crystalline solar, crystalline is expected to continue to dominate the rooftop solar industry. "Making modules more efficient will be the key driver in reducing costs," Cahill said. (Source: LUX Research, Clean Energy Authority, 16 Dec., 2012)
Contact: Lux Research, Inc., Carole Jacques, (617) 502-5314, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.luxresearch.com
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KYOCERA Solar PV Panels Power Zoo EV Chargers (Ind. Report)
Solar modules and renewable energy specialist Kyocera Solar Inc. reports that its PV solar panels are powering the new 90-kilowatt, EV charging canopy at the San Diego Zoo. Theproject, in partnership with Smart City San Diego, is run by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). All of the Kyocera solar panels used in this project were manufactured at the company's San Diego facility.
Ten solar canopies, designed and installed by Vista-based Independent Energy Solutions (IES), produce 90 kW of peak generating capacity -- enough to power 59 homes -- as well as five EV charging stations. Using new lithium-polymer battery technology, its 100-kW energy storage system is charged by the solar canopies to offset demand on the electrical grid and recharge EVs after sunset. (Source: Kyocera Solar, Dec. 11, 2012) Contact: KYOSERA Solar, Tetsuo Kuba, President, http://global.kyocera.com
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ET Solar PV Products win Carbon Footprint Verification from TUV SUD (Ind. Report)
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ET Solar Group Corp's PV modules have won carbon footprint verification TUV SUD Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
The verification is conducted through an assessment of the greenhouse gas emission values over the life cycle of the goods and services.
ET Solar modules were proven to be in full compliance with PAS2050. The production cycles under assessment mainly included raw material processing, finished product manufacturing, transportation, and waste treatment phases. (Source: ET Solar, Dec. 3, 2012) Contact: ET Solar, (925) 460-9898 -N.A HQ, www.etsolar.com
; TUV SUD, Lily Qian, +86 21 6141 8673, email@example.com
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Mansfield Energy HQ Wins LEED Silver Certification (Ind. Report)
Mansfield Energy Corp. has received LEED Silver certification for the installation of solar power during a recent expansion at their corporate headquarters in Gainesville, GA. Mansfield's corporate headquarters is the first building in Hall County, GA to receive USGBC LEED certification at any level.
The expansion project features 324, 305 watt multi-crystalline silicon solar modules powering 10,000 square feet of floor space. By employing a 100kw array of solar panels installed on the roof company's haedqaurter roof. Additional building modifications included enhanced heating and air systems to improve indoor air quality and efficient electrical and plumbing fixtures.
Mansfield Energy is a national leader in the North American energy supply, logistics and services industry and is
focused on partnering with clients to provide innovative, alternative fuel solutions to support their energy supply chain. (Source: Mansfield Energy, Nov. 5, 2012) Contact: Mansfield Energy Corp, www.mansfieldoil.com; USGBC, S. Richard Fedrizzi, President/CEO, (202) 742-3792, www.usgbc.org
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BYD, Enerpoint Developing Italian Energy Storage Market (Ind. Report)
BYD, a leading battery manufacturer, and PV specialist Enerpoint Group have joined forces to meet the needs of and develop the energy storage market in Italy.
As part of the partnership, BYD provided Enerpoint with two sets of distributed energy storage systems (DESS) for testing and commissioning.
The BYD storage system is especially suitable for energy storage transformation of installed PV generation systems.
The company can also provide storage systems with loading functions or discharging to the grid through photovoltaic energy storage and via energy storage batteries.
Enerpoint has installed 320 MW in solar modules.
In other BYD news, the company has recently completed and commissioned put first Brazilian rooftop solar project at the Brazilian Concessionaria Ecorodovias highway toll station. The capacity was 21 KW. (Source: BYD, Renewable Energy, Nov. 7, 2012) Contact: BYD, +86 (7) 558 988-8888, www.byd.com
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JinkoSolar, Three Gorges Seal Chinese Solar Supply Deal (Int'l)
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. has won a bid from China Three Gorges New Energy Corp. (CTGNE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC), to supply 50-MW solar modules for a PV power plant in Gansu Province, China.
CTGNE, with more than RMB300 billion in assets, specializes in renewable energy investment and operations, including wind, solar, and hydropower as well as other clean energy technologies.
Three Gorges New Energy actively explores opportunities in renewable energy including wind, solar, and hydropower as well as other clean energy technologies. Three Gorges New Energy specializes in large-scaled renewable energy development and operations.
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. is a leading solar power product manufacturer with production facilities in Jiangxi and Zhejiang Provinces in China and worldwide sales and marketing offices.
JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain with an integrated annual capacity of approximately 1.2 GW each for silicon wafers, solar cells and solar modules as of June 30, 2012. (Source: Jinko Solar, Sacramento Bee, 22 Oct., 2012) Contact: Longgen Zhang, JinkoSolar, (415) 402-0502, www.jinkosolar.com
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Innotech Solar Carbon Footprint Study Reveals 80% Lower CO2 Emissions (Ind. Report)
A recent study by SmartGreenScans, a Dutch test institute specializing in the life cycle analysis of photovoltaic systems, has found that the carbon footprint of modules produced by Innotech Solar (ITS) is as much as 80 percent better than that of standard crystalline modules. While over 870 kilograms (kg) of CO2 are emitted per kWp when manufacturing conventional crystalline modules, emissions total between just 180 and 265 kg of CO2 per kWp with ITS modules, depending on the module type.
The study also found that ITS modules achieve higher energy yields per kWp of installed capacity than standard modules, meaning that they generate more environmentally-friendly power and thus avoid additional CO2 emissions.
The Innotech Solar manufacturing process utilizes especially low quantities of energy, as the modules consist of optimized solar cells -- ITS research teams have developed an innovative method of improving the performance of new, unused cells from other manufacturers. This involves using thermal imaging to identify cell areas that are impairing performance and then isolating them using special automated lasers.
Strict in-house cell testing ensures the outstanding quality of ITS modules. Innotech Solar modules is also validated by tests from independent reviewers such as the Fraunhofer Institute and the Max Planck Institute.
The production sites in Halle and Narvik are powered by green electricity from solar and hydropower plants. Short transportation routes from the factories in Scandinavia and Germany to the main sales markets in Europe additionally improve the company's carbon footprint. (Source: Innotech Solar, Specification OnLine, Oct. 26, 2012) Contact: Georg Eversheim, Innotech Solar Group, (760) 727-7566, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.innotechsolar.com
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Conergy Announces Calif. Almond Farm PV Installation (Ind. Report)
A 725 kW photovoltaic system from Conergy will supply almond grower T&P Farms in Arbuckle, California with 95 percent of its energy needs and allow T&P to offset thousands in high utility costs.
The Conergy system will be divided into two installations on both the south face of the Hull Storage Barn and atop the Elevated Solar Structure used to both generate energy and store T&P Farm equipment. Both installations will feature 3,024 Conergy PM 240P Watt solar modules and 3.9 miles of Conergy Mounting System rail. Producing 1,138,280 kWh annually, the installations will prevent the release of more than 892 tons of harmful CO2 greenhouse gas per year, reduce energy consumption, and save millions in electricity costs for T&P. (Source: Conergy, 9 Oct., 2012) Contact: Conergy Solar, David Vincent, Project Development Manager, (888) 396-6611, www.conergy.us
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First Solar, Kiran Energy, Mahindra Solar Partner on Indian Solar Projects (Int'l)
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First Solar, Kiran Energy Solar Power, a Mumbai semiconductor producer, and Mahindra Solar have completed a supply agreement whereby First Solar will supply thin-film solar modules for two solar PV power plants totaling 50 MW DC to be constructed in India's Rajasthan state.
First Solar will supply more than 585,000 of its advanced, thin-film solar modules for the two projects of 30 MWDC and 20 MWDC. Construction on both projects is expected to begin this year and be completed in Q113.
The projects are part of the second phase of utility-scale solar projects under India's Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.
(Source: First Solar, Nasdaq, Oct, 2012) Contact: First Solar, Jim Brown, President , (602) 414-9300, www.firstsolar.com; Mahindra Solar, Roma Balwani, VP, Corporate Communications, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., +91 (22) 249-75176, email@example.com, www.mahindra.com
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ET Solar Making Inroads in South Africa (Int'l, Ind. Report)
China's ET Solar Group Corp. is supplying PV modules to Johannesburg's Flexopower Energies (Pty) Ltd, for various rooftop projects in South Africa.
The modules were used in commercial and residential rooftops installations and most systems are connected to the grid. . Flexopower is a system integrator and provided EPC services for these projects.
ET Solar has sales and marketing subsidiaries and offices in Asia, Europe, and North America,and provides solar modules, turnkey solutions services and PV balance of system components to customers in over 50 countries.
(Source: ET Solar Group Corp., Oct. 2, 2012) Contact: ET Solar, www.etsolar.com; Flexpower,
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TSMC gunning for First Solar in thin-film solar cells
A top foundry company that has been increasing its dominance in accepting the outsourcing of microchip production from companies around the globe is now making serious gains in advanced thin-film solar cell manufacturing as well. The Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) made significant investments several years ago to become a major player in the production of copper-indium-gallium- selenide (CIGS) solar cells.
One of the primary driving forces for all thin-film solar modules is the benefit of using very-thin deposited layers of semiconductor material in order to avoid the high costs of the raw materials and energy required to produce high-purity single crystal silicon wafers that are applied towards the majority of the solar cell market.
TSMC Solar has successfully manufactured 14.2 percent efficient modules after several years of R&D in conjunction with its pilot production line at its advanced manufacturing facility located in Taiwan. These panels have entered the standard industry certification process and commercial shipments expected early in 2013. TSMC has also achieved stellar improvement in its production modules that are repeatedly achieving 13 percent module efficiency.
Since TSMC began customer shipments in April, TSMC modules have been sold to customers in leading solar markets globally including Germany, Italy, U.S., China and India. It is aiming to grasp market share from the world leader in thin-film, namely CdTe, solar cells, First Solar (FSLR), headquartered in Tempe, Arizona. FSLR has been devalued sharply as a company as its stock has dipped by near 70 percent over the last year, while it struggles with falling selling prices for its cadnium telluride (CdTe) solar modules due to highly competitive, cheaper crystalline silicon solar cell inventory being pumped into the market from China and as well as other poor business conditions.
However, it was announced this week that First Solar may win a contract to supply NextEra Energy Inc. for potentially the world’s largest solar farm. First Solar may be the only manufacturer with the capacity to supply enough CdTe solar panels for NextEra’s Blythe project in southern California, which is currently evaluating the technology. What’s more, First Solar is building the 290-megawatt Agua Caliente solar farm in Arizona for NRG. Currently, it is about 85 percent complete with approximately 250 megawatts of capacity in operation, making it the world’s biggest solar project producing electricity, according to First Solar.
Amid First Solar’s top spot in thin-film solar cells and recent successful contracts obtained globally, it faces a rising star in TSMC, which has grown over the last 10 years to be a world leader in advanced silicon microchip production. TSMC has a number of advantages over First Solar to aid any significant attempt to overtake First Solar in this regard including lower cost manufacturing, cash flow generation from its high-profit microchip production and a larger workforce from its related semiconductor technology and manufacturing division.
(Source: Phoenix Green Business Examiner, Sept. 28, 2012)
Canadian Solar Provides Solar Modules for alpincenter Hamburg-Wittenburg
ONTARIO, Canada, Sept. 24, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company" or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar companies, provided the solar modules for one of Europe's largest skiing halls. The PV rooftop installation on the alpincenter in Hamburg-Wittenburg, Germany, uses Canadian Solar modules with a total output of 3.6 MW. The winter sports center's operator reaps a double benefit: using the self-produced solar power significantly offsets energy costs while at the same time reducing the power needed to run the cooling system thank to the shadowing effect underneath the solar system.
The owner, the Dutch Van der Valk Group, was facing the challenge of significantly reducing the energy costs for operating the building, which features 30,000 m² of ski slopes. Installing the structure-mounted rooftop system allows to operate the facility during 365 days a year, using only the self-generated power. This makes the operators independent from the public grid and EEG subsidies. A side benefit of the PV system: the shadow it produces on the roof results in a 50 percent lower surface temperature. This drastically reduces the load on the cooling technology which keeps the indoor temperature at -1 degree Celsius throughout the year, translating into lower energy consumption. The project was planned and implemented by Hamburg-based project company Dr. Metje Consulting.
Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is one of the world's largest solar companies. As a leading vertically integrated provider of ingot, wafer, solar cell, solar module and other solar applications, Canadian Solar designs, manufactures and delivers solar products and solar system solutions for on-grid and off-grid use to customers worldwide. With operations in North America, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia, Canadian Solar provides premium quality, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly solar solutions to support global, sustainable development. For more information, please visit www.canadiansolar.com. (Source: Canadian Solar, 24 Sept., 2012)
Suntech Slashes Solar Cell Production, Jobs in Restructuring Effort (Ind. Report)
With the mothballing of some of its solar cell production lines and cutting 1,500 jobs in China, SunTech Power's operational costs and solar cell capacity has been temporarily reduced.
According to company CEO David King, "In this rapidly evolving solar market, it is crucial to evaluate market trends and adapt our business to suit. In light of the preliminary U.S. anti-dumping tariff, the European anti-dumping investigation, and oversupply of solar modules, we have decided to right-size our production capacity and continue to optimize our organization. With a smaller manufacturing base we will be able to lower production cost, increase utilization rates and improve product performance. With these and other initiatives we target to create a sustainable business model and return to positive operating cash flow in 2013."
Suntech is just one of many companies to feel the squeeze in the PV sector.
Post the restructuring, Suntech reports that its operational solar cell capacity will temporarily be reduced to 1.8GW, module capacity will remain at 2.4GW and wafer capacity will remain at 1.6GW.
The restructuring initiatives are expected to cut costs and improve the utilization rate of solar cell production facilities
Suntech is on track to reduce its operating expenses (excluding non-recurring items) by 20% in 2012 compared with 2011. Impairments related to the closure of facilities, severance payments and other related expenses are currently being assessed and will be disclosed in the Company's third quarter 2012 earnings report. (Source: Suntech, 17 Sept., 2012) Contact: Suntech, Eric Luo, VP, (415) 882-9922, www.suntech-power.com
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