Mar 312015
 
Fort Collins Utilities and Clean Energy Collective, a community-shared solar developer, broke ground on the Riverside Community Solar Array, a 632 kW solar PV facility located on a Brownfield site in Fort Collins, Colorado (US), opening locally produced clean power generation to any of the municipal utility’s 65,000 residential customers. Integrating community solar is part of the City’s effort to achieve its aggressive climate action plan...
Mar 312015
 
Canadian Solar Inc. has completed the acquisition of Recurrent Energy, LLC, a leading North American solar energy developer, from Sharp Corporation.  The transaction was supported by Export Development Canada (EDC)'s issuance of Performance Security Guarantee of up to $75 million to backstop letters of credit issued against project development obligations by Recurrent Energy. In addition, in conjunction with the acquisition, Credit Suisse will provide Recurrent Energy...
Mar 312015
 
TVP Solar is pleased to announce the results of the solar-assisted air conditioning (SAC) system installation, commissioned in November 2014 at Saudi Aramco's headquarters in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. TVP's high-vacuum flat MT-Power panels supply fluid at a temperature of up to 180°C to drive a double-effect absorption chiller, to produce cold air for Saudi Aramco's Al-Munirah Community Library.  In support of the Kingdom's energy efficiency initiatives, Saudi Aramco...
Mar 312015
 
InnoLas Solutions GmbH attributes its recent success to interest in its high throughput laser machine for PERC technology, which is equal to an overall production capacity of nearly one Gigawatt of solar cells per year.  The Ultrafast PERC (Passivated Emitter Rear Cell) process helps to increase solar cell efficiency, thus reducing the overall cost of solar power. InnoLas Solutions won the PV tools category of the Solar Awards 2014 for its ILM-2 laser system and the ultrafast Laser...
Mar 312015
 
Energy Politics | Environment and Sustainability | Solar Power

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France keeps making green headlines lately… the Eiffel Tower’s wind turbines, the tree-shaped wind turbines being installed in Paris, and now an exciting new law that is sure to have a huge environmental impact in urban centers. Every new commercial building in France must meet a new building requirement; the roof must be at least […]

Mar 302015
 
A groundbreaking elucidation of the mechanism behind the process of singlet exciton fission put forth by researchers at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford (both in the UK) could help to notably improve the performance of solar cells in the future.  Singlet exciton fission occurs in certain light-absorbing materials. As photons hit the electrons within the material, the electrons, excited by the light, split in two. Exploiting that effect in solar cells could double...
Mar 302015
 
NEXTracker, designer and manufacturer of advanced single axis PV trackers, announced today the shipment of advanced single axis trackers to leading Mexico-focused developer Buenavista Renewables (BVR).   Located in Chihuahua state, BVR’s 16MW (DC) ‘Los Santos’ power plant will deliver electricity to a large cable manufacturer and a private educational network via long term power supply agreements executed pursuant to Mexico’s self-supply...
Mar 302015
 
The Georgia Solar Energy Association (US) announced that the State Senate voted unanimously to approve the Solar Power Free-Market Financing Act of 2015, House Bill 57. The bill now will go to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature. Once enacted, this new Georgia law will allow loans, leases and other agreements that facilitate third party financing of the installation costs of solar for property owners. By facilitating third party financing of the initial cost of installation and encouraging...
Mar 302015
 
Schletter Inc., a global manufacturer of sheet metal components and solar (photovoltaic and thermal) mounting structures, announces the appointment of Mr. Guy Roberts as chief operations officer. As the Chief Operations Officer (COO), Mr. Roberts will lead business operations of the organization including production, sourcing, logistics, and quality control. With the appointment of Roberts, this will make the third executive appointment within Schletter over the past year, furthering...
Mar 302015
 
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) announced its partnership with ProSight Specialty Insurance. Through this partnership, NABCEP is able to add to their Benefits of Certification program, and launch an exclusive insurance offering for NABCEP Certified Professionals. The organizations have collaborated to promote NABCEP certification by offering insurance premium credits to qualified solar installation companies that have achieved NABCEP Company Accreditation or...