Sep 302015
 
First Solar, Inc., Rio Tinto and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) announced Australia's first commercial diesel displacement solar plant has successfully commenced commercial operation at a remote mine. The Weipa Solar Plant will generate electricity for Rio Tinto's Weipa bauxite mine, processing facilities and township on the Western Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia. Rio Tinto general manager, Weipa Operations, Gareth Manderson said "This power purchase...
Sep 302015
 
Solar energy pricing is at an all-time low, according to a new report released by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Driven by lower installed costs, improved project performance, and a race to build projects ahead of a reduction in a key federal incentive, utility-scale solar project developers have been negotiating power sales agreements with utilities at prices averaging just 5¢/kWh. These prices reflect receipt of the 30% federal investment tax credit, which is...
Sep 302015
 
Coronal Group LLC announced that Philip R. Leiber has joined the team as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Leiber will work with Coronal’s executive team to set the company’s financial direction while actively participating in the company’s overall strategy. Before joining Coronal, Mr. Leiber served as the CFO of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipal utility, where among other responsibilities, he provided analysis and financing for...
Sep 302015
 
Martin “Mike” Pasqualetti, an Arizona State University professor and an expert on energy and social components of energy development, will be awarded 2015 Alexander and Ilse Melamid Memorial Medal by the American Geographical Society. The award will be presented at the society’s annual fall symposium at Columbia University on Nov. 20. Pasqualetti, a professor in ASU’s School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and a senior sustainability scientist in...
Sep 292015
 
Valentin Software will launch the next generation of its design software PV*SOL premium at the end of this year. With significant new features, PV*SOL premium 2016 will make the process of designing a PV system even easier and faster. As with previous versions, the shading analysis of roof and ground-mounted systems in 3D mode is the central feature of PV*SOL premium 2016. It calculates how often the modules are covered by shade, and how this affects the system yield, presenting the results...
Sep 292015
 
Today NEXTracker, designer and manufacturer of single axis PV trackers, announced it has completed a 110 megawatt (MW) DC shipment of its Self-Powered Tracker (SPT) to SunEdison’s Quilapilún power plant in the Santiago metropolitan region of Chile. Once completed, the project will be SunEdison's largest in South America to date and the first such project in a densely populated urban region of the Southern Cone. The energy produced by the...
Sep 292015
 
ET Solar recently announced that ET Solutions AG, its wholly owned, turnkey solar-energy solutions provider, has switched on a 5MWp ground-mounted solar project in the UK for Europe’s largest solar company, Lightsource Renewable Energy. The scheme at Manor Farm in Eggington, near Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire, was successfully connected under Britain’s Renewables Obligation program. With a total installed capacity of 5MWp, the plant will supply enough electricity for around...
Sep 292015
 
Coronal Group LLC  and Panasonic Eco Solutions in North America announced a strategic investment in Blue Oak Energy, a solar engineering and construction company. This investment will allow Blue Oak Energy to expand its depth and breadth to meet the growing demand from its customer base.  Blue Oak Energy will continue to operate as an independent entity under the leadership of its Founder and CEO, Tobin Booth.  Blue Oak Energy is focused on commercial and utility-scale solar...
Sep 282015
 
Coronal Group LLC and Panasonic Eco Solutions announced their newest portfolio of eight solar PV projects in North Carolina (US) now under construction. This 37-megawatt (AC) portfolio will generate approximately 71.3 million kilowatt hours annually, which equates to taking 10,350 cars off the road or producing enough energy to power just under 4,500 average homes each year. With these newest projects, Coronal has one of the largest portfolios in the North Carolina solar marketplace. The...
Sep 282015
 
The unique nature of photovoltaic (PV) system power generation necessitates the need for new and effective electrical protection products for overcurrent, overvoltage and isolation events. With a protected electrical system, renewable power generation capacity can be optimized and enhance safety and equipment protection. Solar disconnects have an essential safety role for PV systems, providing a way to isolate equipment for essential maintenance or in the case of catastrophic events. In a...