Nov 232015
 
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) announced that registration has opened for the 2016 Continuing Education Conference. It will be held at Paradise Point Resort and Spa in San Diego, California (US) from 4 to 6 April. This conference is primarily intended for NABCEP Certified Professionals who need continuing education credits to maintain their certification. The content presented in this conference is geared toward seasoned PV industry professionals who...
Nov 232015
 
Slovenian manufacturer Rudis d.o.o. Trbovlje has launched Kosovo’s first photovoltaic power plant in Gjurgjevik, in the Kline municipality. The plant is fitted with an initial capacity of 102 kW and this is to be tripled, as agreed with the Energy Regulatory Office (ERO). Kosovo’s Minister for Economic Development Blerand Stavileci said that the government is aiming to generate some 25% of Kosovo’s energy from renewable energy sources by 2020. The plant was officially...
Nov 202015
 
Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in California (US) have for the first time engineered an intermediate-band alloy solar cell and demonstrated optical transition, a process where charge is transferred using all three band transitions (see below). The breakthrough could remedy the limited energy conversion capacity of today’s solar cells, which can only harvest a narrow window of the solar spectrum.  “We have used a special semiconductor...
Nov 192015
 
Solar solutions provider ecoSolargy has installed a solar system on the roof of the headquarters of Command Access Technologies, a Yorba Linda, California (US) company that manufactures electric locks and related equipment; it is the first commercial solar system in the City of Yorba Linda.  The 368 ecoSolargy Titan solar panels will produce 165,670 kilowatt hours of electricity annually and will save Command Access Technologies $1.1 million in electricity costs over the next 25...
Nov 192015
 
Canadian Solar Inc. today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Recurrent Energy, a solar project developer, closed on a tax equity investment commitment with GE unit GE Energy Financial Services for the 100 megawatt (MWac) Astoria solar power project. Recurrent Energy also closed a debt facility for the Astoria project, currently under construction in California. Recurrent Energy will be the managing member of the Astoria solar power project and plans to own and operate the...
Nov 192015
 
Mercom Capital Group, a global clean energy communications and research firm, today released its quarterly update on the Indian solar market. Mercom forecasts about 2,150 MW in solar installations for the 2015 calendar year and expects installations in 2016 to reach approximately 3,645 MW, a significant year-over-year growth. “There have been a number of important energy related policy announcements recently, with increased activity on the ground with tenders and auctions beginning to...
Nov 192015
 
SolarCity Corporation and Silver Lake Kraftwerk, Silver Lake's energy and resource innovation fund, has agreed to a strategic investment of $113 million in aggregate principal amount of SolarCity's Zero Coupon Convertible Senior Notes. Silver Lake Kraftwerk has agreed to invest $100 million, SolarCity Chairman Elon Musk will invest 
Nov 192015
 
Witherspoon Distillery’s new facility in Lewisville, Texas (US) is now utilizing renewable solar energy to power the production of their premium handcrafted spirits while minimizing their environmental impact and reducing operating costs. Circular Energy, a national provider of clean energy solutions, based in Austin, Texas, designed and installed a 70.4 kW photovoltaic (PV) solar energy system for Witherspoon Distillery in November 2015. Engineered with the remodel of their new facility...
Nov 192015
 
Empower Energies, a clean energy project solutions company, announced the development of an 836 kWDC solar array in the Town of Middletown, Maryland (US). The project will feature 2,698 (310-watt) photovoltaic solar modules situated on 6.399 acres of municipal land adjacent to the town’s water treatment plant. RER Energy Group – a Reading, Pennsylvia (US)-based developer with over 30MW of experience on-the-ground nationally – is co-developer on the...