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Most Chinese Tier-1 PV Module Suppliers Sold Out, Until Second Quarter of 2015

Most Chinese tier-1 solar PV module suppliers have sold out, until the second quarter (Q2) of 2015, according to the latest analysis from information and analytics provider IHS (NYSE: IHS). Along with the consolidation of the PV module industry, Chinese tier-1 suppliers increased their market share from 34 percent in the first quarter (Q1) of […]

| January 25, 2015 | Leave Comment
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Valhalla Energy submits 600 MW PV project to Chilean authorities

Chilean renewable energy company Valhalla Energy intends to develop a giant PV power plant in northern Chile. According to a proposal submitted to Chilean environmental authorities, the Cielos de Tarapacá solar park would have a capacity of 600 MW and would require an investment of approximately $1 billion.

| January 25, 2015 | Leave Comment
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SunPower flips switch on Chile PV

The facility is one of the world’s largest operating merchant solar plants and features 16,000 SunPower modules. PV Salvador will initially operate on a merchant basis where electricity is sold on the spot market. Power will be delivered to the Sistema Interconectado Central network.

| January 25, 2015 | Leave Comment
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Greenwood plans 80MW Chile PV

Source | Renews – US-based Greenwood Energy is planning to build, own and operate an 80MW solar PV project in Chile’s Antofagasta region in partnership with Pacific Solar. The single-axis Inti project will be sited on 190 hectares of public property in the municipality of Maria Elena and is expected to sell electricity into the […]

| January 18, 2015 | Leave Comment
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Mechanical engineer seeks to make solar cells competitive

Source | Phys(dot)org – One day in the 1990s, as he was riding home from high school in São Paulo, Tonio Buonassisi looked out the bus window at the Brazilian city’s long lines of traffic, and its smoggy haze. In that moment, he realized that there had to be better ways for people to produce […]

| January 18, 2015 | Leave Comment
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Study Finds U.S. Solar Jobs Have Grown 86% In Four Years

Source | Solar Industry Mag – The U.S. solar industry added more than 31,000 new jobs in 2014, bringing the country’s total to more than 173,800, according to The Solar Foundation’s (TSF) fifth annual National Solar Jobs Census. This figure represents 21.8% growth in solar industry employment since November 2013. Solar employment grew nearly 20 […]

| January 18, 2015 | Leave Comment
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Research News

Improved solar panels and printed electronics on the horizon with new discovery

New and improved solar panels could result from the discovery of a new liquid crystal material, making printable organic solar cells better performing. Published today in Nature Communications, University of Melbourne researchers say their discovery of the highly sought-after ‘nematic liquid crystals’ can now lead to vastly improved organic solar cell performance. Lead author Dr […]

| January 25, 2015 | Leave Comment
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New network to shake up male-dominated renewable energy industry

A new network, which will challenge the assumption that renewable energy it is simply a male-dominated industry, was kickstarted yesterday at the south west’s biggest low-carbon event. Entrepreneurial Women in Renewable Energy (EWiRE), an initiative that has been driven by Regen SW events manager Rachel Hayes, was launched at the Annual Renewable Futures conference in […]

| November 27, 2014 | Leave Comment
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New materials for more powerful solar cells

Applying a thin film of metallic oxide significantly boosts the performance of solar panel cells–as recently demonstrated by Professor Federico Rosei and his team at the Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications Research Centre at Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS). The researchers have developed a new class of materials comprising elements such as bismuth, iron, chromium, […]

| November 27, 2014 | Leave Comment
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Three necessary steps for the Mexican energy reform to help boost clean power and fight climate change

Numerous countries in Latin America have pledged emission reductions to help fight the global climate crisis. This international leadership is commendable, but how well is it translating into concrete action on the ground? During and after the upcoming Lima COP, governments in the region need to consider how effectively their national policies help achieve their […]

| November 25, 2014 | Leave Comment
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Solar power charging ahead in America

America is building so much solar power that 10% of the country’s energy needs could be generated by the sun in 15 years, says a new study urging the country to keep looking skyward for energy solutions. Today, the country gets less than 1% of its energy from the sun. But the country also tripled […]

| November 25, 2014 | Leave Comment
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New Materials Yield Record Efficiency Polymer Solar Cells

Researchers from North Carolina State University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology have found that temperature-controlled aggregation in a family of new semi-conducting polymers is the key to creating highly efficient organic solar cells that can be mass produced more cheaply. Their findings also open the door to experimentation with different chemical mixtures […]

| November 25, 2014 | Leave Comment
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ABB and Solar Impulse get ready for historic round-the-world flight

| January 25, 2015 | Leave Comment

ABB, the leading power and automation technology company, is proud to accompany Solar Impulse and its crew on the plane’s flight around the world powered only by energy from the sun. Solar Impulse, based in Switzerland, announced today it will begin its historic flight between late February and early March in Abu Dhabi. In 2014, […]

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Canadian Solar sells Glenarm Solar Power Plant to Dutch Infrastructure Fund

| January 25, 2015 | Leave Comment

Canadian Solar Inc. announced the sale of the 10 MW AC Glenarm solar power plant (“Glenarm”) to an affiliate of DIF Infrastructure III (“DIF”). This solar power plant is valued at over C$60 million (US$49 million) and utilizes Canadian Solar’s CS6X photovoltaic (PV) modules. The Glenarm plant will sell electricity pursuant to a 20-year Ontario […]

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First Solar Marks New Milestone with 10 Gigawatts of Installed PV Capacity

| January 25, 2015 | Leave Comment

First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) announced that it has achieved 10 gigawatts (GW) of photovoltaic (PV) solar capacity installed globally, making it the first thin film PV module manufacturer in the world to achieve this milestone. The announcement was made at the start of the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, where First Solar […]

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