Category: Solar

Things are looking bright for top solar-power stocks

Solar-energy stock prices have been falling for about two years. Once viewed as the newest and greenest energy source, solar power has become less popular with investors. They gradually realized that it is far from competitive with conventional energy sources on price, and that it accounts for less than 1 percent of U.S. electricity generation.Now,… Read more »

Applied Materials Expands Display, Solar Equipment Manufacturing Capability in Taiwan

Applied Materials, Inc., the world’s largest supplier of equipment to the semiconductor, flat panel display (FPD) and solar photovoltaic (PV) industries, today announced the opening of its newly expanded Tainan Manufacturing Center in Tainan, Taiwan. The nearly 15,000 square meter facility will enhance Applied’s capability to serve its FPD and thin film solar PV customers… Read more »

DEK Solar prepares to showcase pioneering PV3000 at AsiaSolar Energy Photovoltaic Exhibition and Forum

DEK Solar will be bringing its newly-introduced PV3000 metallization line to this year’s AsiaSolar Energy Photovoltaic Exhibition and Forum, being held at Shanghai Mart from 30th March – 1st April. In addition to providing an opportunity for visitors to see the line in action, the exhibition will also enable attendees to find out more about… Read more »

Phoenix Solar AG releases preliminary figures for the financial year 2009

Based on preliminary figures, Phoenix Solar AG, a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, generated consolidated revenues of EUR 473.0 million in the financial year 2009, which corresponds to the upper range of the corridor forecast for revenues (EUR 430 – 480 million). Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) came to EUR 12.2 million, which is also in… Read more »

Delegation of Senior Government Officials Visits Yingli Green Energy Headquarters

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) (“Yingli Green Energy” or the “Company”), a leading solar energy company and one of the world’s largest vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturers, which holds the brand “Yingli Solar,” today announced a senior government delegation including Jiang Zemin, former President of China, Zeng Peiyan, former Vice Premier of China,… Read more »

Phaesun wins bid and builds solar systems in Burkina Faso

Along with its partner Ikratos Africa, based in Burkina Faso ‘s capitol Ouagadougou , Phaesun GmbH from Memmingen , Germany , is constructing ten solar power plants in Koudougou Region in Burkina Faso , to be finished at the end of March. The solar modules will produce electricity for telecommunications plants. The contracting party is… Read more »

Suntech Power Rises On Better-Than-Expected Q4 Results

Suntech Power Holdings Co. (NYSE: STP) announced fourth-quarter results on Thursday that were better than expected, beating the street and sending shares up nearly 6 percent in premarket movement. The solar energy company reported fourth-quarter earnings of $49.9 million or 27 cents per share, 16 cents better than the analyst estimate of 11 cents per… Read more »

Kyocera to expand solar energy production to San Diego facility

A solar energy-focused offshoot of the Kyocera Group has announced its intent to begin manufacturing solar energy modules at their San Diego-based facility in the hopes of serving a growing demand for clean and renewable energy sources. Kyocera Solar, which has its operating headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona and serves thousands of customers around the world,… Read more »

DEK Solar reveals range of enabling technologies for specialist PV applications

Screen printing leader DEK Solar has revealed a range of technologies designed to provide advanced support for specialist photovoltaic applications. In addition to the dedicated PV1200 and PV3000 solar platforms, DEK’s specialist platforms meet the requirements of diverse PV challenges – from large-scale production to flexible or non-standard substrates. As a global technology leader with… Read more »

PROINSO awarded the supply of several solar farms in Greece with an output exceeding 3.2 MW

The orders include the supply of 139 MECASOLAR trackers (1.5 MW) for the island of Crete manufactured in the company’s factory in Thessaloniki. § In the first of the contracts, PROINSO will supply 900 kW of modules and SMA inverters for solar photovoltaic projects in Crete, developed by the Greek company Hellas ADIVA.§ The second… Read more »

Solar panels are not fashion accessories

George Monbiot’s attack on solar energy and the government’s “cash-back” solar photovoltaic (PV) market-building scheme paints a distorted picture of the industry I work in, and government policy towards it (Are we really going to let ourselves be duped into this solar panel rip-off?, 2 March). First, Monbiot gets the workability of solar wrong. He… Read more »

Yingli and SunDurance Energy enter into agreement to deliver 10 megawatts of solar energy

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has announced that it has entered into a sales agreement to provide green energy to SunDurance Energy for much of the next year. Under the agreement, the New Jersey-based SunDurance will receive more than 10 megawatts of photovoltaic solar energy modules over the first three quarters of 2010. Liansheng… Read more »

China to accelerate development of wind power: officia

China will step up efforts to promote the development of its wind power industry so as to make full use of its wind resources, said Zhang Guobao, director of the National Energy Administration, yesterday. China’s installed wind power capacity is only 22 million kilowatt, far less than its wind energy resources of about 2.6 billion… Read more »

MECASOLAR trackers resist hurricane winds of up to 132 km / h at the weekend

More than 5,000 MECASOLAR trackers installed in the Grupo OPDE photovoltaic solar farms in Spain have endured with great strength over the weekend of 26 and 27 February, the winds that swept the Iberian Peninsula from north to south caused by the explosive cyclogenesis and which reached speeds of up to 200 km / h… Read more »

Toshiba to buy 32 megawatts of SunPower solar panels

SunPower Inc. and Toshiba Corporation have entered into an agreement that will help the Japanese electronics company unveil a new solar energy-based undertaking to begin the new decade. As part of the strategic supply agreement between the two companies, Toshiba will order 32 megawatts worth of high-efficiency solar panels that will be manufactured by SunPower… Read more »

Solar Thermal Collectors Have Larger Capacity than Wind Power

Although concentred solar power (CSP) generation is probably better known, solar thermal (ST) collectors employ a much lower level of technology and convert far more of the sun’s energy into useful heat, according to a new market analysis. The report “Solar Thermal Power Report” by ReportBuyer describes solar thermal energy technology in its various applications,… Read more »

Xcel Energy lights up Solar*Rewards program

Incentive pays for 30 percent of home photovoltaic projects Xcel Energy announced Monday the launch of incentives for Minnesota electricity customers to install solar panels on top of their homes and businesses. The Minneapolis-based utility’s Solar*Rewards program, designed to encourage solar energy growth in the state, includes a one-time payment of $2.25 per installed watt… Read more »

Oldcastle Precast – Keeping solar panels secure on unstable ground

Oldcastle Precast, Inc., the leading manufacturer of precast concrete, polymer concrete, and plastic products in the United States, showcases their innovative patent pending precast ballasted footings for solar panel mounting. The patent pending footing designs are used for solar power systems that utilize Photovoltaic (PV) technologies such as fixed tilt, single axis, or dual axis… Read more »

Solar-powered boat prepares to conquer world

The biggest boat to be powered by solar energy, left, has been displayed in Germany before it begins preparations to circumnavigate the globe. The 31m (100ft) by 15m catamaran, PlanetSolar, has been developed to be silent and clean, its Swiss-based maker said. The ship will be able to travel at a top speed of 15… Read more »

Solar Sweeps Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards

At the Renewable Energy Expo and World Conference in Austin, Texas yesterday, solar energy received accolades from the editors and readers of the Renewable Energy World network of publications. The Excellence in Renewable Energy Awards are intended to recognize projects, people, and companies for “advancing the market for renewable energy in North America”. Of the… Read more »

Chevron to construct solar energy plant on Questa, New Mexico mining facility

The Chevron Corporation has announced that it will be constructing a new photovoltaic solar panel facility on the site of one of its molybdenum mines in Questa, New Mexico. The solar energy facility will consist of approximately 175 solar panels spread across 20 acres of land, making it the largest concentrating solar photovoltaic installation in… Read more »

Solar bill will help California’s energy future

For homeowners and businesses, a big part of the appeal of “going solar” is the chance to offset their energy bills by earning credit for the power they generate. State law requires investor-owned utilities such as the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to provide such credits to their customers – up to 2.5 percent of… Read more »

Solar thermal energy on the march

The global market for solar thermal energy has skyrocketed, particularly in China. Despite the boom, what’s considered the most important of all solar technologies still has a long way to reach its true potential. Mention solar energy and most people are likely to think of sun-powered electrical systems. But there’s a much more important solar… Read more »

Solar power project in Mojave Desert gets $1.4 billion boost from stimulus funds

The Energy Department on Monday announced a “conditional” $1.4 billion loan guarantee for a solar thermal power complex in the Mojave Desert that would ultimately produce as much as 392 megawatts of electricity. The loan guarantee would be drawn from the resources given to the Energy Department under the economic stimulus bill adopted last year…. Read more »

Pennsylvania awards >$5M to 13 solar power projects totaling 4.25MW

The state of Pennsylvania has announced new grants totaling more than $5 million in 13 solar energy projects, which will add more than 4.25MW of photovoltaics installations in 11 counties. The projects have a total value of more than $23 million and will include rooftop, parking structure, and ground-mount systems, ranging in size from 20KW… Read more »

Sanders: ‘It’s time for a solar revolution’

This country spends, in a typical year, $350 billion importing oil from Saudi Arabia and other foreign countries. Although this is no doubt good news for the Saudi royal family, one of the richest in the world, it is bad news for the average American. The vast majority of the American people understand now is… Read more »

Remote Desert Region Spearheading Israel’s Renewable Energy Revolution

Dorit Banet is not one to throw around hackneyed expressions (such as “making the desert bloom”) when describing her work. Tired clichés are apparently not part of her lexicon, but she does have an ambitious vision. Largely under the radar, Banet and her colleagues at the Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Administration in southern Israel are busy… Read more »

European research project for organic photovoltaic applications

Dr. Schenk GmbH, leading supplier of inspection and measurement solutions for the thin-film solar module production, proudly announces its participation in a trend-setting research project supported by the European Commission. The “HIFLEX” project aims to jointly develop a technology for highly flexible Organic Photovoltaics (OPV) modules. Due to the use of commercially viable printing and coating techniques on roll-to-roll material, this new… Read more »

eSolar and Ferrostaal AG Partner to Provide Turnkey Solar Thermal Plants

eSolar, a leading producer of modular, scalable concentrating solar thermal power technology, and Ferrostaal AG, one of the world’s largest power plant developers, announced today a partnership to deploy turnkey solar power plants in countries including Spain, the United Arab Emirates, and South Africa. Under the agreement, eSolar will provide solar field and receiver technology,… Read more »

Suntech provides solar panels to 19 remote schools in Lebanon

The world’s largest producer of crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules has supplied almost 20 Lebanese schools with supplies to let them utilize solar energy through the sponsorship of the Country Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Demonstration Project for the Recovery of Lebanon. Suntech Power Holdings provided the solar panels for 19 remote schools in the country… Read more »

AltaTerra Research: Solar Water Heating Gets Hot in 2010

AltaTerra Research is pleased to announce the web conference, “Heating Up in 2010?: The Outlook for U.S. Commercial and Industrial Solar Water Heating Markets,” to be held Wednesday, March 24th at 11:00 am Pacific / 2:00 pm Eastern. Participants will hear from Sue Kateley, Executive Director of the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA), Les… Read more »

Zhejiang Hongchen purchases even more solar metallization lines from DEK

Following last year’s purchase of several PV1200 photovoltaic metallization lines from DEK Solar in 2009, Zhejiang Hongchen has started the New Year extremely positively by purchasing more lines from the screen printing specialist. Selected as part of Hongchen’s drive to substantially increase cell production through 2010 and beyond, the DEK lines are renowned for their… Read more »

Czech Power Grid Says Solar Boom Risks Blackouts

CEPS AS, the Czech electricity-grid operator, said the pace of solar-power investment risks overloading the network and driving up prices for consumers. Output from solar panels may overwhelm the grid by 2011 and plants may need to be temporarily disconnected to prevent blackouts, CEPS Chief Executive Officer Petr Zeman said today. Total solar capacity may… Read more »