Published on May 23rd, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan0
Cleantech News Roundup (Solar, Wind, EV, Geothermal, Biogas, Hydro, & More)
Kyocera Solar to supply 34 MW of solar panels for utility-scale solar project: Kyocera “has begun shipments of 34 megawatts (MW) of its U.S.-made solar modules for a 127MW, utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) installation in southwestern Arizona. Production of the modules for this large-scale project will continue through March 2013.”
Sunrain hits Shanghai Stock Exchange: “As the worldwide leader in the solar thermal industry, Sunrain aims to build a world famous brand…. Being the first company to be listed in China in the solar thermal industry, Sunrain will gain attention when it comes to energy conservation and the capital market.”
Solar-powered boat competition wraps up: students from 39 California high schools get honored for their participation in the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition.
Solar leasing/loan in UK: “Innovative financing model to offer households and businesses the chance to deploy ‘pay-as-you-save’ solar panels.”
Dominion Virginia Power proposes rates to encourage solar adoption: “In a filing with the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC), the company is seeking permission to buy solar-generated electricity from residential and small commercial customers at 15 cents per kilowatt-hour for a five-year demonstration period. The demonstration project would be limited to 3 megawatts total, or 3,000 kilowatts.”
SoCalGas advancing new solar technology: “To help accelerate the commercialization of new technology that uses the sun’s energy rather than the electric grid or natural gas to power air-conditioning systems while co-producing renewable electricity, Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) has launched a multi-year demonstration of an advanced concentrated solar cogeneration system to benefit businesses and the region.
“The uniquely designed solar thermal technology, installed at SoCalGas’ Energy Resource Center in Downey, Calif., uses mirrors and a tracking system to capture the sun’s energy and focus the sunlight onto an array of photovoltaic solar collectors to produce electricity and hot water at the same time. The solar-heated hot water is used in place of electricity or natural gas to power an air conditioning process to provide 10 tons of cooling, or enough air conditioning to cool two average-sized homes.”
Jinko Solar to provide 50 MW of solar panels for Chinese project: “it will provide modules for a 50 megawatt (MW) solar project operated by state-owned renewable energy development company GSHHSD in northwestern China. Expected to come online within the year, the project marks a key contribution to China’s renewable energy production goal of 15 gigawatts (GW) by 2015.”
Loan completed for 20-MW solar project in Arizona: “The North American Development Bank (NADB) and SunEdison, a leading worldwide solar energy services provider and subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., have signed a US$65 million loan agreement for the construction of a 20-megawatt (MWAC) solar park in Picture Rocks, Arizona.”
China Sunergy delivers 5 MW of solar panels to Bulgaria: the company has “completed delivery of 5MW in solar modules to Bulgaria for the Yerussalimovo Solar Park. The modules were sold to Mitsubishi International GmbH and are being installed and managed by Helios Power.”
Honey launches 3rd-generation film to protect solar panels: Honeywell “has introduced its third-generation laminate film designed to protect solar power panels from harsh environments while helping them maintain power output over their 25-year lifespans.
“The product, PowerShield® 3W, is a cost-effective backsheet for photovoltaic panels that helps protect the electrical circuits in solar panel modules, preventing moisture from entering the module and keeping electrical charges within the module. These features help the module retain maximum power output while maintaining electrical safety.”
Suntech introduces new 60-cell module: “Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP), the world’s largest producer of solar panels, will introduce a new compact frame design for its popular 60-cell W-Series module at Intersolar Munich. The new slim and lightweight module format is easier to install, lowers shipment costs, and reduces the product’s carbon footprint.
“The sleek frame design will be utilized on Suntech’s new W-Series 260W modules, each with 60, six-inch monocrystalline cells that together achieve up to 16% module-level conversion efficiency. The 1640 x 992 x 35 mm module is one of the most powerful in its class and ideally suited for Europe’s robust residential solar market.”
Solar Junction receives 5-MW order: “Solar Junction, a developer of high efficiency multi-junction solar energy cells for the concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) market, announced [this week] an agreement with SolFocus for a 5-megawatt order.”