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Published on April 24th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


Solar News Roundup (SunEdison & Foxconn Link Up, Solar Junction Going To Space…)

April 24th, 2013 by  

Solar news, galore. Check ‘er out:

  1. Fox Energy, Foxconn Subsidiary, To Supply SunEdison With Solar Modules Manufactured In Mexico
  2. Study Finds Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Plants Are Twice As Efficient
  3. Solar Junction To Provide Solar Cells For European Space Agency
  4. Intersolar North America To Put More Focus On Storage
  5. New Solar Cell Material Approach To Advance Solar Cell Efficiency
  6. Westinghouse Solar & CBD Energy Merger Approaching — Westinghouse Solar’s Solar Panels Soon Coming To Oz
  7. How City Solar Permitting Processes Affect Residential Solar Prices & Development Times
  8. Solar-Specific Renewable Purchase Obligations Tables From India
  9. Targets Announced For Phase 1 Of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission
  10. India Unveils Draft Guidelines For 750 MW Solar Tender
  11. How To: Solar Oven Cooker
  12. e-Highway2050 — Electricity Highways For Europe
  13. Solar Performance Dataset Under Construction
  14. Hawaii Solar Power Infographic (text at the link, infographic below)


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  • Otis11

    That Hawaii thing is great news – If they can get hawaii full solar (and at that price, storage may be an option!) that would be awesome! Then solar can move east from California and south-west from NJ, combine with the spread of wind from the mid-west and starting of off-shore wind… There’s reason to be fairly optimistic.

    The E-highway grid expansion is pretty cool, but too little to late IMO – by 2050 I believe home electrical storage will cost less than grid expansion and maintenance… but I guess we’ll have to see.

  • Ronald Brakels

    Ouch! It still costs twice as much per watt to install solar in Hawaii as in Australia? Well then I guess the good news is there is still lots of room for the price to come down.

    • Otis11

      Well, I’d suspect that much of that is importing costs – Everything in Hawaii is very expensive (except pineapples!) although I suspect based on the high wages in Australia, wage costs would be comparable.

      Although I’m sure there is room for improvement…

      • Ronald Brakels

        Transport costs for solar are a fairly insignificant portion of its price and Australia imports pretty much everything solar too, so it’s not transport costs that cause the difference. It’s basically all soft costs, which doesn’t explain much in of itself, but things such as permitting add a lot to the cost of solar in the US. As for labour costs, I expected Australian installers to be paid a lot more than in the US, but apparently this is not the case. But then, it’s not unskilled work. After all, I couldn’t install solar panels on my own. Unless perhaps they were those flexible thin cell ones that are giant stickers. I could put the cabling through the pigeon hole in the kitchen.

        • Bob_Wallace

          Might just be market immaturity.

          I suspect it takes some time to get installation companies to the point where they are ‘lean and mean’. To the point at which the inefficiencies have been pared away and the supply stream optimized.

          Probably takes getting enough companies in business to allow competition to start working its magic.

          • Ronald Brakels

            Apart from permitting costs, that sounds about right. While Hawaii is spread over eight main islands, it’s not as if Australian solar companies don’t also have to deal with the tyranny of distance.

          • RobS

            In the early days of solar it was installed by non specalist installers, general electricians etc. They did a bunch of work of which solar was a tiny part. Now it is done by specialist solar installers who do NOTHING else. Of course they are good at what they do, therefore faster, terefore cheaper.

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