bSolar, through its strategic partner and Japanese
distributor TSBM, has won a contract to construct a 730kW ground-mounted
solar project in Nasukarasuyama city, Tochigi, Japan. The project is
expected to go online in December and will feature bSolar’s disruptive
bifacial PV cells.
A report from BBC News has advised that German
company Kronos Solar is considering developing a 25MW solar farm on
Lower Wheatley Farm, north of Launceston in Cornwall. The project would
be constructed across 120-acres and would be the largest solar farm in
the county. The report points out that local authority notes that Kronos
is one of various firms currently pondering over constructing a solar
farm in the area between 20-30MW.
Clean Power Finance revealed that the Department of
Energy (DOE), as part of its SunShot Initiative, awarded the company two
grants that will help the company build software platforms that cut the
“soft costs” of solar in order to make it more competitive with
traditional grid power. The first US$500,000 grant will see Clean Power
Finance build an online marketplace for O&M services on installed PV
Canadian Solar PV modules have scored top ranks in
the PTC (PVUSA Test Condition) ratings. More than 9,000 modules have
been rated as part of the California Energy Commission’s Solar Electric
Incentive program. Canadian Solar modules are among the best modules in
the efficiency ratings, with the CS6P-P module line scoring an average
91% in PTC efficiency ratings.
Recurrent Energy will sell approximately 100MW of its
200MW Canadian portfolio to the Mitsubishi Corporation and Osaka Gas,
the company has announced. The projects, located in Ontario, will be
made available to the Ontario Power Authority and the acquisition is
supposed to go through as soon as the projects are completed and
commence commercial production. Mitsubishi and Osaka Gas will be equal
investors, while Recurrent Energy will remain a minor stakeholder.
Leclanché and Talesun are showcasing a new energy
storage product range at Intersolar Europe, the companies have
announced. The two companies signed a cooperation agreement four months
ago and are presenting the results of this collaboration. The newly
developed HS-series offers a high-end storage solution featuring an HS
3200 battery, designed to increase PV system efficiency.
Scheuten Solar has been sold to Chinese investor
Aikosolar and the company is celebrating its “comeback” at Intersolar
Europe. Aikosolar, a solar cell manufacturer and also owner of Powerway
Renewable Energy, has taken over Scheuten’s essential components. The
combination of Scheuten Solar’s product portfolio, 10 years of
experience and Aikosolar’s financial strength as well as Powerway
Renewable Energy’s EPC experience propose a positive outlook for the
future, company representatives stated. Financial details of the deal
were not disclosed.
PV module manufacturer Unconquered Sun and
Sustainable Energy Technologies have entered an agreement, the companies
have announced. Under the agreement, Unconquered Sun will exclusively
distribute and install Sustainable Energy’s ProFab PV systems as well as
supervise marketing, sale and the installation of the ProFab systems in
the Canadian regions of Windsor and Essex County.
Conergy is collaborating with Ensunt for the
construction of a 50MW PV project in Pakistan, the company has
announced. The PV plant for the DACC Power Generation Company (DPGCL)
will be the largest solar power plant in Pakistan. The project is
located in Bahawalpur and is co-owned by DPGCL and the Pakistani
government. Conergy will plan, design and engineer the project as well
as providing the components while Ensunt is responsible for the
construction of the plant.
Heliatek’s solar films could be used in tinted
windows to generate energy, the company has announced. The company is
collaborating with different manufacturers of building materials to
integrate its solar films into building materials. The transparent solar
films might be used in between the sheets of double glazed windows,
creating a tinted window look while generating energy.
LDK Solar and partner Solarif are introducing
insurance for PV systems, the company has announced. LDK Solar Secure
offers customers a full insurance package, including “all risk
insurance”, a warranty and inherent defect insurance. The all risk
insurance is for all components of the PV systems while the LDK Solar
power and product warranty offers cover for the PV modules.
Power One is showcasing the second generation of
Aurora microinverters at Intersolar Europe, the company has announced.
The Aurora Micro-0.3-I, with an output of 300W and the Aurora
Micro-0.25-I, with an output of 250W have undergone 12 months of
designing and testing. The two models have undergone some improvements
compared to the former models and are now able to offer broader DC input
with a maximum of 65Vdc.
The German government struggles to reach common
ground on the proposed solar cuts, according to Bloomberg. In an email
statement it was said that the upper house failed to reach an agreement
in a panel meeting. Talks will resume on June 27. The upper house
representatives have voiced concerns that the legislation will hurt
domestic producers like Solarworld even further.
Soitec has connected the largest Italian CPV plant to
the grid, the company has announced. The company completed construction
of a 1.17MW CPV plant in the municipality of Belpasso in Sicily. 74
Soitec CPV trackers have been installed, each equipped with 168
Concentric CPV modules and two 500kW inverters. The plant is owned and
operated by Soitec and the energy will be sold to Enel.
Global solar demand growth has been modest at best,
according to Jefferies analyst Jesse Pichel, leading the company to
believe that the industry won’t see signs of real recovery until the
second half of 2013 or even 2014. The second half of 2012 will see
demand in Europe decline further than the first half, with 2013 volume
dropping even lower.
Hanwha SolarOne is cooperating with Italian
Assoimprese after the association added PV modules to its portfolio. The
association has chosen Hanwha as the preferred supplier for its
approximately 600,000 members and installers who are network members can
purchase Hanwha modules at special rates.
Distributed Energy Research & Solutions, or
EnergySage, has been the recipient of one of 10 Department of Energy
(DoE) SunShot Incubator investments worth US$500,000. The funding will
be used to develop a web-based PV comparison-shopping platform that aims
to deliver pricing transparency and encourage online networking among
property owners and solar PV installers.
Thin-film manufacturer Masdar PV has reached 10%
efficiency with its micromorph technology thin-film modules, the company
has announced. Masdar’s research and development department
collaborated with the Helmholtz Zentrum in Berlin, focusing on the
optimization of materials used for the production of the modules.
Trina Solar, Suntech and Hareon have been chosen by
procurement company Parabel to supply a total of 40MW of modules to the
Jännersdorf solar park, the company has announced. The PV plant is
divided into three northern sites and a southern site. Trina will
provide 25.6MW of modules for the southern construction site while the
northern construction sites will be equipped with 9.6MW of Suntech
modules and 5.3MW of Hareon PV modules. The park is further equipped
with 1,900 Siemens inverters and Schletter mounting systems and is
expected to be completed by June 30th this year.
Thin-film manufacturer DuPont Apollo has singed
contracts to supply PV projects in Thailand with a total of 22.75MW of
modules, the company has announced. The PV modules will equip two
projects, one located in the Chaiyaphum province, owned by Smart Green
Energy and a second one located in the Saraburi province, owned by
Inifinite Green. DuPont Apollo is already involved in an 8.7MW ground
mounted PV project in the Prachin Buri province, in collaboration with L
On June 11th, 2012, Solar Power Technologies (Austin,
Texas, U.S.) announced that its Clarity monitoring system has been
installed at Lincoln Renewable Energy's 12.5 megawatt (MW) Oak Solar
plant in New Jersey.
The Clarity monitoring system was installed along with Solar Power's
associated Intelligent Array management tools at the Oak Solar project,
located in Fairfield Township in Cumberland, New Jersey.
On June 11th, 2012, Canadian Solar Inc. (Ontario,
Canada) announced that it has launched a partner program for
engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies and
photovoltaic (PV) installers in the Europe, Middle East and Africa
bSolar Ltd. (Jerusalem, Israel) has announced the
commercial availability of its high-efficiency bifacial crystalline
silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, which are currently on display at
the Intersolar Europe trade show in Munich through June 15th, 2012.
bSolar claims that the cells, which use both the front and rear sides to
collect sunlight, provide 10-30% greater kWh per kW in standard
applications and 50% in vertical installations. The company estimates
that this provides an equivalent cell efficiency of 21%-24% in standard
applications, translating to a total module power of 280-325 watts for a
On June 13th, 2012 Advanced Energy Industries Inc.
(AE, Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S.) announced that it has expanded a
strategic alliance with Shanghai Guangdian Electric Group (SGEG,
Shanghai, China) to collaborate on the development of inverters.
The partnership will combine SGEG's power electronics design and
manufacturing methodology with AE's product testing experience and
control software. SGEG will market the inverters produced through this
partnership to Asian customers.
Manz AG (Reutlingen, Germany) has presented a new wet
chemical silicon wafer processing system at the Intersolar Europe trade
show in Munich, July 13th-15th, 2012.
Manz' new IPSG CEI 4800 (inline removal of phosphate silicate glass and
chemical edge isolation) chemically removes the highly-doped layer from
the back and edges of a silicon wafer and isolates the emitter from the
back. As a second step, the tool removes a remaining layer of phosphor
silicate glass on the top of the wafer.
On June 13th, 2012 SPI Solar (Roseville, California,
U.S.) announced that it has acquired the rights from Solar Hub Utilities
LLC to co-develop and build 68 solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Hawaii
totaling 29 MW-DC. SPI plans to begin construction of the first of
these plants within the third quarter of 2012.
Additionally, SPI will pursue 10 MW of PV projects currently in the
Hawaiian Public Utility Commission's reserve queue. The company notes
that almost all of the projects within the portfolio will be eligible
for Tier 2 of Hawaii's feed-in tariff.
10 companies have been chosen for the three
categories of the 2012 Intersolar Award, presented on June 13th, 2012
during the Intersolar Europe trade show in Munich.
This year's top winners were MBJ Services GmbH (Hamburg, Germany),
Soltigua - Laterizi Gambettola SRL (Gambettola, Italy) and Isra Surface
Vision GmbH (Darmstadt, Germany), in the categories of Photovoltaics,
Solar Thermal Technologies and PV Production Technologies.
On June 13th, 2012 DuPont Apollo Ltd. (Hong Kong,
China) announced that it has signed two contracts to supply a total of
22.75 MW of its amorphous silicon (a-Si) thin-film solar photovoltaic
(PV) modules for two PV plants in Thailand.
The plants will be owned by Smart Green Energy Company Ltd. (Sathon,
Thailand) and Infinite Green Comany Ltd. (Bangkok, Thailand), and
located in Chaiyaphum Province and Saraburi Province. DuPont states that
the plants will help the nation meet its goal of 25% electricity
generation from renewables under its 10-Year Alternative Energy
On June 13th, 2012 SCHOTT Solar AG (Mainz, Germany)
licensed its technique for manufacturing passivated emitter and rear
contact (PERC) solar photovoltaic (PV) cells to the SCHMID Group
(Freudenstadt, Germany), which will allow SCHMID to offer production
equipment for PERC cells.
SCHOTT states that PERC technology allows manufacturers to achieve PV
cell conversion efficiencies over 20%. The licensing agreement was
signed at the Intersolar Europe trade show in Munich.
On June 12th, 2012 Renewable Energy Corporation ASA
(REC, Sandvika, Norway) announced the launch of a series of
multicrystalline solar photovoltaic (PV) modules based on back side
passivation technology at the Intersolar Europe trade show in Munich
from June 13th to 15th, 2012.
REC states that its Peak Energy Plus Series modules deliver an
additional 5 watts compared to earlier products, with power outputs
between 240 to 255 watts. The company states that the modules will
perform better in red light conditions, as well as in low light and at