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Copper Mountain Solar Facility Starts Producing Electricity

Copper Mountain Solar Facility Starts Producing Electricity

With a plan to build a 500MW solar photovoltaic farm in the near future, Sempra Energy has entered into the record books by building the largest photovoltaicpower plant in the United States. Construction on the 48MW power plant,christened the Copper Mountain Solar Facility, began in January 2010 at a 380-acre desert site and included the

FITs and starts

How would you like it if your utility paid you a fair price for allthe extra solar energy your rooftop system produced?  Would you beinclined to, say, supersize your system and generate solar power foryour neigbhors?  Of course you would!  And that’s why solar advocateshave been pushing for years to require utilities to implementFeed-in-Tariffs that

KYOCERA starts supplying solar-powered recharging stations for electric bicycles

Kyocera Corp. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Kyocera CommunicationSystems Co. Ltd announced the development of its new "Solar CycleStation" — an environmentally friendly solar-powered recharging stationfor electric-assisted bicycles that uses the company’s high performancesolar modules. The system, which was codeveloped by the two companies,is sold in Japan by KCCS starting this month. The stationsutilize solar modules

SunPower Starts Building Macy’s Solar System

SunPower Corporation, a leading manufacturer of solar panels, willsoon improve Arizona’s already impressive solar power portfolio. Thecompany has started construction of a 3.5-megawatt (MW) solar energysystem atop the Macy’s fulfillment center in Goodyear, Arizona. Whencompleted, it will be the largest single-rooftop solar energy system inthe U.S., according to a company statement. The system is made up of SunPower’s E19

Yingli Starts Operation Of In-House Polysilicon Facility $YGE

Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. Ltd. says its in-house polysilicon manufacturing facility, Fine Silicon Co. Ltd.has begun commercial operation. Fine Silicon announced it has commencedtrial production and reached certain key technology and operatingmilestones in December 2009. With monosilane-based polysiliconmanufacturing technology, the polysilicon plant, with a designedcapacity of 3,000 metric tons per year is capable of

Mercedes Vito E-Cell Electric Vehicle Starts Production

The Vito E-Cell electric van by Mercedes-Benz has entered production with a small series of 100 units. Another 2000 units will be deployedin 2011. Targeted for inner-city operations, the van is based on thelong-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz Vito with a standard roof. Propelled by apermanent synchronous electric motor, the Vito E-Cell runs for 130km on a single

SOLARCON India 2010 starts in Hyderabad

SOLARCON India 2010, the second edition of India’s largestsolar-energy-focused event organized by SEMI India, the premier tradebody of the Indian solar/PV industry, kicked off today. Honourable Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Dr Farooq Abdullah, inauguratedthe three day exposition and conference. Honourable ChiefMinister of Andhra Pradesh, K. Rosaiah presided over the event.Honourable Union Minister


1st Clean Energy Ministerial Starts Next Week in Washington

In an effort to accelerate the world’s clean energy technologies, the United States will host the first-ever Clean Energy Ministerial nextweek. Clean energy leaders, stakeholders and government officials fromaround the world will work together to advance clean energytechnologies. According to a recent U.S. Department of Energypress release, ministers of energy and delegations from more than

Electree Solar Charger Starts Production

We reported about the solar bonsai-inspired charger concept by Vivien Muller back in 2008 and the product has now evolved and is being produced by a small family-runcompany. Dubbed Electree, the solar charger features leaves of photovoltaic panels that allowusers to recharge mobile devices using renewable energy. The structure consists of 42 solar cells and

Sharp Starts Operations at Thin Film Solar Plant

Sharp recently started operations at its new thin-filmsolar cell plant in GREEN FRONT SAKAI, Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture. This plant will produce thin-film solar cellsusing large-size glass substrates measuring 1,000 x 1,400 mm. Thin-filmsolar cells have a structure in which thin layers of silicon areaccumulated onto a glass substrate, enabling a dramatic reduction in the

Ledian Tianwei Silicon Starts Up Poly plant

Ledian Tianwei Silicon Technology Co. Ltd. has successfully started upits polysilicon production plant in Leshan, Sichuan Province, China, and is now producing high-purity polysilicon that will be used to producecells and modules for the solar industry and wafers for the electronicindustry. Ledian Tianwei Silicon Technology Company contractedwith Poly Plant Project, Inc. (PPP), purchasing PPP’s process

Analyst Rating Changes: STP, JASO Upgraded Again; BofA Starts ITRI At Buy

The upgrades keep coming in for Suntech Power (STP) and JA Solar (JASO).  Yesterday they were upgraded by Barclaysand this morning Thomas Weisel is doing the same, upgrading both fromUnderweight to Market Weight.  Both stocks are holding yesterday’sbreakout moves well despite heavy selling in the overall market today. While it could be a rocky ride, solar


Solar Feed-in Tariff in UK Starts in April

After an active debate for two years, Great Britain will begin offering a feed-in tariff (FiT) for residents and businesses producing energy with solar photovoltaics (PV). Asof today, the tariff is set to peak at 36.5p (about 60 US cents) perkilowatt-hour produced. However, PV trade organizations in the UK–bothprofit and non-profit–are suggesting the tariff be