February 3, 2010
Intel is planning to add solar power to 8 of their facilities in the US. To be completed in the next 7 months, they will collectively supply about 2.5MW energy making them some of the largest found in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Oregon. In addition, the company plans to increase renewable energy credits by 10% to to 1.43 billion KWh reduce their carbon footprint.
February 2, 2010
Ted Turner has returned to the solar power business by teaming up with Atlanta Based Southern Utility Co. They plan to start by building solar farms in Arizona and California where there are plenty of incentives to build green. In 2007, he sold his own solar developer Turner Renewable Energy for $34.4 million.
Via Greentech Media
January 21, 2010
CentroSolar Group AG, a solar module manufacturer, will be building a manufacturing plant in Gresham, Oregon. The Germany based company recently received $4.7 million in federal tax credits but there are no details yet as to site or amount of jobs the project will provide.
Via Biz Journals
California based eSolar has teamed with China's Penglai Electric to create at least 2 GW of thermal power plants within the next ten years. The first CSP to be built in Tulin, China this year will consist of 92mW and will be co-located with biomass electricity generation facilities. eSolar claims to be the first company to provide solar benefits to China.
January 13, 2010
In spite of their financial woes, or perhaps because of them, California has become the first American state to sign an agreement with the Department of the Interior that will allow 30% tax cuts for using the Recovery Act. The Governator has 244 projects that will result in the state's obtaining 33% of its power through renewable energy by 2020. Solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and hydroelectric plants are all a part of the master plan.
Via Instal Biz
January 12, 2010
Sharp, Enel Green Power and ST Microelectronics have decided to work together to produce thin film solar cells in Italy. This type of cell can better maintain a conversion in any climate. The plant is expected to produce a first year's capacity of 160MW, expanding in time to 480MW. Most of the them will be sold in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean.
January 5, 2010
Because Prince Charles was poo-pooed for going to the recent UN COP15 in his private jet, he has decided to make his residence a lot greener. He is planning on installing solar panels on the roof of Clarence House, his residence in the UK. Estimates say the conversion could cost as much as £150,000 (~$243,000) but that he could make up for the loss by 2021. Note that "officials" say that they will only install them if they "do not compromise the appearance." Yeah, that's a green comment.
Via Daily Mail
January 1, 2010
What a great way to start a New Year! Japan has gotten together with the Palestinian Authority to help build two solar energy projects on the West Bank. A whopping $23 million will be used to aid in the Authority's current energy problems with another $16.7 used to build a photovoltaic solar energy plant. Most of the electricity used by Palestinians comes from Israel's power grid and the new structure should bring light to about 20,000 residents.
This is part of the "Corridor for Peace and Prosperity" initiative that will include an agro-industrial park that Japan wants to build. We think this idea is fine enough to award Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs our SOW this week.
Via MOFA Japan
December 23, 2009
First Solar has announced that it is the first PV company to reach 1GW of modules produced in a single year. This translates into power for 145,000 homes. The company's president Bruce Sohn said in a press release, "This is proof that the solar industry can achieve the manufacturing scale necessary to fight climate change."
Via First Solar
December 22, 2009
During the recent Copenhagen Climate Conference, the DOE announced the launch of the Renewables and Efficiency Deployment Initiative (Climate REDI,) its purpose to promote the use of renewable and efficient energy products. This would not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but make life better for developing nations. Part of the program that will be implemented in the next 5 years is combining solar panels and LED lamps to replace those that run on kerosene.