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Taiwan Oasis and Solargiga to co-develop PV-powered LED streetlamps

June 28th, 2009 by kalyan89 in PV Industry - Asia, Solar Installations

Dawn Huang, Taipei; Adam Hwang, DIGITIMES, 18 June 2009

LED packaging house Taiwan Oasis Technology has revealed that it will cooperate with China-based solar wafer maker Solargiga Energy to develop LED streetlamps powered by photovoltaic (PV) batteries. The Taiwan-based company also said it will tap the China market through investment in Solargiga.  Solargiga in early June 2009 signed a cross-investment deal with Kinmac Solar, a Taiwan Oasis affiliate that makes PV modules. Solargiga will acquire a 78.93% stake in Kinmac, which in turn will obtain a 4.44% stake in the China company, according to Taiwan Oasis. Taiwan Oasis said it will sell all of its 16.29% stake in Kinmac to Solargiga and acquire a stake in Solargiga.

European Solar Power From African Deserts?

June 21st, 2009 by kalyan89 in Press Releases, Reports, Solar Installations

By JAMES KANTER,  June 18, 2009
Source: New York,

Germany has become a global leader in solar energy by building up a substantial industry at home. Can the country now repeat the feat in North Africa? Munich Re, an insurance company, is leading efforts to garner support for a vast project, dubbed Desertec, to collect energy at solar farms in countries like Tunisia and then send it to Europe in the form of electricity. Munich Re wants other companies like the giant engineering group Siemens, Deutsche Bank, and utilities like RWE and E.ON to become involved. (more…)

Germans plan solar power project in Africa

FRANKFURT, June 16,2009

A consortium of around 20 companies, including Munich Re (MUVGn.DE), Siemens (SIEGn.DE), RWE (RWEG.DE) and Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE), plans to build a 400 billion euro ($555.3 billion) solar power project in Africa, a Munich Re executive told a German newspaper on Tuesday.  The project, led by Munich Re, would use the energy from the Africa-based solar project to provide electricity to German households, Munich Re board member Torsten Jeworrek said in an interview with Sueddeutsche Zeitung. The consortium members plan to meet in Munich on July 13 to set up the group formally, he added.  He decline to give details on members but said they include Siemens, RWE, Deutsche Bank, the German Economy Ministry and the Club of Roome — a non-government group based in Zurich.  “We want to start an initiative that would present concrete plans in two to three years time,” Jeworrek said.

Sunday Energy, Ormat Technologies to Build Largest Solar Roof in Middle East

Source: Jerusalem Post Staff, June 1, 2009

Sunday Energy Ltd , the leading solar energy service provider in Israel, and Ormat Technologies, one of the world’s largest geothermal power solutions companies, have announced the signing of an agreement to build a 1MW photovoltaic (PV) solar installation on the roof of Ormat’s factory in Yavne.  Once complete, the companies claim the 16,000 square meter installation will be the largest PV roof in the Middle East, and will generate over NIS 60 million from solar energy sales over the next 20 years. (more…)

Italy solar installations rise to 485 megawatts-GSE

June 17th, 2009 by kalyan89 in PV Industry - Europe, PV-General, Solar Installations

Rome, Italy, May 24, 2009

More than 38,000 photovoltaic (PV) installations that turn sunlight into power are currently on stream in Italy with a total capacity of 485 megawatt, the state-run power management agency GSE said on Sunday.  PV installations mushroomed in Italy from about 22 MW in early 2007 after the government launched a new incentive plan, considered by analysts to be among the most generous in Europe.  GSE has issued its closely watched update of PV capacity in Italy during a meeting of energy ministers from the Group of Eight industrialized nations that runs in Rome May 24-25.
(Reporting by Svetlana Kovalyova, editing by Maureen Bavdek)

Solar Power, Inc. Enters Into 2-Megawatt Product Supply Agreement with German Installer of Residential and Commercial Solar Systems

Roseville, CA, 16 June 2009
Source: Solar Power Inc press release /BusinessWire

Solar Power, Inc. (“SPI”) (OTCBB: SOPW) announced today that it has executed a supply agreement with Bayer and Raach, a German solar installation company serving the residential and commercial market segments throughout Germany and Southern Europe. The two-megawatt agreement calls for SPI to provide one megawatt of SPI’s 200-watt modules and one megawatt of modules with SPI’s proprietary SkyMountTM commercial mounting system. SkyMountTM is designed for minimal or non-penetrating commercial rooftop applications. (more…)

BP Solar and RGE Energy AG Announce One of the World’s Largest Solar Installations In Germany

Source:, June 4, 2009

RGE Energy AG is partnering with BP Solar in planning one of the world’s largest solar projects. The large-scale PV installation with over 46 megawatt peak (MWp) will be built in Koethen, Saxony-Anhalt.  Around 210,000 crystalline photovoltaic modules with an output of 220 watt peak each will be supplied by BP Solar and installed by RGE Energy AG.  Reyad Fezzani, CEO of BP Solar, and Elias Issa, CEO of RGE Energy AG, announced the news in Munich at ‘Intersolar’, the world’s largest solar exhibition. (more…)

Duke Energy Tests Solar Panels and New Smart Grid Technology in Charlotte

June 17th, 2009 by kalyan89 in Press Releases, Reports, Solar Installations

Charlotte, N.C., June 16, 2009
Source: Duke Energy press release/PR Newswire

An array of 213 solar panels will soon provide electricity to homes served by Duke Energy’s McAlpine Creek substation in south Charlotte – all part of an effort to implement new smart grid technology.  The substation’s new solar panels will provide approximately 50 kilowatts of electricity, enough to power five homes when the panels are operating. Electricity from these panels can be sent directly into the distribution lines serving the McAlpine Creek test area or used to charge a 500-kilowatt storage battery planned for installation at the substation in the weeks ahead. (more…)

Solar market looks bright

June 17th, 2009 by kalyan89 in Press Releases, Reports, PV-General, Solar Installations

Chipmakers may see benefit of solar market boom
By Dave Hannon,, 3 June 2009

Riding a wave of federal stimulus funding, some analysts are forecasting that the solar market will grow by leaps and bounds in the coming years, benefiting not only solar technology developers, but their suppliers as well. Electronics industry researcher IC Insights also said recently it “expects demand for solar installations to come charging back in 2010 as new government incentives in the U.S., Europe, and China gain traction.” The researcher forecasts solar installations of solar equipment to rise 37% in 2010. Research firm Gartner Inc. also forecasts continued growth for the sector, estimating that 114 million solar panels will ship in 2013, up from 32 million in 2009. (more…)

SEPA releases 2008 Top Ten US Utility Solar Integration Rankings

Source: Renewable Energy Focus, 2 June 2009

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has issued a report demonstrating that the solar industry has responded to SEPA Executive Director Julia Hamm’s challenge to the solar and utility industries to deploy solar power on a massive scale despite new economic barriers at Solar Power last autumn.  SEPA’s 2008 Top Ten Utility Solar Integration Rankings report ranks utilities with the most integrated solar electricity and records the increased collaboration of the US electric utility and solar energy industries.

According to SEPA, the report shows that the utility segment is making “a major investment to increase the amount of solar energy in power portfolios, with many utilities doubling the amount of solar power in their portfolio in just one year.”  The overall installed solar capacity of the top 10 ranked utilities rose 25% from 711 MW to 882 MW. The survey looked at 92 utilities, 80% more than from last year’s report.

“This year’s report demonstrates that solar electricity is finally on the radar screen of utilities across the country,” says Hamm. “Solar plants large and small are ready for significant build-out, and the utility industry is moving quickly toward mass adoption to meet a variety of business needs.”

The report documents a wave of utility-driven installations, pointing to the growing importance of utilities in the solar power market, and the growing importance of solar power to the business of utilities.

“Residential and commercial photovoltaic projects will continue to be important stimulants for job creation and small business growth, but they will be complemented by large-scale photovoltaic and concentrating solar power projects,” says Mike Taylor, Director of Research and Education at SEPA. “The variety of ways solar power is being implemented signals an increased maturity in the market.”

The winners:

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, based in San Francisco, California, came top with 85 MW new capacity (representing 44% of survey total). Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric came second and third.

For the solar watts-per-customer category in 2008, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), a water utility that provides electrical generation to its municipal buildings, ranked first with almost 2700 W per customer for its 340 customer sites.

Second and third were Kauai Island Utility Cooperative in Hawaii and Palo Alto Utilities in Northern California.

On a cumulative solar megawatt basis, Southern California Edison was ranked first, followed by Pacific Gas & Electric and NV Energy, a Nevada utility.

Overall Rankings:
New Projects in 2008

Total Solar Megawatts
* Participating utilities saw an average increase of 2 MW and a median of 0.1 MW of solar added to their portfolio in 2008;
* The Top Ten utilities represented 88% of the survey MW total;
* Utilities in 7 different states placed in the Top Ten.

Total Solar Watts per Customer
* Participating utilities saw an average increase of 33 W per customer and a median of 1 W per customer of solar added to their portfolio in 2008;
* 9 of the Top Ten utilities are from California and Hawaii.
Cumulatively in watts per customer, SFPUC ranked first again, followed by the Port of Oakland, and Southern California Edison.

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