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First space-to-earth solar power station targeted for Oct. 2010

Source: July 4, 2009

Sir Charles Shults of Xenotech Research describes their current projects, including assisting deployment of an orbital solar power station; ramping up for manufacturing of an affordable, modular 500W Solar Pod for purchase within six months; and designing a residential wind turbine expected to be 1/3 the cost of others.

Last Monday, I interviewed Sir Charles Shults III of Xenotech Research which has several projects under way:   1) moving near the New Mexico space port to expedite development of an orbital solar power project for deployment in Oct. 2010;   2) ramping up for manufacturing of an affordable, modular 500W Solar Pod for purchase within six months; 3) designing a residential wind turbine expected to be 1/3 the cost of others.  (more…)

Europe Looks to Africa for Solar Power

The European project known as Desertec is nothing if not ambitious.
By TOM ZELLER Jr., NEW YORK, June 21, 2009

It aims to harvest the sun’s energy — using a method known as concentrating solar power, or C.S.P. — from the vast North African desert and deliver it as electricity, via high-voltage transmission lines, to markets in Europe. Eventually, its backers say, it could satisfy as much as 15 percent of the European Union’s power needs.  The idea, which has been bouncing around for years, arises out of an alphabet soup of organizations, formal multinational partnerships and regional acronyms like TREC, for Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation; Eumena, or European Union, the Mediterranean and North Africa; the Union of the Mediterranean; and the Club of Rome. (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)

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…)

German firms eye huge African solar project: report

Source: AFP, Berlin, 16 June 2009

German firms plan to club together next month to turn into reality a dream to generate electricity for Europe in the deserts of north Africa using solar power, a newspaper report said Tuesday.  The 20 or so firms will form on July 13 a consortium that aims to attract an enormous 400 billion euros (560 billion dollars) in investment in the project, known as Desertec, the Suedeutsche Zeitung daily reported.  It wants to place solar power installations in several countries in the region, provided they are politically stable, the paper said, quoting Torsten Jeworek, a board member of insurance giant and consortium head Munich Re. (more…)

Phoenix Solar AG builds photovoltaic power plant for Enovos utility company

Sulzemoos, 19 May 2009
Source: Phoenix Solar press release

Phoenix Solar AG, a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, is currently building a photovoltaic power plant with a 5.8 megawatt peak output on behalf of the Enovos Group in Kenn in the district of Trier-Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate. Construction work has already begun and the commissioning of the power plant has been scheduled for the end of July 2009. An expected annual yield of more than 5,800,000 kilowatt hours in environmentally compatible energy is to supply around 1,650 households. (more…)

Phoenix Solar AG to build >10 Megawattphotovoltaic power plants in Germany

Sulzemoos, 26 May 2009
Source: Phoenix Solar press release

In the past few weeks, Phoenix Solar AG, a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the TecDAX, started construction work on three photovoltaic power plants in Türkenfeld, Hohenzell and Malching, all located in the District of Fürstenfeldbruck. The financing of the first two power plants has been secured through Sparkasse Fürstenfeldbruck, and the solar plant in Malching will be financed by a major German bank.  Upon its completion in June 2009, the Türkenfeld power plant, with a peak output of more than three megawatts (MWp), will supply around 900 households with environmentally compatible electricity. The Malching power plant with 4.7 MWp will supply more than 1,300 households and the ground-mounted power plant in Hohenzell with 2.7 MWp around 750 households. With these three solar parks the District of Fürstenfeldbruck will have come a good bit closer to achieving its goal of generating 100 percent of its energy supply from renewable energy sources by 2030. (more…)

Suntech Brings Solar to Switzerland with Sunergic 1MW PV Solar System Largest in Switzerland

Schaffhausen, Switzerland and Wuxi, China, May 18, 2009
Source: Suntech Power Holdings press release/PRNewswire

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP), the world’s largest manufacturer of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) modules, announced today that it will supply Sunergic SA, one of Switzerland’s leading solar system integrators, with the solar panels for a 1MW solar system for Services Industriels de Geneve (SIG), a Swiss utility. The SIG 1MW solar project is one of the largest in Switzerland to date. (more…)

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