SunPower Corp. Sells More Than 70 MW In Cell Packages For Two Projects

  SunPower Corp., a solar technology and energy services provider, sold more than 70 MW of cell packages to the Huaxia Concentrated Photovoltaic Power Co. joint-venture (JV) in Inner Mongolia, China. These packages will be used for the first phase of two SunPower C7 Tracker projects, which includes a 20-MW project in Saihan and a 100-MW


UPDATED: Report Lists Top Export Markets For U.S. Renwable Energy Products

UPDATED (9:43 am, March 13): The report now includes the solar-specific section of the report between the fourth and fifth paragraphs. According to a newly released report from the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA), Canada, China, Brazil, Chile and Mexico will be the top five markets for U.S. renewable energy exports during the


Concentrated Solar Power: An Interview With The DOE

This post originally appeared on the United Kingdom-based CSP Today website. It is reprinted here with permission. A CSP Today interview with Peter Davidson, Executive Director Of The Loan Program Office (LPO) At The U.S. Department of Energy Marco Geraghty of CSP Today spoke with Peter Davidson to reflect upon the Loan Guarantee Program and its


UL Receives IEC 62109-1 And 62109-2 CBTL Status

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has achieved IEC 62109-1 and 62109-2 Certified Body Testing Laboratory (CBTL) status for inverter products. With this internationally recognized testing accreditation, UL can provide internationally accepted market access reports, known as a Certification Body (CB) report, to inverter manufacturers. The inverter can be evaluated to the standard for the United States and/or another market(s)


The Art Of Signing PPAs As An Electricity Producer

This post originally appeared on the United Kingdom-based PV Insider website. It is reprinted here with permission. By Ritesh Gupta Photos Courtesy of SolarReserve and Lesedi Power Co. How should electricity producers go about signing emerging market power purchase agreements (PPAs)? We assess what needs to be done in markets, such as India, to combat


Solar Power World Congratulates Its 2013 Leadership In Solar Winners

Solar Power World has announced the winners of their 2013 Leadership in Solar Program. The magazine created the Leadership in Solar in 2011 to recognize solar industry excellence across all segments of the industry. Each January, Solar Power World gives its users the opportunity to vote on the companies best exemplify what solar manufacturing is. “It’s always our goal to


BenQ Solar Powers Alice Springs Airport Array Expansion

  Alice Springs Airport (ASA) is rolling out the second stage of its renewable energy strategy with an expansion of its Solar Power Station, using BenQ Solar mono-crystaline modules. Construction on the new 325 KW photovoltaic (PV) system began this month. The project, valued at $1.7 million, includes the installation of steel structures that will serve


Commentary: Attacks on Solar Should Be Rejected. Period.

This post originally appeared on the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) Switchboard, its wide-ranging collection of blogs. It is reposted here with permission. [Feb 14, 2014: updated to reflect initial reports from NARUC meeting]   By Nathanael Greene, Special to Solar Power World Utility executives and regulators from across the country met in Washington, D.C., this week for


Energy Secretary Moniz to Dedicate Ivanpah Concentrating Solar Project

On Feb. 13, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will travel to Ivanpah Dry Lake, Calif., to dedicate the world’s largest concentrating solar power (CSP) plant. As has been noted by many leaders inside and outside the solar industry, the United States is becoming a global leader in solar energy — demonstrated by a new industry


New Study Finds U.S. Solar Jobs Grew 20% Last Year

  U.S. solar companies continue hiring faster than the overall economy, and remain optimistic about future growth, according to fourth annual National Solar Jobs Census released by The Solar Foundation. As of November 2013, the solar industry has grown to 142,698 solar workers. This is an increase of almost 20% more than our 2012 findings and represents