The number of people working in the medium and large-scale sectors of the British onshore wind industry, and offshore wind, has risen by 8 % in just over twelve months to more than 15,400 direct, full-time jobs, according to the trade association RenewableUK.
Iberdrola Ingeniería, in a consortium with Gamesa, has completed the construction of its first wind farm in Kenya, the Ngong II project with an installed capacity of 13.6 MW. It was awarded by the state-owned Kenyan Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen) in a contract worth € 21.4 million.
Meyer Burger Research AG is starting pilot production of heterojunction solar cells in Hauterive in the Swiss Canton of Neuchâtel. Field trials will be used to optimise the cell coating process and bring it up to industrial maturity. This is expected to result in a module efficiency of 21%.
The solar mirror manufacturer Flabeg FE GmbH delivered more than 530,000 annealed RP3 mirrors for the Noor I concentrated solar power (CSP) independent power project (IPP) in Ouarzazate, Morocco.
Richard Kauffman is supervising New York’s entire energy portfolio, including the New York State Department of Public Service, the New York Power Authority, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and the Long Island Power Authority. S&WE spoke with Kauffman about New York's reform plans for its energy system, the solar industry's future and financing of renewable energies.
Deutsche Windtechnik Service GmbH & Co. KG has acquired two Spanish service companies: General Power Services S.L. (GPS) and Danowind S.L. The acquisitions are part of Deutsche Windtechnik's continued expansion of its service activities in Europe. The company already has contracts in Poland and Spain, and negotiations in the UK are now nearing completion.
End of November, Costa Rican Vice President Ana Helena Chacón formally opened the 49.5 MW Chiripa wind farm in Tilarán (Guanacaste). The facility is owned by a consortium consisting of Acciona Energía (65 %) and the local group Ecoenergía (35 %).