Photovoltaic

Goundbreaking for two new PPA-Projects in California

At the ceremony (from left to right): Petaluma Councilmember Dave King, Coldwell Solar's EVP of Construction Kevin Webb, Property Owner Josephine Lavio, Supervisor David Rabbit, and Sonoma Clean Power's CEO Geof Syphers. (Photo: Coldwell Solar / SCP)

When solar integrator Coldwell Solar and not-for-profit electricity provider Sonoma Clean Power broke ground for a combined 2 MW of solar energy facility it marked the next step in the journey to a clean energy future for the Californian Sonoma and Mendocino counties. The plant is the first of two new projects that involve PPAs. Under the agreements, Coldwell Solar developed the projects and will build, operate and maintain the solar plants and deliver an agreed-upon amount of solar generated electricity to SCP.

01.09.2017

A 150MW solar thermal power plant will be built in South Australia by global company SolarReserve.

The Aurora Solar Energy Project located in Port Augusta, about 300 km north of the South Australian capital Adelaide, will incorporate eight hours of storage or 1100 MWh, allowing it to operate like a conventional coal or gas power station. The AU-$ 650 million plant – the biggest of its kind in the world – will have a capacity of about 135MW under normal operating conditions with the ability to increase that output in favourable conditions. It will be situated about 150km northwest of Jamestown, where Elon Musk will install the world’s largest Lithium-ion battery at Hornsdale Wind Farm

14.08.2017

An artifical tree to deliver solar and wind power

Tech meets art in a life-like ‘energy tree’ (graphic: Solar Botanic/S&WE)

Engineers from the Brunel University London have developed the concept of an “energy tree”’ with e-leaves that suck up sunshine and quiver in the breeze to produce solar and wind power. The 16ft solar/wind tree can generate nearly three times the electricity an average family uses in a year.

07.08.2017

39.5 MW Power Plant to be realised in Australia

A joint ventrue of WBHO and Phoenix Solar is going to build a 39.5 MW solar power plant in West Australia. The project will incorporate 1,500 Volt-technology, single axis tracking, and mono-crystalline PERC modules.

27.07.2017

SolarWorld: Significant staff reduction needed

Today, the preliminary insolvency administrator of SolarWorld AG informed employees in Freiberg (Saxony) and Arnstadt (Thuringia) about the current situation regarding preliminary insolvency proceedings. Although there has been a great deal of commitment by the staff, the insolvent company will have to reduce personnel costs significantly after July 31. At the same time interested investors have expressed the need to further anayse the situation.

17.07.2017

Intersolar Conference: New growth markets

Perspective of the host country: At the opening of the Intersolar Conference, Werner Götz, CEO of the transmission grid operator TransnetBW GmbH, provided insights into the challenges facing the energy transition in Germany. (Photo: Solar Promotion)

In 2016 China almost single-handedly catapulted the photovoltaics world market upwards by 50%, thanks to its gigantic installation volume. In 2017 growth will be considerably weaker; new dynamic markets are required. Some of the candidates for this are quite surprising.

05.07.2017

Volvo Cars to go all electric

Volvo’s whole portfolio is going to be gradually extended and replaced by models with an electric motor. (Photo: Volvo)

Volvo Cars has announced that every Volvo it launches from 2019 will have an electric motor. This step marks the historic end of cars that only have an internal combustion engine. Volvo would be the first big car manufacturer to make a step that big.

05.07.2017

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