Despite a struggling domestic economy, the US solar photovoltaic (PV) market will double in 2011, according to the latest Solarbuzz® United States PV Market Report. 2011 growth rates vary significantly by market segment, an outcome of the vast movements in incentives and policies at the federal, state and local government level over the past 12 months. “With rapid declines in factory gate prices over the past eight weeks as manufacturers and distributors focus on depleting module inventories, demand has picked up across residential, corporate and government segments,” noted Craig Stevens, President of Solarbuzz. “This acceleration is being supplemented by explosive utility demand and the rush to install before federal cash grants are scheduled to expire at the end of the year.” The US is forecast to become the third-largest solar photovoltaic market, behind Germany and Italy in 2011. While the US currently comprises 5% of the world PV market, Solarbuzz projects an increase to 12% by 2015.
•In future the University of Sheffield covers part of its energy demand with PowerWind 56 •Sub-MW products are best suited for the profitable British feed-in tariff
In an emerging CSP market such as South Africa, one of the many challenges developers face is siting the project based on acquiring accurate Direct Normal Irradiation data, as optimal siting of CSP plants is a key component to plant efficiency, and ultimate profitability.
eIQ Energy partnered with Abound Solar and Focus Materials to offer a unique new product line of solar glass curtain walls for new building construction and renovations. The system incorporates eIQ Energy's vBoost module and Abound's semi-transparent solar modules.
Magpower and Suntrix are two companies leading the way in commercializing CPV in emerging markets for the technology, and will be sharing their experiences at the 3rd Concentrated Photovoltaic Summit USA (14-15 November, San Jose, CA).
Inverter System Ideal for Commercial-Scale PV Systems
The U.S. government is growing into one of the most important cleantech customers. It’s been investing and proselytizing the value of clean power, biofuels and energy efficiency products and services for job creation, energy security and (insert your favorite cliché here). And it’s a natural extension that it also should set an example as a major consumer of these technologies. The U.S. Defense Department, which uses 80 percent of the energy consumed by the federal government, is increasing its efforts to fund and use cleantech. A lot of these efforts are centered on drafting purchase plans and testing technologies in the field and one thing to consider is that larger companies might have an easier time convincing the military to buy than startups. Click here for a list of some of the military’s plans and projects .
Reducing balance of system (BoS) costs will be crucial for sustaining growth in the utility scale PV market in the United States
In collaboration with Coca Cola South Africa, Lapp Group Southern Africa (Lapp) has successfully engineered an innovative solution for the installation of a Photovoltaic (PV) solar energy system for the new state-of-the-art Valpré bottling plant in Heidelberg, southeast of Gauteng.
Schletter's FS System and Rapid2+ grounding middle clamps to positively impact installation time on this 150 MW project currently being installed.
The Combined Heat and Power Associations annual conference and awards dinner.
Powerway has supplied the solar mounting system for a concrete flat roof project located in Fujian, and is now busy completing the installation.
Enhanced suite of environmental data collection services furthers Alpine Ocean Seismic Survey's effort to become premier data acquisition services provider for U.S. marine and offshore alternative energy projects
SUNRNR of Virginia is increasing discounts on their clean renewable energy, solar/wind, portable generators to celebrate and support Ready.gov's National Preparedness Month September 2011!
Developed specifically for wind tracking of the nacelle and adjustment of rotor blades on wind turbines, Schaeffler's slewing rings are available with outside diameters up to 4,000mm, for use on wind turbines with outputs up to 5MW.
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Solar & Wind - Featured Product
You haven't installed a tile mount that is easier to install than the Solar Tile Mount manufactured by TRA Snow and Sun. Solar Tile Mount is used on all tile roof profiles: flat, mid, and high. It is made in the USA of aluminum alloy for strength and excellent corrosion resistance. Solar Tile Mount is built to allow more ease in installation with more rise from the tile surface to the rail for better air flow below panels. The adjustable base is longer than most allowing attachment 6" to the left or right to have the bracket in the base of the pan of the tile and still fasten to the rafter. Solar Tile Mount is adjustable for counter batten systems from ¾" to 3". The horizontal rail is directly above base fasteners giving greater uplift resistance than any other system. For superior waterproofing apply TRA Snow and Sun's butyl backed VersaFlash aluminum flashing. No tile flashing is needed on top of the tile for greater labor and material cost savings.