1.2-million sq. ft. solar panel 'Gigafactory' in Buffalo almost ready, will make 1 GW/year

Michael Graham Richard for TreeHugger:  Soon after SolarCity acquired solar panel maker Silevo in the summer of 2014, it announced the construction of a 1.2-million-square-foot 'Solar Gigafactory' in Buffalo, New York. The move had two main goals: 1) For the solar installer to get its own secure supply of high-efficiency solar panels (Silevo panels are currently 21% efficient, but the company claims that they can get to 24%) and 2) drive down the cost of the panels and of installing them.
If the panels are higher efficiency, you need fewer of them per roof for a given capacity, lowering installation costs, and if you make them in very large quantities in a 'Gigafactory', you can further reduce costs through economies of scale.
The Buffalo solar gigafactory, which can be seen in the photo at the top of this article, aims to start producing solar cells in 2016, with a ramping up to 1 GW of annual capacity by 2017. If all goes well, the facility could eventually be expanded to 5 GW/year at some point. The solar cells produced there have a target price of around $0.50/watt, which would make them very competitive with other power sources.  Cont'd...
 

Exosun is named in the 2015 Global Cleantech 100 Under the Radar List

List recognizes private companies gaining traction in clean technology

Dutch solar company Eternal Sun acquires Spire's Sun Simulator Business

• Acquisition of assets marks latest disruptive move in the sector • Underlines Eternal Sun's ambitious growth plans in Asia • Creates a solar testing powerhouse delivering solutions to manufacturing and R&D sectors

Keeping solar panels clean and efficient: New Perma-Clean Solar saves time, energy and water

Optimizing solar panel output with a Hydrophilic/Anti-Static Coating

ICCI 2016 in Istanbul with a strong focus on solar, April 27-29, Istanbul

With investment needs of around 130 Billion US-Dollars in the energy sector until 2023 and Europe`s highest solar radation Turkey offers tremendous opportunities for solar and other renewable energy projects. ICCI 2016 - the 22nd International Energy and Environment Fair and Conference offers a plattform for the industry and investors to bring the solar and renewable energy market forward in Turkey and neighbouring countries. With expected 340 exhibitors and over 16,000 professional visitors ICCI is the biggest energy event in Turkey. It takes place from April 27 to April 29 in Istanbul Expo Center. Over 32 partners support the event, among them GÜNDER, the Turkish solar industry association.

MiaSol FLEX-02 Solar Modules UL, IEC and Class A Certified

MiaSol is pleased to announce that its CIGS-based, thin-film FLEX-02 solar modules are IEC 61646, IEC 61730, UL 1703 certified and UL 790 Class A fire rated. The MiaSol FLEX module is the highest efficiency flexible, lightweight thin-film solar module on the market today, with production efficiencies of 16%.

PV Nano Cell Named in the Global Cleantech 100's "Ones to Watch" List

PV Nano Cell was named in the Global Cleantech 100's "Ones to Watch" List. CEO Fernando de la Vega Will Present on SicrysTM Nanometric Conductive Digital Inks at the 14th Annual Cleantech Forum in San Francisco

High Altitude Wind Power Generation Marks a New Milestone in the Renewable Energy Roadmap, Finds Frost & Sullivan

Benefits such as the steady flow and quick velocities of winds at higher altitudes are attracting researchers and investors alike

JinkoSolar Signs One Gigawatt Supply Agreement with sPower

This agreement is JinkoSolar's largest contract in the United States to date. JinkoSolar will supply over three million of its high efficiency solar PV modules to sPower for use in various projects that are to be built before the end of 2016.

NEXTracker Expands Global Presence, Manufacturing NX Horizon Trackers in Mexico

Domestic Content-Compliant, NX Horizon is Ideal for Mexico's Growing Solar Market, Enabling Developers and EPCs to Accelerate Deployment of Utility-Scale Solar Power Plants

Sprig Electric Pioneers a One, Two Solar Punch in Silicon Valley to Dramatically Reduce Energy Costs

Sprig Electric is now among the first electrical contractors in the nation to pair Tesla's Powerpack battery with a 350 kW commercial rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system to optimize energy savings.

Renewable energy demand in Europe reaches record levels

The demand for renewable electricity in Europe, documented with Guarantees of Origin (GO), continued to grow in 2015.

Better regulation could see house building and CO2 reductions go hand in hand

The scrapping of the Zero Carbon Homes policy in July 2015 [1] has left a policy vacuum that urgently needs filling, says the Solar Trade Association.

Solar energy company PROINSO to expand operations across Central America

Olivier Jacques to lead APsystems Europe, Middle East and Africa operations

Olivier Jacques has joined APsystems as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is based in the APsystems branch in Lyon, France. The company also maintains a European office in the Netherlands. Jacques brings more than 20 years of experience in construction, industrial and high-tech industries. Prior to joining APsystems, he served as Managing Director EMEA for Enphase Energy. There, he developed the microinverter market in Europe from scratch, achieving leading share positions in key European solar regions.

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