UK building the world's largest offshore wind farm

By Kelly Hodgkins for Digital Trends:  Danish state-owned company Dong Energy A/S plans to set a new world record for the world’s largest offshore wind farm, breaking the existing record currently held by the 630-megawatt London Array, another facility built by Dong. The new U.K. wind farm will be located in the Irish Sea, about 12 miles off the west coast of Great Britain.​ When commissioned, it will provide enough energy to power almost a half million homes.

It’s no surprise that Dong is behind this effort, as it is Denmark’s largest energy company and the world’s largest developer of offshore wind power. The company has a longstanding relationship with the UK, constructing and, in some cases, operating multiple offshore wind facilities, including those in Barrow, Burbo Bank, and Walney Island. Between these projects and others in Germany, Dong now has a total of 5.1 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity. It aims to expand this capacity even further with a projected goal of 6.5 gigawatts of offshore wind energy production by 2020.  Cont'd...

NEXTracker Now Shipping 100 MW of its Advanced Solar Trackers Worldwide Each Week

Today NEXTracker, Inc. , a Flex company, marks a significant milestone: the company is now shipping 100 MW of its solar trackers per week to locations around the world. NEXTracker has over 1800 MW of advanced trackers operating or under construction with several dozen customers on five continents.

Austin Energy Goes First Solar With 119 Megawatt Solar Project

Austin Energy is quickly establishing itself as one of Texas' most forward thinking utilities and one of its most price-savvy ones, too. Earlier this month the utility announced that it's requests for proposals for solar power projects came in at record-low costs. Now it's revealing some more information about its new contracts. Today (Oct. 29) First Solar announced that it signed a 15 year power-purchase agreement with the utility for a 119 megawatt East Pecos Solar Project.

Thin film perovskite solar cell passes the efficiency test

Matthew Gunther for Chemistry World:  Perovskite solar cells may one day rival silicon-based technologies, but their performance outside the laboratory has been a constant source of contention in the past year. Now, an international team of scientists has manufactured the first thin film perovskite solar cell with a reported efficiency that has beenofficially recognised by an accredited national test laboratory.1

Since their development in 2012, the performance of light-harvesting metal–organo halide structures has seemingly improved at a staggering rate, with their efficiency increasing by six percentage points in just two years – the same increase took multi-crystalline solar cells over two decades.

But their stability has been brought into question, with some international test centres taking issue with perovskite solar cells that are so unstable that they may degrade spontaneously in air, making it hard for them to assess their performance.

It’s a state of affairs that Michael Grätzel from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland has had trouble dealing with. ‘Conspicuously, you could see that from the very beginning there was very scarce information on the stability of these devices,’ comments Grätzel. ‘I have raised that issue many times – one would think that now everybody does stability work after this alarm was sounded, but not so.'  Cont'd...

Siemens receives first offshore order for 7-MW wind turbines

• 47 wind turbines for UK project of DONG Energy • Walney Extension East to have a total capacity of 330 megawatts • Service to be provided by Siemens and DONG Energy over a period of 5 years

Oldbaum and Leosphere announce 1GW of offshore wind data campaigns underway at French sites

"Oldbaum Services is at the forefront of the wind sector in reducing the cost of energy by combining our industry-leading skills and experience in wind resource assessment"

Applied Energy Technologies' (AET) Solar Racking Selected by Pro-Tech Energy Solutions for 3.5 MW Rooftop Installation at AC Moore Distribution Center in NJ

AET's Rayport-B ECO system selected for one of the nation's largest rooftop installations

Zettler Group Expands Market Leading Product Program in Solar Relays

Zettler Group publishes an updated on-line PDF for electro-mechanical relays for photo-voltaic inverter applications

8minutenergy Renewables Officially Breaks Ground on 137MW Springbok 1 Solar Farm

Nation's Leading Independent Solar PV Developer Hosts Event to Kick Off Construction of Solar Farm That Will Deliver Clean Power to Los Angeles

First Solar, Strata Sign 400MW Deal for 2017-18 Module Deliveries

Strata tops 1GW of business with First Solar --- Projects in development demonstrate confidence in US utility-scale market

Ecoplexus Breaks Ground on 25 MW Solar Project in Nash County, North Carolina

Once fully operational, the system will provide North Carolina with approximately 40 gigawatt-hours of clean electricity annually, enough to power an estimated 3,800 households.

KINGSPAN ENERGY COMPLETES SUNPOWER SOLAR INSTALLATION AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY UPGRADES FOR CARL ZEISS COMPANY

Unique integrated project reduces energy load of the Company's Training Center by 60 percent

Next Generation Inverters - HD-Wave Technology

With HD-Wave technology, SolarEdge initially creates a much smoother sine wave (a high-definition wave) thus avoiding the heavy and costly magnetic components while gaining efficiency.

Morocco to Build World's Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant

Cole Mellino for EcoWatch:  Morocco imports 97 percent of its energy, and yet it has one of the highest rates of solarinsolation of any country—about 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, according to the Solar GCC Alliance. To put that in perspective, the Guinness Book of World Records puts Yuma, Arizona as the sunniest place on Earth with an average of 4,055 hours of sunshine per year (the theoretical maximum is 4,456), whereas the sunniest place in Germany, which still has a robust solar industry, gets a mere 1,800 sunshine hours a year. So it’s no surprise that Morocco is tapping into its abundant sunshine for energy.
Morocco is building “a complex of four linked solar mega-plants that, alongside hydro andwind, will help provide nearly half of Morocco’s electricity from renewables by 2020,” reports The Guardian. When the entire project is finished, it will be the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant in the world. The first phase, Noor 1, will go live next month.  Cont'd...
 

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Leading Residential Solar Company Now Provides Affordable Solar to more than 100,000 Homeowners Across 15 States

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