First Solar is buying an under-the-radar startup called TetraSun to add expertise around silicon solar cell manufacturing to its technology portfolio, which until now has focused on using the material cadmium telluride to make solar cells. The Arizona-based thin film solar giant announced the pending acquisition on Tuesday during its analyst day — its first since 2009 — in which it laid out a persuasive technology and business development plan for the next five years. Investors liked what they heard and pushed the company’s stock up by nearly 50 percent during trading. So why TetraSun? Apparently Silicon Valley-based TetraSun has some disruptive silicon cell designs that set it apart from the rest of the silicon solar companies. Its designs require fewer manufacturing steps to produce conventional silicon cells, and eliminates the need for silver and transparent conductive oxide. Silver is used to transport electricity produced by the cells, while the oxide is a coating that protects the cells and helps the semiconductor material (such as silicon or cadmium telluride) to grab the light more effectively to produce electricity. First Solar claims that TetraSun’s cells also can perform better in hot climates than conventional silicon cells. That feature will make solar panels with TetraSun’s cells more desirable in places like the Middle East and India, two markets with a lot of potentials for growth. First Solar says it plans to start making TetraSun’s cells in the second half of 2014.
Pearl Valley Cheese Co., based in Fresno, Ohio, is going green with an energy-saving power system that runs on cheese manufacturing waste water. Designed and installed by GEM Energy, of Walbridge, Ohio, the system promises to save Pearl Valley Cheese more than $40,000 per year in electricity costs.
ABB's latest innovation has potential to save energy and reduce emissions – equivalent to the electric consumption of 1.4 million US households and 4 million tons of CO2 – and help to prevent blackouts
Schletter's second-annual Solar Roadshow, which focuses on commercial and utility-scale solar applications, travels to the southeast with stops in Nashville on April 22, Charlotte on April 23, and Atlanta on April 25.
Prokon AŞ will meet approximately %40 of its electricity consumption after the solar power plant is put into service.
Advanced Energy Increases Growth Opportunities With Acquisition of Three-Phase String Inverter Product Line
REFUsol was just acquired by Advanced Energy
UN Secretary-General and Alaska's US Senator among over 100 Energy Industry Thought Leaders to Participate in the Annual Gathering
TRA Snow and Sun acquires Accurpress machine, doubling its ability to bend, punch and dimple solar racking and snow retention products
Duke surpasses 100 MW milestone in commercial solar energy generation
Although solar system demand remained solid in China, EU, Japan and some emerging countries, solar module makers are still difficult to raise their price easily. Moreover, some Chinese solar module makers are still eager to ship more solar module at the current price level than high price.
Organized by AMECO, this informative workshop will teach you how to use the sun's power to benefit your home or business.
"America's solar industry welcomes President Obama's continued support. We praise the President for emphasizing that a transition to sustainable energy sources is vital—and that the U.S. must lead it. Solar is the fastest-growing clean energy technology available today." -Rhone Resch, CEO, SEIA
Sustainable Energy Association of Australia calls for more electricity market reforms, not less, as the Western Australian Government moves backwards to re-merge two government owned utilities.
The Folsom-based California Independent System Operator, which operates the state's wholesale electricity transmission grid, said today that wind power turbines on the grid set a new record of 4,196 megawatts on Sunday. The record came at 6:44 p.m. That mark came on the heels of Friday's passing of the 4,000-megawatt threshold. Previously, the ISO's all-time record peak output for wind energy was 3,944 megawatts on March 3. "With these impressive wind-production levels, California is well positioned to meet the 33 percent by 2020 green power goal," said ISO President and CEO Steve Berberich. "Our control center operators are tracking a steady increase in renewable energy ... " Currently, ISO said there is a total of 5,899 megawatts of wind plant capacity installed within the California grid. California is the nation's second largest producer of wind power, trailing only Texas. ISO said that Texas, which has a current wind-generation peak capacity of 10,407 megawatts, reached a record peak of 9,481 megawatts on February 9.
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