Solar cloth could stretch PV's applications

A British start-up has developed a way for parking lots and structures with roofs that can’t take much weight to harness the power of the sun.   The Cambridge, England-based Solar Cloth Company is beginning to run trials of its solar cloth, which uses lightweight photovoltaic fabric that can be stretched across parking lots or on buildings that can’t hold heavy loads, such as sports stadiums with lightweight, retractable roofs. Perry Carroll, Solar Cloth Company’s founder, told BusinessGreen that the company is working to close deals to install solar cloth on 27,000 parking lots.   “We have built a growing sales pipeline worth £4.2m [about $US6.57 million] for 2015, including park and ride projects, airport parking operators and retail park owners,” he said.   According to Solar Cloth Company, there are about 320 square miles of roof space and 135 square miles of parking space in the UK that could be covered by solar cloth, and if all of these spaces were covered, the solar power produced would be enough to power the UK’s grid three times.

Canadian Solar Completes Sale of 28.4 MW Solar Plant in the United States

It completed the sale of the 28.4MWp West Antelope Solar Park to Dominion

Dominion Acquires Solar Facility In California

Adds to company's growing renewable portfolio ---- 20-megawatt solar facility under long-term power purchase agreement

SunEdison And Renova Energia Create A Joint Venture To Develop 1 Gigawatt Of Utility Scale Solar In Brazil

The venture plans to build and operate four utility scale solar power plants in Bahia State, Brazil, by 2017.

Amtech Obtains Repeat Order from US based Mission Solar Energy for its High Efficiency n-type Bifacial Cell Line

These units are expected to ship within the next six months.

Fraunhofer CSE Completes First Installation And Commissioning Of Their Plug And Play Solar PV Systems Share with LinkedIn

The Plug and Play System is a holistic approach to residential PV that will dramatically help reduce the total installed costs of solar electricity by 2020.

Maxwell Technologies Announces Availability of Enhanced 48V Module

Market-leading 48V module now includes exclusive DuraBlue Advanced Shock and Vibration Technology

Enphase Energy Announces Philanthropic Partnership with SolarAid

Enphase will support SolarAid activities to help eliminate the kerosene lamp in Africa by 2020

ECOVACS ROBOTICS NAMED AS 2015 CES INNOVATION AWARDS HONOREE

The RAYBOT from Ecovacs Robotics is a new environmentally friendly robot designed to effortlessly clean solar panels.

Strong Demand for Ontario's First Green Bond

Nearly $2.4 Billion in Orders for the $500 Million Offering

Energy future hinges upon financing choices today, warns World Energy Council

Annual ranking of 129 countries finds number of AAA countries drops from five to three while four countries put on negative watch

DOSECC Exploration Services Drilling Six Geothermal Test Holes in Pagosa Springs, CO

To help with development of future geothermal resources in the area.

Report: 20% Solar in Reach for New York

"We can get to 20% solar energy in New York by 2025 if we just keep our foot on the accelerator," said Heather Leibowitz, Director of Environment New York.

Iowa Biodiesel Board looks for silver lining in EPA announcement

The Iowa Biodiesel Board is a nonpartisan state trade association representing the biodiesel industry.

European Cities & Bus OEM's Demonstrate Commitment to Fuel Cell Bus Commercialization

On November 12th, 2014 at the 7th Stakeholder Forum of the "Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking" (FCH JU), representatives from five major European bus manufacturers signed a Letter of Understanding outlining their commitment towards the commercialization and deployment of fuel cell buses.

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