Same PV Panel Produces Twice As Much Electricity in Africa Than in Central Europe

The African continent's proximity to the sun shows that solar photovoltaic (PV) technology is at the right place at the right time to meet growing energy demands --- South Africa's solar target: to produce 8.4 GW of PV capacity by 2030 --- AfricaPVSEC highlights a rapidly growing African PV scientific community and the acceleration of PV electricity generation systems in many African countries.

California's Record-Breaking New Solar Plant Is Already Irrelevant

Last week, dozens of people, including Google energy chief Rick Needham and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, trekked out to the California-Nevada border in the middle of the Death Valley to dedicate what is believed to be the world's largest solar thermal facility in the world.   At 392 megawatts, the Ivanpah solar thermal plant will be able to power 140,000 homes — the equivalent of all of Newark (averaging two people per household).   We covered the project when BrightSource, the main developer behind the project, first put up a stunning 3-D tour of the site.   But for all its scale and beauty, in terms of the future of renewables, Ivanpah is already irrelevant.     Solar thermal creates electricity by using mirrors to direct intense amounts of heat at a centralized collector, which is used to heat a substance like water to create steam power. Solar photovoltaic, meanwhile, directly converts solar energy into electricity through semiconductors.   If solar thermal sounds unnecessarily complicated, you're right. Solar photovoltaic has seen explosive growth in the past few years thanks to plummeting material costs, state incentives, and eco-conscious homebuyers putting up panels on their roofs.  But solar thermal growth has stalled, and is expected to continue to do so.  Ivanpah cost $2.2 billion. Warren Buffett paid the same amount for the world's largest photovoltaic plant just up the road outside Bakersfield. That plant will generate 1.5-times as much power as Ivanpah.    As the New York Times' Diane Cardwell and Matt Wald wrote Friday, Ivanpah probably represents an end, not a beginning. 

Texas Solar Resources Celebrates Five Year Anniversary as Top Renewable Energy Company

TSR projected to Grow into Global Market Leader in Solar Energy Industry

ESA Renewables Commissions First Community Solar Farm in Central Florida

Central Florida solar company developed, constructed and will operate solar array

Crain's Names SourceOne as one of the "Best Places to Work in NYC" for Third Consecutive Year

Distinction highlights SourceOne's dynamic workplace where employees collaborate on diverse energy management projects that improve the New York region's energy efficiency.

Eco Branding Releases 2014 Solar Marketing Outlook

Report highlights solar industry marketing insights and innovations

DuraTrack™ HZ Receives LA County Stamp of Approval

Three tracking sites fully permitted and completed in Lancaster, Los Angeles County, California

PROINSO attends PV EXPO 2014, Japan's largest PV power generation expo

The show will be staged from 26 to 28 February in Tokyo, where PROINSO opened a representative office a year ago.

620MW's of Solar Farm Projects Qualify for Duke RFP

Innovative Solar Systems has twelve (12) Solar Farm projects totally 620 Megawatts that qualify for the new Duke Energy RFP that was issued this week.

Solar Energy Leaders Come Together for Fourth Arizona Solar Summit Feb. 20

The fourth annual Arizona Solar Summit will focus on introducing innovative policies, programs and technologies that are critical to reshaping Arizona's energy markets.

Danfoss to Reduce Carbon Footprint with New Onsite Solar Park

The park features Danfoss FLX Series inverters and is expected to reduce the company's CO2 emissions

PNE WIND AG commissions the Calau IIA wind farm and will now complete the next construction phases

PNE WIND AG developed the project and will also take over its technical operation.

Wind Energy: TÜV Rheinland at the EWEA 2014

EWEA 2014, Barcelona, Hall B Stand C 80 / testing and certification services / global campaign – "Energy Expertise Everywhere" / accreditation in accordance with EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 obtained

USA: Schools in California to save on electricity bill through Conergy PV system

PV solution and service provider builds another 1.3MW plant for education facility in Corcoran

SolarWorld commends trade vote as important step in favor of U.S. solar manufacturing

Vote by U.S. International Trade Commission recognizes that imports of Chinese solar products are injuring domestic U.S. manufacturers

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