Can the Challenges of Desert Solar be Overcome?

The most significant engineering challenges facing desert solar are windblown sand, lack of water and transmission lines. Aside from the physical logistics, political resistance also hinders the development of desert solar.

Solving Turbine Wake Issues in Dense Development Areas

Using a specialized wake model, 3TIER is able to help clients take into account the impact of external wakes on the final net energy numbers they must take to their project stakeholders and financing partners.

Critical thinking for innovation at the World Energy Congress 2013

For most energy and utility companies, success will be achieved through transforming the utility network, improving generation performance, and transforming customer operations - via big data analytics.

China to offer tax breaks to solar power manufacturers

China's Ministry of Finance announced it will offer tax breaks to manufacturers of solar power products on Sunday, as China moves to support an industry still struggling to deal with massive overcapacity and weak demand. The ministry said in a short statement on its website that producers of solar power products will receive immediate refunds of 50 percent of value-added taxes. The National Development and Reform Commission provided subsidies for solar power stations in late August. "China's bloated photovoltaic industry still faces a grim outlook as many companies are deeply mired in debts," said a report on the official Xinhua news service discussing the announcement. It cited data from the China Renewable Energy Society saying that the country's top 10 solar panel makers are up to 100 billion yuan ($16.34 billion) in debt, with a debt to asset ratio above 70 percent on average. Beijing has said it wants to consolidate the industry, but the sector continues to enjoy protection at the central and local level; the latter is particularly strong because solar power companies are frequently major employers.

ZSL LONDON ZOO DELIVERS ‘LOW ENERGY COMPANY' DRIVE

ZSL London Zoo is to become the first company to be accredited under a pioneering UK green low energy scheme.

Ecotech Institute's Energy Efficiency Program Now Provides Building Performance Institute (BPI) Cert

In 2014, Ecotech Institute will also add a new energy efficiency lab to help students prepare for certification

Addressing the China Bus Market Opportunity

Ballard-Azure Agreements a First Step in Addressing China Bus Market Opportunity

PVinsights : Some Chinese module makers are still doing the strategically price competition in Japan

Overall module prices still go down this week, since some Chinese solar module makers are still doing strategically price competition in Japan for taking market share. On the other hand, solar module price in Europe is quite stable, due to the guarantee price to China-made modules.

Solectria Renewables Chosen to Power the Largest Airport Solar Installation in North America

The Indianapolis International Airport (IND) Solar Farm will be 12.5MW DC

Solar to add more megawatts than wind in 2013, for first time

Research company's figures show contrast this year between strong growth in photovoltaic installations and sharp fall in new wind capacity added

SENER wins FIDIC Award of Merit for its Gemasolar Plant

Held to commemorate the federation's centenary, these awards recognize the world's best engineering projects of the last 100 years.

Emerging Solar Markets Set for Rapid Installation Expansion Through 2017

"Across the world, new markets for solar PV are emerging, propelled by government incentives, including tenders for large-scale contracts, feed-in-tariff (FIT) schemes and self-consumption support"

KYOCERA Supplies 3.6 MW of Solar Modules for "Kizuna" Solar Park in Tsunami-hit Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

Utility-scale solar power plant owned and operated by Mitsui & Co., Ltd. goes online to support reconstruction effort

Solar power to overtake wind for the first time

Solar power capacity is set to overtake wind for the first time this year, as a slowdown in the world’s two largest wind markets, China and the U.S., clear the way for a growing solar market, according to a report released Thursday. Clean energy news and data provider Bloomberg  New Energy Finance forecast new onshore and offshore wind farms to add 33.8 gigawatts and 1.7 gigawatts, respectively, to global power markets. That compares with an estimated 36.7 gigawatts of new photovoltaic, or PV, capacity, the first year in which solar power will add more megawatts than wind. “The dramatic cost reductions in PV, combined with new incentive regimes in Japan and China, are making possible further, strong growth in volumes,” said Jenny Chase, head of solar analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “Europe is a declining market, because many countries there are rapidly moving away from incentives, but it will continue to see new PV capacity added.” Wind may be down but not out. Wind installations will shrink by nearly 25% in 2013 to their lowest level since 2008, due to the slowdowns in the U.S. and China caused by policy uncertainty, BNEF said.

Baker Electric Solar Drives Sales with New Truck and Trailer Wraps

Baker Electric Solar is pleased to announce it's taking its solar message to the streets with fleet vehicle branding. Five new installation trucks and 10 trailers are now 24/7 outdoor billboards for Baker Electric Solar.

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