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Schools prevail in courts over solar project, some obstacles remain

The school district will move forward with its plans to build solar panels at five schools after a judge determined Thursday that it had met the bid requirements set forth in Nevada law. “Judge Agosti decided Richard Stokes and the school district had done nothing improper,” said Mike Pavlakis, the attorney representing the Carson City School District. “Not only did she dissolve the writ issued Monday, but she refused to order any stopping of the work.”A petition filed Mo...

Trina Solar Announces India Solar Power Plant Completion with

CHANGZHOU, China, Dec. 31, 2010 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Trina Solar Limited NYSE: TSL "Trina Solar" or the "Company" , a leading integrated manufacturer of solar photovoltaic PV products from the production of ingots, wafers and cells to the assembly of PV modules, announced today through its subsidiary, Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co. Ltd., the completion of a 5 MW solar power plant developed by Lanco Infratech Limited "LITL" , one of the fastest growing business conglomerates in India....

Interior Dept. Approves Ninth Large-Scale Solar Power Plant

Interior Dept. Approves Ninth Large-Scale Solar Power Plant The concentrated solar power plant will produce 110 megawatts, enough to provide electricity for up to 75,000 Nevada households. Dec 31, 2010 U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar approved the Record of Decision ROD for the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project located in Nye County near Tonopah, Nev. The concentrated solar power plant will produce 110 megawatts, enough to provide electricity for up to 75,000 Nevada households, and...

Tessera sells off 850MW Californian Solar power project to K Road

On December 29, K Road via a subsidiary, K Road Sun LLC has purchased a 850MW Calico solar power project from Tessera Solar North America Inc, which has encountered a number of difficulties of late. The project had hit a number of difficulties. In the previous week, Southern California Edison, cancelled the project’s power purchase agreement and on December 15, a federal judge granted an injunction against Tessera’s separate Imperial Valley project due to a suit by the Native America...

A New Solar Fuel to the Rescue?

Cerium - an oil saviour? Eamon Keene Making fuel from solar energy is the holy grail of the renewable industry. In 2008, David Nocera, an energy professor from MIT, gushed about a "major discovery" which would unleash a solar revolution. The MIT press reported on a "simple, inexpensive, highly efficient process for storing solar energy". Ostensibly this was a way to split water to store solar energy in the form of hydrogen and each house would have its own solar panel, which would mean that "el...

Sun to rise soon on Asia's largest solar park

Work on what could become Asia's largest solar village is underway in the Indian state Gujarat. Renewable energy projects in India are regarded as particularly green since they reduce the country's dependence on coal.

Solar panel company gets tax credits to move to Wisconsin

W Solar Group, a privately owned company with technology for manufacturing solar panels, said it will move to Wisconsin and set up its corporate headquarters and a separate research and development center in Dane County. No specific locations were given in the announcement Thursday by Gov. Jim Doyles office. The state Department of Commerce will provide up to $28 million in enterprise zone tax credits for the Chatsworth, Calif., company, which says it plans to invest more than $300 million in fa...

LDK Solar Reaches 3 GW Wafer Production Capacity

LDK Solar Co. Ltd., the world’s leading crystalline wafer producer announced December 28, 2010 that they have reached a 3 GW annual wafer production capacity. Manufacturers of polysilicon, mono and multi-crystalline ingots, wafers, modules and cells, LDK also engages in project development activities in selected segments of the PV market. By offering such a broad range of solar technology products, LDK is already an industry leader. With the coming of their milestone wafer production capa...

Native American Tribes Sue Over Solar Projects

A land battle with Native Americans could halt California's quest for clean energy. At issue are six solar plants planned for the California desert. As part of a larger statewide solar project, they would generate around four thousand megawatts, enough to power three million homes. A Native American group called La Cuna de Aztlan Sacred Sites Protection Circle Advisory Committee has filed suit to stop the construction. They're joined by Californians for Renewable Energy and various individuals. ...

Solar Plant to Generate Power After Sundown

By REBECCA SMITH Something new is headed for the Southwest desert: solar power plants that can make electricity whether or not the sun is shining. Abengoa Solar Inc. expects to start construction in mid-2011 on a plant in Arizona that will store sun-generated heat to provide six extra hours a day of electric-generating capacity. The heat creates steam that is used to turn power turbines. Rebecca Smith looks at solar power plants that can make electricity whether or not the sun is shining, incl...