February, 2014Archive for

Research and Markets: Mena Solar Power Market and Projects

DUBLIN-- BUSINESS WIRE --Research and Markets http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/jgz5lt/mena_solar_power has announced the addition of the "Mena Solar Power Market and Projects Report 2014" report to their offering. The solar energy sector is a fast growing market in the region. With all countries now having stated 2020 renewable energy targets and some of the best irradiation levels on Earth, solar energy is the largest component of governments' strategies to achieve such targets. As...

JCM Capital: raising funds for solar projects in emerging markets

Tom Heintzman is the managing director of Canadian-based solar developer JCM Capital, which focuses primarily on the development of green-field utility-scale solar projects in emerging solar markets. The company takes projects from concept to construction before bringing in partners to help finance, construct and operate the installations. JCM has already realized more than 400 MW of projects in Africa, Latin America and North America and currently has a further 500 MW of solar capacity under d...

Appeal granted for solar facility in Helendale

SAN BERNARDINO • The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted this week to pave the way for a disputed solar-power facility to be constructed in Helendale, according to a board meeting summary. Supervisors voted Tuesday to grant an appeal by Sunlight Partners LLC after its proposed 7.5-megawatt facility on 80.6 acres had failed in November to receive required majority approval from the county Planning Commission. Sunlight Partners plans to build the photovoltaic solar po...

Giant Solar Flare 'Has Potential to Wipe Out Communication on Earth'

A giant solar flare has the potential to wipe out modern means of communication on Earth, knocking out satellites and electricity through a huge cloud of charged particles. According to Adrian Melott, a physicist from the University of Kansas, if a massive solar flare the same size as one that hit Earth in 1859 reached our planet today, the consequences would be devastating. A report in the Kansas City Star said an increasing number of scientists and politicians are concerned about thi...

Uganda's Newest Utility: Pay-as-you-go Solar Power

KAMPALA In Uganda, telecom provider MTN and a company called Fenix are gearing up this year for a nationwide rollout of pre-paid electricity, similar to pre-paid airtime, but using solar kits. Uganda has one of the lowest electrification rates in Africa - a continent where some 600 million people are off the power grid. The village of Kiwumu lies less than 32 kilometers from the Ugandan capital, Kampala. But the bright lights of the city seem worlds away. Like the vast majority of Uganda, Kiwu...

The fake watch that can charge your mobile: Solar-powered

This may look like a watch but its actually a solar charger. A multi-colour LED light flashes to reveal battery charge level and charging status. It also work a mini flashlight or safety strobe

District Jail all Set to Go the Solar Way

With the Central Prisons in the state tapping the potential of solar power, the Ernakulam District Jail is also set to follow suit. This will help bring down the power bills to a great extent.According to officials of the District Jail, the solar panels brought to the jail will be installed shortly which is expected to generate three kilo watt of power. The solar energy will be used to light bulbs and fans at the cells and the administration section. We can reduce the monthly bill by 40 per cent...

District Jail all Set to Go the Solar Way

With the Central Prisons in the state tapping the potential of solar power, the Ernakulam District Jail is also set to follow suit. This will help bring down the power bills to a great extent.According to officials of the District Jail, the solar panels brought to the jail will be installed shortly which is expected to generate three kilo watt of power. The solar energy will be used to light bulbs and fans at the cells and the administration section. We can reduce the monthly bill by 40 per cent...

Sunny times for Chinese solar panel makers

By CCTV correspondent Ying Yiyuan Demand for solar panels is on the rise in China and Japan. Sales have started to shine again during the past six months after two years of stormy weather. Many solar panel makers have responded to the bright news by expanding their production capacity. China's solar power industry is starting to beam again. Overcapacity and trade disputes with the U.S. and the European Union had created a cloud over the sector and caused more than two years of poor business. B...

First Solar Knocks It Out Of The Park With New Solar Cell Efficiency

This one really knocked our socks off. The last time we checked in on First Solar was almost exactly one year ago, when the company announced a world solar cell efficiency record of 18.7 percent for its thin film solar technology. Now it has crushed its own record, cracking the 20 percent barrier with a new world record of 20.4 percent. That might sound like peanuts compared to conventional silicon solar cell efficiency, which has skyrocketed up into the 40 percent range, but solar conversion e...