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The Sun is Shining Bright in Texas as Solar Becomes a 'Default

This week, the Austin City Council approved a resolution that brings solar to the foreground in Texas. And, perhaps most interestingly, they did so because it made business – and not just environmental – sense in current energy markets. In May, Austin Energy signed a power purchase agreement PPA with Recurrent for solar at a cost of 5 cents per kilowatt-hour. In turn, city officials began looking at solar as a potential way to hedge against natural gas price fluctuations. For the cit...

First Solar Announces 250 MW Worth Of New Projects In Japan

August 31st, 2014 by James Ayre   250 MW of new solar PV projects are currently being developed in Japan by First Solar, according to recent reports. The company is reportedly expecting its rooftop sector in the country to eventually grow to be even larger than its commercial-scale segment — with some of the new projects being the first step towards that eventuality. Part of the purpose of the transition is to position itself better for future trends.   Part of the reason for ...

Corporate America Is Betting Big on Solar Energy

Many people may still question the future of solar energy in the United States, but there's little debate in corporate America over whether to go solar. What may surprise you is that the discussion has nothing to do with climate change. Some of the largest and most influential companies in the country are spending billions of dollars to outfit their businesses with solar energy. And they're doing so in the name of increasing shareholder value. An image of eBay's headquarters with a solar sys...

Tata solar Power wins order from JNNSM

BANGALORE: Tata Power Solar TPS has won one of the largest orders of JNNSM phase-2 batch-1. The company will supply the entire module requirement for the 20 MW AC project to be built by ACME Solar, a leading solar power developer in India. The 1,00,000 modules, constituting 60,00,000 cells, needed for the project will be manufactured at TPS' state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Bangalore. ACME Solar, during the JNNSM bidding last year, won projects totalling 100 MW. Of this, 20 MW, under ...

Transparent Solar Cells, Solar Powering Bayern Munich?(Solar

August 30th, 2014 by Zachary Shahan   Here’s some more solar energy news from around the interwebs: Michigan State University researchers have made some progress on transparent solar cells, a technology we’ve been covering for years but is yet to make it out of the lab. Michigan State’s transparent solar cells aren’t going to be commercialized anytime soon, but maybe they will help lead to that one day. Solar Love Yingli Solar, an official premium partner with Bay...

What If: APS puts solar panels on residential roofs?

In an innovative partnership with the Arizona Solar Deployment Alliance, we have proposed to install rooftop solar on the homes of 3,000 APS customers. If the initiative goes forward, we will make rooftop solar an option for more customers, stimulate Arizona's solar industry and continue Arizona's leadership in solar development.What makes our program different is that customers can "go solar" without a big cash investment or a sterling credit rating. Participating customers would receive a $30 ...

India To Subsidise Solar Power Projects For Army, Railways

August 30th, 2014 by Smiti Mittal   The Indian government has devised a plan to promote domestic solar photovoltaic module manufacturers even as it recently dropped the proposal to levy anti-dumping duties on imported modules. The Indian government plans to take advantage of some specific clauses in the WTO agreements to subsidise solar power projects by the army, railways, and public sector enterprises. As per the plan drawn up by the government, the Indian army and public sector companie...

Nasa reveals incredible animation showing massive eruption of

A coronal mass ejection on Jan. 20, 2005, produced an extreme amount of solar particles, seen as white static in this imagery from ESA/NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. Closer to Earth, it created a solar storm with an unusual combination of strong and weak effects.

Chinese solar company to buy Germany's SAG Solarstrom

FRANKFURT Reuters - German solar firm SAG Solarstrom AG, which filed for insolvency late last year, said on Saturday it agreed to be acquired by Shunfeng Photovoltaic International for 65 million euros $85 million . The small German company, which builds and operates solar power plants, said all jobs were safe and additional jobs would be created under Shunfeng's growth strategy for the business.Solar companies have been under pressure from plunging prices for solar panels and cells, which conve...

Local solar energy companies have enjoyed growth in recent years

Solar energy start-ups that have taken root in the Washington region in recent years are maturing into bona fide businesses, buoyed in part by economic forces and government policies that have made renewable energy more attractive to consumers. The technical costs of installing solar energy systems have come down dramatically, especially when paired with government incentives, allowing solar companies to tout savings that make their prices comparable to or cheaper than standard utilities. But e...