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Apple to power Californian facilities with 130MW from First Solar

First Solar and Apple, Inc. have closed a deal worth $846 million for clean energy in California. Apple has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with First Solar for clean energy from their California Flats Solar Project in Monterey, California. “Apple is leading the way in addressing climate change by showing how large companies can serve their operations with 100 percent clean, renewable energy,” said Joe Kishkill, chief commercial officer for First Solar. This P.P...

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10 gigawatts of thin film PV modules installed by First Solar

Thin film solar module manufacturer First Solar, Inc. has announced that they have installed 10 gigawatts of their photovoltaic solar modules world-wide. First Solar is the first thin film PV module manufacturer in the world to achieve this milestone. “This is much more than just a celebration of First Solar’s track record and the trust that our customers have placed in our technology. This milestone is a clear indication that solar is no longer a subsidy-driven extra; it has evolved into a valued component of the global...

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IKEA plans Missouri’s largest rooftop solar project

Home furnishings retailer IKEA, will build Missouri’s largest rooftop solar array to provide clean power for a new store in St. Louis.IKEA announced that, when their St. Louis store opens, it will sport a 1.28 megawatt solar power array. The store is currently under construction and will open in the fall of 2015 in the city’s Cortex Innovation District. The store’s 259,000 square foot array will use 4,085 panels to produce approximately 1,780,000 kilowatt-hours of power for the store annually. The amount of clean...

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Kyocera forming J.V. for second floating solar power plant in Japan

A floating solar power plant is set to begin construction at the Yamakura Dam reservoir in Japan. Kyocera Corporation and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation announced on December 22 that they are establishing a joint venture, Kyocera TCL Solar LLC, to develop and operate a 13.4 megawatt floating solar power plant at the Yamakura Dam reservoir near Ichihara City, Chiba Prefecture. The floating solar power plants will use around 50,000 Kyocera modules installed over a water surface are of around 180,000 meters squared...

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Five reasons solar technicians are in demand

While electricity has been referred to as the fuel powering the modern world, both the cost factors of excessive usage and environmental concerns have sparked conversations about shifting to renewable energy sources. Among the most popular and most cost-effective renewable energy sources is solar power. Solar power involves utilizing the power of the sun to meet energy demands currently fulfilled by the use of electrical power. Although increasing awareness about solar power and its effectiveness is partially responsible for the exponential...

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SunEdison closes $117 million fund for North American solar projects

SunEdison, Inc. has closed its second fund for distributed generation projects in the United States. The lease pass-through fund was closed with Barclays and Citi and is valued at $117 million. This is the second Barclays and Citi fund closed with SunEdison this year. "Barclays and Citi have been great partners, working with SunEdison to bring distributed solar to new markets and customers," said Ryan Bennett, vice president of project finance, North America at SunEdison. "The creation of this second fund, so soon after the first, speaks...

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SunEdison to develop solar power plants in Chile and the Honduras

SunEdison has announced two new deals by which they will be developing solar power projects in Chile and the Honduras. SunEdison announced on December 15 that they have been awarded a contract to supply 570 gigawatts of clean solar power a year to the National Energy Commission in Chile. SunEdison will be investing more than $700 million to develop 350 megawatts of utility scale solar photovoltaic plants in Chile. The plants will be added to the call right list of TerraForm Power, Inc., a global owner and operator of renew...

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JA Solar provides modules for Pakistan’s first large-scale solar farm

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. will be providing the solar modules for the first large-scale solar farm in Pakistan. JA Solar announced on December 8 that it shipped 100 megawatts of solar modules to a solar farm located within the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park in Bahawalpur, Pakistan. The project, located in the province of Punjab, is said to have some of the highest solar irradiance in the world with approximately 3,000 hours of sunlight a year. While the high solar irradiance makes it suitable for solar power generation, there is some concern that the...

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G.E. Energy Financial Services investing in 42-MW solar power plant in Japan

General Electric has announced that they have completed their second solar project financing transaction with Tokyo-based solar project developer Pacifico Energy. G.E. Energy Financial Service is investing in Mimasaka Musashi, a 42-MW photovoltaic solar power plant currently under construction in the prefecture of Okayama. Mimasaka is expected to reach commercial operations in the third quarter of 2016. Power from the plant will be sold to Chugoku Electric through a 20-year power purchase agreement. Pacifico Energy will manage...

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Multi-junction solar cell sets record efficiency at 46 percent

A new multi-junction solar cell has set a record for solar cell efficiency, converting 46 percent of solar light into electricity. The solar cell was developed by solar power company Soitec and CEA-Leti, France, along with the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Germany. It is the cooperation’s second world record after one previously announced in September 2013. Multi-junction cells are used in concentrator photovoltaic systems where each cell is paired with a device that can concentrate the suns light onto the cell. The record setting...

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