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Solar tower receiver by eSolar in California developed by B&W

Babcock and Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc. (B&W PGG) has designed, developed and manufactured a tower-mounted steam generation receiver. The first of these has been delivered and installed at a 5-MW solar thermal power plant of eSolar in the Antelope Valley region, Southern California.


Solar leasing available to Los Angeles utility customers

Customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the US’s largest municipal utility, may now avail of SolarCity’s solar leasing option called SolarLease™. The lease combines with LADWP’s solar rebates, which are the highest of any U.S. utility. Starting at $55 per month for a 4-kilowatt solar system, the lease also requires no money down, on approved credit. SolarCity announced the offer last Monday (July 27).


127-MW solar farm in Arizona gets $121 million from Prudential

Prudential Capital Group, the investment arm of Prudential Financial, Inc., in partnership with Banco Santander S.A. is funding a 127-megawatt solar photovoltaic facility in Arizona with a total of $466 million. The Arlington Valley Solar Energy II in Maricopa County, Arizona will be developed and operated by LS Power.


Q-Cells SE partners with MEMC to construct 50-MWp solar park

German solar cell manufacturer Q-Cells SE has signed a joint-venture deal with MEMC Electronic Materials Inc., a manufacturer of silicon wafers, for the construction of large solar parks. Each partner will own 50% of the joint venture.


Six companies visit CFE site for Agua Prieta II project

Mexico’s state-owned electric company, Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), has launched an international tender for the construction of the Agua Prieta II thermo-solar hybrid plant in Sonora State. Six companies attended the site visit.


Speakers for Solar Gigawatts Symposium announced

The organizers of the Solar Gigawatts Symposium have announced the panel topics and speakers for the July 15 conference.


24 prime zones for fast-tracking solar in Western US

The US Department of the Interior (DOI) is working with officials of six western states in a comprehensive evaluation and processing of 24 public tracts of land aimed at speeding up solar power development.


Aide Solar establishes US headquarters

Xuzhou City, China-based solar panel manufacturer Aide Solar announced on June 22 the opening of its 6,300-square foot warehouse and office facility in Tempe, Arizona as part of the company’s long-term expansion in the US market.


Second-generation solar tower unveiled in Spain

Spain’s Abengoa Solar unveiled on June 19 its first experimental high-temperature solar tower called Eureka in the Spanish state of Andalusia.


Advanced Solar Photonics starts selling its panels

Integrated solar power firm Advanced Solar Photonics (ASP) has officially started its business operation by selling its own solar panel product and turnkey solar power system.


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