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Yingli Solar hits 10 GW milestone

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has surpassed 10 gigawatts of cumulative solar module deliveries worldwide. The China-based provider of photovoltaic modules realized this milestone on June 30, 2014. Every one megawatt of Yingli modules is estimated to be able to produce 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy a year. The total amount of power generated annually by the modules that Yingli has now deployed is enough to power an estimated four million...

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First Solar sets efficiency record of 21 percent for its thin-film solar cells

First Solar has announced a world-record breaking efficiency of 21 percent for a cadmium-telluride solar cell. The record setting solar cell was constructed at the company’s Perrysburg, Ohio, manufacturing factory and Research & Development. The cell’s efficiency was certified at the Newport Corporation’s Technology and Applications Center Photovoltaic Lab and the record was documented in the United States Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Labo...

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257-MW solar power project delivering energy to Thailand’s power grid

A 257 megawatt-solar power project has been connected to the utility grid in Northeastern Thailand. SPCG Public Company Limited and Kyocera Corporation have been collaborating on the project since 2010 on construction 35 solar farms in Surin Province. Full operational launch of the project was announced on July 29. It is now one of Southeast Asia’s largest solar power projects. The project has an annual power output of approximately 345,000,000 kilowatt hours,...

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XSOL Co., Ltd to bring First Solar thin-film modules to Japan

Thin-film solar company First Solar has signed an agreement with Japanese solar company XSOL Co., Ltd. to provide their cadmium telluride solar modules in Japan. The agreement targets an installation of 100 megawatts worth of solar modules a year. “First Solar is investing in Japan’s energy future,” said Karl Brutsaert, Head of Business Development for First Solar, Japan. “This agreement with XSOL enables us to deliver safe and clean solar electricity on...

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Pros and cons of installing solar panels

Your home is warm in the summer and cold in the winter - the exact opposite of what you want it to be. Instead of moving out and selling the place though, you can just insulate it. It’s cheaper and has the benefit of not having to hire moving men. Here’s some vital information you need to know before starting the project though...

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Kyocera’s solar module production reaches 5-GW milestone

Japan’s Kyocera Corporation has exceeded the 5-gigawatt milestone in accumulated production of solar modules. Since the company began producing solar modules in 1975, they have now produced 5GW -worth of solar modules, enough to supply individual 3.5 kilowatt photovoltaic systems for more than 1.4 million homes. In a statement, Kyocera cited rising global demand for renewable energy resources as having spurred their ra...

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Malaysia’s largest solar plant completed using Yingli solar modules

Malaysia’s largest solar power plant is now completed. The 10.3 megawatt-solar power plant, located in Gemas, Negri Sembilan, Malaysia, was developed by Amcorp Power Sdn. Bhd., a subsidiary of investment holding company Amcorp Group Berhad. The project can generate approximately 13.6 kilowatt hours of clean power annually. It uses over 40,000 multicrystalline solar modules from China’s Yingli Green E...

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Trina Solar supplying modules to 23 MW rooftop installation in Shandong, China

China’s Trina Solar will be supplying 23 megawatts worth of solar modules to a project in China’s Shandong province. Linuo Solar Power Co., Ltd. will be developing a solar project using 92,000 Trina Solar TSM-250PC05A modules over 500,000 square meters of rooftop. The project is expected to produce 2,990 kilowatt hours of clean energy and prevent 28,674 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. "We are...

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G.E. Energy Financial Services invests in 32 MW solar installation in Japan

G.E. Energy Financial Services is investing in a 32-megawatt solar photovoltaic power project in Japan. The Kumenan solar project, located in the prefecture of Okayama, Japan, is being developed by Japanese solar power developer Pacifico Energy. G.E. Energy Financial Services will be providing the solar project with financing under a non-recourse project finance basis. The project is also supported by a $107 mil...

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Supercritical steam for super productive solar thermal plants

By using supercritical steam, solar thermal power plants could produce enough energy to become cost competitive with other forms of energy. Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization or CSIRO, is pioneering a means to creating highly pressurized steam using solar power that they believe can improve the performance of solar thermal plants. In a solar...

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