With Solar Power International in Dallas this week, it is not sure that it will be a lot of news solar coming from Texas. But last week also had big news.
The big news from last week was probably GE new PV manufacturing plant. The company will construct a plant for production of 400 megawatts in Aurora, Colorado, the creation of 355 manufacturing jobs in the process. It will be the first plant where GE will make cadmiumtelluride of cadmium (CdTe) thin film photovoltaic energy, and in terms of capacity, will be the largest photovoltaic plant only in U.S. manufacturing.UU. When you are finished.
GE is also associated with Nissan to study the use of electric vehicle batteries for energy storage. The companies are working to develop an infrastructure of charging that solar energy can be used to charge batteries EV and then use them as a source of energy.
One bounty for the solar industry, the 1603 program of the Treasury, is scheduled to expire. The program allows investors in solar energy projects to take advantage of tax incentives on the completion of the project through a grant, rather than wait to refund under the tax code. The tool has stimulated tax equity investors to support projects, and without it, the solar industry could lose jobs. However, if you upgraded in 2012, you could add more than 30,000 new jobs solar, according to a new report by the Association of industries of Solar energy (SEIA).
With PV prices at all-time lows, more and more people are turning their attention to other costs of solar energy, as well as allowing it. The Governor of California Jerry Brown (D) recently signed SB 226 in law. The new law helps to reduce the time allows it for solar energy projects in California, especially for urban fill projects and projects that opt for the conversion of thermal solar energy photovoltaic technology.
TREC renewable energy cooperative has created community SolarShare bonds that offer a guaranteed return of 5 per cent per annum for a period of five years. Bonds support community solar projects, but only in Ontario. The group is able to offer rates of return on the $1,000 (Canadian) from the bonds of Ontario feed-in tariff.
Solar was recognized as winner of two different organizations in the last week. Solaria won Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards 2011. The magazine gave a total of 10 companies of revolutionary advances. Solaria has been recognized for developing photovoltaic energy of low concentration which significantly reduce the amount of Silicon needed while maintaining the efficiency of comparable modules.
GreenSpec and Building News Evironmental also awarded to two companies of solar energy at the Conference and exhibition international Greenbuild in Toronto, Canada. Solar thermal Ritter XL system, distributed in North America by Regasol, was awarded for his highly efficient solar water heaters. Renewable AllEarth was awarded for its Allsun Tracker System, which says can help a production of photovoltaic energy system 35 per cent to 45 per cent more than a fixed mounting system.
Two major manufacturers of food included in solar plants in Arizona last week. Although you can find snacks more tasty than the other.
Frito-Lay announced that it now has five independent solar power facilities at its facilities in Casa Grande, Arizona you do not like the candy of the plant of manufacture of Nestlé Purina Petcare in Flagstaff, Arizona, but also your puppies and kittens. The plant has just completed an extensive roof terrace 427-kW, the largest in the region.