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JCM Capital: raising funds for solar projects in emerging markets

Tom Heintzman, managing director of JCM Capital

Interview: Tom Heintzman, managing director of JCM Capital, discusses the company's private investment funds, finding the right projects and how best to mitigate risk.


SunPower releases first sustainability report

A SunPower logo.

Silicon valley based manufacturer SunPower has released its Sustainability Report for 2010. The report is part of the company’s plan to be good environmental stewards.


US universities adopt solar

The facade of the Unviersity of San Diego.

For the first time a database of photovoltaic installations at U.S. universities and higher education institutions has revealed that the cumulative installed capacity has increased by 450 percent in three years.


PV Taiwan: Strategies, cost structures and the way forward

A group inspecting solar panels at a convetion.

While this year's PV Taiwan has attracted a predominantly Asian audience, the issues addressed have been very much global in nature.


Solar Decathlon finale becomes a ‘waterShed’ event

A group of students raise their hands in the air and cheer in a triumphant manner, with a flag.

Continual rain only “whetted” the competitive appetite of the 4,000 students from 19 colleges across four continents who participated in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 in Washington, D.C., from September 23...


Solar Millennium to sell 2.25 GW US pipeline

Blythe solar plant image.

German solar power plant company, Solar Millennium AG is set to sell its pipeline worth 2.25 gigawatts (GW) to turnkey developer solarhybrid. The conditional agreement of the sale was announced today.


Solar landfill cap project completed

A bright blue rubbish truck.

A one-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic project has been dedicated at the Hickory Ridge landfill site near the U.S. city of Atlanta. While small compared to many photovoltaic power plants, Republic Services, Inc. still claims it is one...


NRG Energy to purchase 250 MW California Valley Solar Ranch

A SunPower image.

On the final closing of a Department of Energy (DOE) loan guarantee for the project, SunPower will sell to NRG Energy the California Solar Ranch. Construction on the project began last month and is expected to be completed in two...


Bulgaria: Phoenix Solar to build 50 MW plant

Andreas Hanel from Phoenix Solar in a garden near a stone wall.

Germany-based photovoltaic integrator Phoenix Solar has announced that it has the go ahead to begin construction of a 50 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic plant in Bulgaria.


05. October 2011 | | Comment now

REC Silicon’s US plant restart hampered

The twisting pipes of the REC Silicon plant in Washington.

Vertically integrated solar manufacturer Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) has had its restart plants held back by power outages. REC Silicon’s Moses Lake, Washington, was affected.


Off-grid: Lack of mass production as an obstacle

The off-grid market is also currently profiting from the declining module and system prices in the ongrid segment. Yet in many developing countries, particularly in southern Africa, both the industry and policy makers are...


Taiwan: PV technology war is afoot

Speaking after PV Taiwan's pre-show press conference, Sam Hong, Taiwan Photovoltaic Industry Association chairman and Neo Solar's president and COO told pv magazine that a photovoltaic technology war is starting. And, while the...


03. October 2011 | | Comment now

Thin film solar market to grow 1,500 percent by 2017

Thin film solar photovoltaic panels

Thin film solar technology is confirming its place as a booming market, with new figures suggesting that it will grow to make $44 billion worldwide by 2017.


It’s all about the PV quality

Solarpraxis workshop 'Quality for Photovoltaics: the key driver for sustainable growth crowd shot

A packed room, interactive sessions and presentations that gave food for thought. The Solarpraxis workshop 'Quality for Photovoltaics: the key driver for sustainable growth' came to a successful conclusion yesterday. Bankability,...


Closer PV cooperation needed

Crowd shot at 2011 PV Meets Machinery and Systems Manufacturing event

Solar cell and module manufacturers will have to cooperate more closely with machinery and systems manufacturers. This was one of the central demands made at a meeting of Solarinput that brought all of the participants together...


Russia could install up to 2 GW of PV by 2020

Russian flag

It has been said that Russia has the potential to add between one and two gigawatts (GW) of newly installed photovoltaic capacity by 2020.


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