electrification project in Indonesia
The Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) has allocated a
budget for electrification of 15,000 rural households with 50 W solar home
India's Moser Baer to branch out into cell and module production
A new solar unit at New Delhi-based CD and DVD
manufacturer Moser Baer India Ltd. is planning
to start cell and module production with a goal
of reaching a capacity of 80 MW by mid-2007.
United Solar joint venture
in the works for 25 MW factory in China
On Sept. 19, Energy Conversion Devices Inc. (ECD) announced that its PV
subsidiary United Solar Ovonic of Auburn Hills, Michigan, signed a memorandum
of understanding (MoU) with Tianjin Jinneng Investment Company to found a joint
venture to build a 25 MW manufacturing plant for United Solar's triple-junction
a-Si thin-film laminates in Tianjin, the third-largest city in China, which is
also the closes seaport to Beijing.
SHS project finishes two years ahead of schedule
A micro-financing project aimed at selling 50,000 solar home systems (SHS) in
Bangladesh celebrated the last installation under the project in August –
that's over two years ahead of schedule (see PI 1/2001, p. 31).
Worldbank awards solar projects in Laos and
Sunlabob from Laos and the Environmental Camps for
Conservation Awareness (ECAA) in Nepal are the only two
institutions among the winners of the »World Bank Development Marketplace
2005 Award« to be honored for solar projects.
New renewable energy fund in Asia leaves out solar
The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), a Vienna-based non-profit collaboration of European governments targeting development of 3,000 MW of new capacity by mid-2008 (see PI 9/2004, p. 12), on July 5 announced seed funding of $100,000 for a planned $50 million fund, to be operated out of Bangkok,
Shell Solar wins second Chinese mini-grid contract
Shell Solar GmbH has won a contract to provide solar-powered electricity to 12 remote villages in the Qinghai province of southwest China.
BP Solar to supply 5,000 PV drip irrigation systems to Sri Lanka
BP Solar Australia has been awarded $21.2 million AUD ($16.4 million) in the first phase of a possible two-phase program to provide 5,000 solar-powered drip irrigation systems to Sri Lanka by 2006.
SunPower expands production capacity to 50 MW
In the second half of 2005, US-headquartered SunPower Corporation will increase its solar cell production capacity to 50 MW.
Sharp reaches 400 MW solar cell production capacity
In January, electronics company Sharp began operation of two new cell lines at its production site in Katsuragi, Japan, thereby increasing annual capacity from 315 to 400 MW.
Sun Power and Geothermal to build 15 MW PV system in South Korea
The US company Sun Power and Geothermal Energy Co. Inc. has been contracted to build a 15 MW PV installation in South Korea starting sometime around February.
Peccell develops 4 V dye-sensitized cell
The Japanese company Peccell Technologies Inc. based in Yokohama City was founded in March 2004 with the purpose of developing dye-sensitized solar cells.
MSK expands production capacity to 180 MW
The world's biggest module company, MSK Corporation from Japan, is constructing a new module factory that will increase its production capacity to 180 MW. Only in the fall 2003, capacity was boasted from 60 to 100 MW at MSK's manufacturing site in Nagano
(see PI 10/2003, p. 33).
BHEL plans to double production and gets cell order from Italy
Two months after finalizing a contract worth 60 million INR ($1.3 million), the Bangalore, India-based electronics division of Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL) announced on July 12 that it would deliver 500 kW of cells to Italian PV module manufacturer
Sanyo to expand production capacity to 158 MW in 2005
Japan's Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. is planning to increase cell production capacity to 158 MW after a late-May decision to bump up capacity of its Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin Layer (HIT) technology at its
subsidiary, Shimane Sanyo Industrial Co., from 30 to 50 MW.
High demand for PV in Japan
A dramatic cut in subsidies does not stop Japanese citizens from investing in solar.
BHEL gets Indian solar pump deal worth 1.3 MW for Punjab state
The electronics division of Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd.
(BHEL) in Bangalore, India has received an order to supply 700 sets of solar-powered
pumps, equal to 1.3 MW of installed PV capacity, for private farmers in the northern state of Punjab.
10 kW PV mini-grids for Indian villages
Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Ltd. (REIL) has won a contract to install 10 kW PV mini-grids in 27 villages in the Indian state of
No final decision on
whether Honda plans to enter the solar business
As Japanese car manufacturer Honda puts its CIGS thin-film prototype modules on
the roofs of several Honda facilities for testing
purposes, it is thinking
about entering the market.
Malaysian 1.5 MW
BIPV program systems likely to start next year
In February, the Swiss engineering company Enecolo will present a proposal to
the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for installing BIPV systems with a total
capacity of 1.5 MW in Malaysia. The Malaysia: Building Integrated Photovoltaic
Technology Application Project (MBIPV) has the principal objective of reducing
the long-term cost of BIPV technology within the Malaysian market. It aims to
develop financing mechanisms and economic assessment models as well as local
BIPV markets. Enecolo consultant Daniel Ruoss expects the call for tenders in
Shell Solar wins mini-grid contract for remote Chinese villages
Shell Solar has won a $2.7 million contract to provide 200 kW of centralized solar installations to 26 villages in remote regions of China in 2004.
SMA opens new branch in Peking
At the end of October, the German inverter company SMA Regelsysteme GmbH opened a new branch office in Peking. The new
division, known as SMA Regelsysteme GmbH Beijing Representative Office, was officially started during the Smart Building
Solartron aiming for Thai module production by end of year
TA Thai PV integrator based in Bangkok is building a factory to manufacture mono- and polycrystalline modules in the northeast of the
country. Solartron Co. Ltd., a distributor of Shell modules, hopes to take delivery of two NPC laminators from Japan in November and start production of the
modules, ranging in size from 10 to 300 W, by December.
New funding for Taiwanese renewables program unclear
Taiwanese Premier Yu Shyi-kun is expected to make a decision on further funding for a renewable energy program by the end of the year
– perhaps as early as October.
Solar Grade Silicon and Sumitomo announce Asian
Washington State-based Solar Grade Silicon LLC (SGSil) and Japanese trading house Sumitomo Corp. jointly announced a long-term agreement on July 28 to market and distribute polycrystalline silicon to solar cell ingot and wafer manufacturers in Japan, China, Taiwan, and South Korea.
USAID lights up Philippine PV project
On June 11, the Alliance for Mindanao Off-Grid Renewable Energy (AMORE) project celebrated a lights-on ceremony for the PV systems it has installed on Pababag Island of the Philippine island group
Mitsubishi Electric expands production to 50 MW
An expansion of production capacity completed in Jan. 2003 – from 24 MW in 2002 to 35 MW
– wasn't enough for the Japanese cell and module manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. By September, it will increase capacity to 50 MW.
South Korean PV roofs program back on track
A South Korean PV roofs program, which had been postponed due the conflict in Iraq
(see PI 3/2003, p. 32), has been given the go-ahead by the country's Ministry of Commerce,
Industry, and Energy (MOCIE).
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries installs self-made panels on company locations in Japan
In March, the Japanese company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) finished installing PV systems totaling 370 kW on 11 of its industrial and office
buildings. MHI, which operates an amorphous silicon module
factory, has used their 100 W a-Si modules with dimensions of
1.4 × 1.1 m for the installations.
Welcome to PV wonderland
At the joint 3rd PV world and IEA-PVPS conference, dubbed the »World PV Epoch in
Osaka,« Japanese companies and scientists will show one and all how they successfully conquered the PV throne. It should be worth a trip to experience it live and in person.
Hitachi seeks foreign module firms for its new bi-facial cells
The Tokyo-based Hitachi Ltd. has announced plans to start
commercial production of a new bi-facial crystalline solar cell
in September. By the end of the year, Hitachi says it will
produce 1 MW of its new cell. That total will increase to 5 MW
in 2004, and 8 MW in 2005, when production will be operating at
full capacity in a three-shift mode.
RWE Schott gets 500 kW Thai solar farm
contract; expansion on hold
The Thai government has finally signed a contract to build a 500 kW solar farm in the mountainous northeastern province of Mae Hong
Indian government pushing 500 solar shops; PVMTI Energy Stores reduce
The government of India is
targeting the setup of 500 new solar shops around the country by
Bangladesh finalizes World
Bank deal aiming at 64,000 SHS
The Infrastructure Development
Company (IDCOL) in Bangladesh has signed an agreement with that
country's Economic Relations Division as the last step in
securing funding under the World Bank's Rural Electrification
and Renewable Energy Development project.
Green USA pledges for $50 billion solar fund
At the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg
in early September, the US affiliate of the environment group
Green Cross International, Global Green USA, started an
initiative for a $50 billion fund to promote solar energy.
Motorcycle manufacturer plans solar cell factory in Taiwan
E-Ton Dynamics Tech. Ind. Co.
Ltd., a Taiwanese manufacturer of all-terrain vehicles, scooters,
and motorcycles, is expanding into solar cell production.
Sharp increases cell capacity to 148 MW, aiming toward 200 MW
As the company's 2002 Management
Policy report forecasted last January, Sharp Corporation has
increased PV cell capacity to 148 MW.
provinces get German support for PV mini grids
The German development bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW)
signed a memo of understanding with China in mid-July worth €8
million ($7.9 million) for PV mini grids for remote villages in
64,000 SHS following World Bank project approval
On July 16, the government of Bangladesh signed an agreement
with the World Bank for a project that in part should lead to
the installation of 64,000 SHS over five years.
What would Noah
In 2000, Sanyo claimed it wanted to create a 3.4 MW
installation, the world's largest PV system, as a »message to
the 21st century.« Instead, the 630 kW Solar Ark, dedicated on
April 3, has become a symbol of pragmatism by using modules with
deficient power that were headed for the junk heap.
Syria plans PV
Syria is planning a workshop on rural
electrification that will focus mainly on PV.
Indian rural electrification project awaits funding
The go-ahead for a rural electrification project covering 196
Indian villages in the state of Uttar Pradesh is hanging in the
balance as the planners seek funding.
project could mean 64,000 SHS for Bangladesh
A World Bank project could lead to an eight-fold increase in the
number of solar home systems (SHS) in Bangladesh. At the
beginning of April, the Asian nation applied for a credit of
$191 million from the International Development Association
(IDA) as part of a World Bank program called the Rural
Electrification and Renewable Energy Development Project (RERED).
Police in New
Delhi give thumbs up to BEL PV-powered traffic signal
After six months of testing a stand-alone solar-powered traffic
signal system in New Delhi, the city's traffic department has
decided to purchase four more systems from Bharat Electronics
Ltd. (BEL), a Bangalore-based manufacturer of monocrystalline
cells, modules, and turnkey PV systems.
World Bank may provide $25
million for Sri Lanka renewables project
Bank is set to consider a new renewables project in Sri Lanka in
June, with about a third of the funding going to help off-grid
residents buy solar home systems (SHS).
| 0 |