Solar Energy News (10 More Stories)


Other than the many we’ve covered in more depth this month, here are quick summaries of 10 more:

1. India Has Appointed Its Former Nuclear Boss as the Head of Its National Solar Mission. “Manmohan Singh announced he has appointed Anil Kakodkar, former head of the country’s nuclear programme, as the new chair of the recently launched Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI),” . “The SECI has been formed to oversee thegovernment’s long-promised Solar Mission, which aims to deliver 20GW of installed solar capacity by 2020 at an estimated cost of up to $20bn.”

2. One of North Carolina’s Largest Solar Farms Debuts in Kings Mountain.22,000 new solar panels are now generating power in Cleveland County, N.C. “The facility, named Kings Mountain Solar, was developed byChapel Hill-based Strata Solar. It joins a growing list of projects in North Carolina, and is one of the largest in the state. Under a 20-year contract, Duke Energy Carolinas will purchase all of the energy and renewable energy credits generated from the site,” .

3.PSEG Solar Source Purchases 25.2 MW Solar Project in Arizona from juwi. “The PSEG Queen Creek Solar Farm is expected to begin construction inJanuary 2012and be completed in the 3rd quarter of 2012. The project will be located on 158 acres of land approximately 30 miles southeast ofPhoenix, Arizona. PSEG Solar Source paid approximately$75 millionfor the project,” . “The PSEG Queen Creek Solar Farm will use crystalline panels and a single axis tracking system. InSeptember 2011, the Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement and Power District entered into a long term power purchase agreement to acquire all of the solar energy generated by the project for 20 years.”

4.Rec Successfully Completes and Finances One of the Largest Solar Plants in the UK. “REC Systems, a business unit of REC, has successfully developed, constructed, financed, sold and received the 25-year feed-in tariff accreditation for the 5MW Durrants solar power plant located on the Isle of Wight, UK,” . “The Durrants solar power plant will produce 5400 MWh of electricity yearly and includes more than 19,000 high performance REC Peak Energy modules. The installation will offset 3,500 tons of CO2per year and provide enough energy to support 1,450 four person homes per year.”OK, it’s not HUGE, but it’s the UK….

5.IKEA Solar Presence in U.S. Approaches 85% with Plans to Install Solar Panels on Five Locations in Midwestern U.S. Continuing on with its , “announced plans to install solar energy panels on five more of its United States locations all of them in the Midwestern U.S.,” it reported at the end of last week.Pending governmental permits, installation can begin this Winter, with completion expected in Summer 2012. Implementation of these projects will extend the IKEA solar presence to nearly 85% of its U.S. locations. Collectively, the five stores will total 4.8 megawatts (MW) of solar generating capacity, approximately 20,400 panels, and an annual output of 5.62 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity the equivalent to reducing 4,273 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equal to eliminating the emissions of 760 cars or providing electricity for 484 homes yearly (calculating clean energy equivalents at).”

6.EnviroMission Solar Tower Project Finance Commitment. has reportedly “received a formal commitment to provide the entire development and construction capital for EnviroMission’s first Solar Tower power station being developed inLa Paz County Arizonato deliver the terms of a power purchase agreement with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA),” . “EnviroMission expects to be able to inform the market of the final terms and timing of the financing early in 2012.”

7.CEE Acquires Two Solar Parks from Gehrlicher Solar. “The Hamburger investment company CEE (Cone

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