A new report shows Tennessee's solar value chain is growing rapidly and putting people to work; Tennessee now has 174 for-profit and 62 nonprofit solar entities.
Kyocera Solar launched its highest-output solar module to date, the 80-cell KD-315W; the new module is ideal for large-scale installations and is now available for U.S. customers.
Arizona Public Services Co. dropped its residential incentive rates for installed solar from $0.75/watt to $0.60/watt; incentives may disappear altogether this year.
Strata Solar completed construction of the Kings Mountain Solar facility in North Carolina; project used 22,000 panels with all power going to Duke Energy Carolinas under a 20-year PPA.
1- Solar never cheaper than conventional electricity, 2-Solar requires large tracts of land, 3-Installation is too expensive, 4-Government spending too much on subsidies, 5-Solar lowers home value.
OCI Solar Power plans to build 400MW of solar power projects for San Antonio's municipal utility CPS Energy; proposals may be finalized within the next three months.
Trina Solar announced design services for installers, developers, and customers using Trina modules; service will deliver layout and performance estimates for large rooftop installations.
Pennsylvania recently released new solar registration requirements effective 1/1/12; all applications must now include photos of the entire system from the front along with other requirements.
Centrosolar AG will expand its German field activities with the takeover of mid-sized PV plant developer The Gecko Group.
Austin Energy activates its 30MW solar power plant in Webberville, TX; the project is comprised of 127,000 modules mounted on single-axis trackers.
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