The Florida Million Solar Rooftops Initiative will source solar installations by collectively negotiating competitive bids from reputable, certified solar contractors.
Alternative Energy Magazine
Malaysia launched its new Feed-in Tariff (FIT) on December 1 and by December 2 it had received 201 proposals for 143.78MW worth of PV projects.
SPI Solar will install a 230kW system on two Twentieth Century Fox studio buildings in Los Angeles; system will complement a 160kW array SPI previously installed.
New Energy World
Hawaii's largest solar installation company Sunetric is going national; company is expanding into the mainland U.S. with three company-owned offices in Denver, Pittsburgh, and Washington D.C.
Given less than 5% of total U.S. installed capacity has been deployed more than 10 years and less than 18% has been generating power more than 5 years, expect a lot of warranty claims in the next five years.
Chevron Energy Solutions and Tioga Energy completed a 1.15MW system for the City of Dinuba, CA; 4,704 modules were mounted on concrete slabs atop a capped landfill.
SDG&E representatives defended a proposal to increase solar rates for 15,000 customers, claiming solar customers are not paying for energy infrastructure, leaving non-solar customers to foot the bill.
San Diego Reader
Germany-based Heliatek announced its organic solar cell has achieved a new world record efficiency of 9.8%, up from the previous best of 8.3%.
The Hawaii PUC has directed a further easing of conditions to facilitate more alternative energy; one provision will have the utilities do and pay for initial interconnection reviews.
The Maui News
Open Neighborhoods second group program in LA offers saving of about $2.00/W with prices around $4.40/W installed; that equates to about a $0.06/kWh savings on solar over 25-years.
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