As solar PV panels start to age, the industry looks at what to do with them at the end of their useful life. Although the majority of the PV waste will not roll in for at least another decade, solar manufacturers, consumers, and state and local agencies are making plans for the best way to dispose of solar panels.
El Paso Electric Company doubles its utility-scale solar portfolio with large projects in Texas and New Mexico. As if that weren't enough, the utility also plans to be coal-free by 2016.
Energy provider Tenaska closes $450 million in commercial financing for a 150 MW PV solar plant in California. The project will be the second utility-scale solar installation for Tenaska, which has mostly focused on natural gas.
First Solar sells New Mexico’s largest solar PV power plant to Southern Power and Turner Renewable Energy. The 50 MW AC Macho Springs Solar Power Plant, which First Solar will operate and maintain, will generate enough power for about 18,000 homes in El Paso Electric’s service territory.
Intersolar North America announces the finalists for its award for Solar Projects in North America. The winners will be announced during a special ceremony at Intersolar North America in San Francisco, on July 8.
As SolarCity, First Solar, and SunEdison post quarterly earnings, we take a look at the latest from each of these companies. In a mixed solar scene, there are plenty of bright spots both now and for the future.
Enphase, Solar City, and First Solar announce quarterly earnings calls and webcasts for next week. Replays will also be available after the calls.
First Solar, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and the Moapa Tribe of Native Americans break ground on the first utility-scale solar project on Native American land in the U.S.
First Solar announces it has set a new thin-film efficiency record of 17%. In addition, the company is developing a next-generation PV power plant. The company expects strong earnings for 2014, as reflected in the financial guidance provided today.
First Solar announces it's set a new world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) PV solar cell conversion efficiency. The company achieved a 20.4% conversion efficiency confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
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