Xantrex Technology Inc. (Arlington, WA) announced that three of its PV Series inverters have achieved Underwriters' Laboratories (UL) listing to Standard 1741, which includes IEEE 929 interconnect requirements. The company's 30kW, 45kW and 225kW PV Series models are the most recent products to receive UL certification. The PV Series three-phase inverters are designed for commercial-scale […]
US WindForce LLC (Wexford, PA) and Padoma Wind Power LLC (La Jolla, CA) announced the formation of a joint venture for the purpose of developing, constructing, financing and selling as many as 1,500MW of wind energy projects, involving 10 or more project locations, over the next five years in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US. […]
A 240MW wind farm is planned for west Texas by TXU Energy (Dallas, TX) and Cielo Wind Power LLC (Austin, TX). The 240-turbine Noelke Hill Wind Ranch will be constructed by Cielo Wind Power, using 1MW turbines from Mitsubishi Corp. (Japan). The wind farm will be operational by September 2003, and TXU Energy will purchase […]
Vanteck (VRB) Technology Corp. (Vancouver, BC) announced that its subsidiary, Pinnacle VRB Ltd. (Melbourne, Australia) has been awarded a grant of $700,000 by the Australian Greenhouse Office as part of its Renewable Energy Commercialisation Programme. The grant, to be paid in six installments, is to be used toward Pinnacle's contract for the supply and installation […]
The British government has approved the largest offshore wind farm in the country, to be based 7km off the North Wales coast....
Nordex AG (Hamburg, Germany), a leading producer of wind turbines, has received two new orders from France, entailing a total of 16...
Whistler Inc. (Sacramento, CA) CEO Kevin Garner was snared in an FBI sting operation and arrested in New York City on two charges of conspiring to launder money. The FBI says an undercover agent, posing as a member of a Colombian drug cartel, approached Garner with an offer to conduct "financial transactions" involving proceeds from […]
Solicore Inc. (Lakeland, FL) and ICP Global Technologies (Montreal, Canada) have signed an agreement in which the two companies will utilize their patented technologies to jointly develop and market a range of solar energy products for consumer and industrial applications. Solicore has patented a dry electrolyte that is a non-compressible, non-combustible and non-toxic film, making […]
SunWize Technologies Inc. (Kingston, NY) announced that its SW and OEM line of single crystalline modules received FM approval for Class I, Division 2, Groups A, B, C, and D, Hazardous (Classified) locations. The SunWize solar module line ranges from 5W to 120W and is rated at ±5 percent of the listed output. All SW […]
Sharp Corp. (Tokyo, Japan) has built the world's largest production plant for multi-crystal, silicon solar cells, with an annual output of 148MW....
The Shell Group (Houston, TX) has expanded its wind energy capacity in the US. Shell WindEnergy Inc., part of the Shell Renewables LLC division, has purchased Whitewater Hill Wind Partners LLC, which is developing the 61.5MW Whitewater Hill wind farm in California's San Gorgonio Pass. The facility will be built by Cannon Power with 1.5MW […]
The Sewerage Commission-Oroville Region (SCOR) announced that its public-grid-powered wastewater treatment plant will be converted to 80-percent solar energy, making it the first predominately solar wastewater treatment plant in the US, as well as the largest dual-tilt solar photovoltaic (PV) array in the world and the fifth largest solar energy system in the US. A […]
Planning authorities in New South Wales have embarked on the first step that would create the world's tallest engineered structure, a 1km-high, solar power station that would be the first of its kind. The tower will be about 300m taller than the current highest structures in the world. Surrounding the tower will be a skirt […]
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL, Northbrook, IL) and China National Import and Export Commodities Inspection Corp. (CCIC, China) signed a joint venture agreement to establish UL Mei Hua Certification Co. Ltd. (Suzhou, China). The new company should begin operations in January 2003. UL and CCIC each will have 50-percent ownership of the joint venture and together […]
Electrabel (Brussels, Belgium) announced that it has obtained permission to build the first wind farm in Wallonia after three years of consultation....