The eleventh annual Junior Solar Sprint (Golden, CO) will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2001. Forty-two teams of middle school students from across Colorado will race model solar energy-powered cars. The event is sponsored by the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL, Golden, CO), Kaiser-Hill (Golden, CO), Midwest Research Institute (Kansas […]
The Australian government reports that it is supporting a process that may drop the price of solar energy. A titania-dye solar-cell manufacturing operation has been opened in Queanbeyan, Australia, by Sustainable Technologies International. The $12 million project has received a $1 million grant from the Federal Renewable Energy Commercialisation Program. Titania-dye solar cells are claimed […]
AstroPower Inc. (Newark, DE) announced that it has reached an agreement in principle to settle litigation with the Department of Justice. Under the terms of the contemplated settlement, Astropower will pay $3.5 million to the federal government and the Department of Energy will consider the acquisition of the company's silicon-film product for government use. "We […]
Green Mountain Power Corp. (Colchester, VT) announced consolidated earnings of $0.51 per share of common stock, diluted, for the first quarter of 2001, compared with earnings of $0.63 per share for the same period in 2000. Earnings for the first quarter of 2000 were $0.20 per share higher than they otherwise would have been due […]
Xantrex Technology Inc. (Arlington, WA) announced that the next generation of its Sun Tie product, the new Sun Tie XR, will be available for delivery by July 1, 2001. The Sun Tie XR is an all-in-one inverter designed to connect dc solar power to ac electric meters in homes and small businesses. All of its […]
American Airlines (Dallas, TX) has introduced what they claim is the industry's first solar-powered ground service equipment. The new solar-powered equipment includes two fueling carts at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the first of 13 to be deployed throughout American's operations in Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. American plans to introduce more […]
UPEx'01, the annual conference and exhibition of the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA, Washington, DC), will be held from September 30, 2001,...
SatCon Technology Corp. (Cambridge, MA) announced financial results for its fiscal 2001 second quarter and six-month period ended March 31, 2001. Revenue for the second quarter rose 53 percent to $11.5 million, compared with $7.5 million in the same period last year. Revenue for the six months ended March 31, 2001, increased 74 percent to […]
AstroPower Inc. (Newark, DE) announced that its Spanish joint venture, AstraSolar, has been chosen to supply advanced APexä solar cells for a 13MW solar electric power plant to be built in Murcia, Spain. When completed, AstroPower claims that the power plant will be approximately four times larger than any photovoltaic power plant currently in operation, […]
Researchers at the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL, Golden, CO) report that that they have surpassed a record for electricity produced by solar cells made from cadmium telluride (CdTe). The new measurement of 16.4 percent bested the previous threshold of 15.8 percent efficiency, a record that had been in place since […]
Siemens Solar Industries LP (Camarillo, CA) announced that its first earthsafe solar energy system has been installed in Los Angeles by GO Solar Co. (North Hollywood, CA) for a San Fernando Valley home. The installation was the first home in Los Angeles to qualify for the LA Department of Water and Power's (LADWP, Los Angeles, […]
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP, Los Angeles, CA) and Neutrogena Corp. (Los Angeles, CA) jointly announced that Neutrogena will be the first major company to install a solar system in Los Angeles. The planned installation, a 200kW system, will be the largest in the city, covering 24,000 square-feet of roof area. […]
The International Solar Energy Society's (ISES, Germany) Solar World Congress 2001 is to be held in Adelaide, Australia from November 25 through...
Motech Industries Inc. (Taiwan) recently debuted the MHC103P polycrystalline silicon solar cell. The new cell measures 103 square-millimeters, with a thickness of 0.32mm, ±0.02mm. The cell is rated at 1.22W, with a conversion efficiency of 11.5 percent. At maximum power, current rating for the MHC103P is 2.54A and voltage rating is 0.48V. The cells offer […]
Schott Corporation (Yonkers, NY) announced today that it has acquired 100% of Applied Power Corporation (Lacey, WA), a wholly owned subsidiary of IDACORP (NYSE: IDA). The new company will be named Schott Applied Power Corporation. Terms were not disclosed. Schott has asked Applied Power management and employees to remain with the company. John Elting will […]