BP (UK) announced that it has agreed in principle to acquire Agere Systems's (Allentown, PA) semiconductor plant in Madrid as a base for a five-fold expansion of its solar photovoltaic cell manufacturing in Spain. This expansion builds on the company's existing manufacturing and marketing operations in Madrid. The deal is expected to be completed within […]
AstroPower Inc. (Newark, DE) announced that it has formed an alliance with Pardee Homes Inc. (Los Angeles, CA) to offer solar-electric power as a feature in its new-home construction. The alliance has established a goal of building a total of 200 solar-powered homes over the next two and one-half years. Pardee will offer its homebuyers […]
Kyocera Solar Inc. (Scottsdale, AZ) announced the nationwide availability of a full line of standardized, rooftop-mounted solar-energy systems called the Kyocera Solar MyGen systems. The systems are designed to convert sunlight into utility-quality ac power that can be used by a residence or business, or automatically sold back to the electric utility company. Twelve complete […]
Spire Corp. (Bedford, MA) announced that Spire Solar Chicago has successfully installed a solar-electric system on the roof of Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. The system, which is rated at a peak 49kW of dc energy with maximum sunlight, can deliver 60,000kWh annually, enough electricity to power approximately 10 houses. The Field Museum installation […]
American Superconductor Corp. (Westborough, MA) announced the commercial release of its 125kW PowerModule (PM-125). The PM-125 is a modular power electronic switch that is designed to replace conventional power converters, inverters and related auxiliary components with a single, integrated electronic device. It is programmable for power switching, modulation and control in a wide array of […]
What is being touted as the US's largest roof-mounted solar array, installed atop Santa Rita Jail (Alameda County, CA), was recently previewed by Almeda County's supervisors and the county's General Services Agency. The 500kW solar array, which was designed, manufactured and installed by PowerLight Corp. (Berkeley, CA) is already partially up and running. It will […]
Evergreen Solar (Marlboro, MA) has developed a solar panel called the EC-51. The new 51W panel incorporates solar cells that are wider and have a higher conversion efficiency than those in the company's previous products. Evergreen reports that the shift from a 2.2in-wide ribbon to a 3.2in-wide ribbon, both processed into 6in-long wafers, represents a […]
Evergreen Solar (Marlboro, MA) has shipped its first new product from its 56,000-sqft manufacturing and headquarters facility in Marlboro, MA. The new product, called the EC-51, is a 51W solar panel. The shipment marks the first product made entirely in the Marlboro facility. SOLUZ Honduras, a subsidiary of SOLUZ Inc. (Chelmsford, MA), has purchased the […]
Amonix Inc. (Torrance, CA) announced that Arizona Public Service Co. (APS, Phoenix, AZ) is planning to use Amonix's technology to install what...
Altair International Inc. (Cody, WY) announced that its subsidiary, Altair Technologies, has entered into a cooperative solar-cell and energy-storage work program with the J. Heyrovský Institute (Czech Republic) Ecole Polytechnique Fédéral de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland). Dr. Ladislav Kavan of the J. Heyrovský Institute is the principal investigator for the program. He is under the overall […]
Wurtland Elementary School (Wurtland, KY) recently became Kentucky's first school to install a solar electricity system as part of the Department of...
Sustainable Energy Technologies Ltd. (Canada) has completed development of what it calls a "universal" dc/dc converter. The company already has orders for the new bi-directional dc/dc power converter from several fuel cell companies, as well as some solar panel manufacturers. Delivery of the first units is planned for early June 2001. "We are very excited […]
AstroPower Inc. (Newark, DE) and GPU Solar announced that their solar-electric power plant in Hopland, CA exceeded expectations for annual output during its first year of operation. The 132kW plant is owned and operated by GPU Solar, a joint venture of AstroPower and GPU Diversified Holdings (Morristown, NJ), in cooperation with Green Mountain Energy Co. […]
Microsemi Corp. (Irvine, CA) is a corporate sponsor of the University of Minnesota's (UMN, Twin Cities, MN) fifth-generation solar-powered car that will...
Evergreen Solar (Marlboro, MA) announced that it will celebrate the opening of its 56,000-square foot manufacturing and headquarters facility on May 23,...