Monday, October 20, 2014

ET Solar Supplies 5 MW PV Modules to a Mining Operation in Suriname

SAN FRANCISCO,CA --(eSolarEnergyNews)--  ET Solar Energy, a leading smart energy solutions provider, announces that it has supplied 5 MW polycrystalline photovoltaic modules to a leading mining operation in Suriname.

Upon completion, this solar power plant will substantially meet the demand for electricity of the facilities. ET Solar photovoltaic modules are proven to be one of the most reliable products globally in terms of quality, performance and linear product warranty. Additionally, backed by a technical support and service system available on a global basis, ET Solar is committed to providing fast and efficient responses to customer requests.

Dennis She, President and CEO of ET Solar, commented: "We are proud to have been involved in such an exciting and challenging project in Suriname. This is our first mining project in South America and we are very pleased to help minimize the energy cost and carbon emission of the mining operation."

ET Solar offers an attractive value proposition for the mining industry as the solar power plants require low capital expenditures, have short design and construction cycles, and offer speedy paybacks. "Our engineering and business development teams are currently exploring several opportunities with various mining customers in the region for off grid hybrid systems. In Chilean market in particular, we are able to offer a basket of solutions and services, ranging from EPC to project co-development." Dennis added.

About ET Solar

ET Solar is a leading smart energy solutions provider. With innovative solar technologies and tailored finance solutions, ET Solar provides professional one-stop solutions throughout the entire solar power plant lifecycle that includes development, financing, engineering, procurement, construction, and operations and maintenance. To learn more about ET Solar, please visit http://www.etsolar.com.

Suniva Congratulates Solar Builder Award Nominees

NORCROSS, GA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Suniva Inc., America’s leading manufacturer of high-quality, high-efficiency crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and high-power solar modules, today announces that three of its partners have been nominated for the 2014 Solar Builder’s Project of the Year award.

The Solar Builder annual project awards are chosen by its reader base. The awards are divided into two categories: roof-mounted and ground-mounted and the winners will be announced at a special ceremony this week in Las Vegas at Solar Power International (SPI).

Suniva partner nominees consist of JM Family Enterprises Building for their 150kW rooftop project in Deerfield Beach, Florida; Whole Foods Market for their 186kW rooftop system in Austin, Texas; and, Mt. Air Solar Farm for their 120kW ground mount project in Newburg, Maryland.

“Suniva wishes to congratulate our partners on receiving this highly regarded nomination,” said Matt Card, vice president of global sales and marketing of Suniva. “We are proud to be the module supplier to these notable projects and send our congratulations to all.”

During a recent media event, Suniva reported progress on its new 200MW manufacturing facility in Saginaw Township, Michigan, which is scheduled to be complete end of Q4 2014. The new facility further strengthens Suniva’s position as America’s leading solar module manufacturer.

This week during SPI, Suniva’s Executive and Sales team will be attending various events and will be sponsoring a breakfast on Thursday, October 23rd from 8:30am-10:00am at the MGM Grand Hotel with Technology Credit Corporation to discuss their new financing partnership. To learn more about this event or to RSVP, contact jfeng@suniva.com.

KYOCERA and Healthy Planet Partners Combine Strengths to Lower Solar Investment Capital Costs

SCOTTSDALE, AZ & GREENWICH, CT --(eSolarEnergyNews)--Kyocera Solar, Inc., a provider of innovative solar power solutions, and Healthy Planet Partners (HPP), a Clean Energy Solutions Fund that finances renewable energy and efficiency projects that optimize performance in commercial buildings, today announced a strategic partnership that will result in lowering capital costs for solar developers and benefit Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) customers.

The Kyocera-HPP team provides developer/EPC partners with an end-to-end solution, from assistance with origination, technical and financial feasibility analysis to construction and long term financing. HPP’s experienced finance team has the ability to quickly evaluate and commit to financing a project. Kyocera uses its 39 years of experience in the solar industry to provide technical support including site and system evaluation, construction management, ongoing operations and maintenance. In addition, Kyocera provides the only modules to earn the highest rating across all six PV module test categories in GTM Research’s July 2014 PV Module Reliability Scorecard.

“Working together, Kyocera and HPP leverage their respective areas of expertise in both financing and system design and implementation to minimize risk,” said Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar, Inc. “This benefits everyone involved from a financial standpoint because it provides a lower cost of capital, thus creating a competitive advantage for developers and installers, and making the cost of solar lower for our customers.”

Kyocera and HPP inaugurated their partnership with a recently announced solar project for the Seattle Mariners’ spring training camp, located in Arizona.

“Healthy Planet Partners and Kyocera are extremely focused on the drive to make solar an affordable and mainstream energy source,” said Michael Richter, Managing Partner of HPP. “HPP is very pleased to be collaborating with Kyocera on this strategic initiative; together we can empower our partners to deploy solar projects that deliver tremendous economic value and environmental benefits.”

Kyocera began its downstream project development and finance activities in 2013 with a PPA for the Madison School District in Arizona, continuing with the Somers Solar Center in Connecticut and a tax equity investment with U.S. Light Energy in New York state. Together, these projects exceed 17MW DC. Kyocera and HPP have future projects planned.

To learn more about Kyocera Solar solutions for both residential and commercial projects in the U.S. and Latin America, please contact infosolar@kyocera.com or +1-800-223-9580.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

SunEdison Signs Joint Venture Agreement With JIC Capital To Penetrate The Chinese Solar Market

SHANGHAI, CHINA --(eSolarEnergyNews)-- SunEdison, a leading solar developer and technology provider, announced today a joint venture agreement with JIC Capital, to facilitate nonrecourse financing and develop, construct and own up to 1 GW of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in China over the next 3 years.

The joint venture will focus on facilitating and structuring nonrecourse financing for solar PV plants in one of the world's largest and most attractive solar markets. SunEdison, directly or through an affiliate, including a yieldco, may purchase the projects developed by the joint venture at fair market value.

"This historic joint venture is a great step forward for SunEdison," said Ahmad Chatila, President and CEO of SunEdison. "It is a great honor to partner with a leader like JIC Capital, and we are committed to harnessing our world leading technology and deployment capabilities to deliver clean, cost effective solar energy to the people of China."

"Capital contributions will accelerate the growth of the solar market in China, and China's solar PV industry requires international know-how to improve. We see this collaboration brings opportunities to combine capital and industry, to form a focused industrial investment platform for long-term operations," said Mr. JianPing ZHANG, Chairman, JIC Capital.

China has approximately 19 GW of installed solar energy capacity, with a target to reach 35 GW by 2015 and 100 GW by 2020. The joint venture is currently exploring and evaluating several large-scale projects and expects to start construction in early 2015. Operation and maintenance of the solar power plants will be performed by the SunEdison Renewable Operation Center (ROC), which provides global 24/7 asset management, monitoring and reporting services.

Cogenra Sets Three World Records for Solar Module Power

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(eSolarEnergyNews)--Cogenra Solar, a provider of high-performance solar technology, today announced three world records using its Dense Cell Interconnect (DCI) technology. In a series of tests conducted by third-party laboratories, Cogenra’s DCI technology achieved up to a 15 percent increase in module power compared to currently available modules. This significant efficiency boost reduces both the module’s direct cost-per-watt and the total installed cost for solar power.

The record modules were constructed with commercially available, unsorted cells using Cogenra’s production-ready DCI manufacturing line. Independent verifications by DNV GL and TÜV SÜD of 60-cell format modules confirmed peak power outputs of:

  •     334W using N-type front contact mono crystalline cells.
  •     301W using P-type mono crystalline cells.
  •     288W using multi crystalline cells, higher than all commercially available multi or mono crystalline modules.

“Cogenra has developed an innovative product that achieves impressive efficiencies. DNV GL is thrilled to work with a domestic manufacturer that is pushing the boundaries of PV design and technology,” said DNL GV development engineer John Watts.

“It’s time to rewire the solar module,” said Cogenra Solar CEO and founder, Dr. Gilad Almogy. “Using available cell technologies, DCI delivers a booster shot of improved performance, reliability and cost reductions, leveraging nearly 60 GW of existing PV cell capacity. This much needed module-level innovation represents a significant breakthrough for solar technology and will accelerate solar adoption worldwide.”

Previous solar module technologies relied on ribbons, which shaded the silicon cells from sunlight, led to resistance losses and accelerated PV module degradation. Cogenra’s patent-pending DCI technology more efficiently connects cells on the module, eliminating the need for ribbons, solder-joints and inter-cell gaps. As a result, DCI modules achieve a range of benefits, including:


  •     More power: 15 percent higher power that leads to reduced BOS and installation costs.
  •     Superior reliability: Better withstands thermal cycling, hotspots, mechanical loads and external shading, reducing module degradation and leading to superior lifetime project returns.
  •     Lower cost per watt: Improved efficiency reduces module cost-per-watt while leveraging existing cell lines.
  •     Flexibility: Enables longer strings and shading resiliency.
  •     Aesthetics: Eliminates ribbons and inter-cell gaps for a uniform all black appearance.


Cogenra is currently ramping up its U.S module manufacturing line, with DCI modules available for sampling and volume production starting in Q3 2015. Cogenra’s field proven DCI technology is currently in operation in a 1MW solar array at University of Arizona’s SolarZone.