New & Noteworthy – Page 344

New Mexico Utilities Seeking Large-Scale, Commercial Solar Generating Plant

Posted by SI Staff on July 01, 2008

New Mexico electricity providers El Paso Electric, Xcel Energy, PNM and Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association have jointly issued a request for proposals seeking the construction of a solar parabolic trough generation facility to provide solar electricity to each of [Read More]

Ausra Opens First U.S. Solar Thermal Power Factory

Posted by SI Staff on July 01, 2008

Ausra has officially opened the reflector production line of its first North American manufacturing and distribution center, located in Las Vegas. According to the company, the 130,000 square-foot center will supply the reflectors, absorber tubes and other key components of [Read More]

FPL To Push 110 MW Of Solar Photovoltaic And Hybrid Power

Posted by SI Staff on June 26, 2008

Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) has announced new solar energy projects, including the world's largest photovoltaic solar plant and the first hybrid energy center, which couples solar thermal technology with an existing combined-cycle generation unit. Along with a previously [Read More]

Duke Energy Ohio Seeking 15,000 Megawatt Hours Of Solar By 2012

Posted by SI Staff on June 20, 2008

Duke Energy Ohio is seeking proposals for renewable energy resources to begin delivering energy in the 2009-2012 time period to comply with requirements under Ohio's new renewable energy portfolio standards. Notably, the utility has set an annual volume goal of [Read More]

Senate Again Squashes Solar Investment Tax Credit

Posted by SI Staff on June 18, 2008

Just a week after failing to move the Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act of 2008 into formal debate, the U.S. Senate has once again blocked the extension of the solar investment tax credit by squashing the progress of H.R.6049, [Read More]

Duke Energy Pursuing 20 MW Of Solar Distributed Generation

Posted by SI Staff on June 10, 2008

Duke Energy Carolinas has filed an application with the North Carolina Utilities Commission, asking for approval to implement a $100 million solar distributed generation program at up to 850 North Carolina sites. If the program is approved by regulators, Duke [Read More]

Huge Percentage Of Americans Support Solar Energy Development

Posted by SI Staff on June 10, 2008

A new survey from SCHOTT has revealed that the vast majority of Americans believe that developing solar power is vital to the U.S. The Solar Barometer survey, conducted by independent polling firm Kelton Research, finds that 98% of Independents, 97% [Read More]

APS Issues RFP For Renewable Energy

Posted by SI Staff on June 05, 2008

Arizona Public Service (APS) is requesting proposals for new sources of renewable-energy generation. According to the utility, the energy sought must provide at least 35,000 MWh and be available sometime between 2009 and 2013. Interested parties are encouraged to participate [Read More]

SunPower Completes Two Solar Plants In Spain Totaling 8.7 MW

Posted by SI Staff on May 30, 2008

SunPower Corp. has completed two solar-electric power plants in Spain, totaling 8.7 MW. The two plants, located in Llerena and Lebrija, were developed by Solarpack, a Spanish company specializing in renewable energy development, investment, consulting and services. The plant constructed [Read More]

Masdar Makes Substantial Investment In Thin-Film Solar Technology

Posted by SI Staff on May 29, 2008

The Masdar Initiative, based in the United Arab Emirates, has announced an investment in thin-film photovoltaic solar technology that exceeds $2 billion. The funds will be used to support a three-phase manufacturing and expansion strategy to produce the latest generation [Read More]