Soitec and Schneider Electric sign memorandum of understanding with Masen on integrated partnership on CPV technology in Morocco

Rabat, Maroc - Soitec, a world leader in generating and manufacturing revolutionary semiconductor materials for the electronics and energy industries, and Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management, today announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding with Masen (Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy), lead player in the Moroccan Solar Plan, on an integrated partne

SDG&E Contracts To Buy Solar Energy from LS Powers 127 MW Arlington Valley Solar Project

SDG&E Adds More Than 235 MW of Solar Power to Its Renewable Portfolio - SAN DIEGO, June 16, 2011 [PRNewswire] -- San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) today announced it has signed two new renewable contracts -- one with a subsidiary of San Diego-based enXco and the other with Arlington Valley Solar Energy II, LLC (a subsidiary of LS Power Development, LLC) for a combined total capacity

Spanish solar market picks up

International sales in 2010 increased by 130% compared to the previous year. This is due to the – in some cases drastic – changes in the Spanish solar energy promotion policies. These policies had strongly supported local demand.

Gross Profit Feels the Pinch in PV Price War

Wellingborough - A period of highly competitive pricing from PV module suppliers has led to gross margins declining by over 25% in the last six months, according to the latest analysis from IMS Research. Suppliers have been forced to engage in a tough price war, but have not been able to reduce their costs as quickly as their prices; their margins have been the victim.

New largest residential solar-electric project features SolarWorld turn-key Sunkits system

Hillsboro - A 150-kilowatt system featuring high-performance solar panels SolarWorld, the largest U.S. manufacturer of solar panels for more than 35 years, has set a new high-water mark for system size among residential solar power installations in the Americas.

Sungevity and Citi create new fund for residential solar projects

Oakland - Sungevity, the nation's most innovative, customer-centric solar company, today announced a renewable energy tax equity fund with Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) that will support over $50 million of new residential solar lease projects. Citi's commitment comes on the heels of tremendous growth and momentum for Sungevity.

Nanowires as a light trap

<b>The nanowire carpet under a scanning electron microscope.</b><br><br><i>Photo: Hoffmann/IPHT</i><br>

The wires have diameters in the nanometre region and can absorb 90 % of light at wavelengths of 300 to 1,100 nm. “The thin wires are ideal light traps. Once trapped inside, the light can’t get out again,” explains physicist Björn Hoffmann, who is working at the IPHT to make the wires and characterise them.