utility-scale photovoltaic Articles

  • Solar park in Miegersbach - Case Study

    Politicians and investors working together Phoenix Solar AG (formerly Phönix SonnenStrom AG) was contracted by KG Allgemeine Leasing GmbH & Co. (KGAL) to build a photovoltaic power plant only a few kilometres away from the company headquarters, in the Bavarian community of Miegersbach, with an order volume of over 21 million euros. With a peak output of 5.3 MW, this power plant ...


    By Phoenix Solar AG

  • Spotlight on India: Financing Utility Scale PV Projects – Webinar

    PV Insider has announced the details of their latest complimentary webinar on Tuesday April 10th, giving a comprehensive outline of the project financing situation in the photovoltaic industry in India. Thanks to the National Solar Mission, India finds itself today on the path of becoming one of the leading nations in solar energy, and the photovoltaic industry is gaining momentum by showing ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Solar power generation by photovoltaic technology

    The various forms of solar energy, solar heat, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal electricity, and solar fuels offer a clean, climate-friendly, very abundant and in-exhaustive energy resource to mankind. Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaic (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). The research has been under way since the ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Controlling the number of on-grid multiple photovoltaic inverters to improve their conversion efficiency

    Two experimental PV-grid connected systems of 8.8 kWp and 36 kWp rating have been designed, installed and interfaced with Abu Dhabi utility grid. The PV arrays of both systems are interfaced with the grid via single phase grid-tied inverters. The inverters are installed in three separate groups that each injects 50 Hz electricity into one phase of the utility grid at the 0.4 kV level. The main ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Assessment of the potential of using photovoltaic panels in a typical Mauritian household

    With the depletion of fossil fuel reserves and rise in the price of oil, it has become of utmost importance for Mauritius, which is highly dependent on those resources, to seek for alternative energy sources to meet its growing energy demand. Being a small island developing state, Mauritius is also highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Solar energy, which is clean, inexhaustible and ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Off-grid photovoltaics the ‘lowest hanging fruit’ for implementing solar in MENA

    At a recent PV Insider webinar on the prospects for PV in the Middle East and North Africa, the case was made for off-grid PV as a promising opportunity. In his webinar presentation, Daniel Zywietz, Managing Director of Ambata Capital Middle East and Deputy Chairman of the Clean Energy Business Council explained that off-grid PV would be the most logical choice for anyone looking ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • A frequency control method for isolated photovoltaic-diesel hybrid power system without smoothing renewable power variations

    In this paper, a frequency control method is introduced for photovoltaic-diesel hybrid system by using a load estimator and an energy storage system. The proposed method is compared with an energy storage based conventional control method and with a fuzzy based frequency control method. Simulation results show that the proposed method is feasible to reduce the frequency deviations of the isolated ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Interactive Resources Wins National Renewable Energy Laboratory Contract for Roof Structural Assessments for Installation of Solar Photovoltaic Arrays

    Richmond CA, October 19, 2010   – Richmond architecture and engineering firm Interactive Resources was recently awarded a contract by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to provide solar feasibility studies for 24 California K-12 school buildings in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The Sequoia Foundation ...


    By Interactive Resources

  • Scale up factory

    Spire Corporation is a leading global solar company providing turnkey solar factories and equipment to manufacture photovoltaic modules and cells. With over 40 years and $100 million in R+D and PV, our years of experience and technical depth put us in a unique position to ensure the success of our customers. Applying this expertise across all product lines, Spire has a rich heritage of utilizing ...


    By Spire Solar

  • French Utility EDF new solar plant in California

    French Utility, EDF Energies Nouvelles, announced this Monday the implementation of the photovoltaic plant of Catalina through its American branch, EDF Renewable Energy. The construction of the photovoltaic plant started in May 2012 and started to be operational by December 2012. The plant has a 143 MW capacity and is located in the Mojave Desert in California. The solar plant is 360 hectares ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • South Africa looks to large-scale PV Installations

    The most recent round of the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) in South Africa saw fewer projects awarded than Round I. At first glance it did not look positive when only 9 projects, half the amount seen in Round I, were announced as preferred bidders by the Department of Energy. The number of projects in Round II had dropped from 18 to 9, in addition to the overall power allocated across ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • How Much Does It Cost For Solar Panels to Make a Difference to Utility Bills

    The how much does it cost for solar panels has become a popular refrain quickly. Thanks to the rapidly developing internet technology, the social media has brought about heightened awareness for a cleaner, carbon free environment. The good news is that household across the country can do their little bit in this most important endeavor. The solar panel system made up of solar ...


    By Solarpanelsxpert

  • How big is the distributed energy opportunity for water and wastewater utilities?

    Energy costs for water utilities are large, and growing Energy is a significant cost for many water utilities, and costs are growing as more energy-intensive forms of water supply, including desalination, are being used. Energy is typically the second-largest utility budget item in developed countries, after labour. In many developing countries, energy can account for 70% or even more, of ...

  • Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2014

    Executive Summary The competiveness of renewable power generation technologies continued improving in 2013 and 2014. The cost-competitiveness of renewable power generation technologies has reached historic levels. Biomass for power, hydropower, geothermal and onshore wind can all now provide electricity competitively compared to fossil fuel-fired power generation (Figure ES 1). ...

  • High Penetrations of Renewable Energy for Island Grids

    Island grids represent an overlooked opportunity for renewable power. In addition to geographical islands there are also many electrical islands, such as remote locations throughout the world, where interconnections with neighboring grids are not a practical option. Due to transportation issues and the lack of economies of scale, these grids typically rely on liquid fuel derived from petroleum. ...


    By HOMER Energy LLC

  • PV Balance of Systems holds the key to grid parity in the US

    PV Insider reveals the importance of Balance of Systems (BoS) for lowering LCOE and maximizing performance in 2012 In 2011 the solar PV industry in the United States installed 1.86GW of photovoltaic systems and is expected to install a full gigawatt more in 2012, totalling a massive 2.8GW. Simultaneously, prices have also continued to decline since 2009. Average module prices have fallen nearly ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Are inverters PV’s Achilles Heel?

    The organizers of the Utility Scale PV Yield Optimization Conference & Expo, gained exclusive access with Michael Levi, Senior Director Worldwide Marketing from Satcon to talk about the inverter market for utility solar projects, how they are positioning themselves in a competitive market and how reliable are these key components. Q1:  What segment of the solar market are you ...


    By FCBI Energy

  • Frito-Lay, Arizona Service Center Phoenix, Arizona

    “Frito-Lay's use of PV power systems on their facilities demonstrates solar power is a viable means to meet the energy resources needed to run a large-scale business while addressing environmental issues.” Sean Seitz, American Solar Electric, Inc. Unique Feature: Real-time monitoring on the internet with SMA Web Box. Unique Fact: The Largest ...


    By Kyocera Solar, Inc.

  • Solar:The Next Shale?

    That is a key question asked in a February 2nd Press Release from Wood Mackenzie, a world leader in commercial intelligence for the energy, metals and mining industries. Just as shale extraction technologies took oil and gas markets by storm, solar technologies too hold the potential to ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • How to grow a solar energy garden

    Getting energy from the sun is a great idea. However, installing solar panels house-by-house is slow, costly and cumbersome, and downright inefficient if the goal is to bring solar to the masses. This problem troubled Paul Spencer after he built his own uber-efficient, custom solar home near Aspen, Colorado in 2004.  The engineer and serial entrepreneur wondered how he could replicate his ...

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