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John Cockerill to Supply Thermal Receivers to Redstone CSP Plant in SA

John Cockerill, a Belgium-based engineering company, has revealed that it will supply molten salt solar thermal receivers to Redstone’s 100 MW Concentrated Solar Power Plant (CSP) in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. Developed by Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power and constructed by EPC SepcoIII, the Redstone CSP plant is expected to supply 2,00,000 households […]

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Largest US Solar Project Cancelled On Aesthetic Grounds

Virtually every large power generation option has faced objections at some stage, from locals in nearby areas. Solar just joined that list decisively, with the largest planned solar project in the US, the proposed 850 MW  Battle Born Solar Project, being scrapped after local objections.  This comes barely a month after Australia had pulled back […]

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Researchers Make Case for Gallium-doped p-type Heterojunction Solar Cells

Researchers of an Austrian-Russian research group have come out with a technique to make Silicon Heterojunction Solar Cells based on P-type wafers more efficient and stable with Gallium-doping. These p-type, Gallium-doped wafers have proved to be 22.6% efficient, more stable, and cheaper than the usual n-type Phosphorus-doped Czochralski–grown silicon (Cz–Si) wafers.  The scientists of the […]

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Nextracker Adds 728 MW Projects From Intersect Power in US

Nextracker has just scored a big win in a US solar project. Intersect Power, one of North America’s largest developers of utility-scale renewable energy, has announced Signal Energy as the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firm and supply of the NX Horizon smart solar trackers and TrueCapture yield optimization software from Nextracker for two utility-scale […]

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New York Installs 3 GW of Solar Capacity By Q3 FY21

According to the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, the state has installed 3 GW of solar capacity by the end of Q3 FY21, with the state’s total pipeline reaching 5.7 GW. The state had added a capacity of 2,840.3 MW by Q1 2021, which took New York to the 10th position nationally in the terms […]

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JinkoSolar’s Modules Break Records with 23.53% Highest Conversion Efficiency

JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd., the Chinese solar module manufacturer today announced that the maximum solar conversion efficiency of its advanced high-efficiency solar module reached 23.53% and has outperformed the previous record of 23.01%, also set by JinkoSolar, in January 2021. The result was independently tested and confirmed by TÜV Rheinland, one of the world’s leading […]

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Lightsource bp Raises Euro 52M For 100MW Solar Projects in Spain

European solar developer Lightsource bp has successfully raised a Euro 52 million term loan from leading financial backers for its Barrica solar projects in the Aragon region of Spain, giving the green light for construction to begin on two 49.5MWp solar sites.   Leading financial backers include Banco Sabadell, Natwest, Santander, and Intesa Sanpaolo, which provided the necessary financial […]

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Local Firm to Set Up 100 MW Solar Plant in Botswana

The Botswana energy regulator has granted a generation licence for a 100 MW solar project to local firm Shumba Energy, making it the first independent power producer to set up a large scale solar plant in the country, according to media reports. This landlocked country in Southern Africa does not currently have large scale solar […]

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