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Solar Power to beat high temperature

Posted by admin on January 31st, 2011

The weather bureau has forecast temperature as 39 degrees Celsius in Melbourne, 42C in Adelaide, 46C at Wudinna and 45C at Ceduna in the west of South Australia.

If you are fed up of High Temperature and rising electricity bills then solar power is the best ways to reduce or totally eliminate heat and household electricity bills. The size of solar system you purchase will ultimately determine how much money you can save and/or earn through feed-in tariffs.

Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), or indirectly using concentrated solar power (CSP). Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaics converts light into electric current using the photoelectric effect.

The Government is also supporting the green energy, and all states have solar rebates in form of direct rebate and feed-in-tariff for solar electricity generation. The Government Rebate will be reduced in year 2011. So it is best to take advantage of Rebates now.

“It is said that the sun’s rays falling on the earth for about twenty minutes is enough to meet the electricity requirements of the year. It is important that we control this energy for our our advantage to fight against global warming. Solar energy can be used for domestic use or part of it can be converted into solar electricity from solar power technology.

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M and B Switchgears funding solar photovoltaic solar power plant

Posted by admin on January 31st, 2011

M AND B Switchgears Pvt. Ltd., established in 1979 in Indore has proposed to enter capital market for funding its forthcoming solar photovoltaic solar power plant, with a public issue of 50 lakh equity shares (face value of Rs 10 each).

It has filed draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) with SEBI. The issue will constitute 25% of the post-issue paid-up equity share capital of company.

The company manufactures distribution transformers, power transformers, furnace/rectifier transformers and special purpose transformers. It has today grown laborer strength and targeting more than 150 per turnover of Rs. 1000000000. It is the business of manufacturing transformers for over 30 years. It is in the business of manufacturing transformers for more than 30 years.

The Modern factory spread 1,00,000 Sq. feet area of the latest manufacturing and advanced machinery increased capacity of up to 25 MVA, 132 KV. M and B has increased its manufacturing capacity of 550 transformers 5109 a year. Its current annual production ratio is 75 000 kVA KVA of the transformer month for single shift basis.

It will also use the issue proceeds and the creation of new network-attached 4 MWp photovoltaic power plant Village Gagorni, Rajghar District, Madhya Pradesh. The total estimated project cost of Rs 71.36 crore.

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Waterdown District High School gets $816,000 to install solar panels

Posted by admin on January 31st, 2011

Waterdown District High School in Hamilton has been awarded an $816,000 provincial grant to install solar panels on its roof. The teacher Tim Carr wants to make the school a “centre for renewable energy.”The innovative system  which should be completed by the next academic year. “Energy is something we take for granted,” said the environmental sciences and outdoor education teacher. “We’re not on a sustainable path.”

The Waterdown school  was looking for the local solar companies to donate supplies in lack of capital funds, then they came to know about the new provincial program that funds solar power projects in schools. With the board’s approval, Carr put together a proposal that he hoped would start to transform the school and educate his students.

The province passed over the school’s pitches for solar air and solar thermal systems in favour of the solar photovoltaic project. The panels will be installed by QPA Solar Inc. of Dundas. The solar system is expected to actually make money for the board over 20 years through its energy production.

“It’s a great opportunity,” said Carr. “It’s good for the community and for the students.”

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Greek Regulatory Agency To House 38 MW CSP Plant

Posted by admin on January 31st, 2011

NUR MOH-SA, a joint venture London based energy-producing Nur Energie Ltd, and the Greek Motor Oil Helias (MOH) has received a 38-megawatt electricity generation solar power plant license on the island of Crete in Greece, Greek Regulatory Agency. The project employs Bright Source Energy Ltd’s LTP 550 solar technology.

Nur Energie Ltd is an independent solar energy producer in the Mediterranean region. Since 2008 it has focused on developing projects for CSP, PV and CPV technology five core markets, Greece, Italy, France, Morocco and Tunisia and are in the pipeline for more than 100MW PV projects and more than 2210MW CSP project development

Based out of California, Bright Source Energy CSP heating system uses dry cooling technology, which consumes 95% less water than similar systems, which are wet cool.

Bright source claims that by using air to cool steam in a closed system that impact on the environment have been significantly reduced, and it is this feature that sets the LTP 550, except the competition. By choosing to take LPT 550 of the solar system in what will be Europe’s largest tower installation, Nur Energie certainly agreed.

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Tennessee’s Largest Solar Energy Farm Operational

Posted by admin on January 30th, 2011

The 5.5-acre solar farm in Tennessee is now operational. The Farm is divided into two sections. One for supply of solar electricity directly to the TVA. The second section will help to power a nearby plant and warehouse.

The solar project is located at the American Drive Business Center and is consists of 4,914 solar modules. The Business Center solar farm will be participating in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Generation Partners Program, which provides technical support and incentives for the installation of renewable power generation systems. The Solar capacity of the solar farm is 1 megawatt (MW) system. The system is being designed and built by Knoxville based Efficient Energy of Tennessee (EETN). This Solar Farm is the largest solar electrical generation plant within the seven-state Tennessee Valley.

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Taiwan Reduces Feed-In Tariffs

Posted by admin on January 30th, 2011

Taiwan has decreased the feed-in-tariffs by 30% in comparison to last year. The cost of solar power equipments has gone down and hence the feed-in-tariff. The decreased feed-in tariff is applicable for year 2011.

The reduction is impacted by the fact that the Solar Cell cost will decline from 10 to 15 percent. It is expected that solar cells annual global production will be 30 gigawatts in 2011.

“Solar power costs may fall further,” Hwang Jung-chiou, vice minister of economic affairs, said in a press conference in Taipei today.

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India’s first green station at Manwal on the Jammu-Udhampur rail route

Posted by admin on January 29th, 2011

India’s first green station at Manwal on the Jammu-Udhampur rail route was  inaugurated by Indian railways. Usually the tiny station faces the problem of frequent power cuts, now will be  provided by a supply of solar power. “A request was made to J&K SEB for providing reliable electric power supply to this station…it was planned to generate onsite renewable energy through solar panels,” said A S Negi, spokesperson, Northern Railway.

Now Jammu-Udhampur railway station’s fans and lights are running on solar electricity and the state electric supply is kept as a standby source in case solar power supply fails. Electric Load of S&T installations and one water cooler is on state electricity supply.

The next planning is to install more Solar panels for increasing backup for power supply and standalone lights for complete platform lighting for the further improvement in the system after the trials are successful.

To reduce the load of power supply some surplus fittings have been removed and energy efficient T-5 fittings, 60W fans, new exhaust fans (55 Watt) and CFLs are fixed.

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Largest solar power plant inaugurated in Can Gio district in Ho Chi Minh City

Posted by admin on January 28th, 2011

A solar-power project to provide electricity to Thieng Lieng hamlet in Can Gio’s island poorest district in HCM City, commenced operations yesterday, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, Hua Ngoc Thuan participated in the inaugural ceremony.  

A household in Thieng Lieng Island uses solar power, officials are hoping that the project will serve as a model to other hamlets across the nation. This power plant will benefit 172 local rural households out of the existing 204 households in the Thieng Lieng-Can Gao island commune.

The VND14.8 billion (US$740,000) project that was funded by the HCM City Electricity Company and the Duyen Hai (Can Gio) Power Company, has a capacity of 525 wp and was built at a cost of VND14.8 billion (US$ 7,600,000).

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Siemens agreement with Suntech Power

Posted by admin on January 28th, 2011

Siemens Energy, a division of Siemens (NYSE: SI) has signed framework agreement with Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. (NYSE: STP), the world’s largest manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) modules, to supply solar power projects in Europe.

Siemens is offering EPC solutions for photovoltaic plants, "With Suntech we have a bankable partner to provide reliable photovoltaic plants to our customers." said Martin Schulz, Vice President Photovoltaic Siemens Renewable Energy Division.

Siemens has orders for photovoltaic plants with a combined capacity of over 80 MW  from six countries. Siemens handles the turnkey construction of the plants using in-house components such as inverters and transformers and and independent panel sourcing as well as local sourcing.  Suntech will supply the solar panels.

"We are excited to establish a strategic cooperation with a strong partner such as Siemens. We have already started executing on the agreement for projects developed throughout Europe. Siemens’ global presence facilitates joint projects in Europe as well as in other parts of the world." Jerry Stokes, president of Suntech Europe, said in the statement.

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German ministry says no to solar power subsidies

Posted by admin on January 28th, 2011

The German Environment Ministry said on Thursday it will not cap solar subsidy cut payments for new plants increased capacity exceeding 1 GW and nationally in any one year and to present a solar power subsidy cuts by six months 1 July. The cuts could be as high as 15 percent, if projections at the end of May suggest more than 7.5 gigawatts in new capacity will be installed in 2011.

Ministry spokeswoman in Berlin said it had notified the firm to steadily reduce aid annually as well as apply a cap on subsidizing “overcapacity.” “But the interest of electricity consumers, the subsidies must be made more cost-effective. "

German authorities say they do not want to harm the fast-growing sector. Caps subsidies devastated the field in other countries and Germany, wants to avoid that, officials said. Germany’s "feed-in tariffs" have been profitable for businesses, and individuals to install the panels for their roofs or build solar parks. Solar energy is still relatively expensive, but the feed-in tariff makes it worth ensuring an artificially high price for someone offers solar energy to the national grid.

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