First Solar And GE Developing Plans For 1,500 V PV Power Plants

First Solar Inc. and GE's Power Conversion business say they are working on a utility-scale photovoltaic power plant design that combines First Solar's thin-film cadmium-telluride (CdTe) modules with GE's new ProSolar 1,500 V inverter/transformer system.First Solar says it has developed versions of its modules for 1,500 V applications. The company says these modules, combined with GE’s 4 MW ProSolar 1,500 V inverter/transformer stations, enable power plant designs that increase the size of the solar array served by each inverter and reduce the number of inverter/transformer stations required."This is a significant step in establishing the next generation of utility-scale PV power ... Continue Reading

SMA's New Grid Emulation Service Brings Hundreds of Megawatts Online within Days

ROCKLIN, Calif., Feb. 27, 2014—On the heels of its successful operations and maintenance (O&M) launch, SMA has unveiled another exclusive utility-scale service: Grid Emulation™. An industry first, it accelerates power plant start-up and significantly pulls forward commercial operation dates before grid connection is accessible, enabling hundreds of megawatts of PV power to be brought online in a matter of days. Through the use of proprietary technology, SMA can simulate the grid prior to actual grid interconnection and fully test and pre-commission the complete power path from the PV modules to the medium voltage transformer. By doing this, Grid Emulation ... Continue Reading

PV Expo 2014: JA Solar launches two solar modules

JA Solar, a global manufacturer of high performance solar cells and modules, is promoting its Percium cells module and Riecium solar cell modules at PV Expo in Japan on 26th February as well as at Ecobuild in UK in March and SNEC in China in May. 

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India Announces 2 GW Worth Of New Large-Scale Solar Projects

Plans are already underway in India for a multi-stage 4 GW ultra mega solar power project in Rajasthan. Six companies involved in the project signed a memorandum of understanding on the project last week.

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Russia to pave way for PV

Meanwhile, Rossetti (Russian Grids), a Russian power company comprising of interregional and regional distribution grid companies, announced that it would be connecting its first ever solar PV plant to its grid this year. The 5 MW solar facility is slated to begin operation in the third quarter of the year in the locality of Kosh-Agach in the Russian Republic of Altai. The company as another 5 MW solar plant that is set to come online in 2015.

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