SolarWorld Boosts Manufacturing in Oregon Read more

SolarWorld Boosts Manufacturing in Oregon

U.S. solar panel industry leader SolarWorld today announced plans to increase capacity from 380 MW to 530 MW, and to boost advanced cell manufacturing capacity at its Hillsboro, Oregon plant by 100 MW, adding 200 jobs at the location, which will grow to 900 employees. The Bonn-based company also manufactures in the German cities of Freiberg and Arnstadt. “The factory will remain the largest of its kind in the Western Hemisphere. The company views this expansion as a stepping-stone to 630 MW capacity in the near future,” SolarWorld said.

Could the Upcoming Election Decide Florida’s Renewable Energy Fate? Read more

Could the Upcoming Election Decide Florida’s Renewable Energy Fate?

As gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist noted in the recent debate, the corrupting influence of Florida’s electric utilities has blocked efforts to help Florida transition into a fair and free-market renewable energy economy. The impact of this powerful fossil fuel lobby has been demonstrated as they funnel resources to influence the outcome of the Florida governor’s race. Renewable energy, in particular solar energy, will without a doubt have a significantly positive economic impact on Florida’s natural and economic environment. But the first step for the Sunshine State is a changing of the guard in the executive office.

Part 2: SPI 2014 Solar Event Marketing Hits and Misses Read more

Part 2: SPI 2014 Solar Event Marketing Hits and Misses

In part 2 of my annual solar event marketing hits and misses, we’ll explore some more specific hits and misses that I found on the Las Vegas SPI show floor. First of all, although final numbers haven’t been released, SPI 2014 seemed to be very well attended. The floor looked crowded and exhibitors that I talked to said that booth traffic was much i

From Ashes to Energy: $1 Billion Alevo Battery Factory Surges On the Scene Read more

From Ashes to Energy: $1 Billion Alevo Battery Factory Surges On the Scene

Having worked in stealth mode for the past 10 years, German researchers and serial entrepreneur Jostein Eikeland have developed a new battery chemistry that they claim is non-combustible and highly efficient. The batteries, say Alevo, have at their core a new inorganic electrolyte that eliminates “both the risk of combustion and explosion and massively reduces the debilitating effects of charging cycles.”

SolarWorld To US Solar Developers: “We Want the Same Things” Read more

SolarWorld To US Solar Developers: “We Want the Same Things”

When Rhone Resch opened Solar Power International 2014 by telling the industry that it needs to fight for solar the same way that the Koch Brothers fight for coal, he probably wasn’t thinking about SolarWorld and its fight with China over what it says are unfair manufacturing subsidies. But, at least according to Ben Santarris, Strategic Affairs Director for SolarWorld Americas and Tim Brightbill of the law firm WileyRein, fighting for its industry is exactly what SolarWorld is doing.