Minnesota’s First Community Solar Project Accentuates Local Merge
As community solar grows in popularity, an innovative solar project in Minnesota accents the opportunity of merging local ownership with locally assembled solar panels. Earlier this fall, the Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association announced Minnesota’s first community solar project. The 40 kilowatt (kW) solar array will be located at the cooperative’s headquarters. Members are allowed to purchase individual panels in the project for $869 per 180-Watt panel. In exchange, members will get credits on their bill equal to the electricity production of their portion of the 40-kW array. Compared to Individual Ownership, participation in the community solar project lowers the payback period for solar by 7 to 12 years.
Suntech Solar Modules Passes Dessert Simulation Test
Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., one of the world’s largest producers of solar panels, has announced that its solar modules have passed the Blowing Sand Test based on DIN EN 60068-2-68 LC2 by SGS, which is the world’s leading inspection, testing and certification company. The test result confirms that Suntech’s solar modules are suitable for installations in desert regions. To determine the effects of dust and sand on the solar panels, pulses of compressed air are blown through a manifold located in the bottom of a collection trough, forcing dust up and over the solar module. Suntech solar modules passed the maximum power determination, the insulation test and the wet leakage current test.
Goldwind Plans New Projects to Take Advantage of Australia’s 2020 Goal
Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co., China’s largest wind-turbine maker, is making plans on new projects to become a serious player in Australia’s 2020 renewable energy target. Australia is set to install as much as 8,000 megawatts of wind power by the end of the decade and Goldwind wants a piece of the pie. Goldwind is among wind-power companies seeking to expand in Australia, which intends to generate at least 20 percent of its power from renewable energy by 2020. Australia requires electricity retailers to buy renewable energy certificates from producers of wind and solar power, providing an incentive to developers of the projects.
Aeration Systems Market Driven by Increased Demand for Secondary Wastewater Treatment
The wastewater aeration systems market is currently in various stages of development across the world. New reports sees that this highly reliable technology will see increased global uptake, due to the demand for wider connectivity to secondary wastewater treatment services in developing countries. At the same time, most wastewater treatment facilities in developed countries are in an ageing state and needs immediate refurbishment. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Global Wastewater Aeration Systems Market, finds that the market earned revenues of $4.88 billion in 2011 and estimates this to reach $8.39 billion in 2020.