Editor’s note: We’re back — and a little late — with our monthly top ten ranking! Tune back November 8th for our October ranking.
1: California Energy Commission
September was a busy month at the California Energy Commission (CEC), which approved, according to G.E.R.’s own count, a record 2,351 megawatts of solar projects. With key stimulus programs folding in a few months, developers have been working overtime, pressing regulators to greenlight their projects. Aware of this looming deadline, the CEC (and shortly after that, federal regulators) approved a series of flagship projects including BrightSource Energy’s 392 megawatt Ivanpah solar thermal power plant and Tessera Solar?s 709 megawatt Imperial Valley solar facility. These solar power plants still have to get funded but the rapid regulatory turnaround boosts the probability that they actually get built. Continue reading September Top 10 Players in Green Energy
A Canadian solar power company has hired the founder of a leading California solar thermal developer as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Continue reading Exclusive: Canadian Solar Startup Hires eSolar Founder As CEO
The sweltering heat that has hammered the East Coast for the better part of the week did not dry up the renewable energy deal flow, as some developers managed to clinch crucial funding. And as is often the case these days — especially in the cleantech and renewable energy sectors — Washington was the de facto deal maker. Hence, as we headed into the Fourth of July weekend, President Obama announced some $2 billion in Department of Energy loan guarantees supporting solar developers.
Of the $2 billion announced by the President, Spanish company Abengoa Solar got $1.45 billion for the construction of the 250 megawatt Solana Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plant in Arizona. Colorado-based start-up Abound Solar also scored a $400 million guarantee to scale production of its thin-film, photovoltaic modules from a current 67 megawatts to nearly 1 gigawatt over the next three years. Continue reading The Week In Green Energy: During Summer Doldrums Renewable Energy Funding Heats Up
Morgan Solar's "Sun Simba" panel
Toronto-based Morgan Solar is close to hiring its first-ever Chief Executive Officer. The developer of low-cost concentrating photovoltaic modules could make a formal announcement as early as next month, an industry source tells G.E.R. Continue reading Exclusive: Morgan Solar In Advance Talks With Potential CEO