by Staff Writers
Munich, Germany (SPX) Oct 16, 2012
Solar Frontier and Iberdrola Ingenieria and Construccion Mexico S.A. de C.V. has announced that Solar Frontier has completed delivery of 1.5 megawatt peak (MWp) of its CIS thin-film modules to a 5MW Iberdrola plant in Cerro Prieto, Mexico.
The Cerro Prieto project is owned by CFE, the state-owned electric utility company of Mexico, and will be the largest PV installation in the country when it goes into production by the end of 2012.
This project is the first for Solar Frontier in the rapidly growing Central and South American market.
Iberdrola is combining Solar Frontier technology with competing technology in this project.
The hot climate and mounting on mono-axial trackers will be an opportunity to show the advantages of Solar Frontier's lower temperature coefficient, which are valued for better performance in hotter conditions compared to crystalline silicon.
Iberdrola Ingenieria and Construccion Mexico S.A. de C.V. belongs to the Spanish group Iberdrola, one of the largest energy suppliers worldwide, with extensive experience in renewable energy.
Its goal by 2020 is to produce 20% less CO2 per kWh than the overall European electricity sector.
"This is a significant opportunity for Solar Frontier to strengthen its position in the regions served by Iberdrola to Iberdrola's high standards," said Wolfgang Lange, Managing Director, Solar Frontier Europe.
"We are demonstrating to our most discriminating customers that CIS technology delivers more kWh over the lifetime of a project for a lower cost."
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Germany raises electricity charge to finance renewables
Berlin (AFP) Oct 15, 2012
Germany's electrical grid operators said Monday they were raising by nearly 50 percent the charge to consumers that finances subsidies for renewable energy as the country phases out nuclear power. Consumers will be asked to pay a charge of 0.05277 euros per kilowatt hour of electricity consumed in 2013, the firms said, compared with a 0.03592-euro surcharge this year. For an average thre ... read more
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