Renewable Energy Update - January 25, 2011

In This Update:

China's influence continues to grow in California's solar power market; RENEWABLE ENERGY FOCUS - Study predicts 20.5GW of PV installations in 2011; DOE grants $967M loan guarantee for Arizona solar project; Conservation group sues federal agencies to halt Ivanpah solar project; Permits frustrate California solar developers; CPUC approves 140MW San Diego solar plant; California firm starts $100M solar feed-in tariff fund; Solar projects face gov't review in San Luis Obispo; Fresno faces deluge of solar project proposals; Iron pyrite shows promise for PV panel maunfacturing; Vestas, WWF team to create enviro-friendly product label; U.S. smart grid investment in step with global industry: study; DOE to launch renewable energy initiatives in tribal communities; Kaiser Permanente to install 4MW of fuel cell servers in California facilities; NOTABLE RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS AND DEALS - Fotowatio, SoCal Edison sign 120MW power purchase deal; and Sempra buys $875M stake in two foreign utilities.

China's influence continues to grow in California's solar power market

Grist - Jan 18

Chinese solar power manufacturers are the dominant foreign player in the California solar power industry and their stake in the market is expected to keep growing, according to a report in Grist. The California Solar Initiative, a state program with a mandate to install 3,000MW of rooftop PV panels, reports that it purchased 39% of its panels from Chinese manufacturers in the final quarter of 2010. A single Chinese panel manufacturer, Yingli Green Energy, has increased its market share from 1.2% in 2009 to 17.5% in 2010. Yingli's numbers dwarf those of the largest California-based PV manufacturer, Sun Power, which controlled 6.3% of the market in 2010. Grist suggests that domestic companies could be poised to reclaim more of the California market as PV panel demand in the state surges.

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