Renewable Energy Update - July 12, 2011

In This Issue:

Report: U.S. solar PV pipeline to hit 17GW; RENEWABLE ENERGY FOCUS - UN report: Global green energy investment rose to $211B in 2010; Gov. Brown: 33% renewable energy mandate 'just a start'; Permitting, transmission lines could slow California's progress to 33% renewable energy goal; Judge rejects challenges to Sunrise Powerlink transmission lines; UK scientists develop 'plastic wrap' solar cells; Analysis weighs whether California should adopt German solar model; L.A. utility considers relaunch of solar incentive program, proposes revamped solar FIT; KB Home opens Antelope Valley's first solar home community; Antelope Valley renewable energy projects meet resistance from locals; Residents oppose planned Kern County wind farm; DOE, Georgia Tech develop tidal energy resource database; NOTABLE RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS AND DEALS - San Diego firm to invest $2.5B in Mexico wind farms; California solar firm withdraws from Ohio project; San Mateo company wins $100K award for solar windows; and Bloom Energy to open factory in Delaware, looks to keep California incentive program running.

Report: U.S. solar PV pipeline to hit 17GW

Solarbuzz - Jul 6

The U.S. pipeline of non-residential solar PV projects planned to be built between 2011 and 2015 has grown to 17GW, according to research conducted by analysis firm Solarbuzz. The company has identified 601 major solar PV projects ranging in size from 50kW to 500MW that are set to be installed by 2015, almost two-thirds of which are located in California. First Solar, SunPower, and Suntech are the three module suppliers expected to benefit the most from the boom in utility-scale solar development. The Solarbuzz research indicates the increase in large-scale solar development is due to the DOE's loan guarantee program for renewable energy projects.

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