Small Scale Solar PV Project Updates

A weekly look at select projects 1-megawatt (MW) and under being installed and developed around the world.

REC Group this week unveiled the more than 4,500 REC modules that have been installed on the roof of the new Hugo Boss logistics center in Metzingen, Germany by REC partner Goldbeck.

The 22,000 square-meter roof-top solar installation is expected to produce around one million kWh of solar energy each year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 540 tons.  

Canadian Solar Inc. (CSI), HelioPower and Bob’s Big Boy of Burbank inaugurated a 26-kW Canadian Solar photovoltaic panel system installed at the historic restaurant which is commemorating 60 years of operation.

The Bob’s solar power system is installed on the large steel carport structure and a flat commercial roof above the neighboring Starbucks. It was designed and installed by HelioPower and received a $53,648 grant from the federal government.

Mage Solar GMBH announced the signing of a 1.2 MW contract in Belgium. The project is being built in the Flanders region in two construction stages. The first will see the initial installation of 2,396 poly-crystalline 225-watt modules and the second will see the installation of an additional 3,220 poly-crystalline modules. The company plans to use Fronius inverters.

Finally, Konarka Technologies Inc. unveiled a line of solar panels for use in a variety of portable charging applications that will be available worldwide in the fourth quarter of this year. Commercial products incorporating Konarka Power Plastic 20 Series material, which include battery chargers for lighting, mobile phones and devices, carry bags and café umbrellas will be available through the company’s qualified resellers and partners program.

The Konarka Power Plastic 20 Series includes the Power Plastic 120 (1-watt), Power Plastic 320 (3-watt) and Power Plastic 620 (7-watt) products. The panels vary in size and are available with and without integrated connectors, ready to be used or integrated into a manufacturer’s device or product.

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