Review2002 – Solar Energy

This is the fourth installment of our comprehensive look back on the news that shaped the Renewable Energy industry in 2002 – REview2002. Today, we focus on Solar energy – on Wednesday, we feature news from the year on Wind energy.

Shell Renewables Completes Acquisition of Siemens Solar Amsterdam, Sweden – April 29, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Shell Renewables announced earlier this week, that they have completed the acquisition of all the shares held by Siemens AG and E.ON Energie AG in the former solar photovoltaic (PV) joint venture Siemens and Shell Solar GmBH. Regulatory approval for closing the transaction has already been received. Click for Full StoryBP Solar Exits Thin Film Production New York, New York – December 2, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] BP Solar, a major player in the solar photovoltaic market is getting out of the thin-film business, causing some in the industry to wonder what’s next for this technology. Click for Full StoryNew York PV Subsidy Rises To $6 A Watt New York, New York – January 31, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The Long Island Power Authority will increase its residential subsidy for solar PV systems to US$6 a watt, from $3. Click for Full StoryLos Angeles Pushes Solar PV Rebates To $6 A Watt Los Angeles, California – February 1, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] For the next two months, residential customers of the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power will receive notices to explain the Solar Incentive or Rebate Program, which offers the highest per watt financial incentive in California. Click for Full StoryRWE Solar, ASE Americas, Schott Create Joint Venture Billerica, Massachusetts and Rocklin, California – November 13, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] RWE Solutions AG and Schott Glas have consummated a manufacturing and marketing joint venture of their solar photovoltaic (PV) subsidiaries to form RWE Schott Solar. Click for Full StoryGreenpeace Assists Thai Villagers with Solar Installation Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand – April 12, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Greenpeace has helped the villagers of Bo Nok and Ban Khrut in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan install solar power on two public buildings, to illustrate that the community is serious in its desire for Renewable Energy for Thailand. Click for Full StoryAstroPower Solar Cell Wins Award Newark, Delaware – September 27, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] When Allen Barnett founded AstroPower in the early 1980s, he did so with the intent of someday growing “big sheets of silicon, fast.” That day has arrived for the Delaware company, recently recognized by R&D Magazine who dubbed its APx-8 solar cell one of the 100 most technologically significant new products of the year. Click for Full StoryEvergreen Solar Advances String Ribbon Process Marlboro, Massachusetts – December 5, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Evergreen Solar, Inc. said Wednesday that it has advanced its proprietary “String Ribbon” technology for manufacturing solar cells that could result in more than doubling the output of its crystal growth furnaces. Click for Full StorySharp Solar to Manufacture Modules in US Memphis, Tennessee – November 13, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Anticipating significant growth in the U.S. solar energy market, Sharp Electronics Corporation, the U.S. sales and marketing subsidiary of Sharp Corporation, Osaka, Japan, will establish a manufacturing facility for solar products in the United States. Click for Full StoryREPORT: Solar PV to Grow Faster Than Wind Energy Washington, D.C.- January 15, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The use of solar photovoltaic to generate electricity in the United States will grow at three times the rate of wind energy over the next two decades, according to government statistics. Click for Full Story
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