World’s Solar PV Capacity Passes 100-Gigawatt Landmark After Strong Year

EPIA_logo_newMore than 30 GW of PV were connected to the electricity grid in 2012; global rebalancing seen as non-European markets accounted for more than 13 GW of worldwide total.
Brussels, 11 February 2013 – The world’s cumulative solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity capacity surpassed 100 gigawatts (GW) in 2012, achieving just over 101 GW, according to new market figures from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA). This global capacity to harness the power of the sun produces as much electricity energy in a year as 16 coal power plants or nuclear reactors of 1 GW each. Each year, the world’s PV installations reduce CO2 emissions by 53 million tons.

The surpassing of the 100-GW mark occurred in yet another year of strong global PV development, with an estimated 30 GW connected to the grid and made operational in 2012 – roughly the same as the record-setting level of 2011. These results are preliminary, and the 30 GW figure could be increased by an additional 1 or 2 GW when final numbers come in. Final results for the year will be published in May, in EPIA’s annual “Global Market Outlook for Photovoltaics 2013-2017.”

“No one would have predicted even 10 years ago that we would see more than 100 GW of solar photovoltaic capacity in the world by 2012,” said EPIA President Winfried Hoffmann. “The photovoltaic industry clearly faces challenges but the results of 2012 show there is a strong global market for our technology. Even in tough economic times and despite growing regulatory uncertainty, we have nearly managed to repeat the record year of 2011.”

But the year also showed an important shift towards a more global PV market, with 13 GW of PV installations occurring outside of Europe (compared to just under 8 GW in 2011) and nearly 17 GW in Europe (compared to nearly 23 GW in 2011). The top three European PV markets in 2012 were Germany (with 7.6 GW), Italy (3.3 GW) and France (1.2 GW). The top three non-European markets were China (with at least 3.5 GW and possibly as much as 4.5 GW), the U.S. (3.2 GW) and Japan (2.5 GW).

Added Hoffmann, “The key going forward will be to address these new market challenges and continue policies that help PV technology to grow sustainably, continuing its evolution to a mainstream electricity source.”

Click here to view the original press release from EPIA.

Bid on a LightWave Solar system at Green Tie Affair

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LightWave Solar will install a 3.12 kW solar PV system to benefit the Tennessee Environmental Council. The system will be part of the live auction at the annual Green Tie Affair on Fri, March 22 from 7-11pm at University Club of Nashville.  Bidders have the chance to buy a completely installed solar PV system at a discounted price and support a worthy cause.

The installed 3.12 kW solar PV system is valued at $17,000. Bidding starts at $12,500.  What’s included:

  • 12 260w Suniva solar panels – Made in Georgia, USA!
  • One Power-One Aurora inverter
  • Uni-Rac Solar Mount racking system
  • All other required equipment, supplies, labor and coordination with utility to ensure fully functional, professionally installed solar PV system

System will generate about 4,000 kWh per year which amounts to about $750 per year at current electric utility rates through TVA Green Power Providers program.

  • -30% Federal Tax Credit will further reduce the cost!
  • $1,000 from TVA will be sent after system completion via your local utility.

GTALightwaveSolarArrayWeb2012-435x280 (250x161)If you are interested in attending Green Tie Affair and bidding on this system, please contact us so we can determine the suitability of your site. Free site consultation is included.  In addition, LightWave Solar will be available at Green Tie Affair to provide site consultations via satellite.

Site issues to consider:

  • A south facing roof will get optimum kWh production.  East and west facing roofs work well too if the pitch of the roof is not too steep and shading is minimal.  A site visit will allow for accurate production estimates.
  • Allow 300 square feet of unobstructed roof space for the solar panels.
  • Chimneys and dormers can create shading, so panels need to be situated away from those.
  • Tree shading needs to be minimal. Our site visit calculations will pin point exactly how much shading will occur.

Click here to visit Tennessee Environmental Council’s Green Tie event page.

Hundreds of solar panels to be installed on Music City Center’s roof

Posted: Jan 28, 2013 6:27 PM CST in WKRN Channel 2 By Todd Dunn, Video Journalist

video-screenshotMayor Karl Dean said he continues to be very excited about how the new Music City Center is being built.

“One of the special features of the building is that it is very environmentally sensitive,” Dean explained. “We are on track to be a Silver LEED certified building and of course one of the most prominent features that everyone sees in the green roof.”

On Monday, Mayor Dean climbed up to the convention center’s roof to watch a crane deliver the last crate of solar panels which will soon be installed.

A total of 845 solar panels will soon line the entire area of the roof that is shaped like a guitar.

The mayor told Nashville’s News 2 the electricity generated from the solar panels will be used to power different features of the convention center.

“It will be used for things such as escalators and fans and things like that in the building, so it will help defray some of the electrical cost of operating the building,” Dean said.

The solar power and green roof of the Music City Center will be also be a visible sign of the city’s commitment to the environment.

“To me it is a significant statement the city is making that this is important,” Dean said. “It is important to be environmentally conscience, it is important to build good buildings and this is a great building.”

It will take workers about a month to install all of the solar panels.

The first conventions and expos at the Music City Center are scheduled for June.

For more information, visit the Music City Center’s Web site.