Going back in time, the average of solar photovoltaic installations in May 2011 was 1,594. From the beginning of May 2012 until the date, the average of installations is 1,248, which is around a 20% less, when there is still more than fifteen days left until the end of May. In addition, recent figures show that the total capacity installed during the past four weeks was 17MW, against a four-weekly average of 71MW over the past 12 months. (more…)
Gemasolar is the first commercial-scale plant in the world to apply central tower receiver and molten salt heat storage technology. This unique thermosolar power station stands out in Fuentes de Andalucia, in southern Spain, and it’s up and running since last May 2011.
From the road between Seville and Cordoba, one can see its central tower lit up like a beacon by 2,600 solar mirrors, each 120 square metres (28,500 square feet), that surround it in an immense 195-hectare circle. The relevance of this plant, which investment cost exceeds 200 million euros, lies in its technological uniqueness, since it opens up the way for new thermosolar electrical generation technology. With 2,650 heliostats on 185 hectares and a heat storage system which permits electrical generation for up to 15 hours without any solar feed, Gemasolar power station is expected to produce around 110 GWh per year.
The solar projects, Puriton West (4MW) and Summerway Drove (1.8MW), were developed by Element Power Solar in partnership with Dublin-based BNRG Renewables. The projects were constructed and commissioned during 2011 under the U.K. Government’s Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) legislation designed to encourage construction of low carbon electricity generation from renewable energy technologies, and are both fully operational generating electricity at pre August 2011 Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rates.
Puriton West Photovoltaic Project - Via pv-magazine.com