By Chris Meehan, Clean Energy Authority:
In the first full week of August we learned that July was the hottest on record—ever, shattering previous heat records across the northern hemisphere. It was also one of the driest and sunniest, meaning all the solar being installed was generating longer, helping to reduce use of coal-fired power plants just a little more. Meanwhile new opportunities were being announced the world over, from Ascent Solar’s partnership with Foxconn—a major supplier of electronics for companies including Apple—to fast-tracked projects flying from the desk of President Obama and more.
First off, Colorado-based Ascent Solar partnered with Chinese electronics manufacturer Foxconn. The PV company will install its thin-film CIGS photovoltaics on Foxconn’s new manufacturing facility in Zhenzhou City, Henan Province of China. The company, which manufactures devices including laptop notebooks, Playstations, iPhones and more, may also look into Acsent Solar’s flexible PV to include on devices opening up a potentially huge market for the company… Read more