Solarfun Power: Two solar PV modules contracts in Italy
Solarfun Power Holdings Co, Ltd, a Chinese manufacturer of silicon ingots, photovoltaic (PV) cells, wafers and modules, has entered into two contrac...
Solarfun Power Holdings Co, Ltd, a Chinese manufacturer of silicon ingots, photovoltaic (PV) cells, wafers and modules, has entered into two contract agreements for the supply of 12 megawatt PV modules in Italy. The initial contract was signed with GranSolarGhella, Srl for the supply of six megawatt solar PV modules to southern Italy. That shipment is due to be delivered in the second half of 2010. The second contract was signed with T.R.Z Tozzi Renewable Energy S.p.A for the supply of six megawatt solar PV modules to central Italy. That shipment is due to be delivered during the third quarter of 2010.
Dr. Peter Xie, President of Solarfun, stated, "We are pleased to have expanded our business in many major solar markets and have become one of the leading module suppliers in the industry. Our products are known for their high quality and reliability, and our customer service is first-class. In 2010, we have further diversified our customer base by successfully penetrating into Italy, France and the United States markets through winning projects."
"Italy is the third largest solar power generation market in Europe and we're excited to have already begun a number of installations in the country," added Andreas Liebheit, VP and Managing Director Europe, Middle East and Africa, Solarfun. "We continue winning new customers outside of Germany, entering into new markets through satisfied customer service, innovative technology and reliable quality."
Solarfun Power Holdings Ltd is focused on the delivery of high quality, reliable products at competitive process. The Company develops its monocrystalline and polycrystalline products at its internationally certified, vertically integrated manufacturing facilities.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.