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backyardtennis 28 posts  |  Last Activity: Aug 15, 2014 2:57 PM Member since: Sep 5, 2012
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    LAUGHLIN 310 MW Project

    by renaldo1952 Aug 15, 2014 7:00 AM
    backyardtennis backyardtennis Aug 15, 2014 2:57 PM Flag

    I'm really surprised that there wasn't an official release on this! It's huge news! I stumbled upon the same article doing a routine news search. The next 2 years should be pretty darn exciting. The well just seems to keep producing.

  • Reply to

    Fslr needs to partner...

    by backyardtennis Jul 30, 2014 11:22 AM
    backyardtennis backyardtennis Jul 30, 2014 12:44 PM Flag

    First, I'm speaking of the tetra sun panels that are hopefully in the works. Second, the tariffs are not in limbo, they begin in December. The foolishness with the WTO will get dragged out for a long time and the tariffs begin regardless. Third, solarcity may need a lot more capacity then whatever they purchased, not to mention the tetra sun panels quality could be supreme over whatever manufacturer they acquired. Finally, why do you have to be so obnoxious?

  • backyardtennis by backyardtennis Jul 30, 2014 11:22 AM Flag

    First solar needs to make a move soon to partner with solar city. I doubt they will grow a rooftop business organically, so it's either buy a rooftop business or supply one. Supplying solar city seems like the best option now that solarcity will struggle to get cheap Chines panels. They can't afford to buy solarcity,. What other rooftop companies could they afford? Ideas or comments?

  • Reply to

    First SOLAR applies for 370MW in chile

    by mi80ke3 Jul 21, 2014 4:02 PM
    backyardtennis backyardtennis Jul 22, 2014 9:19 PM Flag

    Not a bad pipeline for chile!

  • Reply to

    First SOLAR applies for 370MW in chile

    by mi80ke3 Jul 21, 2014 4:02 PM
    backyardtennis backyardtennis Jul 22, 2014 9:17 PM Flag

    Solar Chile had about 1.5 GW of projects when aquired by First Solar so these two projects are just the beginning. A 141mw and a 370.... That leaves a full 1 GW left for future builds.

  • Reply to

    First SOLAR applies for 370MW in chile

    by mi80ke3 Jul 21, 2014 4:02 PM
    backyardtennis backyardtennis Jul 22, 2014 1:30 PM Flag

    That's a big money project for sure. I don't see many hurdles considering they were already approved and got funding for the 140+ mw project; and with ease. Margins will be better since the first project which ground has broken on or will be soon is synergistic to the second larger project.

  • backyardtennis by backyardtennis Jul 16, 2014 1:41 PM Flag

    Anti-dumping duty on solar gear unlikely to reduce imports
    Power producers say they would turn to other countries that don't attract duty
    In a setback to the government's bid to encourage domestic solar cell industry, solar power project developers have told the government that they would continue to import solar cells from different countries and would not source domestically, if an anti-dumping duty on solar gears is imposed.

    In May, the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping had recommended imposing high anti-dumping duty on solar imports coming from China, the US, Malaysia and Taiwan. To circumvent the anti-dumping duty, manufactures say they will now import from countries that don't attract the duty, such as Japan and South Korea, which manufacture "better quality solar cells" than Indian manufacturers.

    "The power producers have conveyed that they have an option of buying solar cells from Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Canada, Germany, Italy and France, which cumulatively manufacture around 6,000-8,000 Mw a year. Indian manufacturers don't have the capacity to meet the demand of the growing solar power production industry," said a senior official with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

    According to the recent MNRE data, out of the installed manufacturing capacity of solar cells of 1,260 Mw, only 240 Mw is operational, while India's annual demand is 3,000 Mw. This is slated to go up with about 4,000 Mw of solar power projects tendered recently across the country. According to the data shared by the solar power producers, the cost of Chinese solar cells is 58-61 cents per watt, which is set to go up to $1.20 per watt, once the anti-dumping duty is imposed. Indigenously-manufactured cells cost 44-48 cents per watt. Power producers say the cost of cells coming from Singapore, the US, Canada, Japan and European Union countries would cost between 75 and 90 cents.

    "Even though they (imported solar cells) cost more, their quality is better. The whole issue being racked up by domestic manufacturers stands wasted then because the power producers would prefer imports as the domestic industry cannot meet their growing demand," said a senior executive of solar power production company.

    The domestic manufacturers are, however, of the view that the cost of solar power would remain at Rs 7.5 a unit by 2020 if indigenous solar cells are used. The current cost of solar power in the country is the Rs 6.5-8 a unit.

    Earlier, MNRE had raised concerns that the cost of solar power would double if high anti-dumping duty on imports of solar cells was imposed. Piyush Goyal, minister for coal, power and renewable energy, also on several occasions had issued statements against the imposition of dumping duty on imported solar cells. He also urged the finance ministry to review the decision on dumping as it would "escalate the cost of solar power".

    He also said that India needs to promote its own manufacturing capabilities as domestic equipment capacity is inadequate to meet the demands of the country's ambitious solar power mission.

    GREEN ENERGY

    India's domestic solar cell manufacturing capacity: 1,260 mw

    Operational capacity: 240 mw

    India's annual demand: 3,000 mw

    Cost of domestic solar cell: 44-48 cents per watt

    Cost of cells coming from China: 58-61 cents

    US based First Solar: 65 cents per watt

    Other importers from US and countries Singapore, Japan, Canada, European nations etc: 75-90 cents/watt

  • Reply to

    LO R.I.P.

    by jayjayvee Jul 15, 2014 9:21 AM
    backyardtennis backyardtennis Jul 15, 2014 9:27 AM Flag

    What is your recommendation at this moment to current shareholders? What are you doing?

  • WTO: US violates trade rules in imposing import tariffs on steel, solar panels from China

    World Trade Organization judges found Monday that the United States had violated global trade rules by imposing import duties on a range of Chinese steel products and solar panels that Washington asserted had government subsidies.

    But the three-member panel also rejected some of the Chinese arguments against the U.S. countervailing duties in the $7.2 billion dispute brought in May 2012, which has echoes in Washington's trade relations with other countries.
    Separately, the U.S. is studying a WTO ruling about anti-subsidy duties imposed on some Indian steel products and will consider all available options, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative said on Monday.
    The WTO backed some key claims by India against countervailing duties imposed by the United States after claims some Indian subsidy programs had given steelmaker Tata an unfair advantage, but it rejected others.
    "With respect to findings by the panel that U.S. measures breach WTO rules in certain respects, the United States is studying those findings and will evaluate all options to ensure that U.S. remedies against unfair subsidies remain strong and effective,'' the USTR said in a statement.
    Either party in a WTO dispute can appeal, which typically takes six to 12 months. Duties remain in place in the meantime.

  • Modi accelerates India solar revolution, doubles tax on coal

    By Giles Parkinson on 11 July 2014

    The newly elected India government of Narendra Modi has announced a suite of initiatives for solar energy across the country that will be partly funded by a doubling of the tax on coal.

    Modi – a long time supporter of solar – has promised a “saffron” revolution that will include ambitious targets for small, large and off-grid solar and a switch away from an assumed reliance on coal as the country seeks to deliver on its momentous task of bringing electricity to the entire country.

    In its first budget announced this week, Modi’s government announced funding for a series of “ultra mega” solar PV farms to be located in four Indian deserts, Thar in Rajasthan, Rann of Kutch in Gujarat, Lahul & Spiti in Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh in Jammu & Kashmir.

    The government also launched a scheme for 100,000 solar power driven agricultural pump sets and water pumping stations in off grid areas.

    It has also announced plans to dramatically extend a plan to cover canals with a series of 1MW solar farms, using availabl space to generate electricity and to reduce evaporation.

    And it has also announced tax cuts and excise exemptions for arrange of solar components and machinery to help reduce the cost of domestic manufacturing of solar PV cells and modules.

    This is considered crucial if the government is going to meet the ambitious 20,000MW of solar by 2022 under the previous government’s National Solar Mission program.

    But Modi wants to expand this dramatically – some suggest 10-fold but perhaps not in the same time frame, and has promised at least a solar light in every households by 2020 as part of his “saffron revolution”. India currently has some 300 million people – the population of the US – without power.

    Deutsche Bank says the country currently has 2.6GW of solar capacity – much of it in Modi’s home state of Gujarat – and it expects installations to be around 1.5GW in 2014 and around 2GW in 2015.

    However, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said in a report last week that India could install more than 200GW of solar out to 2030 – nearly as much as coal-fired generation – because utility scale solar will be cheaper than new coal plants in India by 2020. The country is also expected to reach “socket parity” for residential solar before 2020.

    Meanwhile, the $250 million budgeted for these measures in the 2014/15 financial year will be financed by a doubling in the tax on coal to 100 rupess ($1.70) a tonne. The tax, introduced in the 2010 budget, collected about 25 billion rupees in its first year.

  • Reply to

    BLM auction yesterday

    by backyardtennis Jul 2, 2014 12:38 PM
    backyardtennis backyardtennis Jul 7, 2014 7:22 PM Flag

    Yes some will be built, and then more. The only thing ever threatening this company was the chinese. If they are kept in check all of your narrow minded logic goes out the window. Current numbers mean much less then the unknown future, and that requires guesswork to make money. My guess is solar grows faster than current requirements

  • Reply to

    BLM auction yesterday

    by backyardtennis Jul 2, 2014 12:38 PM
    backyardtennis backyardtennis Jul 7, 2014 7:11 PM Flag

    It's not about who argues more intelligently or who weaves a more asthetic web. I'm making a ton of money owning first solar. Can't argue with that! Solar is growing more and more everyday. The guy will never answer what his position is or why he's even on this board. Why?

  • Reply to

    BLM auction yesterday

    by backyardtennis Jul 2, 2014 12:38 PM
    backyardtennis backyardtennis Jul 4, 2014 3:20 PM Flag

    Not other than lending to the legitimacy of you watching it live or not. But you still haven't answered this:
    What is your current position on solar stocks, first solar specifically. Just wondering why you follow it so closely?

  • Reply to

    BLM auction yesterday

    by backyardtennis Jul 2, 2014 12:38 PM
    backyardtennis backyardtennis Jul 4, 2014 2:29 PM Flag

    Also from the blm website: Release Date: 07/01/14
    Contacts: David Quick , 202-912-7413

    BLM Auction Yields $5.8 Million in Competitive Bids for Nevada's Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone

    Bureau Identifies 13 Additional Renewable Energy Projects for 2014-2015

    Las Vegas, Nevada – As part of the Obama Administration's comprehensive Climate Action Plan to create American jobs, develop domestic clean energy resources, and cut carbon pollution, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today held a competitive auction for renewable energy on public lands in the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone in Clark County, Nevada. The auction generated $5,835,000 in high bids.

    “Since President Obama took office, the BLM renewable energy program has been a huge success, having permitted 52 projects capable of leveraging $36.6 billion dollars in investment for clean energy,” said BLM Director Neil Kornze. “The historic results from today’s auction validate the smart development approach of the Western Solar Plan, just as they show that business is ready to come to the table in support of a clean energy future.”

  • Reply to

    BLM auction yesterday

    by backyardtennis Jul 2, 2014 12:38 PM
    backyardtennis backyardtennis Jul 3, 2014 8:40 PM Flag

    What is your current position on solar stocks, first solar specifically. Just wondering why you follow it so closely?

  • Reply to

    BLM auction yesterday

    by backyardtennis Jul 2, 2014 12:38 PM
    backyardtennis backyardtennis Jul 3, 2014 8:24 PM Flag

    They posted the same thing you did except more extensively. Maybe the date was wrong on your one article and correct on my 4.

  • Reply to

    BLM auction yesterday

    by backyardtennis Jul 2, 2014 12:38 PM
    backyardtennis backyardtennis Jul 3, 2014 2:50 PM Flag

    You didn't bring the article to light. Obviously fslr would be on the list.

  • Reply to

    BLM auction yesterday

    by backyardtennis Jul 2, 2014 12:38 PM
    backyardtennis backyardtennis Jul 3, 2014 8:38 AM Flag

    Might want to get your facts straight. The kochs aren't winning this battle and ohio was not a repeal it was a pause to #$%$ the situation.

  • Reply to

    BLM auction yesterday

    by backyardtennis Jul 2, 2014 12:38 PM
    backyardtennis backyardtennis Jul 3, 2014 8:25 AM Flag

    So somehow your one news article is more correct then the three I found plus the blm website?

  • Reply to

    BLM auction yesterday

    by backyardtennis Jul 2, 2014 12:38 PM
    backyardtennis backyardtennis Jul 2, 2014 8:56 PM Flag

    The projects will be built. Then you can explain away why you were wrong when it happens.

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