Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA is working to build a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. SEIA is a 501 c (6) non-profit association. A separate 501 c(3) called The Solar Foundation oversees policy-driven research and develops education outreach programs to promote positive policy and further deployment of solar energy in the U.S.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/.
Astronergy, a division of the Chint Group, was founded in 2006 and specializes in the cutting-edge research, development and production of monocrystalline and polycrystalline PV cells and modules. Additionally, it is the first large scale producer of high-efficiency thin film (a-Si /µc-Si tandem junction) PV modules in mainland China. It is headquartered in Hangzhou, and has manufacturing plants in Hangzhou, Shanghai, Wenzhou and Jiuquan.
In collaboration with it’s parent company, the Chint Group, Astronergy provides not only top-of-the-line solar modules, but also racking and complete BOS components including inverters, array combiner boxes, DC protection, AC protection, and transformers. This has enabled the company to become the first in the industry to provide customizable PV solutions all from a single manufacturer source; adding to overall system reliability and lower system implementation costs.
The Chint Group was founded in 1984 and is the 4th largest private company in China with a focus in R&D and production of low-voltage electrical power transmission and distribution products used worldwide in over 80 countries.
Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) is a leading vertically integrated player in the solar energy industry. It is among the world's largest producers of polysilicon and wafers for solar applications, and a rapidly growing manufacturer of solar cells and modules. REC Solar US delivers high performance solar energy solutions to the residential, commercial and utilities segments, and targets project development in selected segments across the U.S. REC strives to improve the technologies, processes, products and production levels to make solar energy competitive in the energy market. This means pioneering advances in technology and focusing on stable and efficient operations. It means committed employees dedicated to lowering production costs and driving the growth of solar energy - profitably. Through innovation, REC is also committed to reducing the environmental impact of generating electricity from solar energy. The company has a light carbon footprint due to the fact that it uses hydropower for its silicon production, and the majority of its wafer and cell operations. Additionally, a Life cycle analyses carried out by Utrecht University and the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands showed that the energy payback time for REC solar systems with its crystalline silicon-based solar modules was lower than any others they had examined. REC has received numerous accolades for its process innovation and product quality including a 2010 Solar Industry Award for module manufacturing innovation, first place among a field of 46 in Photon’s 2011 energy yield test and a 2011 Solar Industry Award for new, innovative production of granular polysilicon.
SMA America is the U.S.-based subsidiary of global solar leader SMA Solar Technology AG located in Germany. SMA America is a comprehensive solutions provider for residential through utility-scale projects, supplying North America with the world’s most advanced inverters and monitoring products for renewable energy sources – primarily solar. SMA America’s team of experts takes a holistic approach to every solution. From individual components to turnkey solutions, SMA provides systems technologies and a full range of service, support and expertise to help solar professionals maximize the potential of every project. With more than 30 years of experience, SMA continues to lead the global solar inverter market with unmatched technological innovation, strong service support and educational programs. SMA is the world leader in solar inverter technology and manufacturing, and is represented in 21 countries on six continents. SMA takes pride in a product range of inverters compatible with any module and power class, helping solar professionals to develop successful, profitable solutions.
Distributed Sun LLC (“D-SUN”) is an industry-leading commercial solar developer and profitable Solar Energy Investment Company (SEIC) manager. D-SUN develops, finances, constructs, owns and operates medium-to-large sized, solar renewable energy facilities on commercial and industrial sites in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast and Southwest. D-SUN and its SEICs provide the development capital, sponsor equity, and tax equity, and syndicate all construction and term debt finance required from selection through banking of its portfolio projects.
The Company has power commissioned in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and recently announced the largest commercial systems for New York City and Delaware. Its first SEIC, sunONE, achieved breakeven and profitability in June, 2011, fifteen months after initial equity capital calls. sunTWO is fully financed and under construction. sunTHREE is currently in finance syndication, with initial projects set for construction start in Q411. Initially funded in 2010, the Company recently announced its fourth Solar Energy Investment Company – sunFOUR, and currently has 32 MW of power commissioned, under construction, and contracted, and nearly 200 MW in direct negotiations. The Distributed Solar Network™ launches this Fall – delivering finance certainty and uniquely advantaged front-end, back-end and stakeholder benefits to installer and owner network members.
D-SUN uses a suite of sophisticated, proprietary analysis tools – including the sunrise Database, Acquiris Guide, Azimuth Panel, Radiance Dial, SOL Index, SEIC Dashboard, and TruSolar™ – for project selection, benefits analysis, levelized measurements, risk underwriting, finance approval, and facilities management.
JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: JASO) is one of the global market leaders in manufacturing high-performance solar products. With a total shipment of 1.7 GW in 2012, JA Solar consolidated itself as the world’s largest producer of efficient and reliable PV cells and modules. Solarbuzz ranked JA Solar as Top 2 cell supplier and Top 7 module supplier in 2012.
Since 2005, JA Solar has been a preferred cells supplier of many solar-panel manufacturers globally. Most recently, JA Solar has established itself as a major modules supplier. Through technological innovation and continuous performance improvement, JA Solar is committed to provide cost-effective, high-performance PV products for residential, commercial, and utility-scale power generation.
Headquartered in Shanghai, China, JA Solar has a global sales and marketing footprint, with a network of sales offices across key markets. These include the company’s American headquarters in San Jose, California, its European office in Munich, Germany and its Japan office in Tokyo.
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy is a leading international legal advisor to the renewable energy industry, representing sponsors, investors and financing parties in the development, financing, acquisition and disposition of renewable energy projects. The Firm also provides counsel on regulatory issues and intellectual property matters relating to renewable energy projects. In its 30 years of experience in renewable energy, Milbank has successfully completed over 200 renewable energy deals, totaling over 10,000 MW of renewable power. The Firm is consistently named by industry journals, including Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Project Finance International and Infrastructure Journal, as one of the foremost law firms serving the renewable energy industry. For more information, please visit www.milbank.com.
JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: JKS) is a leading solar power product manufacturer with production operations in Jiangxi and Zhejiang Provinces in China and sales and marketing offices in Shanghai, China; Munich, Germany; Bologna, Italy; Montpellier, France; Zug, Switzerland; San Francisco, U.S.; Queensland, Australia; Ontario, Canada and Singapore. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain with an integrated annual capacity of approximately 1.2 GW each for silicon wafers, solar cells and solar modules as of June 30, 2012. JinkoSolar distributes its photovoltaic products to a diversified customer base in the global PV market, including in Germany, Italy, Belgium, Spain, the United States, France, Eastern Europe, China and other countries and regions.
Solar power is the best option available at the utility scale and as distributed generation. However, we can’t lose focus on the need to reduce environmental impact even in the green industry. Recognizing that green energy production must become more ecological is the opportunity Solar Frontier sees for CIS (copper, indium, selenium) solar panels to lead the next-generation PV market.
CIS thin-film technologies have the capacity to be a greener solution in a green industry. Using the CIS-based recipe, manufacturers have been increasing their energy conversion rates while accelerating energy payback time, meaning that it takes less energy to produce each panel. This has the dual effect of reducing both production costs as well as environmental impact, providing further proof that more ecological solutions are at the same time more economical.
In recognition of this opportunity, Solar Frontier built the largest CIS factory in the world, and the largest PV factory in Japan, at 900MW of capacity. With all lines running since July, 2011, Solar Frontier is creating a new generation and a new standard in affordable solar energy.
AREVA Solar designs, manufactures and installs solar steam generators for its global power generation and industrial customers in a dependable, cost-competitive and environmentally responsible manner.
AREVA Solar’s Compact Linear Fresnel Reflector (CLFR) solar steam generators are designed for large-scale power generation and industrial steam customers. AREVA’s solar steam generators use modular, flat reflectors to focus the sun's heat onto elevated receivers, which consist of a system of tubes through which water flows. The concentrated sunlight boils the water in the tubes, generating high-pressure, superheated steam without the need for costly heat exchangers.
AREVA’s CLFR solar generators are water-conservative, cost-effective and the most land-efficient solar energy technology available, generating 1.5 – 2.6x more power per acre of land than competing solar technologies. This high energy density translates to lower costs, a smaller environmental footprint and greater access to existing power plant and industrial sites.
Simple to install and easy to operate, AREVA’s modular solar steam generators are designed to meet each customer’s exact energy requirements, including large-scale solar thermal power plants, power augmentation for fossil-fired plants and solar hybrid applications. AREVA Solar’s boilers are American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ “S” stamp certified and are backed by AREVA’s performance guarantees.
AREVA Solar has operations in the United States, India, Australia, South Africa and France. AREVA's project pipeline includes the world’s largest solar integration with a coal-fired power station in Australia. The company also owns and operates the first new CSP plant built in California in nearly 20 years.
Petra Solar is a technology company, focused on providing reliable, cost effective smart energy solutions to the electric supply industry. Founded in 2006, Petra Solar revolutionized the distributed solar and smart grid industry by pioneering Smart Solar technology that combines distributed solar energy generation with smart grid communications and improved grid reliability features to create a utility grade solution that delivers the highest economic value for solar power. While building a smart grid communications infrastructure, Petra Solar’s innovative SunWave™ Smart Solar system provides distributed clean energy that ties directly into the electric grid, and does not require an upgrade to either the current transmission or distribution infrastructure, eliminating grid interconnection issues faced by traditional solar systems. One of the key advantages of the Petra Solar solution is its flexible grid integration architecture that enables installation on existing assets that can hold one or more solar modules such as utility and streetlight poles, rooftops, and other available structures. In addition, the SunWave distributed solar and Smart Grid technology prevents instabilities caused by intermittent renewable energy sources, which enables utilities to maintain high power quality for electric customers as solar deployment growth accelerates. Petra Solar's SunWave systems are the culmination of more than 19 years of research and development, and are being deployed in the largest distributed solar electric project in the world today. For more information please visit www.petrasolar.com.
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