Suntech Power inverter Launches Massive Saudi Arabian Solar panel System

Christmas Day for the rest of us was celebrated in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with the inauguration of the massive King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center’s (KAPSARC) 3.5 megawatt solar panel energy field in Riyadh by Saudi Aramco President and CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih.
The massive energy field stretches out over an area of 55,000 square metres and is currently the biggest ground-mounted solar panel installation connected to the grid tie inverter
in the whole Kingdom.

The solar panel field is using 12,684 fixed-angle Polycrystalline PV panels provided by Suntech, one of the world’s largest producers of solar panel .
The field will provide 5,800 megawatt hours of renewable energy fed into the electric grid tie inverter , and offset approximately 4,900 tonnes of carbon every year.
The initiation of KAPSARC’s solar panel field comes hot on the heels of a variety of other announcements made by the renewable industry in Saudi Arabia.

Taking a trip back almost a year and Saudi Arabia was already being billed as the next solar panel market hotspot. Wind the clock forward by ten months and one of the state’s main spokesmen, Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud, said that he was hoping that Saudi Arabia would be power inverter
completely by low-carbon energy within his lifetime.
“Oil is more precious for us underground than as a fuel source,” he said. “If we can get to the point where we can replace fossil fuels and use oil to produce other products that are useful, that would be very good for the world. I wish that may be in my lifetime, but I don’t think it will be.”
Push forward yet another month and Saudi Arabia announced plans to invest $109 billion into solar panel energy and planned to generate at least a third of its electricity from solar panel by 2032.
The country has come a long way, considering their amazingly rich fuel reserves, and any push towards a renewable future is good news for a country so dependent upon fossil fuels.
More affordable solar panel power inverter is the goal of Solar panel ize Kitsap, which aims to get more solar panel on more roofs in Kitsap County in 2013. 

Learn more at one of the six Solar panel ize Kitsap workshops scheduled throughout the county this spring (see schedule below). These informational events are free and open to the public, and will cover the Solar panel ize cash rebates, other financial incentives and available loan programs, and solar panel power inverter products, pricing and system performance. 

Power inverter Trip Energy Corp., an electrical contracting firm serving the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas since 2003, developed this solar panel PV (photovoltaic) group purchasing and installation program to encourage the “solar panel ization” of our region, and passes the cost savings on to its customers. 

Power inverter Trip Energy is a trade ally with RePower inverter Kitsap, which can offer low-interest financing for solar panel power inverter installations through local credit unions. 
Solar panel ize Kitsap / Solar panel Energy Basics Workshop
Customers who enroll by April 30 to install grid tie inverter -tied solar panel
PV systems will receive cash rebates of $500-750 per installed kilowatt, depending on the ultimate size of the group purchase. (Roof-mounted solar panel power inverter installations typically cost $3,500-6,000 per kilowatt after the 30% federal income tax credit.)

The field of solar panel energy has become the main market for silicon metal

Driven by the rapid development of the solar panel photovoltaic industry, the silicon material in the field of photovoltaic power inverter
generation more and more widely, the entire industry has also been a lot of development. Please talk about the utilization of silicon material in the photovoltaic industry. Gao Yuan Kun: silicon materials and their products has become an important basic raw materials for the photovoltaic industry, is the “cornerstone” of the development of the photovoltaic industry. There are three types of silicon materials have been large-scale use of the photovoltaic industry, ie the polysilicon, silicone and silicon metal.

Polysilicon is a very wide range of applications in the field of photovoltaic power inverter generation especially important basic raw material for solar panel cell industry. Silicon ore to industrial silicon, from industrial silicon purification for polysilicon manufacturing wafers, cells, components, and then to the photovoltaic power inverter generation system, the formation of the whole process of solar panel silicon material required for processing production process. Gao Yuan Kun: Although technically need to continue to improve, but it has to some extent changed the situation of the domestic photovoltaic enterprises over-reliance on raw materials imports.

The emerging field of solar panel energy has become a major market for silicon metal. Since the beginning of the new century, the rapid development of Chinese silicon metal industry in Western countries. Currently, about 80% of world silicon metal capacity is concentrated in China, China’s silicon metal production close to 110 million tons in 2010. It can be predicted that in the next period of time, these three types of silicon material is the main source of raw materials in the field of photovoltaic power inverter generation industry, therefore, only the importance of the development of silicon materials industry, reliable, low-cost, high-quality raw materials support can be provided for the photovoltaic industry, to support the PV industry development on a large scale.

Scale by means of chemical conversion, low-cost silicon resources development of photovoltaic power inverter generation and photovoltaic energy storage industry, can play a positive role in mitigation and avoid growing tension threat of fossil raw materials, reduce carbon emissions and the greenhouse effect, and therefore increasingly national general concern.

Silicon materials and solar panel power inverter industry, the lack of integrated operation mode. Currently, the the the domestic silicon materials industry and the field of photovoltaic power inverter generation industry links is not tight enough, the fragmented nature of the results of photovoltaic silicon material applications generally inexperienced silicon material enterprise are generally only in recent years developed the field of photovoltaic power inverter generation the practical application of the lack of experience. Therefore,grid tie inverter
the creation of the silicon material enterprise with solar panel power inverter generation enterprise integration business model is conducive to industrial integration and to carry out technical R & D work.

Fifth, the government’s incentive policies supporting the lack of interoperability. Countries and some provinces were introduced some policies promote the development of the field of photovoltaic power inverter generation,grid tie inverter but to the silicon materials industry development policy support is not enough, not enough coordination so that the existing policy system. Silicon materials industry development has a direct impact on the costs of the application of photovoltaic power inverter generation and construction of photovoltaic power inverter plants, therefore, should pay attention to the formulation and implementation of the industrial policy of the silicon material.

Six silicon materials industry professionals still lack a serious shortage of technical service platform to keep up with the needs of industrial development. Particular thinker Chemical, but also understands the versatile talents of photovoltaic power inverter generation, R & D talent photovoltaic applications of silicon material more lack. The domestic silicon materials industry development priorities provinces a general lack of technology platforms, such as monitoring technical services, common technology services, professional personnel training services and technology promotion intermediaries services.

Gao Yuan Kun: the case of organic silicon materials research and development of solar panel power inverter supporting applications, most of the silicone material spite basic performance for supporting the use of solar panel power inverter, but not the existing general-purpose silicone products can be directly used in solar panel power inverter installations . This is mainly due to the solar panel power inverter generation, most of the member required in outdoor natural environment for a long work. Organic silicon material components use under normal outdoor conditions for 20 to 25 years of dedicated research and development must be based on the specific requirements of solar panel power inverter, the silicone material, efforts to solve the important key technology to ensure that, through constant technological improvements, silicone material and its products to better meet the requirements of the use of solar panel
power inverter.

Sungrow joined hands with IBC SOLAR PANEL in the newly-connected Maniago installation

As the largest Asian producer of PV inverters, Sungrow Power inverter Supply Co,. Ltd recently announced that a 5MW-peak power inverter large scale PV plant using Sungrow PV inverters has been successfully connected to the Italian medium voltage grid tie inverter
in winter 2012.

The plant is located in Maniago with 5MW installation capacity in total, and was developed, engineered and constructed by IBC SOLAR PANEL AG, a leading global specialist in photovoltaic systems. The solar panel park produces about 6 million kilowatt hours of environmentally friendly solar panel power inverter per year, enough to supply 1,500 Italian households and save approx. 3,300 tons of harmful CO2 emissions.

It’s reported that Sungrow supplied all the 321pcs of three-phase string inverters to this installation for the high-efficiency conversion of generated DC-power inverter into AC-power inverter to be fed into the electricity grid tie inverter. Compared to central inverters, string inverters are light-weighted but still with high efficiency, making this distributed-inverter concept flexible and easy to handle without lift machinery assistance, and also help EPCs, investors and developers to reduce the cost of installation and maintenance. 

“Sungrow always provides customers with high-quality products and services, and paid attention to clients’ present and prospective demands when we developed a new product or upgraded a type of technology, and our long-last focus on the renewable energy industry brought us more and more honest partners all around the world, indeed, since success is to be shared. ”, Mr. Raymond Wong, V.P. of Sungrow, said.

Since September 2012, Sungrow has been an official partner of IBC SOLAR PANEL AG which is distributing Sungrow’s inverters into various European markets and also using them for some of their own PV plants. “By including Sungrow inverters into our product portfolio, we are expanding our broad range of high-quality products offering an ideal price-performance ratio,” said Norbert Hahn, IBC SOLAR PANEL board member. It’s known as after a period of steady operation, all control functions of the PV plant which could in any case be required by the utility companies, can be implemented together with Sungrow’s partner companies Solar panel e-Datensysteme, Meteo-Control, Skytron and Papendorf-SE.
Non-profit company PS and Trans Value will construct and operate the plant, using 7,500 of Kyocera’s multicrystalline silicon solar panel
modules, and capital donated by Ryukoku University.

The 1.85MW Ryukoku solar panel park, currently being developed by Trans Value, Inami Town and Ryukoku University, will generate electricity for sale to the local grid tie inverter, under Japan’s generous feed in tariff (FiT) scheme. The profits – any revenue left after operating costs - will be donated to social projects in the Wakayama Prefecture and Kyoto areas.
The partners also hope to establish a model that will encourage a wider take up of renewables.

The new project will be located at various locations throughout the region, with 50kW at the Ryukoku University Fukakusa campus in Kyoto City, and the rest in two locations in Inami Town, Wakayama Prefecture. Around 1.2MW will be on leased municipal property Inami Town, and an addition 600kW on land owned by PS in the town.

A formal agreement between the developers is set to be concluded next month, with construction set to begin in May. Construction is scheduled to be completed in June, for project start up in July.

The scheme will cost 700 million yen ( around $8 million).

Japan’s FiT was launched after the great east earthquake of 2011, which prompted a drive to reduce the country’s dependence on nuclear power inverter
and gas-fired generation. Solar panel PV has boomed since then, though speaking in the latest issue of Renewable Energy Focus magazine, Nobuo Tanaka - global associate for energy security and sustainability at the Institute of Energy Economics in Japan and the former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency - has warned that nuclear should still have a part to play.

However, things look bright for renewables in Japan: “Since the start of the new FIT for renewable energy, momentum has been growing for construction of utility-scale mega-solar panel power inverter plants. The purpose of participating in this project is based on the concept of creating the highest percentage possible of energy that is consumed in the community with renewable resources,” Kyocera said in a statement.

The Chint Yongchang 100 MW power station formal grid

February 6, Chint the Gansu yongchang 100MW photovoltaic power inverter plants formal grid. The project is far Chint have been built in the country’s installed the largest photovoltaic power plant, is also the largest photovoltaic power plants in Gansu province. The Chint the Yongchang project Department of play to the spirit of unity and cooperation, courageously fighting, construction projects only lasted about six months, setting the the Chint PV power plant construction scale and speed of most. The entire project from the PV modules to high and low voltage distribution cabinet, inverters, transformers and other equipment, including cables, are used Chint Group’s equipment, fully embodies the advantages of Chint in the integration of the PV power plant system. The Chint Group subsidiary Chint Electric Company, The the Chint power and Naujac also provides on-site resident services, safeguard the timely completion of the grid of the entire project.


Chint Yongchang photovoltaic grid power generation projects total construction scale 100MW Address in Jinchang City Yongchang County Heqing Beach, and altitude of 1670 meters, covers an area of ​​about 237 hectares, the operation period of over 25 years, the average annual generation capacity of 137.7 million kwh, with the same capacity compared to coal-fired power plants, the annual savings of about 6 million tons of standard coal, 444 tons of nitrogen oxides, 899 tons of soot, energy conservation and environmental protection has a very significant meaning.


It is reported that, before Chint in Gansu 100MW photovoltaic power plant was put into operation, including Dunhuang 50MW, the urn 40MW and Axel 10MW. This point, Chint in Gansu cumulative build 200 MW grid completed grid 270 MW photovoltaic power plant on the ground in the country has accumulated.

The leading inverter entrenched domestic PV demand start to benefit from. 2012 National inverter shipments expected 4 ~ 5GW, the company’s market share was maintained at 30-35%. By domestic demand for distributed PV start, as well as large-scale power plants and the impact of network conditions improve, the 2013 National photovoltaic power inverter plant installed capacity is expected to reach 10GW, the company to remain in the 30% market share in the inverter.


Competitive domestic market stabilization inverter price drop. Since the second half of 2011, domestic inverter market is highly competitive, and prices decline significantly. In the first half of 2012, the the inverter average price of about 0.7 yuan / W, 3,4 quarter decreased to about 0.5 yuan / W. We believe that the 2013 inverter prices decline, the annual average price is expected to stabilize at 0.45 yuan / W.


The high growth in premium volume support the company’s full-year results. As domestic inverter industry leader, shipments are expected to grow more than 80% in 2013; inverter prices are still slightly downward adjustment, but we believe that the company’s profitability will remain stable: (1) through technical improvements, The presence of 5% to 15% of the product structure optimization and prices of raw materials, the company inverter production costs down space; (2) after the start of the distributed demand Bidding main decentralization will improve the bargaining power of the inverter vendor; (3) with the The substantial increase in sales of the company, sales and administrative expenses diluted will also contribute to the performance of the company.


EPC project is progressing well, and the follow-up to a more cautious investment. The size of the company Three Gorges New Energy cooperation of the two EPC projects in the Suzhou District of Jiuquan Total 100MW, is expected to contribute a profit of 80 million yuan, or will be started in the first quarter of this year, the thickening of the annual results. In addition, the company and the cooperation in the construction of the Three Gorges New Energy Jiayuguan power converter station installed capacity target 1GW has to get the path bar, also expected to be completed in 2013, part of the installed capacity building.


EPC project cash occupied more downstream customers payment cycle is longer, the actual operation of the project there are some financial pressure, the company’s investment in the business is very cautious.

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Declining Solar panel PV Cost to Grow Solar panel Power inverter in India

India has a huge potential for solar panel power inverter generation that is leading to large-scale deployment of solar panel energy. Therefore, solar panel photovoltaic-installed capacity is rising exponentially in the country. Due to increase in the solar panel photovoltaic installation, the demand of solar panel photovoltaic panels and products are also increasing. The solar panel photovoltaic manufacturers are trying to produce better products and also expanding their existing capacities to meet the rising demand in the country. This is leading to decline in the cost of solar panel power inverter that will further boost the solar panel power inverter in India.

According to our research report, “Indian Solar panel Energy Market Analysis”, the solar panel power inverter sector in India is witnessing a tremendous growth on the back of the above favorable factors. As per our research findings, solar panel PV installation in the country is growing at a rapid pace as in 2011-12, the total capacity addition in solar panel PV segment stood at around 468 MW. Moreover, in future, the cumulative PV-installed capacity is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of around 47% during 2011-2016.

The report also exhibits the emerging trends in Indian solar panel market as increasing production of solar panel PV products in the country, growing demand for off grid tie inverter
PV installation, etc. Further, it also covers the detail of installed and sanctioned projects in India by states. The report also offers a detailed knowledge of various state solar panel policies and government policies.

Besides, our report, “Indian Solar panel Energy Market Analysis”, also covers all the key aspects that clarify the picture of current Indian solar panel power inverter sector. It highlights the industry performance and future outlook of solar panel power inverter sector with an in-depth analysis of both solar panel photovoltaic & solar panel thermal technologies. The section includes various solar panel products as solar panel cooker, street lightening systems, home lightening systems, lanterns, power inverter plants, PV pumps, solar panel power inverter telecom towers, and rooftops with their major manufacturers.

We have also studied how the regulatory environment and initiatives adopted by the government are boosting growth in the solar panel
market. Further, through the section of key players, we have tried to provide an insight into the current market scenario and existing competition to our customers. Additionally, to provide a clearer picture of competitive landscape, we have also included recent developments of key players coupled with the comprehensive analysis of their strengths and weakness.
"When somebody’s in the grocery store buying Twinkies with their Access card," Sturla said, referencing Pennsylvania’s modern equivalent of food stamps, "we get really upset, because we say that’s not good for them or us.
'But when we come to energy we say, 'You know what's best? What's best is cheapest.'”
Sturla was addressing Energy Association of Pennsylvania head Terry Fitzpatrick at a House Democratic policy committee meeting on renewable energy in Bryn Mawr.
Fitzpatrick had argued increasing solar panel and wind requirements from 8 percent of total utility purchases to 15 percent by 2023 would increase costs for ratepayers by $2 billion over 12 years.
State Rep. Greg Vitali hopes to introduce a bill calling for that change in the Legislature soon.
Representatives of utility companies staunchly opposed similar legislation two sessions ago, and early indications show nothing has changed. At this early hearing, Fitzpatrick said that Pennsylvania’s 2004 alternative energy legislation should be seen as a one-time deal.
"I think it was designed to give these technologies a foothold, to get them started, and that was it," Fitzpatrick said.
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner Jim Cawley went on record Tuesday in support of Vitali’s proposal.
"The Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards Act was enacted in Pennsylvania in 2004," Cawley said. "We were in the forefront of this effort in the nation … Pennsylvania has now fallen behind. All of our sister states have higher requirements than we do."
In 2011, at the height of growth in Pennsylvania’s solar panel sector, 83 megawatts of power inverter
were installed in the state and connected to the grid tie inverter . In 2012, when an oversupply caused prices for solar panel energy credits to crash, that dwindled to 20 megawatts.
Solar panel boosters say regulations need to go further, while those against a mandated expansion, including Fitzpatrick, said that means the regulations have already done their job.

The Panasonic research and development efficiency of the world's highest solar cell

The test results of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Panasonic Corp. (6752 JP) solar cell-like version of the conversion efficiency of 24.7%, the highest in the world data.

The conversion efficiency of previous record holder American SunPowerCorp. ((US-SPWR)), the conversion efficiency of solar cells up to 24.2% of the time being the International Solar important journals ProgressinPhotovoltaics regarded as the highest conversion rates.

Panasonic the Cikuan solar battery template surface film allows more sunlight to penetrate, and the electrodes to convert electric power converter efficient. Panasonic intends Business this template and want to improve their own still stopped at 21.6% conversion efficiency of the solar cells in mass market.

Panasonic’s solar cell business has been profitable, but the company believes that the the next corporate environment is more difficult, in order to improve profitability, the company intends to Jiaojia Ting-product, R & D performance and better solar cells, because the price of domestic products than Other Solar Products stability.

In addition, Panasonic plans new plant in Malaysia with more parts from Japan overseas to reduce the solar cell production costs by about 20%.

The country introduced a number of policies for the photovoltaic industry, to lend a helping hand caught in “dual” quagmire of China PV. Especially the national grid free grid to allow residents roof power station into reality of distributed photovoltaic power generation projects, but also to the industry see hope. Industry experts also pointed out that the development of the photovoltaic industry, especially the popularity of distributed PV on the laws and regulations and supporting measures to supplement and improve.

In September 2012, the EU initiated anti-dumping investigation of Chinese photovoltaic cells’, involving over 20 billion U.S. dollars; November 2012, the United States Trade Arbitration Commission announced China PV impose high anti-dumping duties and countervailing duties; the end of November 2012, India has also joined the China photovoltaic anti-dumping camp. Shrinking overseas markets, overcapacity and sustained losses … in the internal and external dual crisis in 2012, the production scale PV companies has shrunk, falling market share and even news about business failures.

Finally, caught in the trough of the photovoltaic industry warmth usher in the end of last year, a series of government assistance to the signal frequency is: October 26, 2012, National Grid announced that from November 1, the installed capacity of not more than 6 MW photovoltaic power generation projects directly in the local grid companies for grid connection and network operation, power generation can be for personal use,grid tie inverter while allowing the surplus electricity to the Internet, the acquisition of surplus electricity grid full national policy. Meanwhile, Power Grid Corporation of accepting, the development of grid programs and network debugging the whole process of service completely free of charge. Brewing for so long, on other this policy. “For many years engaged in photovoltaic research Qingdao citizens Xu Pengfei proceed immediately on their own roofs built a total installed capacity of 2 kilowatts of photovoltaic power plants, and became the country’s first grid distribution residents of photovoltaic power users. From the traditional side of the electricity is converted to the power generation side, the family roof power station distributed PV power plant to become a reality. This favorable policies to stimulate the development of distributed PV power plant into the spurt period. At present, the province has accepted 14 distributed photovoltaic power generation projects; Tianjin of five photovoltaic power generation project has completed preliminary work, and another nine projects are being carried out preliminary work. Zhejiang also has successfully promoted five distributed generation projects successfully grid.

Electricity “take advantage of the better-off countries in Europe and the United States some photovoltaic residential users is the mainstream of distributed photovoltaic applications, many families use their own rooftop power plant issue, the excess and net sale form over a broad area of ​​photovoltaic use pattern.” Province within a photovoltaic industry expert told the author, this is what he’s looking forward to the development of distributed PV.

Recently, the Ministry of Finance has announced that it will allocate 70 billion financial support to start 3157 MW of photovoltaic power generation demonstration; Ministry of Industry and start to develop a theme for the photovoltaic countryside “plan to promote large-scale photovoltaic power generation into the rural. “Twelfth Five-Year Plan” also installed photovoltaic power generation target raised to 21 million kilowatts. January 10, 2013, the National Energy Work Conference will vigorously develop distributed photovoltaic power generation this year, total new installed capacity of 10 million kilowatts of photovoltaic power generation, this figure is more than double in 2012.

PV the centralized support policies force so that the Chinese PV industry saw hope in the New Year. Industry experts said that through the development of emerging markets overseas, driven by domestic demand, the the 2013 photovoltaic industry is expected to bail out, and usher in a new development. But also the relevant laws and regulations in a timely fashion. According to the introduction, the current promulgated in 1995, the Electricity Law, which there is a power supply business area has only been in place for a power inverter supply business organizations “provisions limiting other agencies in addition to the power company may not sell electricity, which to some extent constrained future popularity of distributed PV power plant deposit. In addition, the policy of the floor remains to be more of the administrative rules and implementation of the first half of this year.

Unruly solar panel flares,power inverter broadband outages could presage connected world problems

First doomsday reports suggested a series of solar panel flares in 2013 might go beyond routine and cause more than a case of nasty sunburn.

"The concern of a strong solar panel
flare in the direction of Earth is legit,” Seton Hall University professor Jose Lopez told Fox News in a story reported by The Inquisitr. “The possibility [is] that such a sun burst could hit Earth and could cause extensive damage as it would charge-up our electrical equipment and destroy [it].”

In short, the flares will toast the nation’s aging electrical grid tie inverter , which will fail and throw massive portions of the population back to the stone age—at least for a brief time.

It’s probably nothing to lose sleep over—and if the power inverter ‘s out your electric alarm won’t work anyway, so you’ll get even more shuteye. But then another news bit served up a taste of what a disconnected society could face. The AT&T U-verse network suffered something between a hiccup and a major stomach virus, throwing untold consumers into despair.

AT&T said a faulty server was responsible,grid tie inverter
and consumers in areas affected by that server quickly learned how fully they’ve given their lives to the connected world. Imagine (if you’re not a U-verse subscriber who actually experienced it) the helpless feeling of being unable to access your Facebook account or, even more dire, your online banking account. Imagine sitting by idly while the world’s news was delivered via the daily newspaper because CNN and its ilk were unavailable on TV or online. Imagine being unable to pick up your Viggle points because you didn’t have access to broadband, nor did you have a working TV.

It was, for those who cover the connected space, a reminder that you need the Internet to be part of a global society.

Perhaps these were just isolated incidents and the world will turn as it always has. The sun will flare up, as it periodically does, and tanning salons will lose a little business, but the power inverter grid tie inverter will continue to churn away. AT&T has repaired the errant server and history will record a moment of temporary inconvenience and nothing more.

Or, being the glass half empty sort, look at the other side. Solar panel flares disrupt the power inverter
grid tie inverter and the public not only loses broadband and TV but also loses energy for its homes and cars and businesses. And, because there are more servers in more places, broadband/TV disruptions spread like the flu to other service providers.

Filed under: Recalls, Hatchback, Electric, Fiat

Chrysler is recalling 4,141 Fiat 500e models from the 2013 and 2014 model years because they could lose power. According to the automaker, the power inverter module could allow coolant to seep onto electrical components. This could cause a short circuit and power loss. The part in question is responsible for altering the electric current.

The company discovered the problem while reviewing warranty claims, and it found five cases where the fault actually occurred. It’s not aware of any injuries or accidents tied to this issue. The recall affects cars built between September 24, 2012, and April 4, 2014, and all of them are in the US. Chrysler will contact owners directly to schedule the repair.

This is the second recall for the electric hatchback. Chrysler previously had to repair more than 270 of them last year to replace bolts that secure the vehicles’ half shafts.

Scroll down to read the entire, brief announcement about the recall.

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China Plans to Quickly Increase Solar Power

China plans to more than double its installed capacity for solar panel electricity this year, a move that could breathe new life into Chinese solar panel  manufacturers suffering heavy losses.

In a speech at China’s annual national energy work conference dated Monday and released on Tuesday, Liu Tienan, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planning body, said China would add an additional 10 gigawatts of installed solar panel  power inverter  capacity this year. Mr. Liu didn’t provide any specific details of how it would achieve this goal.

China's solar panel  power inverter  capacity rose to seven gigawatts in 2012, Mr. Liu added. Chinese officials previously said its 2011 capacity was three gigawatts.

The ambitious target would put China’s solar panel  capacity within striking distance of its goal of reaching 21 gigawatts of installed solar panel  power inverter  capacity by 2015, and suggests the government could either exceed or even adjust its goals.

The state-run Xinhua news agency reported last month that “high-ranking government officials” are considering doubling China’s solar panel -capacity target to 40 gigawatts by 2015 to support local solar panel  manufacturers,grid tie inverter citing Meng Xiangan, deputy board chairman of the Chinese Renewable Energy Society.

China's solar panel  manufacturers have suffered from a global overcapacity in solar panel -panel manufacturing and thinning margins. China’s State Council, or cabinet, said last month that the industry’s problems also include “excessive dependence on foreign markets and broad operational difficulties.” Gross margins for solar panel  globally have fallen to less than 10% from more than 30% in 2010, according to investment bank Maxim Group.

China has other motivations. Beijing has set ambitious targets for limiting increases in carbon emissions, which are blamed for causing climate change. It plans to reduce carbon intensity—the amount of carbon dioxide emitted per unit of gross domestic product—by 17% between 2011 and 2015.

It wasn’t clear how China would pay for such a plan, said Aaron Chew, clean energy analyst at Maxim Group. “The pipeline [for these projects] is real, but lack of financing making the realization of that pipeline is another matter,” he said, though he added that China’s solar panel  growth should make its 2015 capacity target “easy to beat.”

Chinese solar panel  companies accumulated heavy debt between 2009 and 2011 to fund their capacity expansion, but a market downturn left them struggling to make interest payments. Support from local banks and local governments have helped carry the weight of the debt.

The country’s support of its solar panel  companies has been central to a global fight over solar panel  subsidies between Beijing, Washington and Europe. In what is potentially its largest trade dispute to date, the European Union has accused China of dumping some of the $21.48 billion in solar panel  it exported to the EU last year at unfairly low prices.

However, the State Council has said it will reform the industry, such as by encouraging mergers and acquisitions. The cabinet will reduce government support and ban local governments from supporting failing domestic solar panel  companies, it said.

Other efforts announced by the cabinet last month included plans to strictly control the expansion of new projects to manufacture polysilicon and solar panel , promote electricity-price reform, encourage the use of independent solar panel -power inverter  generators and make it easier to supply solar panel  power inverter  to China’s electricity grid tie inverter .

"We believe that it is no coincidence that China is aggressively expanding its solar panel  installation goals at a time when its manufacturers are struggling to stay alive,” Shyam Mehta, an analyst at clean-energy market-research firm GTM Research, wrote in a research note last year. “While our current base case forecast already anticipates cumulative installations of 22 [gigawatts] by 2014, there is a definite possibility that demand in China in 2013 and 2014 ramps up even faster than that due to continued downstream support for ailing manufacturers.”