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N-type mono is coming, but when?

HiCZ ingot puller

A drive for higher efficiency solar PV technologies is expected to spur increased production of n-type mono wafers. However, analysts remain cautious about the exact timing of market adoption.

Henan Hengxing to build 100 MW PV project in China

Map displaying the location of Henan Province

Henan Hengxing Science & Technology Co. has reportedly announced plans to build a 100 megawatt (MW) photovoltaics (PV) plant in China.

Sanyo 21.6 percent cell efficiency not independently verified, but company confident

Diagram of changes in Sanyo's new 21.6 percent efficient cell design

Last Friday, Sanyo announced that it had achieved the world’s highest cell conversion efficiency at 21.6 percent. However, responding to questions from pv magazine, the efficiency has not been independently verified and there are...

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TÜV undertakes research project examining PV and fire risk


TÜV Rheinland has announced it is carrying out a three-year research project to examine the risk of fire with photovoltaics (PV) systems.

Silfab signs over 100 MWs worth of preliminary contracts

Silfab PV modules

Silfab Ontario has signed preliminary contracts for the delivery of 102 megawatts (MWs) of solar modules in Ontario, Canada for an undisclosed sum. They are all with unnamed “major” local players

Czech solar tax a step closer to reality

Solar farm in Czech Republic

In what will be seen as a major blow to the industry, the Czech Senate has approved a retroactive solar tax for photovoltaics (PV) systems.

US: APS and SunEdison to install 37 MWs of PV in Arizona

Don Robinson

Contracts to develop two photovoltaics (PV) plants worth 37 megawatts (MWs) in Arizona, the U.S. have been signed by the Arizona Public Service Co. (APS) and SunEdison.

Italy: Scheuten Solar completes PV systems worth 3.2 MWp

Scheuten Solar's Natuzzi PV rooftop project in Italy

Scheuten Solar has completed several turnkey photovoltaics (PV) systems for Italian furniture manufacturer Natuzzi SpA.

09. December 2010 | | Comment now

Meyer Burger signs CHF 40 million contract with Asian customer

Meyer Burger bricking equipment

Meyer Burger has signed a contract worth over CHF 40 million (around USD$40.6 million; €30.7) with a new, unidentified Asian customer.

Wacker to build €1.1 billion polysilicon production facility in US

Wacker polysilicon chip inspection

Germany-based Wacker Chemie AG has said it will build a new, fully integrated polysilicon production site near the city of Cleveland in Tennessee, the U.S. The news comes as the company says it expects to see double digit annual...

Bisol reports 100 percent sales growth; opens new PV installation

Bisol HQ building in Slovenia

Slovenian module manufacturer Bisol has reported 100 percent sales growth, having achieved an estimated turnover of €55 million this year. The company has also opened a 235,8 kW rooftop photovoltaics (PV) system.

SunPower and Iberdrola to build 20 MW PV power plant in Arizona

SunPower Oasis trackers

SunPower Corp. and Iberdrola Renewables have entered into a contract to design and build a 20-megawatt (MW) photovoltaics (PV) power plant in Arizona, the U.S.

Gehrlicher Solar plans international growth; announces large-scale deployment of assembly robot

Gehrlicher Solar's assembly robot in action

Gehrlicher Solar AG has secured a three-year €180 million credit facility, which will be used to expand its international presence and for refinancing a previous loan. The company has also deployed its unique assembly and...

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Solutia expands solar encapsulant production lines in China

Tim Wessel

Due to the “tremendous” photovoltaics (PV) growth seen this year, Solutia Inc. has announced plans to add additional production lines at its Suzhou facility in China.

Survey reveals 80 percent of UK farms want rooftop PV, but confusion over FITs exists

Picture farm in France, where PV is installed on a barn roof

A recent survey has revealed that 80.6 percent of UK farmers are considering installing rooftop photovoltaics (PV) on their farm buildings by 2013. According to the findings, interest has been spurred by the country’s attractive...

Greece: Phoenix Solar lands 2 MW PV park contract

Christos Protogeropoulos

Phoenix Solar’s Greek subsidiary, Phoenix Solar E.P.E. has signed a two megawatt (MW) contract with Douneika Energy EE for the construction of grid-connected photovoltaics (PV) park. It is said to be the subsidiary’s largest...

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