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Kyocera jumps aboard imec's solar cell R&D program

Imec scientist.

The Belgian nanoelectronics research center's industrial affiliation program to advance next-gen solar cells has attracted the Japanese electronics giant.


ADB supports Indian solar industry

India photovoltaic installation

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced it will provide up to $150 million in credit guarantees to support the development of the Indian solar industry. It is also making $1.25 million available for solar training.


Solar on storm water detention basins

Storm water detention basin, where Pro-Tech will install a photovoltaics system, at Peddie School in New Jersey

New Jersey-based Pro-Tech Energy Solutions is currently installing its first photovoltaics system on a storm water detention basin. In an interview with pv magazine, principal John Drexinger talks about the potential of this...


Korea: Construction on 100 MW thin film plant underway

Bird's eye view of CIGS thin film solar module plant in Korea

Construction on the Hyundai-Avancis 100 megawatt Korean thin film solar module plant has begun. Expected to be operational by 2012, KRW 220 billion (around US $200 million) has been invested in the project.


Centrotec expanding into integrated PV roof market

Centrotec HQ building

Centrotec Sustainable AG subsidiary, the Ubbink Group, will obtain a number of assets from Systaic AG. Through the acquisition, Centrotec is looking to expand into the integrated photovoltaic and solar thermal energy roofs market.


Swiss solar association demands more PV energy

Switzerland could achieve a solar electricity share of six percent in the year 2016

Swissolar is demanding immediate removal of the ceiling on feed-in tariffs. It adds that subsidies should be designed based on the German model, in order to achieve a similarly dynamic market and to increase photovoltaic share to...


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PVA TePla receives €20 million Asian order

PVA TePla HQ in Germany

PVA TePla AG has received an order from an unidentified Asian solar manufacturer to the tune of €20 million.


Ontario: SPP and JCM sign 20 MW of solar projects

Ontario flag

Solar Power Partners (SPP) and JCM Capital have signed an agreement with Solar Power Network (SPN) to provide full project financing for up to 20 megawatts (MW) of solar.


SDG&E signs 80 MWs worth of PPAs

San Diego Tijuana JPLLandsat

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has entered into two 25-year solar power purchase agreements for a total of 80 megawatts (MW). Under them, a total of 24 solar projects will be built.


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NYSEIA lobbying for solar jobs bill approval

NYSEIA president, Ron Kamen speaks at Solar Lobbying Dayin New York

The New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA) has applauded the Assembly Energy Committee for passing the New York Solar Industry Development and Jobs Act of 2011. It is now lobbying for its legislative approval.


Solar Junction hits 43.5 percent CPV cell efficiency

Solar Junction concentrated photovoltaic 40 percent efficient cell

Solar Junction has reached 43.5 percent efficiency on a commercial-ready concentrated photovoltaic production cell. The news comes just two months after it achieved an efficiency of 41.4 percent.


US: CPUC approves PG&E’s 150 MW PPA

The photovoltaic plant will be located in Maricopa County (pictured is a road sign for Maircopa County), near Phoenix

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved Pacific Gas & Electric’s 20-year contract to purchase 150 megawatts (MW) of solar power from Sempra Generation’s Mesquite Solar 1 facility in Arizona, the U.S.


Standardization, policy stability and competing with the 'big boys'

The Thin Film Forum at Adlershof provided a wealth of information on thin-film and analysed the growth of the sector within PV. Image: Solarpraxis AG

The first day of the side event of the 3rd Thin Film Week, Solarpraxis’s Thin-Film Industry Forum started off rainy in Adlershof, but full of buzz. The packed hall at the Wista Management convention center in the Southeast of...


Gran Canaria’s largest solar rooftop system completed

Conergy 1.75 megawatt solar photovoltaic rooftop installation, Gran Canaria

Conergy has just completed a 1.75 megawatt rooftop solar system on Gran Canaria. It is said to be the largest of its kind on the Canary Islands.


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Netherlands Queen visits Solarwatt

Queen of the Netherlands, Beatrix. Image: Wikipedia/.Koen.

Queen of the Netherlands, Beatrix, is today visiting Solarwatt AG in Dresden, Germany. She is accompanied by her son Prince William-Alexander and his wife, Princess Maxima.


Bruce Sohn to leave First Solar

Bruce Sohn. Image: First Solar.

First Solar, Inc. President of Operations, Bruce Sohn, will be leaving the company, effective April 30, 2011. According to Rob Gillette, CEO, it is a "natural time for him" to pursue other opportunities. He will not be replaced.


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