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SolarCity outlook disappoints despite 20% Q3 revenue increase

Rooftop installation, SolarCity.

The U.S. solar panel leasing company generated third-quarter revenue of $58 million, booking 230 MW of new projects during that period.

Kyocera increases PV plant size following government energy restrictions

Kyocera's 230kW solar photovoltaic system on the rooftop of its Tanagura manufacturing plant in Fukushima, Japan

Kyocera has increased the size of a photovoltaic plant at one of its Fukushima manufacturing facilities, after the Japanese Government introduced electricity restrictions on July 1. This is the first time in 41 years such...

NSW Solar Summit 2 criticized, but not all was negative

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The second in a series of Solar Energy Summits held in the Australian State of New South Wales has drawn criticism from industry insiders, despite the announcement of some new key policies.

UK labour leader challenges solar cuts

Ed Miliband Labour Party UK standing in a field with corn and wind turbines

Leader of the UK’s opposition party, Ed Miliband, has challenged the government’s decision to slash the country’s photovoltaic feed-in tariffs (FITs) for systems over 50 kilowatts in size.

PV module inventories continue to soar

Frankensolar warehouse: boxes filled with solar photovoltaic modules

Photovoltaic module inventories have "soared" due to weak quarter one demand, says Solarbuzz’s new quarterly report. They are now expected to hit a "record" 8.6 gigawatts. The second half of the year will be "challenging".

Spain: Siemens to supply solar field for 50 MW CSP plant

Siemens' Concentrated solar pwer CSP graphic

EPC contractor UTE Termosolar Olivenza (Acciona Infraestructuras, Acciona Ingeniería and Seridom) has ordered a solar field from Siemens for its 50 megawatt (MW) concentrated solar power (CSP) plant.

Italy: TerniEnergia installs 20 MWp of PV in Q2; 31 MW in pipeline

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TerniEnergia installed 12 industrial-sized photovoltaic plants in Italy in the second quarter of 2011. It has now started on another eight.

JA Solar acquires solar wafer manufacturer

JA Solar screenshot

JA Solar will boost its internal wafer capacity following the acquisition of Silver Age Holdings Limited for USD$180 million.

Boralex: First PV park and France’s first mixed renewable energy site completed

The photovoltaic project is located in France's Avignonet-Lauragais (pictured)

Boralex Inc. has inaugurated a 4.5 megawatt (MW) photovoltaics park in France. It is said to be both the company’s first solar project, and France’s first mixed renewable energy site.

Germany: Construction on 70 MW PV project begins

Two men stating in the construction site of GP Joul's 70 MW photovoltaic park in a field in Brandenburg, Germany

GP Joule has begun construction on a 70 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic park in Germany. When complete, it is expected to be the country’s largest.

Suntech terminates wafer agreement and thin film venture

Suntech facade in Wuxi HW, China

Suntech has terminated a solar wafer supply agreement with MEMC. It will also discontinue investment in thin film subsidiary CSG Solar AG. Overall, the company will incur expenses of around USD$236 million.

DOE offers three further PV conditional loan guarantees

Man in manufacturing facility holding First Solar thin film cadmium telluride photovoltaic module

The U.S. department of Energy (DOE) has awarded three more conditional loan guarantees to photovoltaic projects, worth a total of USD$4.5 billion. Around 1,400 jobs and 1.3 gigawatts of photovoltaics are expected to be created.

SolarWorld turns its back on Asia; US becomes key PV focus

SolarWorld recently opened Germany's largest photovoltaic module production facility in Freiburg (aerial shot)

In a move away from the Asian regions, SolarWorld has sold its stake in a South Korean solar panel production facility, stating that it prefers to focus on Western photovoltaic markets.

Yingli and Huanghe Hydropower enter 110 MW supply agreement

Liansheng Miao, Yingli chairman and CEO

Under a new agreement, Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited will supply 110 megawatts (MW) worth of photovoltaic modules to Huanghe Hydropower Development Co., Ltd.

German Lower House of Parliament formerly turns its back on nuclear

The German flag.

The government adopted the Renewable Energy Act [EEG] Amendment today, which will abandon nuclear and offer some support for renewable sources.

€80 million secured for 48 MW PV project

An transformation station on the Italian site.

S.A.G Solarstrom has secured the required €80 million ($116 million) financing commitment from the Deutsche Bank Group, to build its 48 megawatt (MW) project in northern Italy. 12 MW is currently already connected to the grid.

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