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San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has signed two solar contracts worth 257 megawatts (MW). The first, for 130 MWp, was signed with enXco, while the second, for 127 MWp, is with Arlington Valley Solar Energy II, LLC.
Siemens has acquired around a 16 percent share in high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) module manufacturer Semprius, for an undisclosed amount. The move will help Semprius scale up its activities to production levels by 2012.
The consortium formed by AREVA Solar and CS Energy and Wind Prospect CWP will construct the biggest solar thermal gas hybrid of its kind, with part funding from the Australian Government and the Queensland State Government.
German company Solar-Konzept has began work on what has been described as one of Bavaria’s biggest photovoltaic parks. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
The Australian Federal Government has announced an injection of over AUD$750 million (€558 million) to help build two of the world’s largest solar power stations after months of uncertainty surrounding the projects.
According to IHS iSuppli, crystalline silicon (c-Si) photovoltaic module costs are set to fall to USD$1 per watt by the first quarter of 2012.
Yet more solar plans are being executed in Italy. Etrion and Phoenix Solar have said they will build a 2.6 megawatt (MW) photovoltaics plant in the country’s Lazio region.