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US SunShot Initiative releases $13m for community solar projects

SunShot-backed PV installation.

Opportunity labeled Solar Powering America by Recognizing Communities designed to establish technical assistance program for local governments to drive greater PV deployment.


Japan: Solar Frontier officially opens thin film plant

Solar Frontier CIS thin film photovoltaic module factory, Japan

Solar Frontier has officially opened its 900 megawatt Kunitomi factory, in Japan. It is said to be the world’s largest CIS (copper indium selenide) thin film solar module production plant.


Indian solar industry off to a successful 2011, but bankability issues exist

Idia photovoltaic installation

According to the latest Indian Solar Compass, India's solar industry has got off to a successful start this year, with a large number of power purchase agreements (PPAs) having been signed. However, bankability continues to be an...


Silfab opens solar module manufacturing facility; receives loan approval


Silfab openend its new solar module manufacturing facility yesterday in Canada. People at ribbon cutting ceremony

Silfab Ontario has officially opened its new solar module manufacturing facility in Mississauga, Canada. During a ribbon cutting ceremony, it was announced that the company has received approval for a €2,2 million loan.


Blythe solar project receives US loan guarantee

Construction on the first two out of a total of four parabolic trough power plants has already begun in Blythe, California

The Blythe solar project, which will be the world’s largest when completed, has taken a step closer to closing financing, having been offered a conditional commitment for a U.S. $2.1 billion loan guarantee.


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.


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.


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.


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.


US Foodservice sees 1.18 MW PV system completed

SPG Solar 1.18 MW photovoltaic solar system for US Foodservice

SPG Solar has completed construction on a 1.18 megawatt photovoltaic installation for U.S. Foodservice-San Francisco. It is said to be the largest rooftop and carport solar power system in Northern California.


Phoenix Solar to build 12 MW French PV park

France's Le Castellet region

Phoenix Solar AG has signed an agreement to construct a 12 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic system in France. When completed, it will be the company’s biggest project to date outside of its home country, Germany.


250 MW solar ranch offered $1.187 billion US DOE loan guarantee

California Valley Solar Ranch Project site plan

The 250 megawatt (MW) California Valley Solar Ranch power plant has been offered a conditional commitment loan guarantee of up to $1.187 billion from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).


Sacramento dedicates 3 MW solar power system

Three MW solar photovoltaic system, Sacramento

One of California’s largest solar power installations has been dedicated. The three megawatt (MW) system is located at Depot Park, a three million square-foot commercial and industrial complex in South Sacramento.


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