The second solar-wind battery powered residence in California has been given state approval.
SoloPower has received a conditional commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Programs Office for a USD$197 million loan guarantee.
Following Portugal’s recent solar auction, launched by the state at the beginning of the year, French renewable energy producer Neoen has been awarded 29 out of a total 52 projects.
Eighty five percent of PV cells will be produced in Asia by the end of the year, according to IMS Research. Last year, it estimates that nearly 80 percent of PV modules were produced there.
9REN Group has closed the financing on a 6.5 megawatt (MW) Italian PV project.
Sharp Solar has opened a renewable energy academy in Wrexham, the UK. Having integrated training with its production facilities, the company says it will train between 25 to 50 people a month, including electricians and roofers.
Enel Green Power and the Marcegaglia group have inaugurated an over three megawatt (MW) rooftop PV system in Taranto, Italy.
First Solar has completed the roof of its new manufacturing plant in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. Expected to be operational by June, the €173 million site will have a collective annual module capacity of over 238 megawatts (MW).
According to research, a decrease in demand for new PV installations in the first quarter of the year is expected to cause a "surge" in company inventories.
Samsung Fine Chemicals (SFC) and MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. are to establish a polysilicon facility in Korea under a new joint venture (JV).
Scatec Solar is to build a six megawatt (MW) PV plant in Italy’s Emilia Romagna region.
Soltec Renewable Energies and Shikun & Binui Solaria have said they will install a 7.5 megawatt peak (MWp) PV system in Israel. When completed, it will reportedly be one of the country’s largest.
Despite the country's recent troubles, Austrian company Green Source GmbH and Berlin-based Parabel GmbH have sold a 7.4 megawatt (MW) PV park portfolio in the Czech Republic. It is said to be the sixth largest.
The Indian Government has revised its benchmark costs for PV systems, effective from April 1, 2011.
Solar Frontier has started commercial production at its new USD$1 billion Japanese CIS thin film solar module production plant. Full capacity is expected to be approached this summer.
Under a new amendment, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) will no longer issue microFIT or FIT capacity allocation exempt (CAE) contracts for smaller PV projects, until it has been confirmed that there is available grid space.
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