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JLM Energy’s second Californian solar-wind-battery off grid residence approved

JLM Energy.

The second solar-wind battery powered residence in California has been given state approval.

SoloPower receives DOE loan guarantee for thin film expansion

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon

SoloPower has received a conditional commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Programs Office for a USD$197 million loan guarantee.

Neoen awarded 58 MW of PV projects in Portuguese solar auction

Portugal flag

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.

PV cell production to keep moving to Asia

IMS Research PV Cell production in Asia

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 closes financing on 6 MW Italian PV project

9REN's 6.5 MW PV project in Italy

9REN Group has closed the financing on a 6.5 megawatt (MW) Italian PV project.

Renewable training academy opens in the UK

Sharp corporate building in Wrexham, the UK

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 and Marcegaglia inaugurate PV system in Taranto

Enel's 3 MW PV plant in Italy

Enel Green Power and the Marcegaglia group have inaugurated an over three megawatt (MW) rooftop PV system in Taranto, Italy.

First Solar thin film plant expected to open ahead of schedule

Aerial view of completed First Solar roof at its new manufacturing plant

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).

High inventories expected as PV installation demand decreases

iSuppli PV material and product supplier inventory graphic

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 and MEMC sign polysilicon JV


Samsung Fine Chemicals (SFC) and MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. are to establish a polysilicon facility in Korea under a new joint venture (JV).

Scatec to build 6 MW Italian PV plant

Valle del Panaro, Italy

Scatec Solar is to build a six megawatt (MW) PV plant in Italy’s Emilia Romagna region.

Israel: 6.7 MWp PV system to be installed

Chalcolithic copper mine, Timna Valley, Israel

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.

7.4 MW PV portfolio sold in Czech Republic

Parabel PV park in Czech Republic

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.

India revises benchmark PV costs

India's 120 kW PV array, Sagar Island, Bay of Bengal

The Indian Government has revised its benchmark costs for PV systems, effective from April 1, 2011.

900 MW Japanese thin film plant begins production

Solar Frontier's 900 MW thin film CIS Kunitomi factory in Japan

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.

Ontario: OPA alters FIT application laws

PV rooftop installation on house in Ontario, Canada

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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