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US DOE provides $15 million for solar and energy storage projects

A week after Energy Secretary Ernie Moniz announced US$53 million in awards for R&D at the Solar Power International trade show, the DOE is opening another funding opportunity focused on integrating higher penetrations of solar.

Germany: 7.4 MW rooftop solar system completed

juwi and PV julist's 7.4 MW solar rooftop installation in Germany

German companies PV julist and juwi have announced the completion of what they say is the largest rooftop solar system in Germany, and the third biggest worldwide.

AQT Solar selects site of second CIGS facility

United States Senator Lindsey Graham

AQT Solar, has chosen Richland County, South Carolina as the site of its second CIGS thin film solar cell manufacturing facility. There are plans to create 1,000 jobs and expand annual production capacity to one gigawatt (GW).

18 GW global PV growth possible

PV rooftop installation in US

Jeffries and Co. Inc. has suggested "tremendous" growth in photovoltaics (PV) in North America, China and other new markets will help to absorb a decline in the German and Czech markets.

Meyer Burger to begin construction on new HQ and production facility

An artists' impression of the new project

Meyer Burger is to begin construction on its new headquarters and MB Wafertec production facility next Monday. A construction period of less than 1.5 years is planned.

Colexon sells 3 Italian solar plants

Volker Hars

Colexon Energy AG sold three Italian solar power plants to an unnamed Irish investment company in December for over €11.5 million.

Plutonic expands into Ontario with 50 MW PV acquisition

Amherstburg, Ontario

Plutonic Power Corporation and GE unit GE Energy Financial Services have agreed to acquire a 50 megawatt (MW) AC portfolio of three photovoltaic (PV) facilities to be built in Ontario.

Mongolia: First phase on 30 MW PV plant to begin

Bruce Sohn

First Solar, Inc. and China Guangdong Nuclear Solar Energy Development Co., Ltd. (CGN SEDC) are to develop Phase 1 of a 30 megawatt (MW) AC photovoltaic (PV) plant in Inner Mongolia.

New Turkish FITs disappointing

The PV-clad dean’s building at University

Turkey has announced its new feed-in tariffs (FITs). However, despite beliefs the country is set to become one of the next big photovoltaics (PV) markets, pv magazine has been told the tariffs are not high enough to attract...

Italian PV installations to double

ae photonics PV installation in Italy

Photovoltaic (PV) installations are predicted to double this year, after the market hit overdrive in the fourth quarter, and global investment strengthens. But, trouble may lie ahead.

Italy: TerniEnergia installs 77.2 MWp in 2010

TerniEnergia PV plant in Italy

TerniEnergia has exceeded its 2010 business plan, having installed 76 large photovoltaics (PV) plants in Italy with a total power of 77.2 megawatts peak (MWp).

Italian Borgo Piave solar park completed

Etrion's 3.5 MW Borgo Piave solar park in Lazio, Italy

Construction on Etrion Corporation’s 3.5 megawatt (MW) Borgo Piave solar park in Lazio, Italy, has been completed.

India: Trina and Lanco complete 5 MW solar plant

Satellite image of India

A five megawatt (MW) solar power plant has been completed in the Indian state of Gujarat by Trina Solar subsidiary, Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co. Ltd. and Lanco Infratech Limited.

SunPower finalizes sale of 13 MW Italian plant

Dennis Arriola, SunPower chief financial officer

SunPower Corp. has completed the sale of its 13 megawatt (MW) Italian Solare Roma solar power plant, for an undisclosed amount, to Allianz Renewable Energy Partners IV Ltd.

Despite fears, US renewable energy grant program is extended

President Obama in the Oval office

The U.S. solar market is heading into the New Year with a piggy bank that was just refilled by the federal government.

Tessera Solar sells 850 MW Calico Solar project

California's Mojave desert

U.S.-based K Road Sun LLC has acquired Tessera Solar’s 850 megawatt (MW) Calico Solar project, planned to be built in California's Mojave desert, for an undisclosed amount.

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