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Solar farms increasingly popular with UK farmers

4.2 MW PV array at the Newlands Farm in Devon, England.

More and more farmers are combining sheep and chickens with rows of PV panels and producing a double output of food and clean, home-grown power, according to a new report, says the BRE National Solar Centre.

Hanlong Group to establish international HQ in Singapore; set to build world’s largest CPV plant

Panormama view of Singapore

China-based Hanlong Group has announced it will invest USD$100 million in the research and development of solar energy solutions, system assembly and International headquarter activities in Singapore, through its subsidiary...

Taiwan: TSMC to enter thin film PV market with construction of R&D Center and Fab

TSMC chairman and CEO Dr. Morris Chang

Construction has begun on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.’s (TSMC) first thin film solar research and development (R&D) center and fab in Taichung’s Central Taiwan Science Park today.

US: CEC gives world’s largest solar power site the go ahead

Solar thermal image

The California Energy Commission (CEC) in the U.S. has approved the construction and operation of four solar thermal power plants with a planned overall capacity of around 1,000 megawatts (MW) at the Blythe location in...

Research: 2010 expected to be "outstanding year" for PV, but 2011 will see a slowdown

General picture of solar panel against the sky

The global photovoltaics (PV) market is forecast to exceed 16 gigawatts (GW) this year, said IMS Research, with demand for PV systems predicted to almost double. It went on to say that the top five markets will account for more...

Opel Solar and Truenorth to install solar on brownfield sites across North America

An example of a brownfield site in New Jersey, US

Opel Solar, Inc. and Truenorth Solar & Environmental, L.L.C. have undertaken a strategic partnership to install utility-scale solar fields on brownfield sites across North America, which they say have been deemed otherwise...

US: SunEdison awarded 14.5 MW solar contract with DMAFB

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, the US

SunEdison has been awarded a solar service contract with Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (DMAFB) in Tucson, Arizona, the U.S. to build a 14.5-megawatt (MW) solar farm. Construction is scheduled to begin next year.

SMA raises financial guidance for this year; announces 2011 outlook

German ground mounted PV installation

The managing board of SMA Solar Technology AG has raised its estimation for new global photovoltaics (PV) installations for this year from 14 gigawatts (GW) to around 17 GW. In line with this, the company has increased its...

Exclusive: Enfinity developing EPC strategy; set to build 30 MW PV project

Enfinity ground mounted PV installation

Speaking to pv magazine about the future, Wim Goethals, head of finance Americas for photovoltaics (PV) development company, Enfinity, said they are currently developing their own engineering, procurement and construction (EPC)...

Arizona, US schools to receive 2.5 MW worth of PV pavilions

Jan Brewer, Governor of Arizona

Several schools in Arizona, the U.S. are set to be installed with photovoltaics (PV) pavilions, in a bid to meet their own electricity needs. The systems are expected to generate a total of 2.5 megawatts (MW) of power.

4.4 MW PV project to be installed at Denver International Airport, US

Denver International Airport, US at night

Constellation Energy and Denver-based Oak Leaf Energy Partners are to install a 4.4-megawatt (MW) photovoltaics (PV) project at Denver International Airport in the U.S.

US: Constellation Wines to install 3 solar projects worth 3.95 MW

Workers install a solar panel on the top of the Clos du Bois winery

Constellation Wines U.S. has announced it is to invest in three solar energy installations across California. Around 17,000 solar panels will reportedly be installed at the four wineries by the end of the year, making the...

Solarwatt starts new manufacturing line; doubles capacity

Visiting the new production plant Saxon Prime Minister Stanislaw Tillich (2nd from left) gains insight into the new production for solar modules

Solarwatt, located in Dresden, Germany has invested over €35 million in a new solar module production line and logistics center. Operations have already begun on the production line, where capacity has been expanded from 200 to...

Wellkey to establish PV production line in China; aims to hit 1 GW by 2015

View of Foshan City, China

Hong Kong-based Wellkey Solar Technology Co. Ltd has signed an agreement with the Sanshui Government of Foshan City, Guangdong Province, China to set up its photovoltaics (PV) module production line in LePing High Tech Industrial...

South Korea: SunEdison signs MOU for 400 MW of solar projects

Symbol of Gyeongsangnam-do

SunEdison and Gyeongsangnam-do (GSND), a provincial government in southeastern Korea, have announced the execution of a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the establishment of 400 megawatts (MW) of solar power...

US: CEC approves 250 MW Abengoa Mojave solar thermal project

Energy Commissioner, Anthony Eggert

U.S.-based California Energy Commission (CEC) has approved the construction of the 250 megawatt (MW) Abengoa Mojave Solar project. It is the second solar thermal project to be licensed in California in as many weeks.

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