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Gintech explores merger and relocation opportunities in light of US tariffs

Gintech's Taiwan factory.

The Taiwanese solar cell manufacturer may merge its operation or seek to relocate as the company aims to stay competitive in face of stinging US tariffs.

SDG&E signs two solar contracts worth 257 MW

A rendering of the 127 MWp Arlington Valley Solar Project

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has signed two solar contracts worth 257 megawatts (MW). The first, for 130 MWp, was signed with enXco, while the second, for 127 MWp, is with Arlington Valley Solar Energy II, LLC.

Australia: details emerge of 150 MW PV plant

An old petrol station and bowser from the town of Moree.

It’s been announced today that Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), BP Solar and Pacific Hydro will develop the second utility scale solar plant, funded in part by the Australian Government.

Solar Dawn consortium selected for 250 MW Australian hybrid plant

A picture showing how solar thermal technology will be used to create steam.

The consortium formed by AREVA Solar and CS Energy and Wind Prospect CWP will construct the biggest solar thermal gas hybrid of its kind, with part funding from the Australian Government and the Queensland State Government.

Germany: Solar-Konzept begins work on 28 MWp PV park

REC Solar photovoltaic module close up

German company Solar-Konzept has began work on what has been described as one of Bavaria’s biggest photovoltaic parks. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

Australian Government gives green light to 400 MW worth of solar projects

Sunrise in Australia

The Australian Federal Government has announced an injection of over AUD$750 million (€558 million) to help build two of the world’s largest solar power stations after months of uncertainty surrounding the projects.

IHS iSuppli: c-Si module costs to fall below USD$1 per watt by 2012

General solar photovoltaic module picture against sky

According to IHS iSuppli, crystalline silicon (c-Si) photovoltaic module costs are set to fall to USD$1 per watt by the first quarter of 2012.

Ceremony marks construction of the world’s largest solar power plant

Solar Millennium's Blythe solar themal project

Government officials have broken the ground at the site of the world’s largest solar power plant project in the Mojave Desert, California.

Etrion and Phoenix Solar to install 2.6 MW Italian PV plant

Italy satellite image

Yet more solar plans are being executed in Italy. Etrion and Phoenix Solar have said they will build a 2.6 megawatt (MW) photovoltaics plant in the country’s Lazio region.

Conergy to build 2 MW plant in Greece

Conergy modules in the Greek sun.

Hamburg-based Conergy is forging on with installations in spite of the recent challenges and setbacks facing the company. Its latest deal is to install a photovoltaic plant in Greneva, located in the northern parts of Greece.

JinkoSolar to focus on increased efficiencies with new R&D facility

JinkoSolar website screenshot

JinkoSolar has established a new research and development center, which will exclusively focus on increasing solar cell efficiency and next generation photovoltaic technology.

South Africa: PV could be a "goldmine" if supported by government

View from South Africa's Drakensberg mountains

A recent report believes South Africa could be the next photovoltaics superstar, if the government implements a strategy supporting the technology. However, there are a number of barriers hindering growth, particularly in the...

9REN builds two PV systems worth three MW in Italy

A view out across Trapani as the sun rises.

In a fast turnaround, 9REN has delivered two three megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power plants to Helios Srl, installed on the Italian island of Sicily. The system was connected to the national grid just three months after the...

Germany: IBC Solar starts work on 27.5 MWp PV project

Bavarian PM and IBC Solar's CEO break ground on 27.5 MWp photovoltaic project

IBC Solar has broken ground on a 27.5 megawatt peak (MWp) photovoltaic project in Bavaria, Germany. Bavarian Prime Minister, Horst Seehofer was in attendance.

Google’s move into residential solar gives access to US homeowners

SunCity installation in process in process.

Internet giant Google have made $680 million in investments in renewable energy in the past months. It now moves into residential solar installations with a $280 million fund allowing homeowners to overcome the hurdle of up-front...

"Exciting" and "volatile" year predicted for US PV

US solar photovoltaic rooftop installation

A new report reflecting the U.S. solar industry’s 2011 first quarter predicts that both "exciting" and "volatile" times lie ahead. The country has, to date, over 2.3 gigawatts (GW) of installed photovoltaic capacity. This is...

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