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Tokyo Electric upgrading grid with 100-km-long transmission line

The city of Nagano, Japan

Tokyo Electric Power Co. is building a 100-kilometer-long electricity transmission line in central Japan as part of the country's efforts to upgrade its grid infrastructure in view of surging renewable power.


PV wipeout?

Image of Prague rooftops

Cited as “one of the most attractive” photovoltaics (PV) markets, the Czech Republic has flourished under its feed-in tariffs (FITs). However, since the government's announcement that a 26 percent retroactive solar tax may be...


5 MW PV park completed in Cape Verde

Martifer Solar's 5 MW Cape Verda PV park

Martifer Solar has announced the completion of a five-megawatt peak (MWp) photovoltaics (PV) plant in Santiago Island, Cape Verde.


Italy: €276 million investment agreement for 70 MW PV plant

Image of Rovigo 70 MW PV plant in Italy

First Reserve Corporation has entered into a €276 million project financing facilities agreement for the Rovigo photovoltaics (PV) plant in Northeast Italy.


SunPower and Colorado Springs Utilities to build 6 MW PV power plant

Springs Utilities CEO Jerry Forte.

Colorado Springs Utilities and SunPower Corp. have announced an agreement to design and build a six-megawatt (MW) photovoltaics (PV) power system at the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Funding boost for 4 MW US solar facility

Map of US with Virginia highlighted in red

A planned four-megawatt (MW) solar facility in Halifax County, the U.S. has received a boost, after the Virginia Tobacco Commission awarded the project a USD$5 million grant.


New US solar research facility awarded USD$6 million

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm

U.S.-based Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) board has approved a COEE (Centers of Energy Excellence) designation and USD$6 million in funding to establish the Solar Valley Research Enterprise (SVRE).


US: Construction begins on 150 MW CPV manufacturing facility

Brian Robertson, Amonix CEO

Amonix, Inc., has broken ground on a 214,000 square foot solar equipment manufacturing facility in North Las Vegas, Nevada, the U.S.


SunPower and Iberdrola to build 30 MW PV power plant

Howard Wenger

SunPower Corp. has signed an agreement with Iberdrola Renewables to design and build a 30-megawatt photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Colorado, the U.S.


American Capital Energy starts 3 MW North American rooftop installation

Image of solar panel on GSK’s Northeast Regional Distribution Center (RDC) in York, Pennsylvania, the U.S.

American Capital Energy has begun installation of a three-megawatt (MW) rooftop solar array for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare.


Solarion and Walsin Lihwa sign €60 million thin film investment agreement

Yu-Lon Chaio, chairman of Walsin Lihwa, and Dieter Waffel, chairman of Solarion AG

Germany-based Solarion AG and Taiwanese company Walsin Lihwa have signed a €60 million investment cooperation agreement to produce Copper-Indium-Gallium-Diselenide (CIGS) thin film solar cells.


alwitra GmbH completes 1.02 MWp German PV installation

Solyndra's biggest PV installation in Germany, located on a Parts Europe GmbH warehouse in Konz

alwitra GmbH, a has completed a 1.02 megawatt peak (MWp) rooftop solar system in Konz, Germany.


UK: GHL completes one of country’s largest solar rooftop systems

Greenfield Holdings rooftop solar installation on Sanisbury's

Greenfield Holdings (GHL) has completed what it says is one of the largest commercial rooftop solar installations in the UK.


Solar Frontier to supply 10 MW of PV modules for Saudi installation

Artist's impression of how the completed project should look

Solar Frontier K.K., is to supply Saudi Aramco with 10 megawatts (MW) of thin film CIS (copper, indium, and selenium) solar modules for a car park installation in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.


Thin-Film substrate, encapsulation market at $1.3 billion by 2015

New materials could upstage the traditional glass.

A new report released by industry analyst firm NanoMarkets states that new materials for thin films will grow in importance.


Centrosolar achieves MCS certification

Centrosolar is MCS certified.

Centrosolar has received its certificate under the British Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS); a requirement for sale of photovoltaics in the United Kingdom.


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