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sPower and Camborne team up on UK projects

A PV installation in the UK.

U.S.-based sPower and the Britain's Camborne have formed a strategic partnership to develop projects in the U.S. The firms have not said what their target in terms of MW is, but that they intend to deploy "significant capital."

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.

Italy: Plans to build 48 MW PV power plant underway

Flag of Italy

One of Europe’s largest photovoltaic (PV) power plants is set to be built in the Puglia region of Italy. The 48-megawatt (MW) park will reportedly consist of 600,000 solar panels spread across 250 acres.

One of Europe’s biggest solar power stations opens in Czech Republic

View across Prague, Czech Republic

The largest solar power station in the Czech Republic opened on Wednesday in the village of Veprek, some 20 kilometers north of Prague, according to Chinese news agency, xinhuanet.

UL opens PV testing facility in Japan

General picture of a PV panel

Underwriters Laboratories (UL), has opened a testing and certification facility for photovoltaic (PV) equipment in Ise City, Mie Prefecture, Japan. It added that it has plans to open a further facility in India.

Mitsubishi supplies 1.2 MW of solar panels to Tokyo International Airport

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation's 1.2 MW PV installation at Tokyo International Airport

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has supplied 1.2 megawatts (MW) worth of photovoltaics (PV) modules to Japan Airport Terminal Co., Ltd, in Tokyo, Japan, which manages Tokyo International Airport.

Exclusive: Eurener to enter Chile; PV-powered bus stop could hit market next year

Atacama desert, Chile, South America

Spain-based photovoltaics (PV) module maker, Eurener has told pv magazine it is working with the Chilean government and University of Atacama to develop a PV installation in the Atacama desert. Although still in the planning...

France needs more solar subsidies cuts, government study says

Richard Loyen, head of solar industry group Enerplan

France needs to revise targets for solar energy and further cut subsidies to curb costs to consumers that may balloon to €54 billion euros (USD$70 billion) by 2020, according to Bloomberg, which was quoting a government report.

US: DOE announces USD$8.5 million investment to advance solar energy grid integration systems

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced that the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Sandia National Laboratories is investing USD$8.5 million for four projects, which have reached Stage III of the Solar Energy Grid Integration...

Masdar PV signs contract to supply 1.5 MWp thin film modules to Indian villages

Masdar PV's HQ in Ichtershausen, Germany

Germany-based Masdar PV has signed a contract with IG Solar PVT Ltd to supply 1.5 megawatts peak (MWp) of silicon-based thin film photovoltaics (PV) modules. Under the contract, the company has said its modules will be used on...

juwi connects Bulgaria’s largest PV park to the grid

juwi Solar's Drachevo PV park in Bulgaria

juwi Solar has announced its 3.6 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) project, located in the Bulgarian town of Drachevo has been connected to the grid. According to the company, it is the country’s largest PV park.

Japan: Solar Frontier to supply CIS panels to Miyazaki Solar Way project

A conceptual drawing of the Miyazaki Solar Way Tsuno No. 2 Power Plant

Solar Frontier K.K. has announced it will supply around one megawatt (MW) of CIS thin film solar cell modules to Miyazaki Solar Way Co., Ltd.’s ‘Tsuno No. 2 Power Plant’. Operations at the plant are expected to begin next year,...

Research: EU leading the way in newly installed PV modules

Shiny PV panels with clouds and sky reflected in them

A new study has stated that Europe is leading the way in terms of photovoltaics (PV) installations. The JRC's Institute for Energy (IE), which published its ninth Annual Photovoltaics Status Report today, has said that out of the...

Italy to implement further FIT cuts

SunPower PV installation, ground mount in Italy

Italy is to significantly reduce its feed-in tariffs (FITs) for solar energy, starting from next year. According to EuPD Research, the Conferenza Stato e Regioni - the Italian Committee of Representatives of Italian regions and...

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