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Intersolar Europe: Hanwha SolarOne signs MoU for 5 MW Turkish PV project

Jinok Lee, Hanwha SolarOne's country manager for Turkey (left), and Yalçin Adiyaman, Halk Enerji's deputy general manager, at the Hanwha SolarOne booth, Intersolar Europe.

The deal between local EPC company Halk Enerji and Hanwha SolarOne is the first to take advantage of Turkey's new licensing landscape.

Kyocera starts San Diego solar cell manufacturing line

Kyocera solar panels

Kyocera has begun manufacturing solar modules in San Diego, in the U.S. The company’s initial production target is 30 megawatts per year; to begin with the line will include solar modules ranging from 210 watts to the company's...

Number of US solar manufacturing plants to “skyrocket”

U.S. manufacturing facility

The number of U.S. solar manufacturing plants is expected to “skyrocket” within the next few years. Cell capacity is also predicted to reach four gigawatts (GWs) by the end of 2012.

Cadmium ban will not affect PV industry

First Solar PV panel

The cadmium ban will not apply to the photovoltaics (PV) industry, the environmental committee of the European parliament has said.

€1.2 billion “urgently” needed to boost European PV industry

Madrid cityscape.

Over a billion euros must “urgently” be invested into research and development (R&D) for the photovoltaics (PV) industry, says the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), so that it can compete with traditional power...

Trina Solar and SERIS reach solar cell agreement

Trina Solar monocrystalline wafer

The development of an all-back contact high-efficiency silicon wafer solar cell is about to get underway, following an agreement between Trina Solar Limited and the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS).

CNPV signs long term supply agreement with Enel Green Power

Satellite image of Italy

CNPV Solar Power SA, has announced its entrance into a long term general supply agreement with Enel Green Power SpA, Italy's largest power company, listed on the Milan Stock Exchange.

Panasonic Group pushes ahead with "full-scale" entry into solar cell business

SANYO HIT solar panel.

The Panasonic Group has announced its plans to launch its HIT(R) 215 Series household solar power generation systems on July 1, thus highlighting the company’s aim for a "full-scale entry" into the solar cell business.

Arizona could become alternative energy hotspot

Kris Mayes

More than 80 applications for solar and wind power plants have been submitted by developers in the state of Arizona, which are valued at tens of billions of dollars, reports The Arizona Republic.

Hawaii: CPV terrestrial power investigation underway

CPV array

A U.S. industry consortium is investigating the viability of concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) technology for terrestrial power generation in Hawaii, the U.S.

New roof mount PV system for Mineta San Jose International Airport

San Jose International Airport

A roof mount photovoltaic (PV) solar electric system has been successfully installed on the Mineta San Jose International Airport (JSC) in Santa Clara County, California.

PV installation costs to fall

Michael Wilhelm

Façades with integrated photovoltaics (PV) systems could be cheaper than traditional construction materials, according to the first Bodensee Symposium on Architecture and Solar Technology, which took place in Konstanz, Germany.

Demand for solar energy still strong

Solar installation

Sales of solar installations in Germany will experience double-digit percentage growth rates this year, according to predictions from the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar).

China: Largest thin film solar farm to be built in Inner Mongolia

The China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP) has announced plans to build a five megawatt (MW) utility-scale PV power plant in Inner Mongolia using silicon-based thin film solar modules.

US: Largest concentrated solar array project complete

Victor Valley College concentrated solar array project

The largest concentrated solar array in the US has been completed.

SEPA predicts big changes for utilities

Solar installation

Utilities’ solar portfolios are on the “cusp of significant changes”, according to the Solar Electric Power Association’s (SEPAs) third annual Top Ten Utility Solar Rankings report.

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