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Tata launches Indian finance plan for solar customers

Solar PV rooftop array.

The solar manufacturer will partner with Bajaj Finance to offer interest-free financing for solar installations costing less than $4,000.

UAE: Plans underway to build world’s biggest solar power plant

Shams 1 project.

A joint venture to build the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant in the Middle East has been announced. If successful, it will be the first of its kind in the area.

Queensland, Australia set to house largest solar project in southern hemisphere

Anne Bligh

Australian Premier Anna Bligh has announced that Queensland, Australia is set to be home to the largest solar thermal project in the southern hemisphere.

Californian town to get 85 percent of its electricity from solar power

Skyline Solar solar plant in Nipton, California.

The first commercial installation of Skyline Solar’s High Gain Solar (HGS) 1000 system has been announced.

R&D department part of First Solar's expansion plans

First Solar's Frankfurt (Oder) facility

As part of its plans to expand the Frankfurt (Oder) plant in Germany, First Solar has told pv magazine it will be developing a research and development (R&D) department, which will focus on downstream system installations.

Jordan's Shams Ma’an project receives grant boost

Kawar Energy PV panels

A grant agreement between the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and Jordan-based Kawar Energy for USD$617,204 has been signed. The agreement will allow the feasibility of the Shams Ma’an project - expected to be one of...

First Solar to expand German manufacturing plant; 100s of jobs to be created

First Solar manufacturing plant, Frankfurt (Oder)

First Solar, Inc. is to expand its German manufacturing plant in Frankfurt (Oder), thus doubling local production capacity and creating several hundred new jobs.

Suntech solar panels receive ammonia resistance certification

Suntech PV panels.

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd's core products have been certified by TÜV Rheinland Japan, according to the DIN 5096:1985 T2 standard to maintain high performance when exposed to ammonia.

Suntech to add 1 GW to Shanghai production facility

Suntech production line.

Suntech has announced it will add one gigawatt (GW) production capacity to its Shanghai, China facility, to meet surging global demand.

Idaho, US to receive first large-scale solar generation facility

A Sunergy World solar facility.

U.S.-based Sunergy World has confirmed it is to build Idaho’s first large-scale solar generation facility, worth USD$45 million, in partnership with the City of Boise.

IBC Solar breaks 1 GW barrier

Solar modules.

IBC Solar has broken the one gigawatt (GW) mark in module sales.

Meyer Burger wins order for over CHF 25 million


Meyer Burger Technology Ltd has announced a contract for wire saws and wafer inspection systems worth over CHF 25 million (around USD$21 million or €18 million) with Chinese manufacturer JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd.

Development of 10 MW Florida solar farm underway

Monocrystalline PV panels.

BlueChip Energy has started on stage one of the Rinehart Solar Farm, a 10 megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar photovoltaics (PV) facility in Central Florida, the U.S. It is expected to be one of the state’s largest private solar...

German solar cuts "hit parliamentary hurdle"

German rooftop installation

Germany's Bundesrat upper house of parliament is unlikely to pass cuts to solar incentives, so a mediation committee would be needed to resolve the matter, government sources have told Reuters.

Canada: 50 skilled solar jobs created

Siemens photovoltaic panel

The news that 50 new solar jobs are to be created comes after Siemens Canada’s announcement that it is entering the Canadian the solar market as a local manufacturer of inverters for photovoltaic (PV) power generation.

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...

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