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From the Mag: a selection of stories from the June issue

The LED mobile flashing device from Zurich University of Applied Sciences in action atop a rooftop solar array.

pv magazine's June edition touches down in Israel to assess the solar mood on the ground, heads to a farm in Germany to inspect a latest technique in LED flashing, and examines how the mining industry is turning to PV in its many...


GE to supply PV to wind project

A wind farm in the US, taken from a high.

GE has announced that it has entered into an agreement to supply 24 MW of photovoltaics to Invenergy. It will be installed at the Grand Ridge Solar project, which adjacent to the 210-MW Grand Ridge Wind project, which GE also...


Solar Frontier to supply world’s biggest CIS/CIGS project

The Solar Frontier plant.

Japanese thin-film producer Solar Frontier has announced today that it will supply a 100 MW Californian power plant. The company has already delivered 26 MW Catalina Solar Project, in Kern County, California, which is set to...


New York City-area firms receive $30 million for solar projects

The New York City skyline.

Forget New Jersey. The solar industry is "in a New York State of mind," to paraphrase singer Billy Joel, now that two government agencies have launched a five-year, USD150-million initiative to fund new large-scale photovoltaic...


California: 700 MW of PV projects approved

SOme solar panels in San Diego.

The Californian Public Utilities Commission approved today approved five renewable energy contracts worth 1,088MW. Three of the agreements were signed with Southern California Edison and Solar Star California–which is subsidiary...


Flower power

A Sunflower in close up.

Scientists from Germany and the U.S. use a sunflower pattern to enhance concentrated solar efficiency. The RWTH Aachen University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) create a heliostat array that is more compact.


juwi sells 1 MW Czech plant

The juwi solar field in in front of the village, in a green field.

Germany renewables developer juwi announced today that it has completed the sale of a solar power plant with a capacity of 1,065 kilowatt (kW). The plant was commissioned in 2009 and has been operated by juwi for two years.


2011: PG&E receives 185 MW in new PV power

PG&E.

One of the largest electric utilities in the U.S., Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), has announced that 185-megawatt (MW) worth of new photovoltaic projects came online in 2011. The capacity was spread across eight project...


CPS Energy to launch massive, 400 MW solar project in San Antonio

A picture of the San Antonio river in the city.

There’s an old saying that everything is bigger in Texas—and San Antonio is no exception. Now, the city’s utility, CPS Energy, is about to sign a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with OCI Solar Power for up to 400 megawatts...


First project for SunPower’s new CPV tech

CPV technology developed by SunPower.

The Arizona State University (ASU), Salt River Project (SRP) and SunPower Corp. announced today that a one-megawatt (MW) project will go ahead, the first to use SunPower’s C7, concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) technology. SunPower...


Isofoton to commercialize “Ferrolinera” EV charging system

The Ferrolinera charging system.

Spanish photovoltaic provider Isofoton has reached an agreement to commercialize a photovoltaic electric vehicle (EV) charging system. The "Ferrolinera" EV charging stations will provide more than 1,000 EV charging points...


Google invests further $94 million in PV

Solar panels.

Rounding off a year in which the search engine giant Google invested $880 million U.S. dollars in renewable energy, the company has announced a final investment for 2011 of $94 million. The money will go to four photovoltaic...


T-Solar signs 3 loan agreements for solar projects worth 44 MW

T-Solar Spain thin film factory

Continuing on with its Peruvian photovoltaic plans, T-Solar has signed three loan agreements worth US$145 million.


Ukraine: Activ Solar completes next 20 MW PV system

Activ Solar's 20 MW phase of its Ukraine solar photovoltaic park

Making it one of the largest photovoltaic systems in the world, Austria-based Activ Solar has completed the fourth 20 megawatt (MW) phase of its giant Perovo photovoltaic park in the Ukraine.


PV in 2012: The year of truth

General solar photovoltaic installation by Gehrlicher Solar

The photovoltaics industry is going through some major changes. A still deteriorating global economic situation, government belt-tightening and a number of corporate incidents have left the industry in an unfamiliar, unhealthy...


300 MW Sonoran PV project approved

Arizona flag

The U.S. Interior Department has approved NextEra’s 300 megawatt (MW) Sonoran photovoltaics project. Set to be located in Arizona, more hurdles need to be cleared before it can be brought online, however.


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