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Interview: 'Janitorial' O&M rising despite the robots

Module washing

As the PV market matures with the growing installed base, a range of auxiliary services and business opportunities have appeared. One of which is the provision of O&M services, in particular maintenance services including...


US: Work begins on 30 MW PV project

Austin, Texas

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) has closed financing and begun construction on a 30 megawatt (MW) photovoltaics project in Texas, the U.S. Subsidiary FRV AE Solar, LLC has also signed a 35 megawatt sales agreement with Trina...


Solar Frontier to install 1.2 MW in California

Sunset in Coalinga, California

Solar Frontier is to install a 1.2 megawatt thin film CIS (copper indium selenide) solar system in California, the U.S.


Conergy to build 12.4 megawatt Thai solar park

Conergy Greek photovoltaic project

Conergy is gearing up to build a 12.4 megawatt solar park in Thailand's Nakhon Pathom province. It is the German company's third in the country in the last 12 months.


Solis Partners to install 1.2 MW PV roof system

Jamie Hahn, managing director of Solis Partners

Solis Partners has been awarded a turnkey contract to install a 1.2 megawatt rooftop photovoltaic system in New Jersey by Shore Point Distributing Company, Inc.


More delays for Italy

Italian flag

Anyone expecting a quick decision on Italy's draft decree will be sorely disappointed. The saga over solar incentives, which has been ongoing since February, took a new twist yesterday after it was reported that a key meeting has...


Germany: Parabel completes 1 MW PV system

Parabel CEO Jürgen Will

Parabel AG has completed and connected a one megawatt (MW) rooftop photovoltaics system to the grid in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.


DOE study says PV can boost home premiums

Photovoltaics installed on residential house in California

According to new research issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), there is "strong evidence" to suggest that homes which incorporate photovoltaic systems attract higher premiums than those which don’t.


City of Tucson unveils 1 MW solar system

Tucson in Arizona

The City of Tucson, in Arizona, the Tucson Water Department, Trico Electric and SunPower Corp. have dedicated a one megawatt, ground-mounted solar power system.


UK solar industry hits back

UK flag

The UK solar industry has hit following the government’s announcement of an early feed-in tariff review. A group of companies has filed a claim in the High Court for a Judicial Review against the Secretary of State for Energy and...


Japan: Solar Frontier officially opens thin film plant

Solar Frontier CIS thin film photovoltaic module factory, Japan

Solar Frontier has officially opened its 900 megawatt Kunitomi factory, in Japan. It is said to be the world’s largest CIS (copper indium selenide) thin film solar module production plant.


Indian solar industry off to a successful 2011, but bankability issues exist

Idia photovoltaic installation

According to the latest Indian Solar Compass, India's solar industry has got off to a successful start this year, with a large number of power purchase agreements (PPAs) having been signed. However, bankability continues to be an...


Silfab opens solar module manufacturing facility; receives loan approval


Silfab openend its new solar module manufacturing facility yesterday in Canada. People at ribbon cutting ceremony

Silfab Ontario has officially opened its new solar module manufacturing facility in Mississauga, Canada. During a ribbon cutting ceremony, it was announced that the company has received approval for a €2,2 million loan.


Blythe solar project receives US loan guarantee

Construction on the first two out of a total of four parabolic trough power plants has already begun in Blythe, California

The Blythe solar project, which will be the world’s largest when completed, has taken a step closer to closing financing, having been offered a conditional commitment for a U.S. $2.1 billion loan guarantee.


ADB supports Indian solar industry

India photovoltaic installation

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced it will provide up to $150 million in credit guarantees to support the development of the Indian solar industry. It is also making $1.25 million available for solar training.


Solar on storm water detention basins

Storm water detention basin, where Pro-Tech will install a photovoltaics system, at Peddie School in New Jersey

New Jersey-based Pro-Tech Energy Solutions is currently installing its first photovoltaics system on a storm water detention basin. In an interview with pv magazine, principal John Drexinger talks about the potential of this...


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