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49.9 MW Ohio solar project takes step closer to reality

Isofoton production facility.

AEP Ohio and Turning Point Solar LLC have entered into a participation agreement to develop a 49.9 megawatt (MW) solar generation facility.


Q-Cells to start work on last phase of 60 MW PV project

The photovoltaic project is located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (pictured)

Q-Cells’ North American subsidiary is gearing up to start work on the last ten megawatt (MW) AC phase of Starwood Energy Group Global’s 60 MW photovoltaic project in Ontario.


Ontario: PV projects worth 27.5 MW approved

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Feed-in tariffs for six new large-scale photovoltaic projects totaling 27.5 megawatts (MW) have been secured in Ontario this week.


Scatec Solar undertakes 2.5 MW German PV project

Pictured is Scatec's 1.7 MW photovoltaic park, near Neumarkt

Norwegian company Scatec Solar has started construction on a 2.5 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic plant in Utscheid, Germany.


24.1 MW German crystalline PV project to be grid connected

Germany 24.1MW crystalline silicon photovoltaic park in Brandenburg, germany by Wirsol Solar

One of Germany’s biggest photovoltaic parks using crystalline silicon modules is nearing completion. It is expected to be grid connected this month.


Ontario developer receives $15 million for solar rooftop projects

Ontario satellite image

Blackstone Solar Inc. has received a CAD$15 million financing facility to develop rooftop solar projects in Ontario, Canada.


Kyocera increases PV plant size following government energy restrictions

Kyocera's 230kW solar photovoltaic system on the rooftop of its Tanagura manufacturing plant in Fukushima, Japan

Kyocera has increased the size of a photovoltaic plant at one of its Fukushima manufacturing facilities, after the Japanese Government introduced electricity restrictions on July 1. This is the first time in 41 years such...


Spain: Siemens to supply solar field for 50 MW CSP plant

Siemens' Concentrated solar pwer CSP graphic

EPC contractor UTE Termosolar Olivenza (Acciona Infraestructuras, Acciona Ingeniería and Seridom) has ordered a solar field from Siemens for its 50 megawatt (MW) concentrated solar power (CSP) plant.


Italy: TerniEnergia installs 20 MWp of PV in Q2; 31 MW in pipeline

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TerniEnergia installed 12 industrial-sized photovoltaic plants in Italy in the second quarter of 2011. It has now started on another eight.


Boralex: First PV park and France’s first mixed renewable energy site completed

The photovoltaic project is located in France's Avignonet-Lauragais (pictured)

Boralex Inc. has inaugurated a 4.5 megawatt (MW) photovoltaics park in France. It is said to be both the company’s first solar project, and France’s first mixed renewable energy site.


Germany: Construction on 70 MW PV project begins

Two men stating in the construction site of GP Joul's 70 MW photovoltaic park in a field in Brandenburg, Germany

GP Joule has begun construction on a 70 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic park in Germany. When complete, it is expected to be the country’s largest.


DOE offers three further PV conditional loan guarantees

Man in manufacturing facility holding First Solar thin film cadmium telluride photovoltaic module

The U.S. department of Energy (DOE) has awarded three more conditional loan guarantees to photovoltaic projects, worth a total of USD$4.5 billion. Around 1,400 jobs and 1.3 gigawatts of photovoltaics are expected to be created.


Yingli and Huanghe Hydropower enter 110 MW supply agreement

Liansheng Miao, Yingli chairman and CEO

Under a new agreement, Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited will supply 110 megawatts (MW) worth of photovoltaic modules to Huanghe Hydropower Development Co., Ltd.


€80 million secured for 48 MW PV project

An transformation station on the Italian site.

S.A.G Solarstrom has secured the required €80 million ($116 million) financing commitment from the Deutsche Bank Group, to build its 48 megawatt (MW) project in northern Italy. 12 MW is currently already connected to the grid.


Trina to deliver modules to 60 MW Renault PV project

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Trina Solar (Spain) S.L.U. will deliver 55 megawatts (MW) worth of photovoltaic modules to Renault’s solar project, under a new sales agreement with developer, Gestamp Solar.


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