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China dispatch: Violent sand storms hit PV projects in northwest China

A China PV power plant.

Violent sand storms have hit northwest China this week, affecting several PV projects currently under construction. The worst of the sand storm activity took place on Tuesday.


Japan: 10 MW PV plant online

Sakai city, Japan

According to reports, Kansai Electric Power Co.’s 10 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power plant has begun operations.


German solar incentives set to be slashed after reports of 1.25 GW of newly installed PV capacity

Wirsol Solar's 24.1 MW photovoltaic park in Germany, Brandenburg

According to sources, newly installed photovoltaic capacity in Germany hit 1.25 gigawatts (GW) between June and July of this year. As such, there are fears solar incentives will be slashed by 15 percent in January 2012.


US: 371 MW solar rooftop project underway

Hickham airforce base, Honolulu, Hawaii

What has been described as the U.S.’ largest residential solar rooftop program is underway. The aim is to install 371 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaics on military residences and military bases across 33 states.


Avancis hits 15.8 percent thin film efficiency

Photovoltaic company Avancis screenshot

Presenting its findings at the 26th EU PVSEC, Avancis says it has reached a thin film photovoltaic module efficiency of 15.8 percent.


First Solar and Reliance Power enter 100 MW supply agreement

View across Jaisalmer city, India

First Solar has signed a 100 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic module supply agreement with Reliance Power.


US: Arizona State University hits 10 MW PV capacity

Arizona State University 168kW solar photovoltaic installation, Tempe campus

The Arizona State University (ASU) has hit 10 megawatts (MW) of installed photovoltaic capacity. This, says the university, makes it the leading U.S. higher education institution in terms of solar energy.


Day4 Energy and R&R achieve 19.3 percent module efficiency

Si-HJT cell structure

Following Roth & Rau’s announcement yesterday that it achieved 20 percent wafer efficiency, it has now been publicized that it, along with Day4 Energy Inc., has produced a 19.3 percent efficient photovoltaic module.


Roth & Rau racks up 20 percent efficiency

A mechanised Roth and Rau piece of kit.

German crystalline photovoltaic technology and equipment supplier Roth & Rau has achieved 20 percent efficiency with its 156mm industrial monocrystalline silicon wafers.


Off-grid system provides Namibian community with 24-hour power

Workers digging trenches for power calbes.

For the first time in three years, small communities in the Tsumkwe municipality of northern Namibia can enjoy around-the-clock power after the installation of one of Africda’s largest off-grid photovoltaic systems.


EU PVSEC: Details emerge for proposed 10 GW "Project Helios"

A Conergy photovoltaic plant in Greece.

With plenty of sun and not much liquidity, Greece has been forced to be creative as to how to get its economy going and create jobs. One plan to do so has become clear at the European photovoltaic conference in Hamburg today, in...


Italy: Espe grid connects 10 MW worth of solar farms

Espe Sunparc solar photovoltaic farm in Italy

Between July and August of this year, Espe Sunparc Srl installed and connected 10 solar farms worth 10 megawatts (MW) to the Italian grid.


TerniEnergia installs 57.3 MWp of PV in Italy

Italian photovoltaic plant by TerniEnergi

From July 1 until August 31, TerniEnergia connected 28 photovoltaic plants worth 57.3 megawatts peak (MWp) to the Italian grid. As such, all the projects will receive direct access to the fourth Conto Energia tariffs.


S.A.G. grid connects 48 MW PV project

S.A.G. Solarstrom CEO Karl Kuhlmann

S.A.G. Solarstrom AG has connected its 48 megawatt peak (MWp) North Italian photovoltaic project to the grid yesterday, thus meeting Italy’s August 31 feed-in tariff (FIT) deadline.


20 MW NRG Solar PV project up and running

Close up of solar photovoltaic module

NRG Solar’s 20 megawatt (MW) New Mexico photovoltaic project has commenced operations.


Australia: Victoria FIT cut announced

Satellite image of Australia

Australia’s Victorian State Government today announced a new 'transitional feed-in tariff' (TFiT) for rooftop solar panels, joining most of the other Australian states in drastically reducing the amount paid to customers.


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