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Imec perovskite breakthrough yields 11.9% efficiency

Imec's perovskite thin film PV module has achieved conversion efficiencies above 11% in recent tests.

Belgian nano-electronics researchers Imec achieve record active area efficiency on thin film perovskite PV cell, measured over an aperture area of 16cm2.

US solar market threatened by sharp fall in subsidies by 2014

Brookings total federal clean tech spending graph

The Washington, DC-based think-tank, Brookings warned this month that U.S. investment in clean tech is facing a drop in subsidies in the coming two years, in a new report that included extensive coverage of the solar market.

Syncronys to install 400 solar-powered well pumps in Pakistan

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Syncronys International will install 400 solar-powered well pumps in Pakistan. The company received the US$4.5 million order from an unnamed party.

Emmvee enters PV project development business

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Photovoltaic module manufacturer, Emmvee, has entered into the solar project development and EPC business.

ADB offers funding for 100 MW Indian CSP plant

India Gujarat solar photovoltaic park large-scale

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has said it will lend US$103 million to help Reliance Power Ltd install a 100 megawatt (MW) concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in Rajasthan. It is said to be the first time the bank will help...

Updated: SDL and SPI targeting 100 MW of Greek PV projects

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SDL Solar and SPI Solar are to install 100 megawatts (MW) worth of photovoltaic projects in Greece. SPI, with SDL’s help has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with two Greek venture capital funds, for 30 MW.

US: Interconnection queries raised as solar found to be fastest growing electricity source for utilities

US California Pioneer Schools solar photovoltaic installation

Solar is the fastest growing electricity source for U.S. utilities, says the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA). While positive, the trend raises questions as to how the country’s distribution grid will manage this growth....

Brazil approves new solar legislation

Brazil’s board of the National Agency of Electrical Energy (ANEEL) has approved two new pieces of solar legislation aimed at improving the country’s domestic industry.

India: 200 MW PV park inaugurated; 600 MW commissioned

Gujarat Solar Park

At the inauguration of the Charanka solar park in India, photovoltaic projects worth 604.89 megawatts (MW) were handed commissioning certificates by Gujarat’s Chief Minister, Narendra Modi. In related news, 50 MW of photovoltaic...

Germany: Gehrlicher begins construction on 35 MW PV park

Perleberg Airport Gehrlicher solar photovoltaic park

Gehrlicher Solar AG has begun construction work on its 35 megawatt (MW) Perleberg Airport photovoltaic park project in Brandenburg, Germany.

Georgia PV project targets 1.5 GW of PV projects

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A new joint venture, Georgia PV Project, is targeting over 1.5 gigawatts (GW) worth of photovoltaic installations across the world. It will also set up a module production facility in Georgia.

Survive the solar shakeout and reap substantial rewards

General solar photovoltaic panels

Reports of the imminent demise of the solar industry have been highly exaggerated, according to research released this week by New York City-based McKinsey & Company, Inc. While it states that the "rules of the game are changing"...

Quanta Power awarded 70 MW EPC contract by GCL Solar

Jim O'Neil, Quantas Services

Quanta Power Generation, Inc., a subsidiary of Quanta Services, Inc., has won two contracts from GCL Solar Energy, Inc. under which it will provide EPC services for two U.S. photovoltaic plants worth 70 megawatts (MW).

Bechtel to build 110 MW PV project in California

California Solar Valley Ranch project site plan

Bechtel has been awarded an EPC contract to undertake the 110 megawatt (MW) Catalina Solar Photovoltaic Generating Project by enXco. The company will also build the necessary transmission line.

Ethiopia to get its first PV assembly plant

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ethiopia is to have its first ever photovoltaic module assembly plant after two global solar firms struck a deal with a local company to set the facility up.

Operations begin on 25 MW PV plant in India

Narendra Modi

SunEdison has completed a 25 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic plant in Gujarat, India. It is scheduled to be inaugurated tomorrow, April 19. In related news, Waaree Energies Pvt. Ltd has grid-connected a five MW plant in Rajasthan.

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