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REC Group inks exclusive residential supply deal with Tucson Electric

REC TwinPeak Series panel

The Norwegian company has signed its first major contract for its new panel line with the Arizona utility, which will use the modules exclusively for its new residential solar leasing program.

SDUSD’s 5 MW PV project prepares for ground breaking

photovoltaic installation rooftop Clairmont high school mock up

The San Diego Unified School District and Amsolar Corporation will break ground on their five megawatt (MW) photovoltaic project tomorrow, Wednesday June 8.

Germany: Unscheduled cuts to solar FIT scheme dropped

A picture of the German federal parliament, the Reichstag, on a cloudy day.

Additional cuts to photovoltaic feed-in tariffs (FIT), which were to come into effect as of March 2012, have been struck from the draft of amendments to the Renewable Energy Act (EEG), according to media reports. The German...

Italy: 9Ren grid connects 16 PV plants

9Ren solar photovoltaic plant in Italy

Spanish company 9Ren has connected 16 photovoltaic plants worth a total of 25 megawatts (MW) to Italy’s grid over the past two weeks.

Tenesol completes 100 kW rooftop system on Sicilian organic farm

Solar panels on Italian organic farm at sunset.

International photovoltaic manufacturer and installer Tenesol has completed a rooftop solar power system on an organic farm using 432 modules manufactured in France, which is its first turnkey photovoltaic project in Italy.

GCL-Poly and Goldpoly to build 300 MW wafer plant

Quanzhou City, China

GCL-Poly (Suzhou) New Energy Limited and Goldpoly New Energy Holdings Limited will build a 300 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic wafer plant in Quanzhou, China.

Spain: Isofoton and HKSilicon take on €600 million polysilicon project

Satellite image of Spain

Following negotiations, Spain-based Isofoton and Hong Kong company HKSilicon are to build what they say is one of the world’s biggest polysilicon factories.

APVA reports on Australian solar industry's record-breaking year

Solar panels in Australia

The Australian Photovoltaic Association’s (APVA) report on the state of the market in 2010 has been released, with the country’s record year in numbers matched by progress in research and development.

Australia: FIT changes may lead to dangerous installations

Sydney skyline as viewed across the harbor.

Consumer protection body enters the debate over safety of solar panel installations in the Australian state of New South Wales.

T-Solar forms partnership to move into Indian PV market

Solar panels installed in India.

Spanish solar power producer and installer T-Solar has announced a partnership with India’s Astonfield Renewables to build five MW solar plant.

2.4 MW solar installation at Pearl Harbor Naval Base

Picture of US Navy Aircraft carrier entering Pearl Harbor.

DRI Energy and Niking Corp. install SolarWorld photovoltaic panels on five key buildings at the historic US Naval Base.

German PV manufacturers look to Asian markets

Manufacturing process in China for photovoltaic modules.

Photovoltaic industry forecasts have indicated that German manufacturers must look to markets outside of Europe for future growth as industry data suggests a strong Asian focus.

China: Canadian Solar announces second manufacturing facility in Jiangsu Province

Jiangsu province skyline with agricultural fields in foreground.

Canadian Solar announced today that it will build a 600 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic cell production factory in China, only one day after announcing its intention to build a 600 MW wafer manufacturing plant in the country.

Martifer Solar moves into India with 25 MW solar plant

A Martifer Solar ground solar installation in Europe.

Portuguese photovoltaic company Martifer Solar has announced it will work in India for the first time, with local firm Louroux Bio Energies Ltd., to install a solar plant worth 25 megawatts (MW).

Germany’s new EEG draft contains extra solar subsidy cuts

German flag

Next Monday, June 6, the Cabinet of the German federal government is to decide upon an additional cut in photovoltaic feed-in tariffs of six percent, to be introduced as of March 1, 2012.

Saudi Arabia: 500 kW solar plant to come online soon

Beach on Farasan island with lapping waves and small boat.

The Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) and Showa Shell Sekiyu have signed an agreement on the operation of a solar power plant on Farasan Island in the Red Sea off Saudi Arabia. The project sets the stage for future development of...

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