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EU SmartFlex production line to make custom solar facades

Located in Lithuania, the new 50 MW capacity factory will manufacture individually designed solar facades on an industrial scale as part of an EU project.

Report: Global PV installations reach 7.3 gigawatts in 2009; PV market volume more than USD$37 billion

BTU International PV panels

Global sales of photovoltaic (PV) panels reached USD$37.2 billion last year, said the European Photonics Industry Consortium’s (EPIC) Report on Photovoltaics: PV Market Overview 2009. During the same period, PV electrical...

Asia-Pacific PV markets forecast to grow 85 percent this year

PV panels on a rooftop in Japan, Osaka

Asia-Pacific photovoltaics (PV) markets are poised to make a significant contribution to global PV market growth this year, according to the Solarbuzz Asia and Pacific Major PV Markets 2010 report, following improvements in the...

Power decreases in crystalline silicon solar modules as temperatures rise, studies show

Crowd shot at Intersolar North America 2009

The performance of crystalline silicon – widely considered a reliable solar module construction – declines amid rising temperatures of rooftop modules, according to studies performed by TÜV Rheinland PTL, LLC.  

U.S.: Idaho Power signs first large solar energy agreement

The Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho

Idaho Power Co., based in the U.S. has entered into a 20-year agreement with Grand View Solar PV One to develop a 20 megawatt (MW) solar project. Assuming the application for development is approved, construction is scheduled to...

Alanod-Solar unveils new USD$25 million production facility

New Alanod solar facility

Alanod-Solar has unveiled its new lacquering facility in Ennepetal, Germany. The new facility represents a total investment of USD$25 million and increases the company’s annual capacity by nearly ten million additional square...

Germany's parliament approves solar cut compromise

Germany's upper house of parliament has agreed to a compromise proposal to reduce the cuts for solar power incentives. The law can now enter into force.

Air Products to build 1.5 MW solar farm at its headquarters

Air Products HQ

U.S.-based Air Products is to build a 1.5 megawatt (MW), 12-acre solar farm at its corporate headquarters in Allentown, Pa. Construction is scheduled to begin this autumn and should be completed by next spring.

Solar Semiconductor and Conex Energy to develop over 300 MW of solar opportunities

Solar Semiconductor, Inc. and Conex Energy, Inc. have announced the agreement to develop over 300 megawatts (MW) of solar opportunities at various locations in California, the U.S. and Ontario, Canada.

Project at Furman University, U.S. to quadruple solar energy output on campus

Furman University's Hartness Welcome Center, Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

A new installation of solar panels at Furman University in the U.S. is expected to quadruple the solar energy output on campus.

Silexsolar to increase PV panel production capacity to 20 MW

Silexsolar PV panels

Silexsolar Pty Ltd is to expand its photovoltaics (PV) panel production capacity at its Sydney Olympic Park (SOP) manufacturing facility in Australia by seven megawatts (MW), in response to strong demand for its panels from the...

SMUD signs multiple PPAs with Recurrent Energy for 60 MW of solar power

SMUD PV panel

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has signed multiple 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Recurrent Energy for 60 megawatts (MW) of solar power to be developed in the southern portion of Sacramento...

Suniva increases manufacturing capacity to 170 MW

The company has expanded its operations. Image: Suniva.

Suniva, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of monocrystalline silicon solar cells and modules, has announced it has expanded its manufacturing capacity to 170 megawatts (MW) from 96 MW by adding a third cell line at its metro-Atlanta...

U.S.: Construction to get underway on California’s largest school solar project

Rosendin Electric company building

Construction on the largest school solar project in California, the U.S. is about to get underway. Rosendin Electric has announced that the USD$50 million, 9.4 megawatt (MW) installation, which spans ten schools, will be...

Yingli announces initial production of 400 MW capacity expansions

Liansheng Miao

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has announced the initial production of its latest 400 megawatt (MW) capacity expansions.

Solargiga acquires 51 percent interest in Qinghai Chenguang; intends to ramp up production

Solargiga production facilities

Solargiga Energy Holdings Limited has said it intends to acquire 51 percent interest in Qinghai Chenguang New Energy Co., Ltd under a new cooperation agreement with the Xining Economic & Technology Development Zone Administration...

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