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S4 Solar to build 100 MW module assembly plant in Brazil

Goiania, Goias, Brazil

S4 Solar do Brasil, which is making its debut at Intersolar South America this month, is constructing a 100 MW module plant in Brazil to focus on the domestic market.

Environmental permitting approved on 230 MW solar ranch

Antelope Velley, California

First Solar’s 230 megawatt (MW) AV Solar Ranch One project has received final and non-appealable environmental permitting. Construction is scheduled to begin this year, with project completion expected by the end of 2013.

US solar market shows increased M&A activity

2 MW PV installation at Denver International Airport

According to a new report, the U.S. greentech mergers and acquisitions (M&A) landscape posted a record year in 2010, with the solar sector displaying increased activity.

SMA posts record 2010 sales

SMA sunny boy inverter manufacturing process

SMA Solar Technology AG has announced it expects record sales of between €1.7 to €1.9 billion for 2010. Looking forward, the German inverter company says it hopes to achieve sales of €1.5 to €1.9 billion this year.

BIPV to compensate for PV panel commoditization

Suntech HQ in Wuxi, China with worl's largest PV facade

A new report states that the photovoltaics (PV) industry is at a crossroads, with a growing realization that PV panels are becoming commoditized. But, it believes building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) could provide a strategic...

Germany: Masdar and Beck complete 6 MW solar park

Berlin, Germany

German companies Masdar PV and Beck Energy GmbH have completed construction on a six megawatt solar park, located in Luckenwalde, 50 km south of Berlin.

France releases PV initiative aimed at fighting Chinese competition

French flag flying before a building

The French Government is looking to motivate its national photovoltaics (PV) industry through the introduction of a new R&D program, which is aimed at reducing China’s grip on the global PV market.

Silfab's hopes of reaching 22 percent cell efficiency

Franco Traverso

Silfab’s president and CEO tells pv magazine about the Italian company’s plans to hit 22 percent efficiency for its monocrystalline solar cells. He also outlines its competitive strategy for the coming year.

14. January 2011 | | Comment now

BP Solar transfers off-grid activities to Phaesun

BP Solar signage

French BP Solar subsidiary, Apex-BP Solar, is to transfer to Phaesun GmbH under a new agreement reached between BP Solar and the German company.

Germany: IBC Solar connects solar park to grid

IBC Solar's 13 MW solar park in Bavaria, Germany

IBC Solar has connected a 13.8 megawatt peak (MWp) solar park to the grid in Germany.

SoloPower to build 300 MW thin film facility

SoloPower HQ in US

SoloPower, Inc. is to establish a 300 (MW) thin film solar panel manufacturing facility in Wilsonville, Oregon, the U.S. Around 500 new jobs are expected to be created.

Martifer Solar to install up to 13 MWs of PV in Italy

Martifer Solar Italian PV installation

Martifer Solar is to install up to 13 megawatts of photovoltaic (PV) plants in Italy’s Piedmont region.

Singulus secures €30 million supply contract

Singulus Technologies HQ building in Germany

Germany-based Singulus Technologies AG has secured an over €30 million contract for five selenization systems for CIS thin film solar cells.

13. January 2011 | | Comment now

REC sells Swedish assets to Perfekta Solar

REC module production plant in Glava, Sweden

Having discontinued production at its module plant in Glava, Sweden, REC has sold the facility’s assets to Perfekta Solar AB.

DEK Solar opens Chinese manufacturing plant

DEK Solar's PV1200 platform, a full metallization solution for solar cell production

DEK Solar has opened a new solar cell manufacturing facility in China.

S.A.G. Solarstrom installs 67 MWp in 2010

S.A.G Solarstrom PV project in Dehne, Germany

S.A.G Solarstrom AG installed around 67 megawatts peak (MWp) of photovolatics in Germany and abroad in 2010. The company anticipates sales of €260 to €280 million this year.

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