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Clean energy investment set to grow following robust third quarter

Glasspoint Solar-PDO project, Oman

The solar sector accounted for 25% of total clean energy venture capital and private equity investment in the third quarter. Notable solar deals included the $110 million secured by Sunnova and GlassPoint Solar, which received...


Despite strong 2010 growth, Phoenix Solar sees 2011 revenues stagnating

Phoenix Solar, Sulzemoos, Deutschland, First Solar

Phoenix Solar announces its most successful financial year to date, with revenues, EBIT and photovoltaic module sales all notably increasing. Despite this positive news, the German company doesn’t expect to see growth in 2011.


Blythe solar project receives US loan guarantee

Construction on the first two out of a total of four parabolic trough power plants has already begun in Blythe, California

The Blythe solar project, which will be the world’s largest when completed, has taken a step closer to closing financing, having been offered a conditional commitment for a U.S. $2.1 billion loan guarantee.


Korea: Construction on 100 MW thin film plant underway

Bird's eye view of CIGS thin film solar module plant in Korea

Construction on the Hyundai-Avancis 100 megawatt Korean thin film solar module plant has begun. Expected to be operational by 2012, KRW 220 billion (around US $200 million) has been invested in the project.


Centrotec expanding into integrated PV roof market

Centrotec HQ building

Centrotec Sustainable AG subsidiary, the Ubbink Group, will obtain a number of assets from Systaic AG. Through the acquisition, Centrotec is looking to expand into the integrated photovoltaic and solar thermal energy roofs market.


Swiss solar association demands more PV energy

Switzerland could achieve a solar electricity share of six percent in the year 2016

Swissolar is demanding immediate removal of the ceiling on feed-in tariffs. It adds that subsidies should be designed based on the German model, in order to achieve a similarly dynamic market and to increase photovoltaic share to...


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PVA TePla receives €20 million Asian order

PVA TePla HQ in Germany

PVA TePla AG has received an order from an unidentified Asian solar manufacturer to the tune of €20 million.


Ontario: SPP and JCM sign 20 MW of solar projects

Ontario flag

Solar Power Partners (SPP) and JCM Capital have signed an agreement with Solar Power Network (SPN) to provide full project financing for up to 20 megawatts (MW) of solar.


SDG&E signs 80 MWs worth of PPAs

San Diego Tijuana JPLLandsat

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has entered into two 25-year solar power purchase agreements for a total of 80 megawatts (MW). Under them, a total of 24 solar projects will be built.


US: CPUC approves PG&E’s 150 MW PPA

The photovoltaic plant will be located in Maricopa County (pictured is a road sign for Maircopa County), near Phoenix

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved Pacific Gas & Electric’s 20-year contract to purchase 150 megawatts (MW) of solar power from Sempra Generation’s Mesquite Solar 1 facility in Arizona, the U.S.


Standardization, policy stability and competing with the 'big boys'

The Thin Film Forum at Adlershof provided a wealth of information on thin-film and analysed the growth of the sector within PV. Image: Solarpraxis AG

The first day of the side event of the 3rd Thin Film Week, Solarpraxis’s Thin-Film Industry Forum started off rainy in Adlershof, but full of buzz. The packed hall at the Wista Management convention center in the Southeast of...


Gran Canaria’s largest solar rooftop system completed

Conergy 1.75 megawatt solar photovoltaic rooftop installation, Gran Canaria

Conergy has just completed a 1.75 megawatt rooftop solar system on Gran Canaria. It is said to be the largest of its kind on the Canary Islands.


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Netherlands Queen visits Solarwatt

Queen of the Netherlands, Beatrix. Image: Wikipedia/.Koen.

Queen of the Netherlands, Beatrix, is today visiting Solarwatt AG in Dresden, Germany. She is accompanied by her son Prince William-Alexander and his wife, Princess Maxima.


Bruce Sohn to leave First Solar

Bruce Sohn. Image: First Solar.

First Solar, Inc. President of Operations, Bruce Sohn, will be leaving the company, effective April 30, 2011. According to Rob Gillette, CEO, it is a "natural time for him" to pursue other opportunities. He will not be replaced.


US Foodservice sees 1.18 MW PV system completed

SPG Solar 1.18 MW photovoltaic solar system for US Foodservice

SPG Solar has completed construction on a 1.18 megawatt photovoltaic installation for U.S. Foodservice-San Francisco. It is said to be the largest rooftop and carport solar power system in Northern California.


Phoenix Solar to build 12 MW French PV park

France's Le Castellet region

Phoenix Solar AG has signed an agreement to construct a 12 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic system in France. When completed, it will be the company’s biggest project to date outside of its home country, Germany.


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