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JinkoSolar to build cell and module facility in Malaysia

A solar park from JinkoSolar

Chinese solar manufacturer JinkoSolar will add 500 MW of solar cell and 450 MW of module manufacturing capacity in Penang, Malaysia. Jinko has signed a lease for factory space and will invest US$100 million in new tooling.

India: PV deadlines might not be met

The majority of on-going solar power projects in India will not meet policy deadlines, according to a new research undertaken by Bridge to India.

US Congress ‘Pulls the Plug’ on Section 1603 Treasury Program

The U.S. Congress took an annual winter recess last week without extending the funding for the Section 1603 Treasury Program beyond its statutorily-mandated expiration date of December 31.

China launches large battery energy storage station

BYD and the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) have developed a battery energy storage station that they claim as the world's largest possibly.

India: NVVN to sign PPAs with 22 companies

NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) is expecting to sign power purchase agreements (PPAs) with 22 companies by the end of this month to develop 350 MW of grid connected PV power.

Fernando de Noronha goes solar

The Brazilian archipelago Fernando de Noronha, with a population slightly over 3,000, will be powered by PV technology this year thanks to a new partnership between Grupo Neoenergia and utility company Companhia Energética de...

California water facilities reduce operating costs via solar

SunPower Corp. has announced the completion of four solar power systems, totaling 3.8 MW at public water agencies and water treatment facilities in California. The systems aim to reduce costs and relieve strained public budgets.

NREL and Natcore to develop black silicon products

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has entered a patent license agreement with Natcore Technology Inc. to develop a line of black silicon products that can help to increase solar PV cell efficiency.

LDK Group's capital increase and takeover offer

German company Sunways AG has decided to increase its company's share capital and only LDK Solar Germany Holding GmbH has been entitled to subscribe for these new shares.

Sun-Believable: Research on paint-on solar cells

The next coat of paint on the exterior of our houses may just generate electricity from the sun. University of Notre Dame's researchers have taken a leap towards this vision by creating 'solar paint'.

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JA Solar and Solarhybrid enter into module supply agreement

JA Solar has entered into an agreement with Solarhybrid to supply 19 megawatts of solar modules for Solarhybrid's Allstedt I solar power plant in Halle, Germany.

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Western Wind secures cash grant before year-end

Western Wind Energy Corp. announced today that it has signed a module supply agreement (MSA) with a leading PV panel supplier for its Yabucoa Project in Puerto Rico.

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Germany: Solar power output increases by 60 percent in 2011

The German Solar Industry Association (BSW) has announced that German solar power producers have increased electricity output this year by 60 percent over 2010 to 18 billion kWh. This is more than three percent of total power...

Malaysia: Release of FIT quotas and further regulations for PV

The Sustainable Energy Development Authority Malaysia (SEDA) has re-evaluated its quotas and will re-open its e-FIT online system tomorrow after the system's review maintenance since 27 December 2011.

Australia: new AC-module plant opens

A PV fab.

Only one month after the country's only photovoltaic module manufacturer suspended production, a new 60 megawatt (MW) module assembly plant has opened in the city of Adelaide, South Australia. The fab will produce around 300,000...

New entrant to push manufacturers

The Suntech manufacturing facility in China.

While the economic environment of falling prices and oversupply is pushing many photovoltaic manufacturers to the brink, a new major entrant to the market could present a whole new set of challenges to incumbent manufacturers.

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