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China targets 70 GW of solar by 2017

China has announced plans to triple its installed solar capacity to 70 GW by 2017.

The country has announced plans to triple solar capacity within three years. Renewables ambitions also include a 150 GW target for wind power by 2017.


Canada: Silfab SpA to open 180 MW solar module plant in Ontario; launches OEM partnership

Silfab Ontario Inc.'s Ontario HQ in Canada

Italy-based Silfab SpA has said it is to open a 180 megawatt (MW) solar module manufacturing plant in Ontario, Canada. CAD$15 million has been invested into the first phase of development.


Italy: Martifer Solar to install 3 MWp turnkey PV project near Milan

Martifer Solar PV power plant

Martifer Solar says it is to install a three-megawatt peak (MWp) solar power turnkey project, composed of three ground-mounted photovoltaics (PV) plants, in Italy’s Lombardy region, located near Milan. When completed, says the...


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Centrosolar establishes UK subsidiary

UK roof with solar panels

Following the introduction of attractive feed-in tariffs in April, Germany-based Centrosolar has opened up a subsidiary in the U.K. According to the company, Centrosolar UK Ltd. will be in a position to respond to increased...


Frauenhofer’s megawatt laboratory for PV inverters begins operation

View into the new megawatt laboratory at Fraunhofer ISE for testing inverters in the power range up to 1 MW

The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany has announced that operations have begun at its megawatt laboratory for photovoltaics (PV) inverters.


US: plans to add 22 MW of utility-scale solar in New Mexico approved

Pat Vincent-Collawn, PNM Resources president and CEO

Plans to add 22 megawatts (MW) of utility-scale solar power in New Mexico, the U.S. by electric utility company PNM Resources, have been approved by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. Set to be installed across various...


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Amtech subsidiary nets USD$37 million in new solar orders

Company signage for Tempress Systems, Inc.

Tempress Systems, Inc., solar subsidiary of Amtech Systems, Inc. based in the Netherlands, has announced it has received around USD$37 million in new solar orders for its diffusion processing systems, from several new and...


Conergy plans 20 large projects in Greece

Conergy plans solar parks

Conergy has concluded the largest framework agreement in Greek solar energy history with investment from a major Greek investor. The plans are set to take off from 2011 onwards.


Sanyo first to sign PV cycle participation contract

Sanyo recycling with PV CYCLE

Sanyo Component Europe has announced that it is the first manufacturer to sign a binding participation agreement with PV CYCLE, an organization aimed to establish a structure for recycling of PV modules.


Insolvency proceedings against Signet Solar open

Signet Solar

The Saxonian company is already in talks with potential investors. For the time being, production at the Signet Solar facility keeps running. Dismissals are not in the plans at the moment.


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IBC Solar opens Czech subsidiary in Prague

Gerhard Travnicek

IBC Solar has opened an official Czech Republic subsidiary, IBC Solar s.r.o., in Prague today. The subsidiary will be managed by Gerhard Travnicek, and will take over the activities of the company’s Prague branch office.


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Conergy says it is “world’s first” solar company to offer output insurance

Conergy PV installation

Germany-based Conergy has announced it is the “world’s first” solar company to offer Europe-wide output insurance, which is designed to provide customers with, among other things, ten-year protection against output decreases...


Italy: 4 PV installations completed

A view of Sirmione, northern Italy

Canadian Solar and Blue-Tech Srl have announced the completion of four photovoltaics (PV) projects in Northern Italy.


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LDK Solar files suit against Canadian Solar over contract dispute

LDK Solar's solar wafers

Chinese solar wafer maker LDK Solar Co Ltd has said it has filed a lawsuit against solar module maker Canadian Solar Inc, demanding compensation in connection with the termination of a supply contract.


Sharp expands PV business

Peter Thiele

Sharp is expanding its European photovoltaics (PV) production after announcing that PV is one of the company’s “core” business fields. It added that turnover in the solar segment has increased by 65.7 percent to €533 million in...


Phoenix Solar AG to build 2.2 MW solar park in Slovakia

Aerial view of Bratislava, Slovakia

Phoenix Solar AG is set to build a 2.2 megawatt (MW) Slovakian solar park following an agreement with green energy slovakia, s.r.o. This, says the company, will be its first project as general contractor in the country.


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