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Factory delays spurring higher cell efficiencies, finds NPD Solarbuzz

NPD Solarbuzz chart.

Solar PV manufacturers are stepping up R&D efforts to achieve greater efficiencies, with industry standard modules set to reach 275 W within a year, research finds.

12. January 2011 | | Comment now

Trina and GCL-Poly sign long-term supply agreement

GCL-Poly polysilicon manufacturing facility

Trina Solar subsidiary, Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co., has signed a supplemental long-term wafer and polysilicon product supply agreement with GCL (Changzhou) Solar Energy Technology Company Limited.

11. January 2011 | | Comment now

Xunlight modules eligible in European market

Xunlight can now sell its flexible modules in Europe. Image: Xunlight

Ohio based Xunlight Corporation became part of the small group of flexible solar module manufacturers eligible to sell into the European market after attaining the required certifications.

11. January 2011 | | Comment now

LDK Solar raises outlook

LDK Solar's outlook prediction exceeds analysts' expectated numbers. Image: Katrina Tuliao

LDK Solar provided an updated outlook for its fourth quarter 2010 and fiscal year 2011, estimating revenues well above analysts' estimates on wafer and module shipments outlook.

TSMC and Centrosolar sign deal

TSMC has chosen Centrosolar as its exclusive European manufacturer of crystalline solar modules. Image: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Germany's Centrosolar have signed a solar module manufacturing agreement as part of TSMC's efforts for diversification.

US PV system integrators gain global foothold

First Solar 2.2 MW Marche, Spain PV Plant

New research states that, for the first time, three of the ten largest global photovoltaics (PV) system integrators in 2010 were U.S.-based.

SunPower signs 711 MWs worth of PPA contracts

Picture of SunPower's Oasis power plants

SunPower Corp. has signed three power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Southern California Edison (SCE) for the delivery of 711 megawatts (MWs) AC of solar power.

10. January 2011 | | Comment now

Tenesol achieves certification for PV system operation

Tenesol PV plant

French company Tenesol has achieved IS0 9001 certification for the operation and installation of photovoltaics (PV) power plants. This, says the company, is a first for France.

Conergy expands PV production capacities

CVonergy PV module manufacturing process

Due to high demand for its photovoltaics (PV) products, Conergy has announced two large capacity expansions. The company adds that it expects further growth this year, and beyond, especially in markets outside Germany.

China: CNPV inaugurates 7 MW PV project

The inauguration ceremony

CNPV Solar Power SA has announced the inauguration and hand-over of Shandong Province’s largest utility scale photovoltaics (PV) power project.

10. January 2011 | | Comment now

China Sunergy to supply modules to Nanjing South Railway solar project

Nanjing skyline, China

China Sunergy Co., Ltd., has entered into a supply contract with CEEG (Nanjing) Solar Energy Research Institute.

Europe: Suntech delivers 1 GW of PV panels in 2010

Suntech PV module manufacturing facility in Wuxi, China

China-based Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. has announced it shipped a "record-breaking" one gigawatt of photovoltaic (PV) panels to European customers in 2010.

07. January 2011 | | Comment now

First Solar acquires US tracker company

First Solar German manufacturing facility

First Solar has acquired tracking technology and photovoltaic balance-of-systems firm RayTracker, Inc., for an undisclosed financial sum.

Germany: 7.4 MW rooftop solar system completed

juwi and PV julist's 7.4 MW solar rooftop installation in Germany

German companies PV julist and juwi have announced the completion of what they say is the largest rooftop solar system in Germany, and the third biggest worldwide.

AQT Solar selects site of second CIGS facility

United States Senator Lindsey Graham

AQT Solar, has chosen Richland County, South Carolina as the site of its second CIGS thin film solar cell manufacturing facility. There are plans to create 1,000 jobs and expand annual production capacity to one gigawatt (GW).

PV module capacity growing faster than demand

Alamosa PV plant in Colorado

Despite predictions that photovoltaics (PV) installation growth will slow from over 100 percent in 2010 to less than 20 percent this year, IMS Research says module capacity is expected to continue increasing.

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