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pv magazine weekly news roundup: Oct 31-Nov 7

Project Salvador by SunPower.

A busy week for solar saw SunPower connect the world's largest merchant PV plant in Chile, Brazil unveil its first solar-only federal auction, and German solar ambitions suffer yet another blow.

GCL-Poly and Goldpoly to build 300 MW wafer plant

Quanzhou City, China

GCL-Poly (Suzhou) New Energy Limited and Goldpoly New Energy Holdings Limited will build a 300 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic wafer plant in Quanzhou, China.

Spain: Isofoton and HKSilicon take on €600 million polysilicon project

Satellite image of Spain

Following negotiations, Spain-based Isofoton and Hong Kong company HKSilicon are to build what they say is one of the world’s biggest polysilicon factories.

APVA reports on Australian solar industry's record-breaking year

Solar panels in Australia

The Australian Photovoltaic Association’s (APVA) report on the state of the market in 2010 has been released, with the country’s record year in numbers matched by progress in research and development.

T-Solar forms partnership to move into Indian PV market

Solar panels installed in India.

Spanish solar power producer and installer T-Solar has announced a partnership with India’s Astonfield Renewables to build five MW solar plant.

2.4 MW solar installation at Pearl Harbor Naval Base

Picture of US Navy Aircraft carrier entering Pearl Harbor.

DRI Energy and Niking Corp. install SolarWorld photovoltaic panels on five key buildings at the historic US Naval Base.

China: Canadian Solar announces second manufacturing facility in Jiangsu Province

Jiangsu province skyline with agricultural fields in foreground.

Canadian Solar announced today that it will build a 600 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic cell production factory in China, only one day after announcing its intention to build a 600 MW wafer manufacturing plant in the country.

Martifer Solar moves into India with 25 MW solar plant

A Martifer Solar ground solar installation in Europe.

Portuguese photovoltaic company Martifer Solar has announced it will work in India for the first time, with local firm Louroux Bio Energies Ltd., to install a solar plant worth 25 megawatts (MW).

Germany’s new EEG draft contains extra solar subsidy cuts

German flag

Next Monday, June 6, the Cabinet of the German federal government is to decide upon an additional cut in photovoltaic feed-in tariffs of six percent, to be introduced as of March 1, 2012.

Saudi Arabia: 500 kW solar plant to come online soon

Beach on Farasan island with lapping waves and small boat.

The Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) and Showa Shell Sekiyu have signed an agreement on the operation of a solar power plant on Farasan Island in the Red Sea off Saudi Arabia. The project sets the stage for future development of...

Israel: 630 kW rooftop solar project completed

Conergy Greece solar photovoltaic installation rooftop 630kW Israel

Conergy Greece has completed a 630 kilowatt peak rooftop solar installation in Israel. It is said to be one of the country’s largest.

Q-Cells hits 19.5 percent solar cell efficiency

Q-Cells photovoltaic company corporate branding

Q-Cells SE has achieved a polycrystalline solar cell efficiency of 19.5 percent. The results have been confirmed by the Fraunhofer ISE Institute for Solar Energy Systems, based in Freiburg, Germany.

Germany’s PV future discussed

Conergy photovoltaic park, Germany

Leading photovoltaic managers met at the 2nd German Solarforum, held in Berlin on Monday May 31, to discuss the future of Germany’s solar industry.

Roofs for rays, Toronto schools sign onto 66 MW solar scheme

Solar installation in Toronto under construction.

Hundreds of schools will get a makeover ‘up top’ as solar panels pay for roof repairs in an agreement between the Toronto schools and AMP Solar Limited Partnership.

Siemens to install 3 MW PV system in New Jersey

New Jersey road sign

Siemens Energy, Inc. is to provide engineering, procurement and construction services on a three megawatt ground-mounted photovoltaic power plant in New Jersey, the U.S.

Germany: 8.3 MW PV power plant opens

A picture of Germany's largest photovoltaic power plant.

An 8.3 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power generation installation, which was connected to the grid in October 2010, was opened in a ceremony on Friday May 27.

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