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EU PVSEC: imec calls for greater focus on PV systems

EU PVSEC 2014 panel

Belgian PV and battery research group imec called for PV researchers to renew their focus on optimizing PV systems as the first full day of the EU PVSEC conference and trade show drew to a close on Tuesday in Amsterdam.

Suntech to install 10 MW Tibetan solar system

Mount Everest view

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. will develop a 10 megawatt (MW) solar installation in Tibet. When completed, it will reportedly be one of the highest positioned systems in the world, at 4,000 meters above sea level.

Germany: Government approves solar cuts

German Bundesrat

The German Federal Government has approved an early reduction of its solar subsidies.

UK outlines plans to lower FITs; industry outraged

UK PV test installation

The UK Government has announced its plans to cut PV feed-in tariffs (FITs). Under the proposals, support for all new and standalone installations over 50 kilowatts (kW) will be reduced. The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has...

Importance of PV module quality to increase

Berlin, Germany skyline

PV module quality, materials, production and market issues are set to be the themes of an upcoming workshop in Germany. A key discussion point will be the integration of quality measures into production lines.

2010 PV market growth strong

Conergy solar park Parabita

Newly installed global PV capacity reached 18.2 gigawatts (GW) in 2010, according to a new report, thus representing annual growth of 139 percent.

First Solar to open Arizonian PV module factory

First Solar Sarnia PV project, Ontario

First Solar, Inc. is to open an over 250 megawatt (MW) PV module manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona. Around $300 million is being invested into the project, while up to 600 jobs are expected to be created.

17. March 2011 | | Comment now

centrotherm expands production area at Blaubeuren HQ

centrotherm's Blaubeuren HQ

centrotherm photovoltaics AG has announced it will expand the production area of its Blaubeuren headquarters in Germany, due to high order volumes.

2 MW school district PV project underway in California

Californian flag

Construction has begun on a two megawatt (MW) PV project in Lodi, California. The systems will be spread across four different school sites.

19 MW Colorado PV park completed

Alomosa County road sign

Xcel Energy and SunPower Corp. have completed a 19 megawatt (MW) PV power plant in Colorado, the U.S. In other news, SunPower is working on a 30 MW project.

2 MW multi-school solar project completed in US

A two megawatt (MW) solar project, which is distributed across 15 Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) sites in the U.S., has been completed.

150 MW Californian CPV project to use locally-produced modules

Jerry Sanders, Mayor of San Diego.

CSOLAR Development, LLC, a renewable energy company managed by U.S.-based Tenaska Solar Ventures, has signed a 25-year contract with San Diego Gas and Electric (SGD&E) to produce 150 megawatts (MW) of solar power in southern...

Canadian Solar and Skypower sign third EPC agreement

Thunder Bay

Canadian Solar Inc. and SkyPower Limited will build a 10.5 megawatt (MW) solar park in Ontario. It is the third engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement between the two companies

Inventux receives RoHS certificate

Inventux Technologies AG HQ building

Inventux Technologies AG has been awarded a RoHS Certificate for its PV modules by TÜV Rheinland.

15. March 2011 | | Comment now

Centrosolar: market outlook positive; competition intensifying

Centrosolar Group AG has exceeded its 2010 financial targets. In addition to seeing further increases in 2011, it expects new opportunities in markets outside of Germany to arise. But, it believes competition is becoming...

France: FIT opinion divided at PV Power Plant conference

Paris at night

A conference in Paris highlighted the fact that opinion over the French Government’s decision to cut the country’s feed-in tariffs (FITs) is divided.

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