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DuPont lawsuit accuses SunEdison of patent infringement

DuPont solar PV metallization cell

The U.S. chemical company claims SunEdison's cells and modules use a specific type of metallization paste that infringes its patented tellurium paste technology.

Meyer Burger secures large wire saw order

Meyer Burger Technology Ltd slurry based wire saw

Meyer Burger Technology Ltd has signed a supply contract worth CHF 160 million (around USD$169 million; €123 million) with an unnamed, existing customer in Asia.

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Petra Solar opens solar and smart grid control center

Petra Solar's new NOC center and display showroom

Petra Solar has opened what it says is the first Network Operations Center (NOC) in the world. The new command center will allow the company to remotely monitor and control its solar and Smart Grid assets.

Sulfurcell aims for 14 percent thin film efficiency

Close up of Sulfurcell's CIGSe thin film modules

Sulfurcell is hoping to achieve 14 percent efficiency for its thin film photovoltaics modules after securing €18.8 million in equity funding.

Germany looking to capture PV recycling market

View of Frankfurt (Oder) from Oderbruecke

Two towns in Germany have joined forces to encourage photovoltaics (PV) recycling firms to set up shop in their area, after identifying a gap in the market.

Abound Solar receives MCS certification

Close up of Abound Solar's PV thin film modules in cardboard box

U.S. thin film manufacturer, Abound Solar, has received MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) certification for its AB1-series of photovoltaic modules.

Tenesol completes 6.9 MW French farming PV project

One of the farm buildings Tenesol installed rooftop PV on

Tenesol, in cooperation with farming association Sicaseli, has completed a €34 million rooftop photovoltaics (PV) project in France.

30 MW Cimarron solar facility begins commercial operations

New Mexico road sign

A 30 megawatt (MW) photovoltaics (PV) facility, constructed by First Solar, has begun commercial operations in New Mexico, the U.S.

Sun Materials to build 5 silicon plants following acquisition

Polysilicon crystalline

Hong Kong-based Mascotte Holdings Limited is to acquire a 50.1 percent stake of Taiwanese polycrystalline silicon manufacturer Sun Materials for USD$150 million (around HK$1.17 billion).

PV inverter market to reach US$8.5 billion in 2014

The PV inverter market is set to grow. Image: Power One

According to IMS Research, the global PV inverter market is expected grow at compound annual rates of nearly 25 percent. IMS also adds that seven million inverters are expected to be sold in 2014 compared to less than one million...

Ontario ranks high for PV

Ontario ranks at number two in North America. Image: BBDO North America

Ontario has moved ahead of New Jersey to take second place in North American solar photovoltaic (PV) rankings for 2010. The first place is still held by California, but the current rate of growth in Ontario could rival the sunny...

Kyocera expands in Czech Republic and China

Kyocera aims to meet its target of one gigawatt by financial year 2013 through its expansions. Image: Kyocera

Kyocera is increasing its solar module production capacity with the start of its second plant in Kadan, Czech Republic and the completion of an expanded assembly plant in Tianjin, China. Kyocera aims to meet its target of one...

Greece grants license for CSP tower

Crete will be the site of the apparently largest CSP plant in Europe. Image: Wikipedia/Lapplaender

A 38 megawatts solar electricity license has been granted by the Greek regulatory agency to Nur-MOH SA for the construction of the reportedly largest concentrated solar power tower installation in Europe on the island of Crete.

Toshiba to build solar plant in Bulgaria

Toshiba, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan plans to build a large solar power plant in Bulgaria. Image:Wikipedia/Josef Thiel

Toshiba and Tokyo Electric Power will be teaming up with the Japanese government to construct one of the largest solar power stations in the world in Bulgaria according to reports.

Uganda launches FITs

Uganda introduces feed-in tariffs. Image: Wikipedia/Andrew Regan

Without any big pompous announcement, Uganda has announced a feed-in tariff scheme for its country's renewable energy.

Innotech buys a third of REC solar facility

Innotech Solar has purchased a third of the shares of REC's Glava solar module production facility.

Innotech has bought approximately a third of the shares of the Renewable Energy Corporation's (REC) solar module manufacturing at Glava, Sweden. The facility has a capacity of 150 megawatts per year.

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