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Sunways prepares for liquidation

Konstanz-based Sunways took another step towards liquidation by starting proceedings to de-list its shares from the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Proceedings have started to de-list the company's stock from its main Frankfurt exchange. The company also announced its chairman of the management board has resigned.


France needs more solar subsidies cuts, government study says

Richard Loyen, head of solar industry group Enerplan

France needs to revise targets for solar energy and further cut subsidies to curb costs to consumers that may balloon to €54 billion euros (USD$70 billion) by 2020, according to Bloomberg, which was quoting a government report.


US: DOE announces USD$8.5 million investment to advance solar energy grid integration systems

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced that the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Sandia National Laboratories is investing USD$8.5 million for four projects, which have reached Stage III of the Solar Energy Grid Integration...


imec reports large-area silicon solar cells with high efficiency

imec’s Cu-plated large-area silicon solar cell with 19.4 percent efficiency

imec has announced it will present several large-area silicon solar cells with a conversion efficiency above 19 percent at this year’s EU PVSEC, currently being held in Valencia, Spain.


08. September 2010 | | Comment now

JA Solar signs 500 MW solar cell supply deal

JA Solar solar cell

JA Solar Holdings Co. Ltd. has signed multiple supply agreements with several customers to provide over 500 megawatts (MW) of mono-crystalline and multi-crystalline solar cells for delivery next year. The financial sum has not...


08. September 2010 | | Comment now

Comtec's solar wafer orders exceed 600 MW for next year, as as company signs new 200 MW agreement

Comtec Solar Systems Group Limited's monocrystalline solar wafers

Comtec Solar Systems Group Limited has said orders for its monocrystalline solar wafers have already exceeded 600 megawatts (MW) for next year. The news came as the company announced it has signed around 200 MW worth of supply...


Masdar PV signs contract to supply 1.5 MWp thin film modules to Indian villages

Masdar PV's HQ in Ichtershausen, Germany

Germany-based Masdar PV has signed a contract with IG Solar PVT Ltd to supply 1.5 megawatts peak (MWp) of silicon-based thin film photovoltaics (PV) modules. Under the contract, the company has said its modules will be used on...


juwi connects Bulgaria’s largest PV park to the grid

juwi Solar's Drachevo PV park in Bulgaria

juwi Solar has announced its 3.6 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) project, located in the Bulgarian town of Drachevo has been connected to the grid. According to the company, it is the country’s largest PV park.


07. September 2010 | | Comment now

Meier Solar Solutions finds new investor 2 days after opening insolvency proceedings

General Meier Solar Solutions branded image

Having opened insolvency proceedings just two days ago, Germany-based Meier Solar Solutions has already found a new investor.


“Record breaking”: Oerlikon Solar drives down thin film production costs to €0.50; reports highest lab cell efficiency

Inside Oerlikon Solar's factory

Swiss company, Oerlikon Solar, has launched a new production line 'ThinFab' for the manufacturing of thin film silicon modules at the EU PVSEC, which is says will achieve "record breaking" production costs of €0.50 per Watt peak...


EPIA launches European Photovoltaic Observatory

Ingmar Wilhelm

The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has launched a European Photovoltaic Observatory at this year’s EU PVSEC, designed to identify “beneficial conditions” for market development and best practices for...


Japan: Solar Frontier to supply CIS panels to Miyazaki Solar Way project

A conceptual drawing of the Miyazaki Solar Way Tsuno No. 2 Power Plant

Solar Frontier K.K. has announced it will supply around one megawatt (MW) of CIS thin film solar cell modules to Miyazaki Solar Way Co., Ltd.’s ‘Tsuno No. 2 Power Plant’. Operations at the plant are expected to begin next year,...


EU PVSEC is focussed on the future

Photo from outside the Feria Valencia fairground in Valencia, Spain

Having opened its doors to the public yesterday in Valencia, Spain, it seems the 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition / 5th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (25th EU PVSEC / WCPEC-5)...


World’s first flexible CIGS modules receive UL certification

Solopower CIGS modules on a rooftop

In what has been described as a “watershed breakthrough” for the photovoltaics (PV) industry, U.S.-based SoloPower has said its flexible copper indium gallium (di) selenide (CIGS) modules are the first of their kind to receive...


07. September 2010 | | Comment now

Yingli signs 7.9 MW PV module sales agreement with Cegelec

Mr. Liansheng Miao

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has signed a 7.9 megawatt (MW) photovoltaics (PV) module sales agreement with France-based system integrator Cegelec.


Research: EU leading the way in newly installed PV modules

Shiny PV panels with clouds and sky reflected in them

A new study has stated that Europe is leading the way in terms of photovoltaics (PV) installations. The JRC's Institute for Energy (IE), which published its ninth Annual Photovoltaics Status Report today, has said that out of the...


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