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Greece is China's gateway to Europe

Chinese premier Li Keqiang.

Chinese premier Li Keqiang's three-day visit to Athens coincided with trade agreements that could be worth up to $8.8bn for Greece's beleaguered economy. Investments in Piraeus port and the Greek railway network could be followed...

Thai solar FITs discussed

Bangkok, Thailand

Since the introduction of its small power program in 2006, Thailand has signed contracts to develop 4,300 megawatts (MWs) of renewable generation. Nearly half of the contracts - 1,800 MWs - are for solar energy.

German solar association willing to accept further FIT cuts, but rejects market cap

Conergy PV installation in Germany

The increase in photovoltaics (PV) installations in Germany turned out to be greater than expected by both analysts and the industry this year. If growth continues at the present level, then the German Solar Industry Association...

SunPower signs loan agreements to complete 72 MW Italian solar park

Montalto di Castro solar park in Italy

SunPower Corp. has signed loan agreements worth €195.2 million in order to finance the final two phases - totalling 44 megawatts (MWs) - of its Montalto di Castro solar park, thus bringing final project capacity to 72 MWs.

Sanyo hits 21.6 percent cell conversion efficiency

Sanyo's new 19 percent efficient PV module

Sanyo Component Europe GmbH has achieved what it says is the world’s highest cell conversion efficiency at 21.6 percent.

03. December 2010 | | Comment now

S.A.G. Solarstrom and Yingli enter into supply agreement

Dr. Karl Kuhlmann

Yingli subsidiary, Baoding Tinawei Yingli New Energy Resources Co. is to supply S.A.G. Solarstrom AG with an initial capacity of 220 megawatts peak (MWp) of photovoltaics (PV) modules up to 2013. The financial sum was not...

02. December 2010 | | Comment now

GCL-Poly signs 10 GW supply contract with JA Solar


GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited has signed a long-term supplementary wafer and polysilicon product supply contract with JA Solar Holdings Co., Limited.

02. December 2010 | | Comment now

Upsolar signs North American distribution agreement

46.8 kW project in British Columbia realized by Focused Energy, featuring Upsolar's UP-M225P modules. Installation by Bright Energy Ltd

Upsolar has signed a six megawatt (MW) distribution agreement with Focused Energy for next year.

Sempra Generation completes 48 MW PV power plant

Image of Copper Mountain Solar facility in Nevada

Sempra Generation has completed construction on a 48 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Nevada, the U.S.

SunPower and E.ON to develop 3.4 MW Italian solar power plant

Map of the Lazio region in Italy

SunPower Corp. has partnered with E.ON Climate and Renewables Italia Solar Srl to develop and build a 3.4-megawatt (MW) ground-mounted solar power plant in Italy's Lazio region.

01. December 2010 | | Comment now

Meyer Burger acquires SGS Slicing Solutions

Meyber Burger HQ building in Switzerland

Swiss company Meyer Burger Technology Ltd has completed the acquisition of U.S.-based SGS Slicing Solutions, Inc. and SGS Machine Tool, LLC. for an undisclosed financial sum.

01. December 2010 | | Comment now

Sharp to begin mass production of new crystalline cells

Artists impression of Sharp's Green Front Sakai manufacturing plant

Sharp Corporation has announced it will begin mass production of its new single crystalline solar cell.

China Sunergy and Pythagoras Solar create BIPV partnership

Gonen Fink

China Sunergy Co., Ltd. and Pythagoras Solar have signed an agreement with the aim of capitalizing on the growing building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) market through the use of Pythagoras' transparent photovoltaic glass units...

Market diversity a key trend for next year

PV panel

According to the photovoltaics (PV) analysts, market diversity will be one of the key trends next year, with a number of emerging countries making up the expected shortfall of installed capacity in Germany.

Manz Automation records strong solar orders

Manz Automation automation equipment for crystalline solar cells

Manz Automation AG has secured new orders worth a total of more than €50 million, much of which has come from automation and process equipment for the manufacture of crystalline solar cells.

30. November 2010 | | Comment now

Signet Solar stops operations

Signet Solar HQ building in Mochau, Germany

Signet Solar GmbH has announced that from next week it will no longer be manufacturing thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules. In another blow to the Saxony-based company, no new orders have been placed, and potential investors...

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