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Utility-scale solar meets 6.4% of California's electricity demand in June

The Ivanpah solar CSP plant

Bernard Chabot's latest analysis finds that solar PV and CSP are meeting an increasingly large share of California's electricity demand, even when rooftop PV is not counted.


Decision about German solar promotion this week

The decision about solar promotion in Germany will be decided by this week. Image: Flickr/Peter XIII

A proposal for the brought forward cuts of the photovoltaic feed-in tariffs in Germany is to be presented by the end of the week. The plans will be officially presented by the Minister of Environment tomorrow before noon. That...


Smart Grid's best year

Credit facilities provided to Chinese companies by Chinese banks dwarfed all other transactions in solar last year. Image: Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital in Texas, U.S. has released a report stating 2010 as the best year smart grid has had.


Production line in West Africa

SPEC is developing the first solar panel factory in West Africa. Image: Wikipedia/Ji-Elle

3S Modultec is selling an integrated solar panel production line to West Africa. Senegalese solar company SPEC is developing the first solar panel factory in West Africa with support from 3S Modultec.


US: WMECo to install 4.2 MWs in Springfield

Springfield, Massachusetts road sign

Western Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECo) is to develop a 4.2 megawatt (MW) solar energy facility in Springfield, Massachusetts, the U.S.


Hanwha SolarOne adds 2 GWs production capacity

Nantong skyline, China

Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd. (formerly Solarfun Power Holdings) is to expand its production capacity by two gigawatts (GWs) through the addition of a cell and module production facility in Nantong, China.


Environmental permitting approved on 230 MW solar ranch

Antelope Velley, California

First Solar’s 230 megawatt (MW) AV Solar Ranch One project has received final and non-appealable environmental permitting. Construction is scheduled to begin this year, with project completion expected by the end of 2013.


US solar market shows increased M&A activity

2 MW PV installation at Denver International Airport

According to a new report, the U.S. greentech mergers and acquisitions (M&A) landscape posted a record year in 2010, with the solar sector displaying increased activity.


SMA posts record 2010 sales

SMA sunny boy inverter manufacturing process

SMA Solar Technology AG has announced it expects record sales of between €1.7 to €1.9 billion for 2010. Looking forward, the German inverter company says it hopes to achieve sales of €1.5 to €1.9 billion this year.


BIPV to compensate for PV panel commoditization

Suntech HQ in Wuxi, China with worl's largest PV facade

A new report states that the photovoltaics (PV) industry is at a crossroads, with a growing realization that PV panels are becoming commoditized. But, it believes building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) could provide a strategic...


Germany: Masdar and Beck complete 6 MW solar park

Berlin, Germany

German companies Masdar PV and Beck Energy GmbH have completed construction on a six megawatt solar park, located in Luckenwalde, 50 km south of Berlin.


France releases PV initiative aimed at fighting Chinese competition

French flag flying before a building

The French Government is looking to motivate its national photovoltaics (PV) industry through the introduction of a new R&D program, which is aimed at reducing China’s grip on the global PV market.


Silfab's hopes of reaching 22 percent cell efficiency

Franco Traverso

Silfab’s president and CEO tells pv magazine about the Italian company’s plans to hit 22 percent efficiency for its monocrystalline solar cells. He also outlines its competitive strategy for the coming year.


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BP Solar transfers off-grid activities to Phaesun

BP Solar signage

French BP Solar subsidiary, Apex-BP Solar, is to transfer to Phaesun GmbH under a new agreement reached between BP Solar and the German company.


Germany: IBC Solar connects solar park to grid

IBC Solar's 13 MW solar park in Bavaria, Germany

IBC Solar has connected a 13.8 megawatt peak (MWp) solar park to the grid in Germany.


SoloPower to build 300 MW thin film facility

SoloPower HQ in US

SoloPower, Inc. is to establish a 300 (MW) thin film solar panel manufacturing facility in Wilsonville, Oregon, the U.S. Around 500 new jobs are expected to be created.


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