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Verizon to install 10.2 MW of solar throughout US

Verizon facility in Basking Ridge, New Jersey

The telecommunications giant is investing $40 million to expand its green energy capacity and increase its total solar capacity to 25 MW this year.

14. April 2011 | | Comment now

Netherlands Queen visits Solarwatt

Queen of the Netherlands, Beatrix. Image: Wikipedia/.Koen.

Queen of the Netherlands, Beatrix, is today visiting Solarwatt AG in Dresden, Germany. She is accompanied by her son Prince William-Alexander and his wife, Princess Maxima.

Bruce Sohn to leave First Solar

Bruce Sohn. Image: First Solar.

First Solar, Inc. President of Operations, Bruce Sohn, will be leaving the company, effective April 30, 2011. According to Rob Gillette, CEO, it is a "natural time for him" to pursue other opportunities. He will not be replaced.

US Foodservice sees 1.18 MW PV system completed

SPG Solar 1.18 MW photovoltaic solar system for US Foodservice

SPG Solar has completed construction on a 1.18 megawatt photovoltaic installation for U.S. Foodservice-San Francisco. It is said to be the largest rooftop and carport solar power system in Northern California.

Phoenix Solar to build 12 MW French PV park

France's Le Castellet region

Phoenix Solar AG has signed an agreement to construct a 12 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic system in France. When completed, it will be the company’s biggest project to date outside of its home country, Germany.

First Solar now serving 10 to 30 kW PV market

First Solar HQ

First Solar, Inc. has announced its thin film photovoltaic modules are now available for commercial solar systems between 10 and 30 kilowatts (kW) in size. Until now, they had only been available for systems above 30 kW.

Portugal: Calls for renewable investment cuts

Portugal flag

Portuguese bank BPI has presented a new study, which it believes defends the need for investment cuts in renewable energy projects. Industry figures have hit back.

13. April 2011 | | Comment now

EDP Renováveis announces new JV

Portugal satellite image

EDP Renováveis has announced the creation of a new joint venture (JV) with Generg to develop new photovoltaic plants in Portugal.

250 MW solar ranch offered $1.187 billion US DOE loan guarantee

California Valley Solar Ranch Project site plan

The 250 megawatt (MW) California Valley Solar Ranch power plant has been offered a conditional commitment loan guarantee of up to $1.187 billion from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Sacramento dedicates 3 MW solar power system

Three MW solar photovoltaic system, Sacramento

One of California’s largest solar power installations has been dedicated. The three megawatt (MW) system is located at Depot Park, a three million square-foot commercial and industrial complex in South Sacramento.

Suntech named as top PV module supplier; JA Solar as number one cell producer

Suntech photovoltaic module manufacturing HQ, Wuxi, China

China-based Suntech has been named in IMS Research’s rankings as the largest photovoltaic module supplier in 2010. Thin film manufacturer First Solar was consequently knocked back to second place. Meanwhile, JA Solar hit the top...

Conergy completes 2.2 MW solar park

Conergy's six megawatt solar power plant in Tarp, northern Germany

Conergy has completed a 2.2 megawatt (MW) solar park near Berlin, Germany.

California: Manufacturing plant dedicated; RPS signed into law

View of Milpitas, California

The new Flextronics/SunPower solar panel manufacturing plant will be dedicated in California today. During the event, the state’s expanded Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) will be signed into law.

VC solar funding soars

photovoltaic panels against sky Ontario

The first quarter of this year has seen strong venture capital (VC) funding in the solar sector, having increased almost three fold from the fourth quarter of 2010. Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity is also strong.

UK: IMS believes government favoring nuclear over solar

380 kWp rooftop photovoltaics system

IMS Research has accused the UK Government of turning its back on solar. The company says reducing tariffs and limiting support to small-scale installations will create nothing more than a niche industry. It adds that the country...

Meyer Burger sets its sights on Roth & Rau

Meyer Burger Technology AG has acquired an 11.3 percent stake in Roth & Rau AG, and has announced a voluntary public takeover offer of €22 for each remaining share held by public shareholders.

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