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Indian state of Tamil Nadu lowers solar roadmap target

Tamil Nadu, India

Local energy experts have welcomed the tweak, which relieves the burden on high energy consumers and instead puts the onus to meet solar targets on the state utility.


Solarfun to increase cell capacity by 50 MW; will introduce high-efficiency cell technology

Qidong, Jiangsu Province, China

Solarfun Power Holdings Co., Ltd., based in Qidong, Jiangsu Province, China, has said it is to increase its cell capacity by 50 megawatts (MW) through the enhancement of its manufacturing processes, and will convert 160 MW of its...


Manz Automation expands CIGS thin film business model under €50 million agreement with Würth Solar

Manz Automation AGs thin film production line

Manz Automation AG has signed a know-how licensing and strategic alliance agreement with Würth Solar GmbH & Co. KG. Under the €50 million agreement, Manz gains exclusive rights to the use to Würth Solar’s Copper indium gallium...


NJR to develop rooftop solar projects worth USD$17 million in collaboration with Adler Development and United Solar

Laurence M. Downes



NJR Clean Energy Ventures (NJRCEV), a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, has announced an agreement with Adler Development of Edison, NJ to lease space atop four fully occupied buildings in central New Jersey, the United...


Phoenix Solar to build 3.5 MW solar park in Italy

Field of PV panels

Phoenix Solar AG has been commissioned by Canada-based energy company Etrion Corporation as general contractor for the turnkey construction of a 3.5-megawatt (MW) ground-mounted photovoltaic plant in Borgo Piave, Italy. The...


Orbotech enters the PV sector

Orobotech booth at CTex

Israel-based Orbotech, which is better known for testing equipment of printed circuits, has announced its decision to enter the photovoltaics (PV) panel sector. The company says its first products will be available next year.


US must be looked at as a long-term growth market

Shayle Kann

The U.S. should be looked at as a long-term growth market said Shayle Kann, a senior analyst at GTM Research, during a talk at Intersolar North America in San Francisco, the U.S. on Thursday. "It’s not a place where you can come...


Intersolar North America closes on a high

Intersolar North America 2010 exhibition hall

As Intersolar North America drew to a close, analysts left the industry with upbeat forecasts for the solar market. "Things couldn't be better in 2010," Jefferies analyst Jesse Pichel told pv magazine.


Jobs to go as Suntech-owned Kuttler announces it will focus on PV industry

KSL-Kuttler Automation Systems GmbH HQ in Dauchingen, Germany

Suntech-owned KSL-Kuttler Automation Systems GmbH, based in Dauchingen, Germany has announced 62 redundancies today following the news that the company will be redirecting its efforts towards the photovoltaics (PV) industry.


SolarNexus gears up for launch of web-based software platform to help eliminate solar installers' paperwork

Eric Alderman

Berkeley, California-based startup SolarNexus has told pv magazine at the Intersolar North America trade show that it is getting ready to launch a web-based software platform aimed at eliminating much of the paperwork that bogs...


Oerlikon Solar has cut customers' costs to "well under" USD$1 per watt

Oerlikon Solar's production facility

Swiss-based Oerlikon Solar, which makes amorphous-silicon manufacturing equipment, has cut its customers' costs to "well under" USD$1 per watt today and is on track to reach its goal of 70 cents per watt by the end of the year,...


Premier Power to build 0.5 MW solar power plant in Sicily; opens new Southern California office

Dean Marks

Premier Power Renewable Energy, Inc. has signed a contract to build a 0.5 megawatt (MW) solar power plant for Italian timber company Mirrione Francesco Legnami SRL, in Sicily. The company has also announced the opening of a new...


Eco Supplies Europe acquires Gällivare Eco Supplies Europe; reports increased capital of €1.8 million

Eco Supplies Europe AB PV Panels

Eco Supplies Europe AB has successfully closed the acquisition of Gällivare Eco Supplies Europe AB, a Swedish producer of photovoltaic (PV) solar modules. The company has also completed a fully subscribed capital increase of €1.8...


Neuwing Development and RPP announce merger; forms one of largest utility-scale solar pipelines in Mid-Atlantic

Renewable Power Partners solar farm

Neuwing Development, LLC and Renewable Power Partners, LLC (RPP) have completed a definitive merger agreement. Under the agreement, the companies have combined to create Neuwing Renewable Energy, LLC (NRE), a renewable energy...


Envision Solar invents "world's first" solar parking array with fully integrated sun tracking ability

Envision Solar International Solar Tree

Envision Solar International, Inc. has said it has invented the world's first solar parking array with fully integrated sun tracking ability.


Raytracker sees strong PV tracking systems’ demand after its revenues triple

Raytracker Inc. solar tracker

Raytracker, Inc., a manufacturer of utility grade photovoltaics (PV) tracking systems, has said it has more than tripled quarter-over-quarter revenue in the last two successive quarters, with a strong pipeline of demand well into...


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