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Kyocera modules receive high ranking on GTM scorecard

Kyocera installation in Thailand.

The Japanese electronics company revealed as only solar firm to rank as performance leader in all six testing categories by PV Evolution Labs.


15. April 2011 | | Comment now

PVA TePla receives €20 million Asian order

PVA TePla HQ in Germany

PVA TePla AG has received an order from an unidentified Asian solar manufacturer to the tune of €20 million.


Ontario: SPP and JCM sign 20 MW of solar projects

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Solar Power Partners (SPP) and JCM Capital have signed an agreement with Solar Power Network (SPN) to provide full project financing for up to 20 megawatts (MW) of solar.


SDG&E signs 80 MWs worth of PPAs

San Diego Tijuana JPLLandsat

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has entered into two 25-year solar power purchase agreements for a total of 80 megawatts (MW). Under them, a total of 24 solar projects will be built.


US: CPUC approves PG&E’s 150 MW PPA

The photovoltaic plant will be located in Maricopa County (pictured is a road sign for Maircopa County), near Phoenix

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has approved Pacific Gas & Electric’s 20-year contract to purchase 150 megawatts (MW) of solar power from Sempra Generation’s Mesquite Solar 1 facility in Arizona, the U.S.


Standardization, policy stability and competing with the 'big boys'

The Thin Film Forum at Adlershof provided a wealth of information on thin-film and analysed the growth of the sector within PV. Image: Solarpraxis AG

The first day of the side event of the 3rd Thin Film Week, Solarpraxis’s Thin-Film Industry Forum started off rainy in Adlershof, but full of buzz. The packed hall at the Wista Management convention center in the Southeast of...


Gran Canaria’s largest solar rooftop system completed

Conergy 1.75 megawatt solar photovoltaic rooftop installation, Gran Canaria

Conergy has just completed a 1.75 megawatt rooftop solar system on Gran Canaria. It is said to be the largest of its kind on the Canary Islands.


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.


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