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NRG, Ice Energy to roll out 25 MW of energy storage in California

The Ice Bear freezes 450 gallons of water in its insulated tank during the night

NRG Energy Inc. and Ice Energy will roll out 25 MW of energy storage solutions in California. Up to 1,800 of Ice Energy’s thermal storage units are expected to be installed early next year.

Germany: Milder PV cuts to be announced soon

Peter Altmaier

According to reports, an agreement on Germany’s photovoltaic subsidies could be reached before the summer break. A decision was said to have been made at a meeting between new Environment Minister, Altmaier, and opposition and...

LDK still suffering in Q1; lowers FY revenue guidance

LDK branding

LDK Solar has seen some improvement on its fourth quarter 2011 (Q4) financial results, with Q1 achieving slight progress. However, with declining net sales and a stagnant gross margin, the Chinese photovoltaic manufacturer still...

Work underway on MPX and E.ON’s Brazilian PV plant

Tauá, Brazil

MPX and E.ON have begun working on the expansion of their one MW Brazilian photovoltaic plant. Construction is scheduled to begin in the second half of the year.

UK: Sunsolar Energy System to build 30 MW fab

The UK flag.

Photovoltaic installer Sunsolar Energy Systems has announced that it will build a 30 megawatt (MW) fab in the West-Midlands region of England. The company has been awarded a GPB5 million (US$7.8 million) grant from the government...

PV gross margins fall 75 percent

Solar photovoltaic modules

According to IMS Research, photovoltaic suppliers are suffering from "huge" pressure, following a 75 percent drop in gross profits in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012. It predicts that they will continue to fall, as a result of the...

California: Cupertino completes 20 MW PV project

US California 20MW solar photovoltaic project PGE Cupertino

Cupertino Electric, Inc’s Energy Alternatives Division has completed a 20 MW photovoltaic project under the Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) 500 MW Solar PV Program.

First Solar installs 10 millionth PV power plant module

First Solar photovoltaic modules

First Solar achieved its milestone of installing its 10 millionth photovoltaic module in a utility-scale project at the 550 MW Desert Sunlight Solar Farm project.

Canadian Solar to supply 40 MW to Real Goods Solar

A residential installation in the U.S.

Chinese/Canadian photovoltaic manufacturer Canadian Solar has announced today that it will supply 40 megawatts (MW) of modules to Real Goods Solar.

China: Probable duties on silicon

Chinese polysilicon producers are allegedly putting pressure on their government to impose duties on U.S. imports.

REC issues shares, restructures debt and writes down inventory

The REC factory in Norway.

Norway-based manufacturer REC carried out major financial restructuring today, issuing almost 870,000 million new shares, in an attempt to raise NOK1.3 billion (US$218 million). REC also refinanced its revolving debt facilities,...

Canadian Solar purchases 200 MW of projects from SkyPower

A SkyPower installation in Canada.

One of Canada’s largest solar project developers, SkyPower has sold approximately 200 megawatts (MW) of projects in Ontario to Chinese-Canadian manufacturer Canadian Solar. The companies have also launched a JV called CSI...

MIT researchers develop all carbon cell

A new type of photovoltaic cell developed by MIT researchers holds the promise of being able to tap into the near-infrared region of the spectrum.

DuPont sues Heraeus over metallization paste

The DuPont brand.

DuPont has filed a law suit against Heraeus Materials, and its client SolarWorld Industries America. DuPont alleges that Heraeus and SolarWorld have infringed on the DuPont patent relating to front-side sliver pastes.

US: 360MW solar plant on tribal land approved

Federal authorities in the U.S. have approved the development of a 350 MW solar plant on an Indian reservation outside of Las Vegas. It will be the first commercial solar energy project on tribal land.

Restructuring plan for Solarwatt expected by end of July

Solarwatt HQ building

Solarwatt has said that by the end of July, it will submit a restructuring plan, with the expectation that the process will be completed by the end of September. Furthermore, its module warranty has been secured.

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