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SMA takes over operational management of Canada's largest PV plant

Kingston Solar LP's 140 MW plant in Kingston Ontario, run by SMA

The leading German inverter manufacturere continues to expand its O&M operations in North America as it seeks to take a leading position as a one-stop shop for multi-megawatt PV power plants.


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.


Roth & Rau suffers earnings loss; believes turnkey is in decline

Roth & Rau, a photovoltaic company, HQ

Roth & Rau AG has suffered the first ever earnings loss in its 20-year history, despite increasing sales during the 2010 financial year by 44.2 percent. Looking ahead, the company predicts modest sales increases. Meanwhile, it...


Sungrow establishes North American HQ

Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Energy

As part of a $10 million investment in Ontario, Sungrow Canada Inc. has openend its North American headquarters in Vaughan. Fifty new jobs have reportedly been created.


3M plans ninth solar manufacturing site in China

3M has said it will manufacture its Scotchshield solar backside barrier film (pictured) at the new plant

3M has said it will build a manufacturing facility for photovoltaic materials and renewable energy products in China’s Hefei High-tech Park.


Satcon Q1 results fall below expectations

Satcon, a photovoltaic company, screenshot

Although Satcon Technology Corporation expects a four-fold increase in its first quarter 2011 revenue over the same period last year, financial figures have fallen below initial expectations.


GE to build 400 MW thin film factory; sets new CdTe record

GE HQ photovoltaics thin film story

In what has been a busy day for the company, GE has said it will build a new 400 megawatt thin film photovoltaic panel factory in the U.S. It has also achieved 12.8 percent efficiency on a full-size, thin film solar panel, and...


India: PLG Power inks 70 MW worth of PV contracts

PLG Power - an Indian photovoltaic company - screenshot

PLG Power Limited has signed photovoltaic contracts worth 70 megawatts (MW) with the Gujarat Government in India. In total, it aims to install 200 MW by 2012.


SolarWorld tops SVTC solar scorecard rankings

SolarWorld photovoltaic module finished

The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) has published its 2011 Solar Company Scorecard. SolarWorld has come out on top, with Trina Solar following close behind. A number of other leading companies, however, failed to...


Google invests in German solar

Google, Capital Stage photovoltaic plant, Brandenburg, Germany

Google has invested in a 18.65 megawatt photovoltaic power plant near Berlin, Germany.


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Isofotón reaps positive Q1 2011 results

Isofoton factory, photovoltaic company Spain

Isofotón has increased its first quarter turnover by 74 percent year on year.


Silfab and ESPE establish new solar company

The new photovoltaic company's HQ is located in Padova, Italy

Silfab Spa and Espe Srl have joined forces to establish a new company specializing in the development and installation of photovoltaic plants both in Italy and abroad.


SunShot Initiative receives $112.5 million boost

Steven Chu, DOE Secretary, announced the photovoltaic funding

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has said up to $112.5 million in funding will be made available to select projects across five years, to support the development of U.S. photovoltaic-related manufacturing processes.


3Sun granted €49.06 million in state aid

The photovoltaic module plant is located in Catania, Italy (pictured)

The European Commission has granted 3Sun Srl €49.06 million of regional investment aid. The funds will be used towards the establishment of a 240 megawatt, €358.68 million photovoltaic module production plant.


Saudi to see 10 MW solar system installed

Artist's impression of how the completed photovoltaic project should look

Belectric and Sun & Life are currently working on what they say is Saudi Arabia’s largest solar power plant.


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