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8minutenergy secures approval for 135 MW projects in California

Kern County, California.

The solar developer's Redwood Solar Farm projects have been granted Conditional Use Permits by the Kern County Board of Supervisors.

SDG&E and Soitec sign CPV contracts worth 125 MW

Image of San Diego skyline

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and subsidiaries of Soitec Solar Development, LLC have signed two 25-year solar contracts worth a total of 125 megawatts (MW) to be generated in the utility’s service territory.

Portugal: Solar industry fears IMF’s decision

Portugal's 46 megawatt Amareleja/Moura photovoltaics park, which was completed in 2009

The Portuguese photovoltaics industry could be at risk, following the final report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Union (EU) on Portugal’s bailout, which recommended a...

Suntech expands Arizona PV facility

Suntech's Arizonian photovoltaic module manufacturing facility

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. has introduced a third production shift at its photovoltaic panel manufacturing facility in Goodyear, Arizona. The expansion has created an additional 30 jobs.

Trina: Sequential declines seen, but YoY figures up; capacity expansion announced

Jifan Gao, chairman and CEO of Trina Solar

Trina Solar Limited has seen its solar business decline in the first quarter of 2011. Year on year figures are, however, up. Looking ahead, the company will expand its in-house production capacity. It has also announced a 130...

GCL-Poly begins construction on 5 MW San Diego project

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GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited has begun construction on a five megawatt photovoltaics project, located in the U.S.’s San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD).

Tianwei New Energy signs supply contract; announces factory expansion

Tianwei New Energy (Yangzhou) screen shot of website displaying photovoltaic modules

Tianwei New Energy (Yangzhou) is to supply Germany-based Pairan with 280 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic modules over the next two years. The company also announced its factory expansion plans.

Canadian Solar sign 81 MW sales agreement with Saferay

Canadian Solar screenshot

Canadian Solar Inc. is to supply 81 megawatts worth of its photovoltaic modules to Germany-based Saferay GmbH.

Roth & Rau urges shareholders to accept Meyer Burger offer

Roth & Rau HQ building

In publishing their joint statement pursuant to Meyer Burger Technology AG’s voluntary public takeover offer, the Management and Supervisory Boards of Roth & Rau AG have recommended that its shareholders accept.

PV module manufactures need more mutual cooperation and exchange

PV Experts first photovoltaic module workshop, held in Berlin, Germany

Smaller photovoltaic module manufacturers need to foster greater cooperation and exchange more information if they are to survive in the global marketplace. That was the outcome of a workshop held in Berlin, Germany yesterday.

Enfinity competes French PV systems worth 18.2 MW

Enfinity French Les Mees photovoltaic project

Enfinity has completed two photovoltaic projects in France totalling 18.2 megawatts (MW). The systems represent the renewable energy company’s largest ground-based arrays in the country.

REC completes 1.8 MW PV system for Ikea

Photovoltaic rooftop system installed on an Ikea store

REC Solar has completed a 1.8 megawatt photovoltaic system for Ikea in California. It is said to be the second-largest commercial system of its kind in the state, and the sixth largest in the U.S.

S.A.G. Solarstrom goes abroad to drive profit

S.A.G. Solarstrom AG solar HQ in Germany

International expansion and risk diversification have helped S.A.G. Solarstrom AG post strong first quarter figures including a 152 percent rise in sales, despite the overall uncertainty of the photovoltaics market.

Flextronics and MEMC expand PV panel agreement

Malaysia flag

Under an expanded agreement, Flextronics will produce photovoltaic panels for MEMC's SunEdison subsidiary at its Malaysian manufacturing site.

SolarWorld on a US roll

SolarWorld photovoltaic production site in Freiburg, Germany

Going against the grain, SolarWorld has experienced a lucrative first quarter, having seen increases in its shipments, revenue and EBIT. The company attributes its success to its U.S. business activities.

Conergy: First quarter sales increase; falling operating profits

Conergy HQ building

Conergy has bucked the trend to post increased first quarter 2011 sales. However, its operating profits have taken a tumble.

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