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Solar is the new world, coal execs told at Paris summit

Coal plant, Germany.

Coal and renewable energy executives at climate conference in Paris clash over future energy mix as value of storage brought to the fore.

First Solar posts Q1 $450 million loss; announces new CEO

First Solar staff marching behind a banner.

U.S.-based vertically integrated thin film manufacturer First Solar has posted a non-GAAP loss for the first quarter (Q1) of 2012 of US$449 million or US$5.20 per share. The company also announced new management in the shape of...

SunPower confident on back of passable Q1 2012 results

SunPower Monalto Italy solar photovoltaic plant

While the U.S.-based photovoltaics company continued to suffer losses in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012, its balance sheet showed some improvement on last year. There is still some way to go, though, before it is in the black....

Insolvency manager: Q.Cells could survive

Q.Cells solar photovoltaic module

Henning Schorisch demonstrated cautious optimism with regard to the future of the insolvent photovoltaic manufacturer. Thus no layoffs of the 1,300 employees are pending in the near future and the company has again ramped up...

Jamaica: ESA unveils plans to work on 24 MW solar project

ESA 16k W Virgin Islands solar photovoltaic plant

Spain-based ESA Renewables has executed a letter of intent (LOI) to work on a 24 megawatt solar park in Jamaica.

Mahindra Solar One plans 50 MW of PV for India

India satellite Image

Mahindra Solar One Private Limited is planning to install 50 megawatts (MW) worth of photovoltaics in Rajasthan, India. In related news, a rooftop solar project is being launched in Gujarat.

Ontario: Canadian Solar obtains Bank of China loan facility; Sanmina-SCI to manufacture Satcon’s inverters

Ontario flag

Canadian Solar Inc. and the Bank of China, New York Branch have signed a construction financing agreement worth CAD$120 million for the establishment of solar power plants in Ontario, Canada. In related news, Sanmina-SCI will...

3M and Gossamer start up largest aperture parabolic trough

Aperture parabolic troug

3M has started up what it says is the world's largest aperture solar parabolic trough, in partnership with Gossamer Space Frames, as an addition to the 400-acre Sunray Energy facility in Daggett, California, formerly known as the...

Global solar council established

US California k W solar photovoltaic plant

CEO’s from the international photovoltaics community have today announced the establishment of a Global Solar Council. The goal is to sustainably and cost-competitively expand the worldwide deployment of solar energy, by...

SunPower sells 25 MW PV plant to K Road

Pictured are installers working on one of SunPower's many photovoltaic projects

SunPower Corp. has sold its 25 megawatt McHenry Solar Project, located in Northern Stanislaus County, California, to K Road Power Holdings, LLC for an undisclosed amount.

Kenya: Solar financing plan launched

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Acquisition of solar panels by institutions and individuals keen on installing photovoltaic systems in Kenya could now be made easier after a regional module manufacturer has offered to guarantee bank loans for the purchase of...

Cemig to install 5.6 MW of PV systems in Brazil

Pituaçu Stadium (0.4 MWp), in Salvador, Bahia photovoltaic system

Cemig Geração e Transmissão SA has said it will undertake 5.6 megawatts (MW) worth of photovoltaic projects in Brazil over the course of 2012.

Conergy to install 4 MW of PV in Hawaii

Hawaii Conergy solar photovoltaic rooftop installation Kahuku High School

Conergy has announced that it will install four megawatts (MW) worth of rooftop photovoltaic systems in Hawaii.

US: Laid off SolarWorld employees granted federal aid

Camarillo, California

The U.S. Department of Labor has said the manufacturing employees laid off by SolarWorld Industries America Inc., following the shutdown of its Camarillo photovoltaic module production plant in California, are entitled to federal...

'Contents under pressure' as Ontario LCAB and Intertek partner on FIT.2 audits

Ontario 80 MW Sarnia thin film solar photovoltaic park

Haste makes waste – unless, of course, it makes your company among the first to be audited and certified as a preferred vendor under the domestic content provision of the Ontario Power Authority’s updated Feed-in tariff (FIT.2)...

Wacker opens Nünchritz polysilicon production facilities

Wacker polysilicon chips

Wacker Chemi AG has officially opened its "hyperpure" polysilicon facilities in Nünchritz, Germany. The €900 million investment is said to have created over 500 new jobs.

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