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African Development Bank slates nearly $1 million for 20 MW Burkina Faso PV plant

Burkino Faso

Energy demand in the West African nation has increased 10% annually in the past five years, resulting in a widening supply gap across the country.


Renewable training academy opens in the UK

Sharp corporate building in Wrexham, the UK

Sharp Solar has opened a renewable energy academy in Wrexham, the UK. Having integrated training with its production facilities, the company says it will train between 25 to 50 people a month, including electricians and roofers.


Enel and Marcegaglia inaugurate PV system in Taranto

Enel's 3 MW PV plant in Italy

Enel Green Power and the Marcegaglia group have inaugurated an over three megawatt (MW) rooftop PV system in Taranto, Italy.


Solar Junction CPV cell hits 41.4 percent efficiency

Solar Junction 40 % efficient CPV cell

Solar Junction has achieved 41.4 percent cell efficiency on a concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) multi-junction production cell. The results have been confirmed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).


Solarwatt enters UK market

Solarwatt's headquarters in Dresden, Germany

Germany-based Solarwatt has announced its entry into the UK. Seemingly undeterred by the country’s recent feed-in tariff fallout, the company believes the market is set to grow "enormously".


First Solar thin film plant expected to open ahead of schedule

Aerial view of completed First Solar roof at its new manufacturing plant

First Solar has completed the roof of its new manufacturing plant in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. Expected to be operational by June, the €173 million site will have a collective annual module capacity of over 238 megawatts (MW).


High inventories expected as PV installation demand decreases

iSuppli PV material and product supplier inventory graphic

According to research, a decrease in demand for new PV installations in the first quarter of the year is expected to cause a "surge" in company inventories.


SolarWorld focuses on foreign markets

SolarWorld PV module in factory

According to SolarWorld head, Frank Asbeck, the German company intends to place a greater focus on foreign markets. He adds that it will continue to be able to compete with Asian PV companies.


Samsung and MEMC sign polysilicon JV

Polysilicon

Samsung Fine Chemicals (SFC) and MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. are to establish a polysilicon facility in Korea under a new joint venture (JV).


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SiC Processing: Capital injection for Asian expansion

SiC Processing HQ building in Germany

Germany-based SiC Processing GmbH, a leading slurry recycler from wafer production, aims to expand in Asia. This will be financed through the proceeds of a €100 million corporate bond, issued today. R&D and capacity expansion are...


Scatec to build 6 MW Italian PV plant



Valle del Panaro, Italy

Scatec Solar is to build a six megawatt (MW) PV plant in Italy’s Emilia Romagna region.


Israel: 6.7 MWp PV system to be installed

Chalcolithic copper mine, Timna Valley, Israel

Soltec Renewable Energies and Shikun & Binui Solaria have said they will install a 7.5 megawatt peak (MWp) PV system in Israel. When completed, it will reportedly be one of the country’s largest.


7.4 MW PV portfolio sold in Czech Republic

Parabel PV park in Czech Republic

Despite the country's recent troubles, Austrian company Green Source GmbH and Berlin-based Parabel GmbH have sold a 7.4 megawatt (MW) PV park portfolio in the Czech Republic. It is said to be the sixth largest.


900 MW Japanese thin film plant begins production

Solar Frontier's 900 MW thin film CIS Kunitomi factory in Japan

Solar Frontier has started commercial production at its new USD$1 billion Japanese CIS thin film solar module production plant. Full capacity is expected to be approached this summer.


Ontario: OPA alters FIT application laws

PV rooftop installation on house in Ontario, Canada

Under a new amendment, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) will no longer issue microFIT or FIT capacity allocation exempt (CAE) contracts for smaller PV projects, until it has been confirmed that there is available grid space.


Ontario: Siliken sets up PV module plant

Siliken HQ building

Siliken is on track to open a 50 megawatt (MW) PV module production plant in Ontario, Canada. The company is expecting delivery of the first production line at the end of this month.


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