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Trina rules the world, oil is cheap as chips, Germany retreats from solar and Abengoa switches on 250 MW. It's all here with all the week's solar news in one handy article.

MEMC completes Fotowatio acquisition

FRV U.S. Rothenbach solar park

MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., along with its subsidiary SunEdison, has completed the acquisition of Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Fotowatio Renewable Ventures.

PV Legal releases recommendations for bureaucratic reduction

Hamburg Messe hall from outside with people walking in and out

PV Legal's guidelines for the reduction of bureaucratic barriers and administrative costs in terms of photovoltaic deployment have been released at the 26th EU PVSEC conference, currently underway in Hamburg, Germany.

Avancis hits 15.8 percent thin film efficiency

Photovoltaic company Avancis screenshot

Presenting its findings at the 26th EU PVSEC, Avancis says it has reached a thin film photovoltaic module efficiency of 15.8 percent.

First Solar and Reliance Power enter 100 MW supply agreement

View across Jaisalmer city, India

First Solar has signed a 100 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic module supply agreement with Reliance Power.

07. September 2011 | | Comment now

Solar Millennium seeks "quick" legal solution to Claassen calamity

Solar Millennium solar thermal image

In a bid to put the unsavory affair behind it, Solar Millennium’s executive board has called for a "quick" legal clarification of the battle surrounding it and former CEO, Utz Classen.

Day4 Energy and R&R achieve 19.3 percent module efficiency

Si-HJT cell structure

Following Roth & Rau’s announcement yesterday that it achieved 20 percent wafer efficiency, it has now been publicized that it, along with Day4 Energy Inc., has produced a 19.3 percent efficient photovoltaic module.

Italy: Espe grid connects 10 MW worth of solar farms

Espe Sunparc solar photovoltaic farm in Italy

Between July and August of this year, Espe Sunparc Srl installed and connected 10 solar farms worth 10 megawatts (MW) to the Italian grid.

02. September 2011 | | Comment now

SolarWorld shuts production lines down

SolarWorld Hilsboro manufacturing site

SolarWorld is to close photovoltaic module manufacturing plants down in the U.S. and Germany. The company said the move will strengthen its competitiveness.

TerniEnergia installs 57.3 MWp of PV in Italy

Italian photovoltaic plant by TerniEnergi

From July 1 until August 31, TerniEnergia connected 28 photovoltaic plants worth 57.3 megawatts peak (MWp) to the Italian grid. As such, all the projects will receive direct access to the fourth Conto Energia tariffs.

DOE grants USD$145 million for development of solar technologies

Suntech solar photovoltaic cell on the production line

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made over USD$145 million available to 69 solar projects across the country. The goal is to position the U.S. as an industry leader.

Top three Q2 PV module suppliers are Chinese

Suntech solar photovoltaic module manufacturing facility in Wuxi, China

Although the photovoltaic module market has suffered setbacks this year, Asian manufacturers are keeping the competition on its toes. According to new research, the top three suppliers in the second quarter of the year (Q2) are...

S.A.G. grid connects 48 MW PV project

S.A.G. Solarstrom CEO Karl Kuhlmann

S.A.G. Solarstrom AG has connected its 48 megawatt peak (MWp) North Italian photovoltaic project to the grid yesterday, thus meeting Italy’s August 31 feed-in tariff (FIT) deadline.

20 MW NRG Solar PV project up and running

Close up of solar photovoltaic module

NRG Solar’s 20 megawatt (MW) New Mexico photovoltaic project has commenced operations.

Australia: Victoria FIT cut announced

Satellite image of Australia

Australia’s Victorian State Government today announced a new 'transitional feed-in tariff' (TFiT) for rooftop solar panels, joining most of the other Australian states in drastically reducing the amount paid to customers.

Siemens receives 25 MW worth of PV plant orders

Martinique 11 Les Salines Beach

Siemens Energy has received orders, from multiple customers, for the turnkey construction of 15 photovoltaic plants worth 25 megawatts (MW) in Italy and the overseas department of France, Martinique and Guadeloupe.

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