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India paves way for 4 GW scheme

A satellite image of India.

Six publicly-owned bodies in India have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop the world's biggest solar project. The first phase of the 4 GW Sambhur scheme will be complete within three years.

Inertek doubles PV testing capacity

Lake Forest

Intertek, a testing, inspection and certification company, has doubled its photovoltaics (PV) testing capacity at its Lake Forest, CA laboratory in the U.S.

German solar cuts "hit parliamentary hurdle"

German rooftop installation

Germany's Bundesrat upper house of parliament is unlikely to pass cuts to solar incentives, so a mediation committee would be needed to resolve the matter, government sources have told Reuters.

PSP and BSP sign Strategic Investment Agreement

Prime Sun Power solar farm

Prime Sun Power Inc. (PSP) has entered into a Strategic Investment Agreement with Bangkok Solar Power Co., Ltd. (BSP) to acquire up to 6,639,063 shares - worth €40 million (USD$49.5 million) - of PSP Common Stock at a price of...

Canada: 50 skilled solar jobs created

Siemens photovoltaic panel

The news that 50 new solar jobs are to be created comes after Siemens Canada’s announcement that it is entering the Canadian the solar market as a local manufacturer of inverters for photovoltaic (PV) power generation.

Kyocera starts San Diego solar cell manufacturing line

Kyocera solar panels

Kyocera has begun manufacturing solar modules in San Diego, in the U.S. The company’s initial production target is 30 megawatts per year; to begin with the line will include solar modules ranging from 210 watts to the company's...

Global solar PV cell production booming

Photovoltaic panel

Global photovoltaic (PV) cell production grew last year by 51% from 7.1 gigawatts (GW) in 2008 to 10.7 GW in 2009, according to a research note published by GTM Research.

Cadmium ban will not affect PV industry

First Solar PV panel

The cadmium ban will not apply to the photovoltaics (PV) industry, the environmental committee of the European parliament has said.

New solar cell facility for Melbourne, Australia

Professor Min Gu

The Swinburne University of Technology and Suntech have announced the opening of a new solar cell facility in Melbourne Australia.

€1.2 billion “urgently” needed to boost European PV industry

Madrid cityscape.

Over a billion euros must “urgently” be invested into research and development (R&D) for the photovoltaics (PV) industry, says the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), so that it can compete with traditional power...

Trina Solar and SERIS reach solar cell agreement

Trina Solar monocrystalline wafer

The development of an all-back contact high-efficiency silicon wafer solar cell is about to get underway, following an agreement between Trina Solar Limited and the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS).

CNPV signs long term supply agreement with Enel Green Power

Satellite image of Italy

CNPV Solar Power SA, has announced its entrance into a long term general supply agreement with Enel Green Power SpA, Italy's largest power company, listed on the Milan Stock Exchange.

Panasonic Group pushes ahead with "full-scale" entry into solar cell business

SANYO HIT solar panel.

The Panasonic Group has announced its plans to launch its HIT(R) 215 Series household solar power generation systems on July 1, thus highlighting the company’s aim for a "full-scale entry" into the solar cell business.

Asian Pacific PV industry council established

APPIC members

The photovoltaics (PV) market is expected to rapidly expand in the Asian Pacific region within the next few years, prompting the formation of a new Asian Pacific PV Industry Council (APPIC).

Astronergy crystalline PV solar modules to be covered by Munich Re

Astronergy solar panels.

Astronergy, also known as Chint Solar, has announced that reinsurance company Munich Re will be covering its crystalline silicon and thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules.

Hawaii: CPV terrestrial power investigation underway

CPV array

A U.S. industry consortium is investigating the viability of concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) technology for terrestrial power generation in Hawaii, the U.S.

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