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Israel transfers 290 MW renewables quota to PV

Israeli West Bank settlement of Modi'in Illit

In addition to renewable energy quota shifts, the government is set to underwrite PV projects in the West Bank.

Intersolar award winners announced

Gehrlicher's assembly robot.

Innovations from Gehrlicher Solar, SMA Technology and ABB have been recognised for their contrbution to the photovoltaics (PV) industry during this year's Intersolar awards.

R&D department part of First Solar's expansion plans

First Solar's Frankfurt (Oder) facility

As part of its plans to expand the Frankfurt (Oder) plant in Germany, First Solar has told pv magazine it will be developing a research and development (R&D) department, which will focus on downstream system installations.

Jordan's Shams Ma’an project receives grant boost

Kawar Energy PV panels

A grant agreement between the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and Jordan-based Kawar Energy for USD$617,204 has been signed. The agreement will allow the feasibility of the Shams Ma’an project - expected to be one of...

First Solar to expand German manufacturing plant; 100s of jobs to be created

First Solar manufacturing plant, Frankfurt (Oder)

First Solar, Inc. is to expand its German manufacturing plant in Frankfurt (Oder), thus doubling local production capacity and creating several hundred new jobs.

Suntech solar panels receive ammonia resistance certification

Suntech PV panels.

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd's core products have been certified by TÜV Rheinland Japan, according to the DIN 5096:1985 T2 standard to maintain high performance when exposed to ammonia.

First Solar still ahead of the PV module pack

First Solar production facility

Thin film manufacturer, First Solar remained the largest supplier of photovoltaic (PV) modules with a global share of 8.4 percent in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest analysis of the PV module market from...

Suntech to add 1 GW to Shanghai production facility

Suntech production line.

Suntech has announced it will add one gigawatt (GW) production capacity to its Shanghai, China facility, to meet surging global demand.

Idaho, US to receive first large-scale solar generation facility

A Sunergy World solar facility.

U.S.-based Sunergy World has confirmed it is to build Idaho’s first large-scale solar generation facility, worth USD$45 million, in partnership with the City of Boise.

IBC Solar breaks 1 GW barrier

Solar modules.

IBC Solar has broken the one gigawatt (GW) mark in module sales.

Meyer Burger wins order for over CHF 25 million


Meyer Burger Technology Ltd has announced a contract for wire saws and wafer inspection systems worth over CHF 25 million (around USD$21 million or €18 million) with Chinese manufacturer JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd.

US: New research agreement “central” to future of solar power

Frieder Seible, Dean of the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering (L) and Mitsuru Homma, executive vice president of Sanyo

A research collaboration agreement has been announced between the Sanyo Electric Group and the University of California, San Diego, the U.S. which will see a number of solar energy research projects undertaken.

German Bundesrat stops solar cuts - updated

The German Bundesrat

A mediation committee concerning the cuts in the promotion of solar energy has been convened by Germany's Bundesrat upper house of parliament. A key industry figure has said that people should not expect the cuts to be smaller...

Development of 10 MW Florida solar farm underway

Monocrystalline PV panels.

BlueChip Energy has started on stage one of the Rinehart Solar Farm, a 10 megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar photovoltaics (PV) facility in Central Florida, the U.S. It is expected to be one of the state’s largest private solar...

Enphase secures USD$63 million in funding

An Emphase microinverter

Microinverter firm Enphase has secured USD$63 million in funding.

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.

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