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Thailand set for $1.4bn renewables boost

A 9.5 MW solar PV plant in Thailand.

Bangkok-based clean power developer Energy Absolute Pcl plans to invest 46 billion baht in Thailand’s green energy sector over the next three years.

SunPower to build 5 MW solar farm in Hawaii

Kalaeloa, Hawaii, beach

SunPower Corporation is to build a five megawatt (MW) solar farm in West Oahu, Hawaii. The generated power will be sold to the Hawaiian Electric Company.

Search for the niche, next to gigawatt class

The quality and cost question was raised once again at the 5th Photovoltaic Fab Managers Forum. Image: Hans-Christoph Neidlein/Solarpraxis AG.

With a call for increased cooperation within the European PV industry along the value chain, the 5th Photovoltaic Fab Managers Forum in Berlin under SEMI PV Group came to an end.

Solar panels as standard feature in development

KB Home is taking the first step to offering standardized solar panel integrated homes. Image:Flickr/silas216

Los Angeles based KB Home will incorporate solar panels as a standard feature for its ten new developments.

Italy: On standby

Italy's solar associations will meet this week to draw up a proposal on the changes to the incentives scheme. Image: Sun Edison

The Italian government looks like it is ready to listen to PV associations. A meeting this week will seal the new proposal for the state of solar in the country.

UK farmer's association slams solar cuts

Many farm rooftop schemes in UK may become uneconomic. Image: Flickr/KSDigital

THE NFU (National Farmers Union) has labelled the UK government's cuts to solar subsidies as a 'ghastly mistake' and ill-judged, claiming that the cuts will snatch incentives away from farmers and growers.

21. March 2011 | | Comment now

New EPIA director elected

Schott Solar HQ building

Martin Heming has been elected as the European Photovoltaic Industry Association’s (EPIA’s) new director.

48 MW US solar project officially opened

Copper Mountain 48 MW PV plant in Nevada

Sempra Generation’s 48 megawatt (MW) Copper Mountain Solar plant has been officially opened in Nevada, the U.S. The company has announced its plans to expand it by 200 MW.

California: Low income families to benefit from new solar partnership

L to R Helena Kimball (Yingli) and Erica Mackie (GRID) at Heidi Varian's home; 1.1 kW install

Yingli Green Energy Americas, Inc. has formed a partnership with GRID Alternatives to install one megawatt of solar energy systems for 400 low-income families in California.

Suntech to install 10 MW Tibetan solar system

Mount Everest view

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. will develop a 10 megawatt (MW) solar installation in Tibet. When completed, it will reportedly be one of the highest positioned systems in the world, at 4,000 meters above sea level.

Germany: Government approves solar cuts

German Bundesrat

The German Federal Government has approved an early reduction of its solar subsidies.

UK outlines plans to lower FITs; industry outraged

UK PV test installation

The UK Government has announced its plans to cut PV feed-in tariffs (FITs). Under the proposals, support for all new and standalone installations over 50 kilowatts (kW) will be reduced. The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has...

Importance of PV module quality to increase

Berlin, Germany skyline

PV module quality, materials, production and market issues are set to be the themes of an upcoming workshop in Germany. A key discussion point will be the integration of quality measures into production lines.

2010 PV market growth strong

Conergy solar park Parabita

Newly installed global PV capacity reached 18.2 gigawatts (GW) in 2010, according to a new report, thus representing annual growth of 139 percent.

First Solar to open Arizonian PV module factory

First Solar Sarnia PV project, Ontario

First Solar, Inc. is to open an over 250 megawatt (MW) PV module manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona. Around $300 million is being invested into the project, while up to 600 jobs are expected to be created.

17. March 2011 | | Comment now

centrotherm expands production area at Blaubeuren HQ

centrotherm's Blaubeuren HQ

centrotherm photovoltaics AG has announced it will expand the production area of its Blaubeuren headquarters in Germany, due to high order volumes.

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