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IBC Solar seals distribution pact with SEWT in Morocco

Morocco PV installation

In addition to the distribution agreement, IBC Solar and Moroccan renewable energy company Sun Energy and Water Technologies (SEWT) plan to set up a network of well-trained experts by providing training courses to local...

Masen preselects four groups for 500 MW Moroccan solar plant

The city of Ouarzazate, Morocco

The Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy, Masen, has preselected four groups out of 19 who submitted bids to develop the first phase of a 500 megawatt (MW) solar project in Morocco.

Thailand: Solar Power Co. to install 34 6 MW solar farms

Kyocera solar modules

Solar Power Co., Ltd. is to install a total of 204 megawatts (MWs) in northeastern Thailand through a project, which will see 34 six MW solar farms built.

Spain reduces hours of subsidized sunlight

SunEdison PV power plant in Spain

By a new royal decree (Royal Decreto), the Spanish government has introduced a new limit on the maximum number of hours photovoltaics (PV) installations have the right to receive the feed-in tariff (FIT), sparking criticism from...

Roth & Rau facing financial losses

Roth & Rau HQ building

German company Roth & Rau AG has announced it will have to post write-downs of around €12.5 million as of December 31, following the surprise announcement by U.S.-based SpectraWatt Inc. that it faces insolvency.

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Trina Solar to invest USD$800 million in expansion

Jifan Gao

Trina Solar Limited has said it intends to invest around USD$800 million over the next three years in its Changzhou Trina PV Park.

Germany: BCG expects significant downturn in PV expansion

German PV installation

U.S. consulting firm, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has said it expects growth of photovoltaics (PV) systems in Germany to drop to 5,000 megawatts in 2011, due to continuing decreases in solar incentives.

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LDK Solar hits 3 GWs wafer production capacity

LDK Solar wafer production line in China

LDK Solar Co., Ltd. has reached three gigawatts (GWs) of annualized production capacity at its wafer plants in China.

2011 world PV market overview

Beck Energy PV park

Following a successful, yet at times, unpredictable, year, pv magazine looks at the photovoltaics (PV) trends, markets and companies set to make an impact in 2011.

Italy: Construction begins on Strambino PV plant

View of Strambino, Pidemont, Italy

Work is underway on a 2.5 megawatt (MW) photovoltaics (PV) plant in Piedmont, Italy.

SunPower sells 44 MW Italian solar park

The Montalto di Castro solar park

U.S.-based SunPower Corp. has completed the sale of its 44 megawatt (MW) Montalto di Castro solar park, located in the Lazio region of Italy for an undisclosed amount.

China defends its subsidies against US complaint

China defends its subsidies for wind and solar power against a US complaint to WTO. Image: Wikipedia/White House Photo/Pete Souza

China is standing by its wind and solar power subsidies against a US complaint to the World Trade Organization that the support outlined by China is unfair and distorts the market.

Intel's spinoff SpectraWatt to shut down

Intel's spinoff SpectraWatt on the brink of shutting down just after a year. Image:Wikipedia/Coolcaesar

Intel's spinoff company SpectraWatt is apparently on the brink of shutting down according to reports. The crystalline-silicon cell manufacturer will be laying off more than 100 employees in March next year.

AUO enters the UK market

AUO can now sell its EcoDuo PM 220 modules in the UK. Image: Wikipedia/DaniKauf

AU Optronics (AUO) is ready to expand into the British market after its EcoDuo PM 220 solar module received the UK Microgeneration Scheme (MCS) certificate.

SECP and Posco Power partner to build 300 MW PV plant

View of Boulder City, Nevada

California-based Sustainable Energy Capital Partners (SECP) and with South Korean power producer Posco Power have announced they will develop and build a 300-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power plant in Boulder City, Nevada, the U.S.

Kyocera aims to hit 1 GW production capacity

Kyocera employees gathered for a celebration of the factory's one millionth module

Japanese electronics company Kyocera has announced it is hoping to reach one gigawatt (GW) of solar module production capacity by March 31, 2013.

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