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PV+Test 2.0: Hanwha module improves to Good (+)

A solar module undergoes the TÜV Rheinland stress test.

Hanwha Solar has again submitted a polycrystalline module from the HSL 60 Poly series for testing by PV + Test. Achieving improvements, particularly in performance, the module was rated Good (+).

aleo solar forecasts 2011 loss

A photovoltaic factor in Prenzlau.

German-based photovoltaic manufacturer and distributer aleo solar today announced earning forecasts for 2011. Coming in at 462 million euros, the result represents a 17 percent decrease in revenues from 2010.

New world record for cadmium-telluride

First Solar has announced today that it has achieved 14.4 percent total area efficiency for its CdTe (cadmium-telluride) PV modules. The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) confirmed the record, which...

16. January 2012 | | Comment now

Suntech: One gigawatt shipment to Europe

Suntech has announced that it has shipped more than one gigawatt of PV panels to European customers in 2011.

13. January 2012 | | Comment now

Support for young German enterprises

Intersolar Europe, in association with BMWi (German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology), has announced that it will support young solar businesses at the PV conference in Munich, Germany for the fifth year running.

REC reports contract termination payments

A factory from REC in Singapore.

Norway-based solar company Renewable Energy Corporation has today reported wafer contract cash compensation in the order of NOK200 million (USD33.32 million). The payments will be received in the first quarter of 2012.

Schott Solar halts wafer manufacture

The SCHOTT Solar corporate image.

In what it says are efforts to realign its business away from upstream manufacturing, Schott Solar announced today that it will discontinue its wafer manufacturing processes. 290 jobs will be affected by the move.

First project for SunPower’s new CPV tech

CPV technology developed by SunPower.

The Arizona State University (ASU), Salt River Project (SRP) and SunPower Corp. announced today that a one-megawatt (MW) project will go ahead, the first to use SunPower’s C7, concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) technology. SunPower...

JinkoSolar moves into France

A screenshot of the JinkSolar website.

Chinese manufacturer JinkoSolar has announced that it will open a French subsidiary. The new office will be located in Montpellier, which the company describes as being in France’s "sun belt".

US: A new pact in California to be unveiled

Governer Edmund G. Brown and U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will meet at Elk Grove, California on Friday to unveil a new agreement that seeks to boost clean energy jobs in the state.

No sign of "Solyndra effect"

A MiaSole PV array.

While some sections of the photovoltaic industry continue to bend under the weight of weak demand and oversupply, the latest figures show venture capital investment at new highs.

10. January 2012 | | Comment now

Conergy to power agricultural water pumps

Bear Creek Ranch in Wasco, California has chosen Conergy's Solar Large Projects Group as the project manager for its power generation site. The site will power water pumps and irrigation systems for the surrounding almond...

Mars Rover enjoys its day in the sun

After spending more than seven years constantly on the move in hazardous, previously uncharted territory, the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity—a geologic robot— is taking some time to kick back and bask in the sun.

Germany: High of 3,000 MW in December alone

The annexing of PV systems in 2011 has been concluded to have been even higher than in record year 2010, says the German Federal Network Agency. In 2011, approximately 7,500 MW of PV installations were installed.

Hamburg investment company CEE acquires two more solar parks

CEE (Conetwork Erneuerbare Energien Holding GmbH & Co. KGaA) will be acquiring two new PV ground-mounted systems to add to its expanding solar portfolio. The total capacity that CEE owns will then increase to more than 70 MW...

09. January 2012 | | Comment now

AU Optronics begins trial process

Taiwanese company AU Optronics Corporation begins its trial in the case brought against it, its subsidiary AUO America and five of its current and former executives by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

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