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Amazon secures approval for 80 MW Virginia solar farm


Amazon Solar Farm U.S. East receives permit from Virginia Department of Environmental Quality; 80 MW installation to be located across 900 acres in the state's Accomack County.

UK: Green Investment Bank officially open

The new Green Investment Bank has been officially opened. The institution has been funded with £3 billion (€3.7 billion) government funds.

US: Installed price of PV systems continue to fall

The latest edition of Tracking the Sun, an annual PV cost-tracking report by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) states that PV power system installed prices fell "substantially" in 2011 and through the first...

AEG and ITM cooperate on energy storage

AEG Power Solutions has signed an agreement with energy storage and clean fuel company, ITM Power. The companies will cooperate on integrating ITM Power's electrolyser with AEG PS's power control electronics.

QBotix receives US$1 million under SunShot Initiative

Robotics company QBotix has received a US$1 million development award under US Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative.

Japan: ORIX to develop 200 MW as market blossoms

A solar power plant from the sky, in Japan.

In another sign of the moves into photovoltaics by a diverse collection of Japanese industrial players, financial services group ORIX has announced its plans to develop 200 MW of solar projects over the next three years.

Oerlikon completes sale of solar business

Oerlikon has announced that it has closed the sale of its solar business to Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL). TEL acquires 100% of Oerlikon Solar shares with cash proceeds for Oerlikon amounting to CHF 250 million (€207 million).

European consortium highlights competitiveness of PV

The PV PARITY Project has concluded that grid parity is imminent in several countries. The European wide project bases its results on system prices, retail electricity prices, cost of financing, and capacity in countries to...

Germany: Siemens and SWK create smart grid in Wachtendonk

Siemens Infrastructure & Cities and the municipal utility SWK STADTWERKE KREFELD AG (SWK) are working together to transform the existing power grid in a municipality in North Rhine-Westphalia. The project "Wachtendonk is doing...

Every fifth German is willing to invest in solar

According to a study undertaken by TNS Emnid, a German media and social research institute, every 5th German is ready to invest in solar power. The study was done under commission of LG Electronics.

Qatar: Solar program delayed

Qatar has stated that its expansion plans for solar power is being held up by certain issues like the scale of the projects planned and the dust that blows in from the desert areas.

13th Forum Solarpraxis ends on a positive note

The solar branch will have to tide through challenges, but it can also look forward to the light at the end of the tunnel.

AEG to provide equipment for Ukraine solar farms

An AEG Power solar panel.

Luxembourg’s AEG Power Solutions has won the contract to provide power equipment for Martifer Solar’s photovoltaic farms in southern Ukraine.

Ontario: Government committed to strengthening FIT program

The Ontario Minister of Energy Chris Bentley has issued a Directive to the Ontario Power Authority to finalise the FIT program.

Ominous signs for LDK Solar?

The brand of LDK Solar.

For some time speculation has swirled around LDK Solar, about whether its huge debts will prove too great a challenge for the vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturer. In a sign that issues may be coming to a head, media...

European Parliament members ask for speed in trade case investigation

Members of the European Parliament at a plenary debate yesterday stated that they expect the European Commission to speed up its investigation against the Chinese price dumping allegations. EU ProSun made this statement in a...

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