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Xiaofeng Peng resigns from LDK Solar

LDK solar HQ.

Former chairman, founder and director hands in resignation ahead of commencement of restructuring proceedings for the troubled Chinese solar company.

06. April 2011 | | Comment now

Isofotón reaps positive Q1 2011 results

Isofoton factory, photovoltaic company Spain

Isofotón has increased its first quarter turnover by 74 percent year on year.

Silfab and ESPE establish new solar company

The new photovoltaic company's HQ is located in Padova, Italy

Silfab Spa and Espe Srl have joined forces to establish a new company specializing in the development and installation of photovoltaic plants both in Italy and abroad.

SunShot Initiative receives $112.5 million boost

Steven Chu, DOE Secretary, announced the photovoltaic funding

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has said up to $112.5 million in funding will be made available to select projects across five years, to support the development of U.S. photovoltaic-related manufacturing processes.

3Sun granted €49.06 million in state aid

The photovoltaic module plant is located in Catania, Italy (pictured)

The European Commission has granted 3Sun Srl €49.06 million of regional investment aid. The funds will be used towards the establishment of a 240 megawatt, €358.68 million photovoltaic module production plant.

Saudi to see 10 MW solar system installed

Artist's impression of how the completed photovoltaic project should look

Belectric and Sun & Life are currently working on what they say is Saudi Arabia’s largest solar power plant.

Eurosolar announces new president

Hermann Scheer has posthumously been named honorary president of Eurosolar

At a gathering of European delegates on April 2, Peter Droege was appointed Eurosolar’s new president.

SunWize PV carport project expanded

The photovoltaic carport is located in Phoenix, Arizona

SunWize Systems has finished the first phase of a photovoltaic carport project. Slated to be the U.S.’s largest when completed, its size has been expanded from 3.63 megawatts to 4.45.

Weak inverter demand expected

PV inverter market revenue and pricing change by quarter.

Photovoltaic inverter demand is expected to be "very weak" in the first two quarters of this year, according to IMS Research’s latest market investigation. Germany’s dominance in the sector is also diminishing.

2011 "pivotal" for US as solar identified as fastest growing industry

Solar Energy Systems installed this 49.1 kW solar PV System on the rooftop on the Novelty Crystal Corporation in Queens, New York.

A new research report has found that solar is the leading industry in the U.S. However, there are still hurdles such as red tape and financing to overcome if it wants to continue on its strong growth path.

LDK expands cell capacity

Hefei skyline, China

LDK Solar Co., Ltd. has expanded its annual photovoltaic cell capacity to 570 megawatts, having added a new manufacturing site in Hefei City, China.

04. April 2011 | | Comment now

Gehrlicher opens UK subsidiary

Jens Schnoor

Despite the country’s current feed-in tariff furor, Gehrlicher Solar AG has opened a UK subsidiary. It expects start work on photovoltaic installations soon.

Ontario: Alderville to see 5 MW PV system installed

Franco Traverso, president and CEO of Silfab Ontario

Alderville First Nation and Silfab Ontario Inc. have signed a contract, under which Silfab will deliver modules for a five megawatt (MW) photovoltaic farm, to be installed in the Southeastern Ontario community.

4.3 MWp worth of PV to be installed on Spanish greenhouses

ITS Power 4.2MW photovoltaics project, near Granada, Spain Computer impression

ITS Power has announced it will install 4.3 megawatts worth of photovoltaics on greenhouses near Granada, Spain.

PV: Spain approves 116 MW for Q1 2011

Satellite image of Spain

The Spanish Ministry for Industry has announced the approvals for new PV installations which have the right to obtain the feed-in tariff. Meanwhile, in the second quarter, the new, reduced tariffs will come into effect.

Suntech responds to SolarWorld threat

Siemens PV panels

Competition in the PV sector is getting tougher, and companies are getting nervous. Suntech has reacted calmly to reported attacks from German competitor SolarWorld.

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