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Russia switches off Ukraine gas supply

Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Russia's decision to halt all supplies to Kiev for debt non-payment has spooked Europe's energy market.

08. December 2010 | | Comment now

GCL-Poly hits 3.5 GW wafer production capacity

GCL-Poly wafter manufacturing facility

Chinese company GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited has reached its silicon wafer production capacity target of 3.5 gigawatts (GWs), a month ahead of schedule.

64 MW PV panel plant to be established in Toronto, Canada

Mark Verstraten

Canada-based Eclipsall Energy Corporation is to establish a crystalline photovoltaics (PV) panel manufacturing plant in the Greater Toronto Area. It is expected to be operational by the middle of next year.

China: 1.3 MW thin film rooftop PV installation completed

DuPont/China Everbright 1.3 MW thin film rooftop PV installation in China, at sunset

DuPont subsidiary, DuPont Apollo Limited, and China Everbright International Limited have completed a 1.3 megawatt (MW) rooftop photovoltaic (PV) installation in China.

Recurrent Energy realizes 5 MW US project; opens Canadian office

San Francisco

Commercial operations have begun on Recurrent Energy’s five megawatt (MW) solar power system in San Francisco, the U.S. The company has also announced the opening of its first international office in Toronto, Canada.

08. December 2010 | | Comment now

LDK Solar enters into 120 MW wafer and polysilicon supply contract

LDK Solar wafer manufacturing line

LDK Solar Co., Ltd. has entered into a multi-year wafer and polysilicon supply contract with Shanxi Lu'an Photovoltaic Technology Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Lu'an Group.

MX Solar begins automated production of solar modules in US

MX Group Italian HQ

Italian company MX Solar has begun manufacturing crystalline solar modules through its new integrated 3S Modultec automated production line.

Etrion closes project financing on 4 Italian PV parks

The 3.5 MW Borgo Piave PV project in Italy

Etrion Corporation has closed project financing for the construction of four photovoltaics (PV) power plants in Italy with a total capacity of 15 megawatts (MWs).

Canada: NextEra Energy Resources to purchase 4 PV projects from First Solar

Mitch Davidson

NextEra Energy Resources, LLC will purchase four photovoltaics (PV) projects totaling 40 megawatts (MWs) in Ontario, Canada from First Solar, Inc.

France halts large scale PV installations

Saint-Gobain BIPV rooftop installation in rural France

The French Government has announced that no new photovoltaics (PV) projects larger than three kilowatts will be approved for the next three months.

Suntech’s ‘Art of War’ strategy: Factory JVs, in-house production and project investments

Suntech cell interconnection

Suntech Power is determined to use some of the best tricks known to manufacturers in its bid to boost growth while elbowing competitors out of the way.

07. December 2010 | | Comment now

MEMC and Flextronics to produce PV panels for SunEdison

Flextronics company branding

MEMC Singapore has entered a partnership with Flextronics in order to produce photovoltaics (PV) panels at Flextronics’ Ontario facility. Over 100 jobs are expected to be created.

Hopes for popular grant program extension dim in the US

Image from PV Power Plants conference

It is merely four weeks before 2010 draws to a close, and hopes for a renewal of a popular federal grant program in the United States are sinking fast.

06. December 2010 | | Comment now

Sunowe to begin ingot production

Sunowe HQ in China

Chinese cell- and module producer Sunowe is to start producing its own ingots. The company has announced it will invest approximately €220 million in the venture.

Thai solar FITs discussed

Bangkok, Thailand

Since the introduction of its small power program in 2006, Thailand has signed contracts to develop 4,300 megawatts (MWs) of renewable generation. Nearly half of the contracts - 1,800 MWs - are for solar energy.

German solar association willing to accept further FIT cuts, but rejects market cap

Conergy PV installation in Germany

The increase in photovoltaics (PV) installations in Germany turned out to be greater than expected by both analysts and the industry this year. If growth continues at the present level, then the German Solar Industry Association...

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