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Demand response alliance launched

Power lines, Denver, Colorado

Major demand response providers and consumers have formed the Advanced Energy Management Alliance. Former FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff will serve as strategic counsel for the group.

JA Solar buys out Shanghai Jinglong Solar Technology

Shanghai Jinglong Solar Technology Co., Ltd. HQ

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares of China-based Shanghai Jinglong Solar Technology Co., Ltd.

China's Shandong Province lowers PV tariffs

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China’s Shandong province has set an electricity purchase price of 1.7 yuan (25 cents) a kilowatt-hour for photovoltaic (PV) power plants for this year. It has also been said that next year and in 2012 Shandong will lower the...

Exclusive: Spain must have better FIT laws to remain competitive

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The Spanish government must put more reasonable photovoltaics (PV) feed-in tariff (FIT) laws in place and allow all parties adequate access to the power grid if it is to remain competitive, an industry expert has told pv magazine.

ET Solar completes 1.9MW PV power plant in Germany; connects to grid

ET Solar Group PV panels

China-based ET Solar Group Corp. has completed a 1.9 megawatt (MW) ground mounted photovoltaics (PV) power plant in eastern Germany. It has already been connected to the grid.

Provisional liquidator appointed for Meier Solutions insolvency proceedings

Florian von Gropper

Lawyer Dr. Sebastian Henneke of Registry hrm Henneke, Ropke, Messerschmidt in Germany has been appointed as the provisional liquidator for the insolvency proceedings over the assets of Meier Solutions GmbH in Bocholt.

SMA Solar raises 2010 profit outlook

SMA Solar Technology inverter

Solar inverter manufacturer SMA Solar has raised its profit expectations for this year, due to the fact it sees the global solar market growing at least 30 percent faster than it previously forecast.

ABB wins USD$50 million Italian solar order

Peter Leupp

ABB has won an order worth USD$50 million from Actelios SpA, through its subsidiary Actelios Solar SpA, in Italy to supply three photovoltaic (PV) solar power plants in western Sicily.

USD$1.85 billion boost for US solar industry

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama has announced that USD$1.85 billion in conditional commitments will be made available in the form of loan guarantees to two U.S. solar companies. As a result, one of the world’s biggest solar plants is...

Tenesol invests €1.5 million in South African factory

Satellite image of Cape Town

French group Tenesol has invested €1.5 million to increase the capacity of its South African solar module factory, based in Cape Town, to 85 megawatts (MW) per year.

£15 million of free solar panels to be installed in Britain's schools

Man on roof holding PV panel

British Gas has invested £15 million in solar technology for British schools. Under its plans, the company will donate and install solar panels - worth between £20,000 and £40,000 per school - in up to 750 schools.

Chinese companies start construction on two MW solar project in Bulgaria

Polar Photovoltaics HQ

Two Chinese companies have started construction on a solar power plant in Ihtiman, a city located 50 km south of Sofia, Bulgaria according to local officials.

Intersolar extends strategic partner program in U.S.

Intersolar North America visitor crowd

Intersolar North America and Solartech have announced an expanded partnership for the 2010 Intersolar North America conference. Under the agreement, Solartech will now provide an additional program offering at the conference....

MEMC completes acquisition of Solaicx

MEMC Electronic Materials monocrystalline silicon wafer

MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. has announced it has completed the acquisition of privately held Solaicx. The deal is said to be worth around USD$77 million.

First Solar forms group for large-scale PV projects; starts operation of its 1.3 MW solar power plant

First Solar Ohio manufacturing plant

First Solar, Inc. has formed a utility systems business group to address the large-scale photovoltaic (PV) system solutions market. Jens Meyerhoff, 45, has been named president of the group.

China's Yingli to triple solar panel capacity

Yingli solar panels in Portugal.

Chinese solar power system manufacturer Yingli Green Energy Holding Co. aims to triple solar panel production capacity in the next three years to three gigawatts a year at a total cost of roughly 200 billion yen (around USD$2.2...

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