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SunEdison secures European financing to build 85.2 MW of solar in UK

West Penwith, south coast of Cornwall, U.K.

Spain's Santander and Germany's Bayerische Landesbank arranged funding for the projects, which will be owned by SunEdison's yieldco subsidiary TerraForm Power.

Soltecture reaches 13.4 percent CIGSe efficiency

Soltecture HQ in Berlin, Germany

Berlin-based CIGSe thin film manufacturing and system solutions provider, Soltecture, has produced what it says are the first 100 Watt photovoltaic panels with an efficiency of 13.4 percent.

First Intersolar China gets off to a slow start

Intersolar China opening day 2011 visitors

Solar Promotion International's first Chinese trade show got off to a slow start today in Beijing, China, with fewer than expected visitors and exhibitiors attending the event. It is clear that China's photovoltaic industry is...

First Solar sells 550 MW Topaz solar project

California's San Luis Obispo County

First Solar is in "definitive" agreements with MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company to sell its over USD$2 billion, 550 megawatt (MW) Topaz Solar Farm. The financial details have not been released.

62 MW solar farm for Chicago-Rockford International Airport

Chicago-Rockford International Airport

Rockford Solar Partners, LLC and New Generation Power have received approval from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Federal Aviation Administration to develop what they say will be the biggest U.S. commercial airport solar...

SunPower and Solar Impulse join forces

Solar Impulse first solar airplane powered by SunPower's photovoltaic panels

SunPower has been chosen to supply its photovoltaic cells to Solar Impulse’s new solar airplane, HB-SIB, which will attempt to circumnavigate the globe in 2014.

Roth & Rau reaches 21 percent wafer efficiency

Roth & Rau AG says it has reached a new milestone, having achieved 21 percent efficiency on a 156 mm wafer. The company expects the heterojunction technology to be ready for mass production "in the near future".

Launch of Malaysian FIT prompts flurry of PV proposals

Malaysian solar photovoltaic plant

Malaysia has launched its new feed-in tariff (FIT) system for renewable energy. On December 1, it began accepting applications for projects from 2012 to 2014 through an e-FIT online system. By December 2, 201 proposals for...

BIPV prospects in Japan bright, despite declining margins

PV Japan kicked off yesterday in Tokyo, Japan, under sunny skies portending a bright future for Japan's photovoltaic, and BIPV market. However, it is clear that overcapacity, and declining prices and margins have impacted both...

US: Parallel probes into whether punitive steps should be taken against China

China and US flags together

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) voted unanimously (6-0) on Friday, December 2, to go forward with an investigation into whether "dumped and subsidized" imports from China have materially injured the U.S....

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LDK’s PV modules to be manufactured in Ontario

OSM's Welland-based solar photovoltaic module production line in Ontario

Under a new agreement announced today, OSM Solarform Corp. will manufacture around 20 megawatts worth of LDK Solar’s photovoltaic modules at its Welland-based production line in Ontario.

US: DOE launches $12 million Rooftop Solar Challenge

US installers fitting a solar photovoltaic system to a rooftop

Cutting red tape is the focus of the U.S. Rooftop Solar Challenge, which was yesterday awarded $12 million by the Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot program. The project will see 22 regional teams working towards cutting costs...

JA Solar completes Silver Age acquisition

JA Solar Hebei Ningjin solar factory

Solar product manufacturer, JA Solar has completed its previously announced takeover of Silver Age Holdings Limited.

Ontario: On the way to implementation

First Solar thin film Sarnia 80 MW photovoltaic project

Despite significant financial incentives and a large project pipeline, comparatively few photovoltaic systems have been installed in Ontario thus far. The solar industry is now relying on faster approval phases, greater...

11.6 MW PV project underway in Los Angeles

LADWP's Adelanto Switching and Convertor Station aerial view

Construction on an 11.6 megawatt photovoltaic project is underway at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s high-desert Adelanto Switching and Converter Station in the U.S.

Chinese PV companies "avow" to fight only those behind SolarWorld's trade petition

Suntech's Zhengrong Shi

In the latest development of the U.S.-China trade dispute, the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME) has issued a statement on behalf of the country’s photovoltaic companies....

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