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Southern hospitality: Georgia and Florida reconsider solar lease bans

Savannah, Georgia

A proposed law introduced earlier this month in Georgia's legislature would end the state's current ban on third-party financing for on-site residential and commercial solar arrays.


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....


China: 200 MW PV plant underway

China’s Qinghai province

Chinese state controlled electric company, Guodian is working on a 200 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic plant in China’s Qinghai province. According to sources it should be complete by 2015.


Canadian Solar supplies modules to 8.8 MW Spanish PV project

Ablitas, Spain

Canadian Solar has supplied just under nine megawatts (MW) worth of its photovoltaic modules to OPDE group, for a project in Spain.


Copper for silver cell swap expected to be commercialized "sooner" than expected

imec's 23.3 percent efficient interdigitated back-contact silicon solar cell.

Imec and Kaneka have developed a silver-free heterojunction silicon solar cell, with a conversion efficiency of over 21 percent. Imec speaks to pv magazine about the achievement and states that the use of copper in commercial...


1.2 MW South African PV project completed

AUO almost 5 MW solar photovoltaic park, UK

AUO Optronics and utility company Eksom have completed a 1.2 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic project in South Africa. It is said to be the first system of its kind in the country.


Emerging markets pushing renewable energy investment

Ukraine 80 MW solar photovoltaic park by Active Solar

2011 may well have been characterized by a number of controversial issues, including declining module prices, insolvencies, production cutbacks, consolidation, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and the U.S.-China trade dispute....


Solarpack completes 2 Spanish PV parks

Spain 5.75MW solar photovoltaic park by Solarpack

Solarpack has finished work on two photovoltaic parks worth 12 megawatts (MW) in the Caceres region of Spain.


SolarCity and Merrill Lynch agree financing terms for over $1 billion project

Showing support for the "long term viability" of distributed solar, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and SolarCity have agreed to the terms of financing for SolarCity’s over USD$1 billion residential solar program.


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Solar’s feathered foes

A corella standing on top of a solar array.

While the elements, clouds, storms or snow, can often be an impediment to generating electricity through photovoltaics or other solar technologies, nature also has other ways of getting in the way. In Australia, where the...


Q-Cells claims CIGS aperture efficiency world record

A light soaking process at Q-Cells.

German module manufacturer and integrator Q-Cells has claimed to have achieved a world-record CIGS module aperture efficiency of 17.4 percent, for a test module 16 square-centimeters in size.


North American PV market at crossroads

First Solar 80 MW photovolataic thin film installation Sarnia, Canada

According to new research, the 2011 North American photovoltaic market is projected to grow 101 percent on 2010, with demand likely to reach 2.2 gigawatts (GW) by year end. However, due to factors such as declining incentives and...


REC announces another wafer shutdown

REC's solar wafer facility in Herøya, Norway

REC has announced the temporary closure of part of its 650 megawatt (MW) multicrystalline wafer facility in Herøya, Norway, effective from December 1. Around 200 employees are expected to be affected.


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