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REC post $180m in Q4 revenue, extends US supply deal with Sunrun

Sunrun installation

The Norwegian solar group saw stronger sales in Europe and the U.S., which boosted module sales by 18.5% over the previous quarter. The company also extended its existing supply deal Stateside with residential solar group Sunrun.


Siemens and Masdar Institute sign agreement

Siemens Energy and Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in the UAE have signed a one-year agreement for cooperation in solar energy technology research and development to enhance the use of photovoltaic (PV) panels in the...


18. January 2012 | | Comment now

Conergy introduces new module manufactured outside of China

Conergy has announced that it will introduce the Conergy PM module that is manufactured in Europe and thus will not be subject to any potential tariffs or duties associated with the recent trade complaint against Chinese cell and...


Rise of Chinese equipment suppliers

An Applied Materials PV machine.

In a week where mixed signals have been emerging from the photovoltaic equipment market, NPD Solarbuzz figures indicate growing revenues during 2011. Looking to the future is another story however, with the analysts predicting a...


17. January 2012 | | Comment now

Q-Cells sets two new records

German company Q-Cells has announced that its crystalline 60-cell modules have set two new world records: the efficiency record of 18.5 percent for multi-crystalline modules and the module output of 238 watts based on 60...


aleo solar forecasts 2011 loss

A photovoltaic factor in Prenzlau.

German-based photovoltaic manufacturer and distributer aleo solar today announced earning forecasts for 2011. Coming in at 462 million euros, the result represents a 17 percent decrease in revenues from 2010.


New world record for cadmium-telluride

First Solar has announced today that it has achieved 14.4 percent total area efficiency for its CdTe (cadmium-telluride) PV modules. The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) confirmed the record, which...


16. January 2012 | | Comment now

Suntech: One gigawatt shipment to Europe

Suntech has announced that it has shipped more than one gigawatt of PV panels to European customers in 2011.


13. January 2012 | | Comment now

Support for young German enterprises

Intersolar Europe, in association with BMWi (German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology), has announced that it will support young solar businesses at the PV conference in Munich, Germany for the fifth year running.


REC reports contract termination payments

A factory from REC in Singapore.

Norway-based solar company Renewable Energy Corporation has today reported wafer contract cash compensation in the order of NOK200 million (USD33.32 million). The payments will be received in the first quarter of 2012.


Schott Solar halts wafer manufacture

The SCHOTT Solar corporate image.

In what it says are efforts to realign its business away from upstream manufacturing, Schott Solar announced today that it will discontinue its wafer manufacturing processes. 290 jobs will be affected by the move.


First project for SunPower’s new CPV tech

CPV technology developed by SunPower.

The Arizona State University (ASU), Salt River Project (SRP) and SunPower Corp. announced today that a one-megawatt (MW) project will go ahead, the first to use SunPower’s C7, concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) technology. SunPower...


JinkoSolar moves into France

A screenshot of the JinkSolar website.

Chinese manufacturer JinkoSolar has announced that it will open a French subsidiary. The new office will be located in Montpellier, which the company describes as being in France’s "sun belt".


US: A new pact in California to be unveiled

Governer Edmund G. Brown and U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will meet at Elk Grove, California on Friday to unveil a new agreement that seeks to boost clean energy jobs in the state.


No sign of "Solyndra effect"

A MiaSole PV array.

While some sections of the photovoltaic industry continue to bend under the weight of weak demand and oversupply, the latest figures show venture capital investment at new highs.


10. January 2012 | | Comment now

Conergy to power agricultural water pumps

Bear Creek Ranch in Wasco, California has chosen Conergy's Solar Large Projects Group as the project manager for its power generation site. The site will power water pumps and irrigation systems for the surrounding almond...


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