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Two solar projects to add 52 MW to Japan grid

Solar Frontier Japanese installation.

Japan PV to be boosted by a 37 MW installation from Itochu Corp. and a 15 MW solar plant Takara Leben that will use Solar Frontier's CIS thin-film modules.


Off-grid: Lack of mass production as an obstacle

The off-grid market is also currently profiting from the declining module and system prices in the ongrid segment. Yet in many developing countries, particularly in southern Africa, both the industry and policy makers are...


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New polysilicon production plant in Qatar

Qatar Solar Technologies has announced today that it will build a polysilicon facility worth US$1 billion in Ras Laffan Industrial City, north of Doha. The site is to occupy 1.2 million square meters of land in Ras Laffan.


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Agreement reached on Topaz solar farm

First Solar's subsidiary Topaz Solar Farms has reached an agreement with North County Watch and Carrizo Commons to dismiss their lawsuit against the 550-megawatt Topaz Solar Farm project that First Solar is developing in San Luis...


US: Solar-enhanced oil recovery

Solar energy's viability to more efficiently produce oil is being tested by Chevron Technology Ventures. BrightSource Energy is the technology provider and the company in charge of engineering, procurement and construction.


Solarpack enters South African PV market

Kimberley skyline, Northern Cape Province, South Africa

Spanish company Solarpack Corporación Tecnológica S.L. has formed a joint venture with Kabi Energy (Pty) Ltd, this marking its entrance into the South African photovoltaic market.


Innotech opens solar factory in Germany

Innotech's new solar factory in Germany

Innotech Solar ASA has opened a new solar cell testing and optimization factory in Halle/Saale, Germany. An initial investment of €20 million has been made.


Estonia: ABB opens 400 MW solar inverter line

Estonian flag

ABB has established a 400 megawatt (MW) solar inverter production line in Jüri, Estonia. The company has also opened an engineering center there, and invested in a solar plant.


It’s all about the PV quality

Solarpraxis workshop 'Quality for Photovoltaics: the key driver for sustainable growth crowd shot

A packed room, interactive sessions and presentations that gave food for thought. The Solarpraxis workshop 'Quality for Photovoltaics: the key driver for sustainable growth' came to a successful conclusion yesterday. Bankability,...


California: 35 MW PV project completed

The 20 MW Stroud Solar Station, located in California's Helm

Cupertino Electric, Inc. has completed two ground-mount photovoltaic projects worth 35 megawatts (MW) in Central California.


Copper nanowire to help drive solar cell production costs down

Flexible copper nanowire

A new high-performance, flexible copper nanowire, first developed at Duke University in the U.S. last year and now being commercialized at a spin-off company called NanoForge Corporation, may drive down the cost of solar cell...


Closer PV cooperation needed

Crowd shot at 2011 PV Meets Machinery and Systems Manufacturing event

Solar cell and module manufacturers will have to cooperate more closely with machinery and systems manufacturers. This was one of the central demands made at a meeting of Solarinput that brought all of the participants together...


Russia could install up to 2 GW of PV by 2020

Russian flag

It has been said that Russia has the potential to add between one and two gigawatts (GW) of newly installed photovoltaic capacity by 2020.


China to become biggest PV market

Zhengrong Shi standing in front of Athens International Airport 8MW solar photovoltaic installation

Suntech’s Zhengrong Shi has said that, by 2015, China could be the biggest photovoltaics market in the world.


PV revenues and profits to keep on declining

General solar photovoltaic module image against the sky

Despite an increase in photovoltaic module shipments, revenues and gross profits are forecast to keep on shrinking into next year, according to new research, due to the "huge" oversupply, "fierce" competition and falling prices.


US: SolarReserve closes financing on 110 MW solar project

Location of Crescent Dunes solar thermal project

SolarReserve has closed financing on its 110 megawatt (MW) Crescent Dunes solar project. When complete, it is expected to be the U.S.’ first commercial scale solar power tower with fully integrated energy storage, and the largest...


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