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China founds PV association

Trina Solar chairman and CEO Jifan Gao.

The newly-constituted CPIA will pursue a 'free and fair trade environment for Chinese PV'. The head of Trina Solar has been elected to lead the organization for five years.

Signet Solar U.S. bows to the inevitable

The U.S. flag.

The U.S. parent company of Germany’s Signet Solar – which went bankrupt in June 2010 – has followed suit more than two years later.

Germany: EU Commission assesses EEG

The EU Commission is assessing the renewable energy policy or EEG in Germany. EU Commissioner Joaquín Almunia sees the EEG with a critical eye.

Japan: Shimozuru power plant goes online

The 1MW Shimozuru solar power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture in southern Japan has gone online. Solar Frontier supplied approximately 6,700 thin film modules to this utility-scale project.

Our CSP power can compete with diesel, Germany company claims

Cologne-based protarget's demonstration CSP facility at Bad Aibling.

A German company is claiming its turnkey Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plants offer cheaper power generation costs than diesel and gas without subsidies in sunbelt regions.

ReneSolar announced Q3 results

ReneSolar has announced that the company has exceeded guidance figures with a record solar wafer and module shipments of 533 MW. This represents an increase of 5.8% from Q2.

Updated: India officially initiates anti-dumping investigations

India’s Ministry of Commerce has officially launched anti-dumping investigations into imported solar cells from China, Taiwan, Malaysia and the U.S. The investigations will decide if retroactive duties should be imposed.

Organic photovoltaics on steel

ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe and Solliance (ECN, imec, TNO, Holst Cenre, TU/e, Forschungszentrum Jülich) are coming together for a joint research program on organic PV.

Applied Materials announces new head

Applied Materials Inc. plans to combine two business units, Energy and Environmental Solutions (EES) and Display, under one leader, Ali Salehpour effective as of November, 29.

SolarWorld says it did not receive federal subsidies

SolarWorld has made a statement that it has not received any federal subsidies for the development of its solar manufacturing plant in Hillsboro, Oregon or for the redevelopment of its now-closed Camarillo plant in California.

Training network for PV researchers

A new EU consortium will develop a training network for PV researchers. The KESTCELLS project as it is called has a total budget of over €3.7 million. The aim is to increase European competitiveness of existing technologies.

US: Yingli to supply 170 MW Centinela project

Yingli solar modules.

Vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturer Yingli Green Energy has signed what it claims is its biggest ever module supply agreement. The company will ship 200 MW of its modules to Southern California for a utility scale...

3M successfully completes Ceradyne tender offer

3M has announced that its tender offer to purchase all issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Ceradyne, Inc at US$35 per share was successful.

UK: Green Investment Bank officially open

The new Green Investment Bank has been officially opened. The institution has been funded with £3 billion (€3.7 billion) government funds.

US: Installed price of PV systems continue to fall

The latest edition of Tracking the Sun, an annual PV cost-tracking report by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) states that PV power system installed prices fell "substantially" in 2011 and through the first...

AEG and ITM cooperate on energy storage

AEG Power Solutions has signed an agreement with energy storage and clean fuel company, ITM Power. The companies will cooperate on integrating ITM Power's electrolyser with AEG PS's power control electronics.

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