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China, Kenya establish solar technology transfer center

Nairobi, Kenya

The new facility outside of Nairobi, which opened on Friday, will boost the East African country's burgeoning solar sector, say execs.

Nanosolar secures funds for expansion

Nanosolar solar thin film

Nanosolar Inc. has secured US$70 million in new capital, which it will use to boost the company’s business activities going forward.

Konarka files for bankruptcy

konarka solar photovoltaic thin film technology

Organic solar film manufacturer, Konarka Technologies, Inc. is the latest solar company to file for bankruptcy protection under chapter 7 of the U.S. Federal bankruptcy laws.

LDK Solar announces 600 MW of PV projects in China

LDK Solar branding

LDK Solar Co., Ltd has signed three multi-year EPC contracts under which it will install three photovoltaic projects in the Gansu province of China worth a total of 600 megawatts (MW).

Ghana to see 50 MW PV plant installed

Ghana solar photovoltaic installation

Siginik Energy Ltd has signed a power purchase agreement with the Electricity Company of Ghana Ltd (ECG) to install a 50 megawatt (MW) ground-mounted photovoltaic plant in Ghana.

SolarWorld announces job cuts

Solar World solar photovoltaic module production

SolarWorld AG is expected to shed around ten percent of its 3,300 strong workforce, according to reports. Chinese "dumping" prices have been cited as a key reason.

China: GCL and Phono Solar establish PV project partnership

Phono Solar HQ

GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited and module manufacturer, Phono Solar Inc. have formed a partnership under which they intend to develop photovoltaic projects in China.

Insolvency proceedings open for Odersun

Odersun HQ

Germany’s Charlottenburg district court opened insolvency proceedings for Odersun AG on June 1, following the company's failure to find an investor.

Samsung and Pattern plan 100 MW PV plant for Ontario

Haldimand County, Ontario, Canada

Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Pattern Energy Group LP have said they will build a 250 megawatt (MW) wind and photovoltaic plant in Canada’s Haldimand County, Ontario. In related news, Samsung is gearing up to open a new...

Pakistan: 50 MW PV project unveiled

India solar photovoltaic plant

Conergy and Ensunt have announced their plans to install a 50 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic project in Pakistan for the DACC Power Generation Company Limited (DPGCL).

50 MW PV plant planned for Russia’s Kislovodsk

Russian flag

Construction of Russia's first industrial sized photovoltaic project will soon be underway in Kislovodsk. Locally-based Sphinx-9 will build the 50 megawatt (MW) plant together with the Kislovodsk government.

EPS unveils plans to develop 300 MW of solar in Chile

Atacama desert, Chile

Element Solar Power (EPS) has said it intends to develop 300 megawatts (MW) worth of solar projects in Chile. The company also unveiled plans to open an "interpretive and educational" center in the Atacama Desert.

Komax Solar lays off 70 workers

Swiss flag

In response to the "persistently challenging economic environment", Komax Holding AG has announced that Komax Solar will lay off around 70 workers.

California: New roofs must be solar ready from 2014

solar photovoltaic installation on US rooftop

The California Energy Commission has introduced new energy efficient standards for all new residential and commercial buildings. The new measures mean that from January 1, 2014, all new buildings must have solar-ready roofs.

Solar stocks suffer tough month

Bull and bear

A tough month on global financial markets, with the main U.S. indices posting losses of around six percent and Europe, fairing a little worse, was exacerbated for solar stocks, as key governmental decisions impacted upon prices.

PV modules: Branding and bankability do not always correlate to quality

Solar photovoltaic module

Caveat emptor! While photovoltaic modules may have reached the commercial stage of "commoditization", they are not all the same. According to SolarBuyer, manufacturers are sacrificing quality and reliability in their quest to...

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