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UC Davis to build largest PV installation in University of California system

UC Davis, California

Built and owned by Sunpower, the project is designed to generate 33 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, compared to total campus electricity use of 228 million kilowatt hours in 2013-14.

New Energy and NREL enter into R&D agreement

Screen shot of New Energy Technologies SolarWindow website page

New Energy Technologies, Inc. and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA).

30. March 2011 | | Comment now

SMA doubles 2010 sales; focuses on international markets

SMA inverter building

SMA Solar Technology AG has concluded a successful 2010 fiscal year, having doubled its sales and set a new earnings record. The focus for 2011, it says, is on further internationalization.

meeco group outlines PV expansion plans

meeco PV installation

In an exclusive interview, the meeco AG outlines its international PV expansion plans to pv magazine. In addition to South America, India and Africa are key markets.

Spain stops subsidies for 350 solar plants

Spanish flag

Spain’s national energy commission, CNE has suspended solar subsidies for 350 installations, after finding that that they were not generating electricity when they claimed to be.

Q-Cells achieves "world record" thin film efficiency

Q-Cells HQ

In another "efficiency record" for today, Q-Cells SE says it has reached an efficiency of 14.7 percent for a mass-produced CIGS thin film solar module, which has been manufactured via monolithic integration. This figure has been...

29. March 2011 | | Comment now

Conergy suing Roth & Rau

Roth & Rau reportedly delivered a production line late and to the wrong specifications. Image: Conergy AG.

According to reports, Conergy is looking to sue Roth and Rau for compensation worth millions. In other news, the company confirms its previously announced positive financial results.

SunPower wins 11 MW contract from TEP

View of Tucson, Arizona, USA

SunPower will provide Tucson Electric Power (TEP) with 11 megawatts (MW) of solar power systems under a new contract. They will be used for the utility's TEP Bright Roofs program.

Solar Frontier claims new thin film CIS efficiency record

Solar Frontier solar module

According to its in-house measurements, Solar Frontier says it has achieved 17.2 percent aperture area efficiency on a 30 x 30 cm thin film CIS-based PV submodule. This, states the company, is a world record.

Global solar shares boosted by Germany’s first Green win

Solar panels

Solar stocks around the world have risen after Winfried Kretschmann became the first regional Green Party president in German history. In an interview with pv magazine Wolfgang Seeliger speaks about the country’s political...

India: Plans for 40 MW solar plant underway

Image of Ahmadabad in India's Gujarat state

PLG Power is in the process of establishing a 40 megawatt (MW) solar power plant in India’s Gujarat state. It is expected to be completed by the end of the next financial year.

United Solar awarded patent for nano-crystalline technology

The company has nearly 70 US patents for technological advancements in its 25-year history. Image: United Solar

United Solar, manufacturer of light-weight, flexible thin-film solar modules, announced today that its team has received the patent for "Method for depositing high-quality microcrystalline semiconductor materials."

Wagner Solar UK offers help to Japan

Wagner will be donating a part of its April proceeds from Sanyo modules to WorldVision. Image: Flickr/Save the Children Canada.

Wagner Solar UK Ltd, has announced the decision to donate three percent from the sales of Sanyo modules during the entire month of April, to World Vision for Japan related causes.

Australia: Sunshine Coast to get 10 MW solar farm

The proposed solar parks are set to revolutionise Sunshine Coast power. Image: Wikipedia/Vanderven

Local business, Energy Parks Australia (EPA), has lodged a Development Application with the council which, if approved, would see the Sunshine Coast boast one of Australia’s largest solar parks.

UK: Wirsol Solar and Corby to create "solar city"

Corby skyline, England

Wirsol Solar UK Ltd and Corby Borough Council have joined forces to install PV systems on "as many council owned properties as practicalities permit" in Corby, England.

Latin America to see largest CPV system installed

Skyline's new X14 array

Skyline Solar has been selected for what it says is Latin America’s largest utility-scale concentrated PV (CPV) power plant. The company has also unveiled its new Skyline Solar X14 array.

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