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International development banks pledge support for Caribbean nations

7 Miles Beach, Jamaica

Japan has also agreed to provide $15 million to help Caribbean nations deal with the impact of climate change at the Japan-Caricom summit this week.

Germany: BCG expects significant downturn in PV expansion

German PV installation

U.S. consulting firm, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has said it expects growth of photovoltaics (PV) systems in Germany to drop to 5,000 megawatts in 2011, due to continuing decreases in solar incentives.

28. December 2010 | | Comment now

LDK Solar hits 3 GWs wafer production capacity

LDK Solar wafer production line in China

LDK Solar Co., Ltd. has reached three gigawatts (GWs) of annualized production capacity at its wafer plants in China.

2011 world PV market overview

Beck Energy PV park

Following a successful, yet at times, unpredictable, year, pv magazine looks at the photovoltaics (PV) trends, markets and companies set to make an impact in 2011.

Italy: Construction begins on Strambino PV plant

View of Strambino, Pidemont, Italy

Work is underway on a 2.5 megawatt (MW) photovoltaics (PV) plant in Piedmont, Italy.

SunPower sells 44 MW Italian solar park

The Montalto di Castro solar park

U.S.-based SunPower Corp. has completed the sale of its 44 megawatt (MW) Montalto di Castro solar park, located in the Lazio region of Italy for an undisclosed amount.

China defends its subsidies against US complaint

China defends its subsidies for wind and solar power against a US complaint to WTO. Image: Wikipedia/White House Photo/Pete Souza

China is standing by its wind and solar power subsidies against a US complaint to the World Trade Organization that the support outlined by China is unfair and distorts the market.

Intel's spinoff SpectraWatt to shut down

Intel's spinoff SpectraWatt on the brink of shutting down just after a year. Image:Wikipedia/Coolcaesar

Intel's spinoff company SpectraWatt is apparently on the brink of shutting down according to reports. The crystalline-silicon cell manufacturer will be laying off more than 100 employees in March next year.

AUO enters the UK market

AUO can now sell its EcoDuo PM 220 modules in the UK. Image: Wikipedia/DaniKauf

AU Optronics (AUO) is ready to expand into the British market after its EcoDuo PM 220 solar module received the UK Microgeneration Scheme (MCS) certificate.

SECP and Posco Power partner to build 300 MW PV plant

View of Boulder City, Nevada

California-based Sustainable Energy Capital Partners (SECP) and with South Korean power producer Posco Power have announced they will develop and build a 300-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power plant in Boulder City, Nevada, the U.S.

Kyocera aims to hit 1 GW production capacity

Kyocera employees gathered for a celebration of the factory's one millionth module

Japanese electronics company Kyocera has announced it is hoping to reach one gigawatt (GW) of solar module production capacity by March 31, 2013.

US: National Grid completes 3 solar facilities in Massachusetts

Ian Bowles

National Grid has completed three new Massachusetts solar facilities in Revere, Haverhill and Everett. This, says the company, makes it the largest owner of solar generation in New England, the U.S.

SunEnergy Europe completes 1.1 MW Luneburg solar park

SunEnergy Europe's Luneburg solar park in Germany

SunEnergy Europe GmbH has completed its 1.1 megawatt (MW) Luneburg solar park, located in Germany, in just three weeks. According to the company, it will be connected to the grid imminently.

Germany: Wattner Group acquires 12 MW solar park

Map showing location of solar park

The Wattner Group of Cologne, Germany, has purchased a 12 megawatt (MW) solar park in Sietzsch, near Leipzig airport for €30 million.

SunEdison secures USD$50 million construction loan

SunEdison solar plant in the US at sunset

SunEdison LLC has secured a three-year, USD$50 million construction revolver* with Rabobank International.

22. December 2010 | | Comment now

REC secures NOK 1.2 billion wafer sale; receives compensation for terminated contract

REC wafer production building

REC has entered into a two year multicrystalline wafer sales contract with an unnamed Asian cell and module producer. In other news, the company has agreed to terminate a previous wafer contract with an unidentified party.

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