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SPI Solar's $1.6bn credit line


China-focused developer secures three new lines of credit. Cries of unfair state subsidy support are likely to ring loud again.

Oerlikon produces thin film silicon modules at €0.35/Wp

Oerlikon's solar equipment

Oerlikon has released a new production line which, it says, allows thin film silicon photovoltaic modules to be produced at around US$0.50 or €0.35 per Watt peak (/Wp) and reduces capital expenditure by 20 percent.

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China: STSIC polysilicon and solar cell plans progressing

centrotherm HQ building

Shaanxi Tianhong Silicon Industrial Corporation (STSIC) is to begin producing polysilicon, after commissioning German equipment supplier, centrotherm SiTec GmbH. Two solar cell production lines are also being installed.

Würth and Manz sign transfer agreement

Manz HQ building

Würth Solar and Manz AG have signed the transfer agreement, which will see Manz taking over Würth’s CIGS operations at Germany’s Schwäbisch Hall.

Construction on 150 MW Copper Mountain 2 project to begin following PPA approval

The first Copper Mountain Solar project

A 25 year power purchase agreement (PPA)has been approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, meaning construction can begin on Sempra Generation’s 150 megawatt (MW) Copper Mountain Solar 2 project.

State of Berlin to save Solon?

Solon solar photovoltaic reference project

The State of Berlin has confirmed that it is very interested in saving Germany-based Solon, which filed for insolvency on Tuesday.

Work on 123 MW Italian PV project underway

Fürstenwalde solar photovoltaic project by solarhybrid

Having secured all the necessary approvals, solarhybrid AG has announced that work on its 123 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic project in Italy is underway.

Organic solar cell with inverted architecture achieves 8.3 percent efficiency

Imec 8.3 percent efficient organic solar photovoltaic cell

Imec, Polyera and Solvay announce that they have achieved a world record efficiency of 8.3 percent on their organic solar cells, which use inverted architecture.

Soitec acquires US manufacturing facility for CPV modules

San Diego

Soitec has acquired a new manufacturing facility in San Diego from Sony Electronics Inc. in order to manufacture its concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) modules. The move marks an investment of over US$150 million and is expected to...

Plans to rescue Solon failed

Solon solar photovoltaic rooftop system

The Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) has reported that two different parties stepped up to save Solon before it filed for insolvency. However, the plans fell through at the last minute.

Solarhybrid developing 150 MWp PV project

Solarhybrid solar photovoltaic reference project

Solarhybrid AG is to install a 150 megawatt peak (MWp) photovoltaic project in Germany's Neuhardenberg, located in Brandenburg.

Tata secures financing for 25 MW Indian PV project

Tata's chemical plant in Mithapur, Gujarat

Tata Power, a private power company based in India, has completed the financing agreements for its 25 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic project, set to be located in India’s Mithapur, in the state of Gujarat.

Hawaii: 15 schools to receive PV power

Rooftop solar photovoltaic installation Hawaii

Under a new initiative announced by Hawaii’s state Department of Education (DOE), 15 Kaua'i schools will be kitted out with photovoltaic systems in a bid to "significantly reduce" the cost of school operations.

Solon insolvency details emerge

Solar reference solar photovoltaic project

Hww wienberg wilhelm, insolvency advisors to Solon have released further details relating to the Berlin company’s announcement yesterday.

Top 5 countries by 2011 PV installations announced

US, City of Rifle solar photovoltaic installation by SunEdison

IHS iSuppli has published its 2011 photovoltaic installation predictions. At the top of the charts is Italy. The research body also believes module prices will continue to fall into 2012.

First Solar: Transitioning to post-subsidy PV

The facade of the First Solar plant in Frankfurt (Oder).

In the presentation of its 2012 guidance today, First Solar has announced a strategy to focus on serving "non-subsidy" markets in the future. The key will be to reduce costs to ensure that its photovoltaic power plants can...

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