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SPI Solar subsidiary seals 30 MW China deal

Solar PV installation, China.

Xinyu Xinwei New Energy will engineer, procure and construct a 30 MW solar PV plant in Zhongwei City, China.


Israel: 6.7 MWp PV system to be installed

Chalcolithic copper mine, Timna Valley, Israel

Soltec Renewable Energies and Shikun & Binui Solaria have said they will install a 7.5 megawatt peak (MWp) PV system in Israel. When completed, it will reportedly be one of the country’s largest.


7.4 MW PV portfolio sold in Czech Republic

Parabel PV park in Czech Republic

Despite the country's recent troubles, Austrian company Green Source GmbH and Berlin-based Parabel GmbH have sold a 7.4 megawatt (MW) PV park portfolio in the Czech Republic. It is said to be the sixth largest.


900 MW Japanese thin film plant begins production

Solar Frontier's 900 MW thin film CIS Kunitomi factory in Japan

Solar Frontier has started commercial production at its new USD$1 billion Japanese CIS thin film solar module production plant. Full capacity is expected to be approached this summer.


Ontario: OPA alters FIT application laws

PV rooftop installation on house in Ontario, Canada

Under a new amendment, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) will no longer issue microFIT or FIT capacity allocation exempt (CAE) contracts for smaller PV projects, until it has been confirmed that there is available grid space.


Ontario: Siliken sets up PV module plant

Siliken HQ building

Siliken is on track to open a 50 megawatt (MW) PV module production plant in Ontario, Canada. The company is expecting delivery of the first production line at the end of this month.


ABB to supply PV plants worth 39 MW to Italy

Satellite image of Italy

Power and automation technology group ABB is to supply three PV power plants to Italy, following orders worth $33 million from Emmeesseenne.


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China Sunergy and GCL-Poly sign 4,400 MW wafer agreement

GCL-Poly wafer manufacturing facilities

China Sunergy Co., Ltd. has entered into a 4,400 megawatt (MW) long-term wafer supply agreement with GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited.


Phoenix Solar to build PV park for Saudi oil company

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Phoenix Solar has been commissioned to build a 3.5 megawatt (MW) PV park for the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco). When complete, it will reportedly be Saudi Arabia's largest PV installation.


EPIA tells UK Government to "act carefully"

London bridge

Following the UK's announcement that it will bring its FIT review forward by one year, representatives from EPIA gathered in London to urge the Government to "act very carefully".


France still struggling with PV incentives

French flag

The moratorium for PV plants in France will remain in force until March 8, after which a new regulation will be published. Charpin and Trink, political advisors charged with the task, are due to provide their report to the French...


Schott raises its revenues; focuses on cost reduction

Udo Ungeheuer, chairman of the management board of Schott

Schott AG has raised its sales revenues by 26 percent to €2.85 billion in fiscal 2009/2010. Having performed particularly well, the company’s solar subsidiary is looking to strengthen its global activities.


Taiwan: AUO subsidiary to install 300 MW solar wafer plant

AUO Optronics HQ building

AUO Crystal Corp. (ACC) is to establish a solar wafer plant in Taiwan. Initial capacity is expected to hit 300 megawatts (MW). Up to 1,000 jobs could also be created over the next three years.


PVN to build PV plant atop Californian landfill

Big Bear Valley, California

California-based PVNavigator (PVN) has entered into an agreement with the County of San Bernardino, under which the company aims to build a photovoltaics (PV) plant atop a closed landfill.


Ontario: Increased PV opportunities, but module dissatisfaction exists

Toronto PV rooftop installation

Following an increase in Ontario’s domestic content rule, there are many new opportunities for photovoltaic (PV) equipment manufacturers. However, installers are dissatisfied with module brands.


Hawaiian Electric Company and IC Sunshine sign 5 MW PPA

Island of Oahu

Hawaiian Electric Company and IC Sunshine LLC have signed a five megawatt (MW), 20 year power purchase agreement (PPA).


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