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Tenaska taps First Solar to build 150 MW solar facility in Southern California

El Centro, Imperial Valley, California

The thin-film PV manufacturer is constructing its second plant in California for the Omaha, Nebraska-based energy company. San Diego Gas & Electric Company has signed a 25-year PPA for the project.


Conergy opens 8 MW park in Germany

The Conergy solar park in Grimmen.

German photovoltaics manufacturer, Conergy has opened an eight megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Grimmen, near Germany’s Baltic Sea coastline. Around 35,000 Conergy PowerPlus modules were used in the installation, which is...


Canadian Solar delivers 8 MW to landfill plant

Canadian Solar modules in the field in Germany.

Chinese photovoltaic manufacturer, Canadian Solar announced today that it has delivered eight megawatts (MW) of modules to a project, on a former landfill site, in the German state of Hesse.


Australia: 210 MW shortlist emerges

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has reached the final stage of its selection process for a scheme in which 210 megawatts (MW) of large-scale solar projects will be added to the territory. The smallest of Australia’s states...


Germany: Record 40 percent solar weekend

The German flag.

Early summer weather has seen Germany’s photovoltaic power plants feed 22 gigawatts (GW) back into the grid in a 24-hour period. In fact, so high was production that on Saturday at midday, 40 percent of the country’s total energy...


China retaliates, finds US in violation of free-trade rules

Chinese flag

According to Bloomberg, China’s Ministry of Commerce has identified five U.S. states which have violated free-trade rules. Meanwhile, Reuters reports that the trade case looks likely to move to Europe.


India establishes solar advisory council

Small Indian solar photovoltaic plant

Speaking with industry leaders yesterday, May 24, Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy in India called for "greater investment" in solar energy. The event represented the first meeting of India’s Solar Energy Industry...


Swiss solar association calls for higher PV targets

Swiss solar installation

At the annual general meeting of Switzerland’s solar trade association, Swissolar, the president called for more photovoltaic growth. The development of the technology, he said, could meet 20 percent of the country’s energy needs...


Proposal for Iran to abolish nuclear and adopt solar program unveiled

Iran No Nuke sign

In an attempt to persuade Iran to drop its atomic ambitions and instead develop its abundant renewable energy resources, two politicians from Germany’s Green Party have formulated a new strategy to be included in the ongoing...


MiaSole hits 15.5 percent efficiency with flexible CIGS module

MiaSole thin film solar photovoltaic plant

MiaSole has reached a new copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin film photovoltaic module efficiency. The results have been confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).


Odersun likely to permanently close

Odersun building

Hopes that Germany-based Odersun AG will be saved are fading fast. Unless an investor is found by the end of the month, the company will be forced to shut down and its employees let go.


Germany installs 1.8 GW PV in Q1

Germany solar photovoltaic park

Germany’s Federal Network Agency has once again quietly released the new photovoltaic installation capacities. Overall 1.8 gigawatts (GW) were installed in the country in the first quarter (Q1) of 2012.


Australia: SilexSolar closes manufacturing operations

In a sign of continued consolidation, Australian photovoltaic module manufacturer SilexSolar announced today that it will permanently close its manufacturing operations. The move will cost around AUD10 million (US$9.77 million).


China's PV manufacturers launch new alliance in response to trade case ruling

Shanghai

CEOs from China’s four largest photovoltaic manufacturers were gathered today, May 24, at a press conference in Shanghai, China, to launch the Solar Energy Promotion Alliance and comment on the latest U.S. Department of Commerce...


UK FIT cuts to take effect from August

For a second time this year, the U.K. government has revealed a new photovoltaic feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme, aimed at establishing a more "predictable, certain and sustainable" industry. Under the changes, a new 16 pence (p) FIT...


PV profitability could be achieved by raising prices just 1 percent

General photovoltaic module picture First Solar thin film

Price is crucial and will remain the most important driver, according to a new study. Raising prices for photovoltaic modules by one or two percent would see a return to profitability for some of the major solar players, and is...


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