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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.

Kenya: Solar financing plan launched

Kenyan flag

Acquisition of solar panels by institutions and individuals keen on installing photovoltaic systems in Kenya could now be made easier after a regional module manufacturer has offered to guarantee bank loans for the purchase of...

Strong Chinese presence at Renewables Indonesia

Indonesian Minister of Public Works, Djoko Kirmanto, tours the trade fair grounds with Messe München CEO Ronald Unterburger

Chinese photovoltaic players were out in force at the second Renewables Indonesia International Trade Fair on Energy Sustainability, Green Resources and Environmental Technology, which kicked off today in the densely packed...

US: Laid off SolarWorld employees granted federal aid

Camarillo, California

The U.S. Department of Labor has said the manufacturing employees laid off by SolarWorld Industries America Inc., following the shutdown of its Camarillo photovoltaic module production plant in California, are entitled to federal...

'Contents under pressure' as Ontario LCAB and Intertek partner on FIT.2 audits

Ontario 80 MW Sarnia thin film solar photovoltaic park

Haste makes waste – unless, of course, it makes your company among the first to be audited and certified as a preferred vendor under the domestic content provision of the Ontario Power Authority’s updated Feed-in tariff (FIT.2)...

Wacker opens Nünchritz polysilicon production facilities

Wacker polysilicon chips

Wacker Chemi AG has officially opened its "hyperpure" polysilicon facilities in Nünchritz, Germany. The €900 million investment is said to have created over 500 new jobs.

SiC Processing closes Norwegian slurry recycling plant

SiC Processing HQ building German

SiC Processing has announced the closure of its slurry recycling plant in Herøya, Norway, following the permanent closure of REC’s wafer facilities. Around 100 employees will be affected.

Germany installs 650 MW of PV at start of 2012

Germany Perleberg 35MW airport solar photovoltaic project

650 megawatts (MW) worth of photovoltaics were installed in Germany in January and February, according to preliminary figures from the country’s Federal Network Agency.

LDK Solar suffers significant 2011 losses

LDK Solar branding

Chinese manufacturer, LDK Solar has posted significant fourth quarter (Q4) 2011 losses. Despite this, the company believes there is long term growth potential. It is targeting revenues of between US$2 billion and $2.7 billion in...

DSC PV market poised for significant expansion

BIPV Fraunhofer ISE DSSC module

Key technical breakthroughs in the past year have pushed the dye sensitized cell (DSC) photovoltaic market out of the research and development stage, making it a technology with solid growth potential in the near future.

China Sunergy suffers significant losses

China Sunergy building

Solar cell and module manufacturer, China Sunergy, posted significant losses in 2011. Despite this, the Chinese company plans to ramp cell capacity up to one gigawatt (GW).

Solar investors react badly to Chinese manufacturing numbers

China manufacturing solar photovoltaic

After a positive start to 2012, solar stocks have given back most of their gains as bad figures coming out of China lead to some significant losses.

France: More PV FIT cuts announced

French residential solar photovoltaic installation

The feed-in tariffs (FITs) for new photovoltaic installations up to 100 kilowatt peak (kWp) in France will decrease in the second quarter 2012, for the fifth consecutive time. Over the course of 12 months, they have decreased by...

IEA: PV concentrated on too few markets; clean energy not being deployed quickly enough

US California solar photovoltaic 778k W park

In a new report presented to Ministers at the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), the International Energy Agency (IEA) has said photovoltaics must embrace market diversification if it is to maintain its growth trajectory. Overall,...

Bosch affected by PV downturn

Bosch solar cell

At its annual press conference, Bosch says despite the difficult market conditions, sales and profitability for the company have increased: overall, its Industrial Technology business showed the strongest growth. However, due to...

Phono Solar and Sybac Solar sign strategic agreement

Two men shaking hands.

Chinese module producer, Phono Solar and German EPC, Sybac Solar signed a 500 megawatt (MW) strategic supply agreement at the vast Hannover Messe industry trade show yesterday. The agreement underpinned a broader theme prominent...

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