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Greek isles to be connected to grid

A Greek island.

French, Swedish, Italian and Greek companies this week signed contracts to install underground and subsea cabling to connect the Cyclades to the mainland grid. The connections will boost solar project development in the isalnds.


Isofoton reveals plans to manufacture PV in Saudi, Brazil and China

Isofoton HQ in Spain

Spain-based Isofotón has revealed further details about its new photovoltaic manufacturing facility in Napoleon, Ohio. The company has also told pv magazine at the Solar Power International that it intends to set up module...


Discounters Walmart, Costco and Kohl’s lead 'Top 20' US solar companies

REC Ikea photovoltaics solar installation 1.8 MW california

Solar is going "through the roof" in the United States, according to a report released by the Washington, DC-based Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and the San Francisco-based Vote Solar Initiative on September 12. In...


Chile: "Largest" PV plant completed

Atacama Desert, northern Chile

What has been described as Chile’s largest industrial photovoltaic plant – 1.4 MW – has been completed. There are plans to scale it up to 25 MW over the next few years.


Creditors approve BMW heir’s Solarwatt takeover

Solarwatt HQ Dresden Germany

Solarwatt AG’s creditors have approved the company’s reorganization plan and BMW heir Stefan Quandt’s proposal to acquire 94% of its shares. Once the plan takes legal effect, Solarwatt’s insolvency proceedings will be repealed.


Germany’s maturing "cleantech" sector geared for growth

The German flag.

Two reports, released this week, have indicated that Germany’s cleantech industry, and photovoltaics in particular, will continue to grow in the coming years and maintain its leading place in the industry.


Grid connected PV needs incentives to grow profitably

solar photovoltaic modules

Without support, grid connected photovoltaics cannot grow profitably, states Navigant Research's Paula Mints. Furthermore, while traditional energy sources are likely to continue to receive subsidies, it cannot be assumed...


Switzerland: Meyer Burger closes Lyss PV production site

Meyer Burger HQ image

Meyer Burger will close its Lyss photovoltaic production site in Switzerland down and integrate the activities into its new Thun facilities.


Jobs to go as Trina streamlines operations

Trina Solar chairman Jifan Gao

Trina Solar Limited has announced it will streamline its organizational structure. With the aim of becoming more competitive, the company plans to shed jobs and separate its business activities.


SPI 2012: US market growth amongst political pain

The entrance to the SPI entrance halls.

The Solar Power International (SPI) event has opened today, at the Orange County Convention Center in Florida, and initial reports from the show are that traffic is slow. The show, which is essentially spread across one giant...


Hanwha SolarOne posts stable Q2 financials; lowers FY shipment guidance

Hanwha SolarOne solar photovoltic modules shipment

Hanwha SolarOne has fared relatively well in Q2 2012, compared to many of its solar industry peers and its Q1 performance. Despite this, the company recognizes the still challenging industry conditions, and has lowered its FY...


SunEdison adds US$40 million to loan facility

U.S. project developer SunEdison has added $40 million to its project finance revolving credit facility, for utility scale and distributed solar projects in the U.S. and Ontario. The new capital is available immediately.


Brazil: Report reveals 10 PV technologies for development

Brazil 1 MW solar photovoltaic plant

The 10 top technologies industry analysts expect to be developed in Brazil’s photovoltaic sector over the next 15 years have been unveiled in a new study commissioned by the Brazilian Agency for Industrial Development (ABDI).


Germany calls for renewable quota system

Calls for renewable energy quota systems in Germany are amassing and becoming louder, particularly from the country’s Free Democratic Party (FDP). Under Economy Minister, Sven Morlok (FDP), the Saxony Government yesterday...


Japan: Solar Frontier moves into downstream PV

A photo of the Miyazaki factory.

Japanese thin film manufacturer Solar Frontier has announced that it will move into the downstream business in its domestic market, with an agreement to supply and provide "project development services" for two power plants worth...


Yingli unveils 72 cell PV module for US market

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has unveiled a new 72 cell photovoltaic module, the YGE-U 72 Cell, at this year's Solar Power International in Orlando, Florida. Designed specifically to supply the North American...


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