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NRG Energy completes 6 MW community clean energy project in California

NRG Energy Community 1 Solar Facility, California.

Developed in collaboration with Boeing and San Diego State University, the Community Solar 1 Generating Facility will power 2,200 local households.

Solar Mosaic picks up US$2 million from DOE

A crosfunded installation in the US - California.

California-based Solar Mosaic have moved a step towards rolling out its "crowdfunded" photovoltaic model, picking up a grant from the Department of Energy (DOE), as a part of its SunShot program.

Soitec completes Italy’s largest CPV power plant

A CPV module.

International semiconductor developer Soitec reported at the Intersolar Europe trade show today that it has completed what it claims is Italy’s largest concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) power plant in Sicily. The company says that...

Report finds solar intermittency can be overcome

A picture of Moree, Australia.

A report from Australia’s leading national science and the technology research organization has found that the challenges posed by the intermitted supply of electricity produced by solar installations can be overcome.

MBJ Service, Solon and SolarEdge win 2012 Intersolar Awards

Intersolar Europe 2012 awards

In the category "Photovoltaic", MBJ Service, Solon and SolarEdge have been presented with the 2012 Intersolar Award.

Cloudy skies over Intersolar Europe

Intersolar Europe crowd shot

With mixed feelings and under darkened skies, Intersolar Europe started today in Munich. For the first time the number of exhibitors fell by 16 percent, compared to the previous year. In terms of visitor numbers, Solar...

US: New CIGS PV roadmap announced

Richard Swanson SunPower

Three photovoltaic industry executives have been chosen to lead a new U.S. CIGS PV Roadmap. The aim is to create a national plan for the CIGS industry in order to boost its competitiveness.

US installs "record" amount of PV in Q1; to exceed 3.2 GW in 2012

US California solar photovoltaic installation

According to SEIA and GTM Research 506 MW of photovoltaics were installed in Q1 2012. This, they say, represents "more than any other first quarter on record." Overall, it is predicted that 3.2 GW will be installed throughout the...

China module manufacturer tops SVTC solar scorecard

Trina Solar screenshot

Trina Solar ranked first in the U.S.-based Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition’s (SVTC’s) latest solar scorecard. The Chinese photovoltaic module manufacturer ironically knocked SolarWorld off the top spot.

CASM: Chinese solar imports to US fall "sharply"

China US flags

According to the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM), Chinese solar imports to the U.S. fell "sharply" in April, following the issuance of preliminary dumping tariffs from the Department of Commerce (DOC).

Bosch Solar to enter Turkish market

Bosch solar photovoltaic module

Bosch Solar Energy AG has announced it will open a new sales office in Turkey. The company said it will focus on planning and installing turnkey photovoltaic parks in the country.

Calyxo ramps up thin film capacity in Germany

Calyxo HQ

Calyxo GmbH will ramp up capacity of its cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin film photovoltaic modules in Germany’s in Saxony-Anhalt.

Trina and E3/DC announce storage collaboration

E3/DC energy storage system

China’s Trina Solar Limited and Germany-based E3/DC have said they will collaborate on next generation energy storage solutions.

Intersolar: A view to post-FIT PV

Intersolar flags

Markets in which photovoltaics can be a true competitor with traditional energy sources was one of the themes emerging from the first day of the Intersolar Europe Convention, which began in Munich yesterday. German market...

Germany: First Solar to continue production until year end

First Solar FF02 production facility

First Solar Inc. has announced it will keep its manufacturing facilities in Germany’s Frankfurt (Oder) up and running until the end of the year, due to the short-term increase in demand. After this, the facilities will be...

Soltecture searches for investor; announces new CIGSe efficiency

Soltecture facade Berlin CIGSe photovoltaic

The insolvent Soltecture, a Berlin-based CIGSe photovoltaic module manufacturer, has announced that the search is on to find an investor. It is believed a buyer will be found soon. In related news, the company has achieved a new...

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