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First Solar completes initial phase of America's first solar plant to sell electricity on spot market

The initial phase of the Barilla Solar Project is the first utility-scale project to be completed in the United States with no long-term contract and plans to sell the electricity generated on the spot market, as a new business...

Aleo solar lowers revenue guidance

German company aleo solar has reported that its revenue the first half of 2012 has fallen by 28.3 percent, compared to the first six months of 2011.

Stion: Thin films, big ambitions

A church with black solar panels on its roof.

During the Intersolar North America, held in San Francisco July 10 - 12, pv magazine took the chance to turn the spotlight on some key firms in the City and Bay Area. Part three of our series features CIGS innovator, Stion.

China: Government to rescue domestic manufacturers

2012's first and second quarters have seen a major setback in China's manufacturing landscape, with exports falling. Now the Chinese government is stepping in by more than doubling its long-term installation target from 20 to 50...

Philippines approves FIT

A street scene in the Philippines.

After a lengthy process, the Philippines’ Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has approved feed-in tariffs (FITs) for a number of renewable energy sources. For photovoltaics, a FIT of PhP9.68/kWh (US$0.23/kWh) has been announced.

BMW heir to take over 94 percent of Solarwatt

Solarwatt CEO, Detlef Neuhaus says that BMW heir Stefan Quandt will guide the company's restructuring as the "anchor investor". Not all jobs can be retained though.

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233 MW Solar 4 All scheme in New Jersey

An image of Chris Christie, he is quite rotund.

A ground-breaking ceremony was held yesterday in Hackensack New Jersey, at a brownfield site that will be converted into a 1.06 megawatt (MW) solar farm. At the same time, local utility Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G), a...

Poland’s KGHM to produce solar cells

A solar project in Poland.

Poland’s leading copper and silver miner, KGHM Polska Miedz has announced plans to produce solar cells, according to the company’s chief executive Hubert Wirth.

US: ECD and USO liquidation plan confirmed

US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has confirmed the liquidation plans for Energy Conversion Devices (ECD) and United Solar Ovonic LLC (USO). USO is known for its Uni-Solar brand.

Schüco exits thin film business

The thin film crisis has hit Schüco. The company has said it will permanently stop thin film module production, and research and development.

US: Bancorp and National Cooperative Bank jointly finance 8 solar projects

US$64.4 million in funds will be used to finance the photovoltaic projects that Borrego Solar Systems will develop. The projects are to be found at municipal landfills and at a school district.

India: 1 GW PV power plant in Gujarat?

A PV power plant in Gujarat.

Just one day after grid failures resulted in 300 million people going without power for hours in New Delhi, a "ultra mega" solar power project has been proposed in the state of Gujarat. The Gujarat government is reportedly in...

70 MW plant to be built in Southern Japan


Kyocera and six other companies have formed a new company to build and operate a 70 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power plant in the Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan. The new company will be called the Kagoshima Mega Solar Power...

Solar Mosaic: One tile at a time

Coders working on laptops on beanbags at the Solar Mosaic office.

During the Intersolar North America, held in San Francisco July 10-12, pv magazine took the chance to turn the spotlight on some key firms in the City and Bay Area. Part two of our series features "crowdfunding" solar startup,...

Australia: Generation competitiveness approaching for PV

A report released today by the Australian government has found price reductions in photovoltaic equipment and installation costs have meant that renewable energy is growing increasingly competitive, as a utility-scale generation...

France: 541 MW of solar projects approved

The French energy and ecology minister, Delphine Batho announced that the government has approved 214 solar power projects totaling 541 MW. Two tenders were opened last year, one for projects on rooftops between 100 to 250 kW and...

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