First Solar has completed the roof of its new manufacturing plant in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. Expected to be operational by June, the €173 million site will have a collective annual module capacity of over 238 megawatts (MW).
According to research, a decrease in demand for new PV installations in the first quarter of the year is expected to cause a "surge" in company inventories.
Samsung Fine Chemicals (SFC) and MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. are to establish a polysilicon facility in Korea under a new joint venture (JV).
Siliken is on track to open a 50 megawatt (MW) PV module production plant in Ontario, Canada. The company is expecting delivery of the first production line at the end of this month.
China Sunergy Co., Ltd. has entered into a 4,400 megawatt (MW) long-term wafer supply agreement with GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited.
New research reveals polysilicon, wafer, cell and module prices will continue to decline, with smaller companies expected to suffer the biggest price drop. However, the PV polysilicon market is forecast to grow nearly 20 percent...
AUO Crystal Corp. (ACC) is to establish a solar wafer plant in Taiwan. Initial capacity is expected to hit 300 megawatts (MW). Up to 1,000 jobs could also be created over the next three years.
Ashden award winner d.light and UK-based Christian Aid have joined forces to deliver a micro finance program designed to bring solar lighting to 4,400 rural households in India this year.
Suniva, Inc. has claimed its ARTisun Select series solar cells, which are now in full-scale production, are achieving over 19 percent conversion efficiencies. This, says the company, is a record.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has said up to USD$7 million will be invested in the development and commercialization of emerging solar energy technologies.
Following a successful first year in business, U.S. solar inverter company Nextronex Energy Systems has posted sales forecasts of USD$4 million for 2011.
Lithuania is to see its first solar panel production site opened this spring. Initial capacity will be 38 megawatts (MW), however, there will room to ramp up to 65 MW.
JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. has signed a supply agreement with an unnamed European customer for the delivery of 400 megawatts (MW) of solar modules. The financial terms were not disclosed.
Following the signing of a €36 million contract at the end of 2010, AEG Power Solutions is to provide GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited with its Thyrobox M power supply systems.
Celestica is to manufacture 180 megawatts worth of photovoltaic (PV) modules for Recurrent Energy, which is looking to install 19 solar power plants in Ontario.
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