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Calls for UK renewable energy policy reform before the release of the budget

Solar PV site and wind farm in the UK

After conducting a pre-budget analysis, Green Alliance finds that investing in renewables instead of giving general energy subsidies would save GBP 420 million, while the Solar Trade Association calls for a ‘level playing field’...


World first for transformerless inverters as SMA receives UL certification

SMA Solar Technology AG UL certified transformerless inverter (orange)

Germany-based SMA Solar Technology AG has received certification from Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for its transformerless inverters. This, says the company, is a world first for transformerless inverters and means that it can...


Research: PV microinverters and power optimizer revenues predicted to hit around USD$1.5 billion over next 5 years

Photovoltaics research director, Ash Sharma

Solar microinverters and DC-DC power optimizers are forecast to generate more than USD$1.5 billion in revenues over the next five years, according to IMS Research. It says that shipments of the devices are forecast to grow over...


US annual PV installations to reach 1.9 GW by 2014, says new study

First Solar commercial rooftop PV installation

The U.S. is expected to install around 1.9 gigawatts (GW) of photovoltaics (PV) annually by 2014, according to new research, which states that the country’s market is growing at fast pace, thanks to government support and...


Researchers announce new 20.3 percent world record CIGS solar cell efficiency

The "world record" CIGS solar cell from ZSW

Scientists at the Zentrum fur Sonnenenergie-und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg, Germany (Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research, ZSW) say they have achieved a new world record for copper, indium, gallium and...


World's first carbon footprint verification for a PV module announced

AU Optronics Corp. HQ

AU Optronics Corp. says it has completed the carbon footprint verification on a multi-crystalline PV module, according to the international carbon footprint standard PAS2050*. EcoDuo PM220P00 is the world's first PV module to...


CERPA outlines PV goals as it says solar is center of Australia's attention

Aerial view of Australia from space

There is no single solution for meeting energy needs, Professor Vassilios G. Agelidis, director of the University New South Wales’ Center for Energy Research and Policy Analysis (CERPA) tells pv magazine.


Samsung to invest USD$15 million in development of nano-architected materials for thin film solar

Jason Hartlove

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is to contribute USD$15 million to Silicon Valley-based Nanosys, Inc. in the U.S. in order to “accelerate the development of commercial applications of nano-architected materials for the electronics...


SMA to deliver 100 inverters to medical clinics in Ethiopia

Doctor looking into a microscope at one of Ethiopia's medical clinics

Under the development project ‘Access to Modern Energy Services Ethiopia’, realized by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH, SMA Solar Technology AG has said it will deliver 100 battery power...


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US National Guard unit to bring solar to rural Afghanistan

Lt. Col. Brian Stevens, second from R, meets with an Afghan elder in SE Afghanistan

In a bid to bring renewable energy, like solar power, to Afghanistan, Lt. Col. Brian Stevens of the Texas Army National Guard is working with the Energy Executives Leadership Program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of...


UNSW: Work begins on new AUD$125 million Tyree Energy Technologies building

An impression of what the new TETB building will look like at the University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia has announced that construction has started on its new AUD$125 million Tyree Energy Technologies Building (TETB) following planning approval from the New South Wales...


TÜV Rheinland opens new lab in India; said to be largest of its kind in South Asian economic area

TÜV engineer carries out tests on a rooftop PV installation

TÜV Rheinland AG has opened its seventh laboratory worldwide in the Indian city of Bangalore for testing solar modules and systems. The company has invested €2 million in the new solar test centre, which will, in particular,...


MNRE minister urges India solar PV industry to develop research initiatives

Dr. Farooq Abdullah speaking at this year's Solarcon

Dr. Farooq Abdullah, the Hon’ble Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy urged the Indian solar photovoltaics (PV) industry to focus on developing research initiatives, during the Solarcon India 2010, held in Hyderabad, India...


Q-Cells to help promote education in solar sector with new professorship

Q Cells HQ and company flag

Germany-based Q-Cells SE is to offer a professorship at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, in Halle, starting in its 2010/2011 winter term in a bid to educate graduates beginning their careers about the opportunities...


Indian Andhra Pradesh government outlines major solar PV initiatives

K. Rosaiah, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, second from the right, at this year's Semicon

The government of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh in India has undertaken several outstanding initiatives in solar photovoltaics (PV), according to K. Rosaiah, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, who was speaking at...


US: PV now cheaper than nuclear energy

Solar PV panel against a sunny sky backdrop

Electricity generated from new photovoltaics (PV) installations is now cheaper than electricity from proposed new nuclear plants, in what has been dubbed a historic crossover.


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