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SunPower sets new solar efficiency record

SunPower E20 PV module

US company SunPower achieved an efficiency of 24.1% for a module using silicon cells, which is just the latest in a number of efficiency records for solar technology, showing that the modules are moving in the right direction.


SolarWorld turns its back on Asia; US becomes key PV focus

SolarWorld recently opened Germany's largest photovoltaic module production facility in Freiburg (aerial shot)

In a move away from the Asian regions, SolarWorld has sold its stake in a South Korean solar panel production facility, stating that it prefers to focus on Western photovoltaic markets.


German Lower House of Parliament formerly turns its back on nuclear

The German flag.

The government adopted the Renewable Energy Act [EEG] Amendment today, which will abandon nuclear and offer some support for renewable sources.


UK solar industry rallies to seek way round FIT cuts

London skyline from London City Hall

A call to arms by the UK solar industry in the face of the government’s decision to cut feed-in-tariff (FIT) rates for installations larger than 50 kilowatts (kW) gathered momentum yesterday as politicians, solar businesses, and...


Ontario’s solar success hits a snag in Windsor

An abandoned factory in Windsor, Ontario.

With a rapidly expanding solar sector and a growing number of installations, Ontario has rapidly emerged as a major photovoltaic market. However, a local solar manufacturers in the Windsor area are accusing local utilities of...


US’ first utility scale CIS solar project on track

Solar Frontier's new gigawatt-scale manufacturing plant in Japan

juwi solar Inc. is gearing up to construct the U.S.’s first utility scale ground-mount CIS (copper, indium and selenium) solar plant. It is scheduled for completion at the end of 2011.


Consolidation and negative solar surprises

Q-Cells SE Solar park in Puglia, Italy

Industry analysts at Jefferies believe consolidation is about to hit the solar industry. They add that the second quarter of this year has "negative surprises" in store.


After 1,000 home installations, GRID Alternatives poised for interstate expansion

A Santa Cruz installatins pictured with volunteers.

Californian not-for-profit solar installer has racked up its 1,000th photovoltaic installation and is ready to expand to other states with established solar economies.


Home energy software, communications, efficiency and solar start-ups get investment from GE

The GE corporate badge.

GE’s "Ecomagination: Powering Your Home" Challenge has resulted in $63 million of investment into home energy technology companies from GE and venture capital partners.


New nuclear sites for England and Wales

A nuclear power plant in Germany.

Government plans for new nuclear power plants have been revealed in the UK, with eight sites named in its energy policy statements. The government has also released its Microgeneration Strategy, which focuses on non-financial...


Bilateral PV research and development deal signed

Jürgen Mlynek speaks to Dan Arvihzu before signing their agreement.

U.S. and German photovoltaic and concentrated solar power (CSP) researchers are set to formally collaborate after a historic accord was signed today in Berlin, Germany. The signatories were from the National Renewable Energy...


Bosch to build 640 MW production facility in Malaysia

A wafer manufacturing process from Bosch.

A photovoltaic manufacturing site in Penang, Malaysia, is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013, at a cost of €520 million. The facility will primarily serve the Asian solar market.


Solar plane arrives at Paris Air Show

A small crowd in front of the Solar Impulse aircraft.

A solar plane, Solar Impulse HB-SIA, has landed and is drawing major crowds at the Paris Air Show underway this week in the French capital. While certainly not the first solar aircraft, the Solar Impulse is the first airplane to...


Finance flows for US solar installations

A house installation in America.

Banks, corporations and insitutional investors are making funds available for U.S. solar power projects as the market expands. Some investments are facilitating certain solar companies to make the shift from photovoltaic...


pvXchange figures show significant price milestone

A photovoltaic module manufacturing facility in China.

Online photovoltaic product exchange platform shows manufacturers across all tiers dropping prices and the €1-per-watt-peak milestone being reached for modules from Asian manufacturers. Although it must be noted that this price...


Australian Government gives green light to 400 MW worth of solar projects

Sunrise in Australia

The Australian Federal Government has announced an injection of over AUD$750 million (€558 million) to help build two of the world’s largest solar power stations after months of uncertainty surrounding the projects.


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