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DNV GL: long term reliability testing required for new materials

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Renewable energy advisory DNG GL has called for more sophisticated reliability testing for new and novel materials being deployed in the renewable energy sector. Alternative semiconductor technology, such as perovskites, and...

Ontario ranks high for PV

Ontario ranks at number two in North America. Image: BBDO North America

Ontario has moved ahead of New Jersey to take second place in North American solar photovoltaic (PV) rankings for 2010. The first place is still held by California, but the current rate of growth in Ontario could rival the sunny...

Greece grants license for CSP tower

Crete will be the site of the apparently largest CSP plant in Europe. Image: Wikipedia/Lapplaender

A 38 megawatts solar electricity license has been granted by the Greek regulatory agency to Nur-MOH SA for the construction of the reportedly largest concentrated solar power tower installation in Europe on the island of Crete.

German PV funding compromise

The adjustments presented by Norbert Röttgen are to be sent to parliament for deliberation.

Branch representatives and members of the German government have come to an agreement on the adjustment of solar incentives. The EuPD Research sees this as a step to an earlier than planned reduction.

Innotech buys a third of REC solar facility

Innotech Solar has purchased a third of the shares of REC's Glava solar module production facility.

Innotech has bought approximately a third of the shares of the Renewable Energy Corporation's (REC) solar module manufacturing at Glava, Sweden. The facility has a capacity of 150 megawatts per year.

Decision about German solar promotion this week

The decision about solar promotion in Germany will be decided by this week. Image: Flickr/Peter XIII

A proposal for the brought forward cuts of the photovoltaic feed-in tariffs in Germany is to be presented by the end of the week. The plans will be officially presented by the Minister of Environment tomorrow before noon. That...

Production line in West Africa

SPEC is developing the first solar panel factory in West Africa. Image: Wikipedia/Ji-Elle

3S Modultec is selling an integrated solar panel production line to West Africa. Senegalese solar company SPEC is developing the first solar panel factory in West Africa with support from 3S Modultec.

Environmental permitting approved on 230 MW solar ranch

Antelope Velley, California

First Solar’s 230 megawatt (MW) AV Solar Ranch One project has received final and non-appealable environmental permitting. Construction is scheduled to begin this year, with project completion expected by the end of 2013.

BIPV to compensate for PV panel commoditization

Suntech HQ in Wuxi, China with worl's largest PV facade

A new report states that the photovoltaics (PV) industry is at a crossroads, with a growing realization that PV panels are becoming commoditized. But, it believes building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) could provide a strategic...

France releases PV initiative aimed at fighting Chinese competition

French flag flying before a building

The French Government is looking to motivate its national photovoltaics (PV) industry through the introduction of a new R&D program, which is aimed at reducing China’s grip on the global PV market.

Silfab's hopes of reaching 22 percent cell efficiency

Franco Traverso

Silfab’s president and CEO tells pv magazine about the Italian company’s plans to hit 22 percent efficiency for its monocrystalline solar cells. He also outlines its competitive strategy for the coming year.

SoloPower to build 300 MW thin film facility

SoloPower HQ in US

SoloPower, Inc. is to establish a 300 (MW) thin film solar panel manufacturing facility in Wilsonville, Oregon, the U.S. Around 500 new jobs are expected to be created.

Austria struggles with FIT limitations

Image of Vienna, Austria across the water

Demand for photovoltaics (PV) in Austria is strong, but fears have been voiced over its restrictive subsidy quota, which has been exhausted up to and including 2019 for projects over five kilowatts peak (kWp).

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Korea expected to pick up the PV pace

Korean people marching in yellow robes

Explosive photovoltaics (PV) growth is expected in Asia in 2011, with Korea playing a leading role.

Spain’s solar producers to take government to court

PV installation in Spain by SunEdison

A Spanish association of solar power producers has announced its intention to go to court over the government’s plans to cap solar subsidies.

TSMC and Centrosolar sign deal

TSMC has chosen Centrosolar as its exclusive European manufacturer of crystalline solar modules. Image: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and Germany's Centrosolar have signed a solar module manufacturing agreement as part of TSMC's efforts for diversification.

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