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First Solar unveils two new PV module series

The company will move to a larger format with its Series 6. modules. The Series 6 will be 120 x 180 cm, with an expected output of over 400 watts.

NYSEIA calls for support for solar

More than 100 nuclear plants are located countrywide in the US. Image: Flickr/emdot

The New York Solar Energy Industries Association has called on the state and federal governments in the US to focus future fundings and technical support on solar energy.

German 2010 PV installation figures announced

Scott Solar rooftop installation Germany

Newly installed PV capacity in Germany almost doubled in 2010. However, the solar subsidy cuts were not implemented without consequences. Almost 7,250 megawatts (MW) were installed, which is much less than originally expected by...

Suntech to install 10 MW Tibetan solar system

Mount Everest view

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. will develop a 10 megawatt (MW) solar installation in Tibet. When completed, it will reportedly be one of the highest positioned systems in the world, at 4,000 meters above sea level.

UK outlines plans to lower FITs; industry outraged

UK PV test installation

The UK Government has announced its plans to cut PV feed-in tariffs (FITs). Under the proposals, support for all new and standalone installations over 50 kilowatts (kW) will be reduced. The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has...

Importance of PV module quality to increase

Berlin, Germany skyline

PV module quality, materials, production and market issues are set to be the themes of an upcoming workshop in Germany. A key discussion point will be the integration of quality measures into production lines.

First Solar to open Arizonian PV module factory

First Solar Sarnia PV project, Ontario

First Solar, Inc. is to open an over 250 megawatt (MW) PV module manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona. Around $300 million is being invested into the project, while up to 600 jobs are expected to be created.

19 MW Colorado PV park completed

Alomosa County road sign

Xcel Energy and SunPower Corp. have completed a 19 megawatt (MW) PV power plant in Colorado, the U.S. In other news, SunPower is working on a 30 MW project.

2 MW multi-school solar project completed in US

A two megawatt (MW) solar project, which is distributed across 15 Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) sites in the U.S., has been completed.

Canadian Solar and Skypower sign third EPC agreement

Thunder Bay

Canadian Solar Inc. and SkyPower Limited will build a 10.5 megawatt (MW) solar park in Ontario. It is the third engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement between the two companies

Australia: NSW state election could see green power surge

Australians rallying to Save Solar Systems outside the Victoria parliament house steps in January this year

The upcoming election in the Australian state of New South Wales could see a substantial shift towards a more environmentally friendly power supply in the country’s most populous state, if the Green Party secures the votes that...

France: FIT opinion divided at PV Power Plant conference

Paris at night

A conference in Paris highlighted the fact that opinion over the French Government’s decision to cut the country’s feed-in tariffs (FITs) is divided.

Nuclear power comes under attack; solar stocks increase

nuclear power plant

Following the explosions at several of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plants, and the uncertainty surrounding their safe shutdown, global calls for renewable energy to replace nuclear have been made. Solar stocks have also...

Ecobuild 2011 shines a light on PV

Two men attaching a solar panel to a roof in the exhibition halls of Ecobuild as part of a demonstration

The world's so-called 'biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment', Ecobuild, closed its doors on another successful event. This year, PV was well represented, with a noticeable increase in...

Sanyo opens Hungarian solar module facility

Dorog, Hungary

Sanyo’s Hungarian subsidiary has officially opened its new 150 megawatt (MW) solar module production facility in Hungary. Around 300 jobs have been created.

French PV tariff levels announced

French flag

As was reported on Tuesday, the French Government has issued new feed-in tariff guidelines. The tariff levels have now been published, and the 500 megawatt (MW) annual cap confirmed.

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