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SolarCity enjoys record Q2 as losses narrow and installations rise

SolarCity rooftop installation.

The U.S. solar company hit 189 MW of installations in the second quarter, despite posting losses of $22.4 million, or just 23 cents per share, over that period.

U.S.: First national renewable energy jobs and security bill based on German FIT system introduced to congress

Jay Inslee

Following industry association calls, the first U.S. national renewable energy jobs and security bill, which proposes the country should adopt Germany’s feed-in tariff model, has been introduced to congress.

Germany predicted to see three GW in PV installations in the first half of the year

Solar installations in a sunny field

For the first half of this year, the German Federal Network Agency is expecting to see an increase in photovoltaics (PV) installations of more than three gigawatts (GW). During this time, around 135,000 data specifications have...

Scatec Solar to install 7.2 MW of solar PV rooftop systems in Italy; barrel vault roofs present challenge

Scatec Solar's barrel vault roof 7.2 MW PV project in Milan, Italy

Norway-based Scatec Solar has signed a €20 million agreement with the Solar Life Energy investment group to build a total of 7.2 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV) systems on ten industrial warehouse roofs in Milan,...

New world efficiency record set for thin film tandem junction silicon module, says Sunfilm

Sunfilm thin film tandem junction silicon solar module of 2.6 meters x 2.2 meters

Sunfilm AG has announced it has set a world record of 9.6 percent total area efficiency for a thin film tandem junction silicon solar module of 2.6 meters x 2.2 meters. The record module, Model F, achieved a maximum stabilized...

Shock for Spain’s solar industry, pv magazine told

General picture of PV panels

Spain's government wants to pass drastic retroactive and future cuts as well as ceilings for photovoltaics (PV) feed-in tariffs, pv magazine has learnt. This is the result of a two-day round of talks between government and...

New report predicts BIPV market will reach USD$8.2 billion in 2015

Example of BIPV in Singapore on a rooftop

The global building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) market will reach USD$8.2 billion in revenues by 2015 driven by the cost advantage that BIPV can provide versus conventional photovoltaics (PV) solutions, according to...

PBEC to develop 150 MW solar farm; eyes up an additional 707 acres

PBEC land in Arizona

Pacific Blue Energy Corp. (PBEC), a development stage renewable energy company, has entered into an agreement for the acquisition of 100 acres in Gila Bend, Arizona, the U.S. in order to develop a 150-megawatt (MW) solar farm.

Australia: Victoria sets its sights on utility-scale solar projects as country sees first FITs for large projects introduced

Melbourne skyline

The Australian state of Victoria has unveiled its plans to increase electricity supply from large scale-solar power to five per cent by 2020. Premier John Brumby announced that target was Australia’s most ambitious solar...

Utility scale solar set to take off, pv magazine learns

Solar park in Germany next to a wind turbine and a small house

Utility-scale solar is set to be a big new trend, Brad Meikle, senior analyst and managing director of Renewable Analytics has told pv magazine. He also issued pricing advice on how module manufacturers can create a larger market...

Solarfun to increase cell capacity by 50 MW; will introduce high-efficiency cell technology

Qidong, Jiangsu Province, China

Solarfun Power Holdings Co., Ltd., based in Qidong, Jiangsu Province, China, has said it is to increase its cell capacity by 50 megawatts (MW) through the enhancement of its manufacturing processes, and will convert 160 MW of its...

Phoenix Solar to build 3.5 MW solar park in Italy

Field of PV panels

Phoenix Solar AG has been commissioned by Canada-based energy company Etrion Corporation as general contractor for the turnkey construction of a 3.5-megawatt (MW) ground-mounted photovoltaic plant in Borgo Piave, Italy. The...

Intersolar North America closes on a high

Intersolar North America 2010 exhibition hall

As Intersolar North America drew to a close, analysts left the industry with upbeat forecasts for the solar market. "Things couldn't be better in 2010," Jefferies analyst Jesse Pichel told pv magazine.

Jobs to go as Suntech-owned Kuttler announces it will focus on PV industry

KSL-Kuttler Automation Systems GmbH HQ in Dauchingen, Germany

Suntech-owned KSL-Kuttler Automation Systems GmbH, based in Dauchingen, Germany has announced 62 redundancies today following the news that the company will be redirecting its efforts towards the photovoltaics (PV) industry.

On Semiconductor to acquire Sanyo Semiconductor

Sanyo HIT module

On Semiconductor Corporation and Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. have signed a definitive purchase agreement providing for the acquisition of Sanyo Semiconductor Co., Ltd. and other assets related to Sanyo Electric’s semiconductor...

Sunlink expands beyond mounting system market with Blue Oak acquisition

Blue Oak PV Products combiner boxes on PV rooftop installation in U.S.

American mounting system manufacturer Sunlink has told pv magazine at this year's Intersolar North America trade show that it has bought California-based Blue Oak PV Products. The company declined to disclose the amount. The...

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