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Wacker Chemie partners with 1366 Technologies

The world’s second-largest polysilicon maker will provide the kerfless wafer startup with a $15 million equity investment, a supply of polysilicon and technical assistance.

UK: PV countdown sees "large" parks pop-up

A Conergy photovoltaic power plant in the UK.

As the August 1st cutoff for Britain’s original feed-in tariff (FIT) rates looms, two five megawatt (MW) power plants have been completed in England’s "sunny" south west.

Smart PV inverter shipments to grow

A new report by IMS Research states that smart PV inverter shipments are predicted to grow to 27 GW in 2015, accounting for almost 60 percent of the market, asserting a positive outlook. This is compared to the 20% in 2010.

Q-Cells starts independant module production

German company Q-Cells has announced the launch of its independant production of the Q.PEAK modules at its company headquarters in Thalheim, Germany. The new production line has a capacity of 130 megawatts-peak.

Securing global competitiveness of German PV

Named the 'CIS Cluster Tool' project, work has started on the development of new manufacturing procedures for copper indium selenide (CIS) based thin films. The project aims to make a significant contribution towards securing the...

First Solar sells 10MW plant in Spain

First Solar Inc. has announced the sale of its 9.9 megawatt solar plant near Zamora, Spain to European Solar Power Fund, a renewable energy-focused fund for institutional investors managed by KGAL.

Bosch inaugurates new PV center

A Bosch solar cell.

German industrial group Bosch has continued its solar expansion by opening a new photovoltaic center in Arnstadt, Germany.

20MW Amherstburg solar park completed

A dedication ceremony was held at Amherstburg, Ontario by Capstone Infrastructure Corporation and SunPower to celebrate the completion of the 20MW solar park.

Rajasthan announces bid dates for projects under its solar policy

Rooftop solar installation in India.

On April 19 of this year, Rajasthan finalized its Rajasthan Solar Energy Policy 2011. It targets a minimum of 550 megawatts (MW) of grid connected solar power in Phase 1 (up to 2013).

France’s biggest PV power plant one step closer

A view from a rural property in Curbans.

A 33 megawatt (MW) photovoltaic power plant, in Curbans, France is one step closer to completion with Spanish mounting system manufacturer Grupo Clavijo finishing its stage of the installation.

IMS Research observes falling gross margins

A graph showing declining gross profits for module suppliers with increases projected in the third and fourth quarters of 2011.

The latest quarterly report into the photovoltaic industry, by IMS Research, shows falling module prices and big reductions in gross margins for module suppliers.

Alternative Power Exhibition brings solar to Nigeria

The Alternative Energies Exhibition in Nigeria.

A display of photovoltaic systems and components attracts industry, government and hundreds of visitors. Initial costs seen as the major impediment to more widespread application.

US Ex-Im Bank hits $500 million in Indian solar loans

An Indian train crossing.

The Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) of the United States has announced two new loans for Indian photovoltaic projects totaling $25 million. This is in addition to $75 million in solar transactions in the financial year 2011...

SolarCity moves into active Hawaiian market

A solar installation by SolarCity.

Full-service photovoltaic provider SolarCity has made strong moves into the Hawaiian market launching a residential installation program and beginning construction on rooftop installations to power 2000 homes.

Report finds strong growth in US solar industry

A photovoltaic installation being installed onto a rooftop.

While in many parts of the world the photovoltaic and wider solar industry has had a rocky ride in 2011, in the U.S. it remains one of the strongest growing industries. As the market matures, declining module prices and...

Growth despite recession

Intersolar North America lobby crowds

Despite record unemployment and empty public coffers the signs still point toward growth for photovoltaics – even in the U.S. This was the conclusion of Intersolar North America, which closed its doors with record participation...

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