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PERC demand spirals upwards

Signs of a PERC solar cell equipment shortage are mounting. Reports are emerging that Chinese and Taiwanese cell makers are waiting many months on key PERC equipment. Motech confirms its PERC move and bottlenecks.

China: Jabil's Guangzhou factory comes under fire for its employment practices

A cityscape of Guangzhou, China

Jabil Circuit Inc., one of the world’s largest providers of electronic manufacturing services, and whose customers include companies from every industry, including consumer products, automotive, telecommunications and solar, has...

UNSW: Work begins on new AUD$125 million Tyree Energy Technologies building

An impression of what the new TETB building will look like at the University of New South Wales

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia has announced that construction has started on its new AUD$125 million Tyree Energy Technologies Building (TETB) following planning approval from the New South Wales...

Sri Lanka sees its first net metered PV installation

Nikini Automation Systems solar PV installaiton

Nikini Automation Systems has told pv magazine it has made Sri Lankan history by becoming the country’s first company to enter into a net metering agreement for its photovoltaics (PV) system. The company also called on Sri...

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Research: Total solar installations to exceed 100 GW in next five years; China to be world’s largest PV market

General PV panels picture against the sky

Cumulative photovoltaics (PV) installations will top 120 gigawatts (GW) by the end of 2014, according to IMS Research’s recently launched “Global PV Demand Database”. The report also revealed that annual PV installations will...

TÜV Rheinland opens new lab in India; said to be largest of its kind in South Asian economic area

TÜV engineer carries out tests on a rooftop PV installation

TÜV Rheinland AG has opened its seventh laboratory worldwide in the Indian city of Bangalore for testing solar modules and systems. The company has invested €2 million in the new solar test centre, which will, in particular,...

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Germany: Solar conference told Saudi Arabia will export as much solar energy as petrol

Haseloff welcomes the Saudi Arabian delegation (from L to R, 5th from L Minister Haseloff, 4th from L Saleh H. Al Turki; Ministry of Finance of the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabie, 6th from L Jürgen Sander; Member of Board of the  Numov e.V.). Image:

Saudi Arabia will export as much solar energy as it does petrol today, according to the country’s Minister for Petrol and Raw Materials Ali Al-Naimi, who was speaking at a one-day Saudi-German solar conference, held today in...

MNRE minister urges India solar PV industry to develop research initiatives

Dr. Farooq Abdullah speaking at this year's Solarcon

Dr. Farooq Abdullah, the Hon’ble Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy urged the Indian solar photovoltaics (PV) industry to focus on developing research initiatives, during the Solarcon India 2010, held in Hyderabad, India...

Spanish government keeps solar industry in FITs suspense, after announcing fraud investigation

General PV panel picture up close

Spain's Asociación Empresarial Fotovoltaica (AEF) announced at a press conference held last week that negotiations on future solar subsidiaries have been postponed for the next two months, while the country's government awaits...

UNSW PV Center of Excellence will not close its doors pv magazine learns

Professor Martin Green

pv magazine has learned from Professor Martin Green that Australia's University of New South Wales’ (UNSW) Photovoltaic Centre of Excellence will not be closing its doors, despite losing financial support from the ARC Centre of...

Panasonic looks set to buy out Sanyo; deal not yet confirmed, however, pv magazine learns

Sanyo HIT (crystalline silicon) solar cell

The Sanyo Electric Company, a major player in the photovoltaics (PV) industry with its HIT (crystalline silicon) solar cell, has announced Japan-based Panasonic’s plans to buy the company out. A spokesperson has told pv magazine...

Manz Automation outlines strategy to pv magazine for positioning CIGS as lowest cost module available

Bernd Sprecher (L) director of Würth Solar and Dieter Manz, CEO of Manz sign an agreement

Speaking to pv magazine, Manz Automation AG CFO, Martin Hipp underlined four strategic aims the company intends to achieve in the next few years under its new partnership with Würth Solar GmbH & Co. KG and the Zentrum für...

Sulfurcell signs 16 MW in supply agreements in China and India

Sulfurcell PV panels up close

Germany-based CIS thin film manufacturer Sulfurcell GmbH has signed supply agreements with new customers in India and China in excess of 16 megawatts (MW). CEO and company founder Dr. Nikolaus Meyer also states that the company...

9REN completes €80 million funding for 5 Italian PV parks

9REN PV panels

European renewable energy company, 9REN Group has received €80 million in financing for 22 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic (PV) projects in Italy with a syndicate of three banks.

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...

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