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Solar Junction hits 43.5 percent CPV cell efficiency

Solar Junction concentrated photovoltaic 40 percent efficient cell

Solar Junction has reached 43.5 percent efficiency on a commercial-ready concentrated photovoltaic production cell. The news comes just two months after it achieved an efficiency of 41.4 percent.


First Solar now serving 10 to 30 kW PV market

First Solar HQ

First Solar, Inc. has announced its thin film photovoltaic modules are now available for commercial solar systems between 10 and 30 kilowatts (kW) in size. Until now, they had only been available for systems above 30 kW.


Suntech named as top PV module supplier; JA Solar as number one cell producer

Suntech photovoltaic module manufacturing HQ, Wuxi, China

China-based Suntech has been named in IMS Research’s rankings as the largest photovoltaic module supplier in 2010. Thin film manufacturer First Solar was consequently knocked back to second place. Meanwhile, JA Solar hit the top...


California: Manufacturing plant dedicated; RPS signed into law

View of Milpitas, California

The new Flextronics/SunPower solar panel manufacturing plant will be dedicated in California today. During the event, the state’s expanded Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) will be signed into law.


3M plans ninth solar manufacturing site in China

3M has said it will manufacture its Scotchshield solar backside barrier film (pictured) at the new plant

3M has said it will build a manufacturing facility for photovoltaic materials and renewable energy products in China’s Hefei High-tech Park.


SolarWorld tops SVTC solar scorecard rankings

SolarWorld photovoltaic module finished

The Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (SVTC) has published its 2011 Solar Company Scorecard. SolarWorld has come out on top, with Trina Solar following close behind. A number of other leading companies, however, failed to...


3Sun granted €49.06 million in state aid

The photovoltaic module plant is located in Catania, Italy (pictured)

The European Commission has granted 3Sun Srl €49.06 million of regional investment aid. The funds will be used towards the establishment of a 240 megawatt, €358.68 million photovoltaic module production plant.


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