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Global solar PV cell production booming

Global photovoltaic (PV) cell production grew last year by 51% from 7.1 gigawatts (GW) in 2008 to 10.7 GW in 2009, according to a research note published by GTM Research.

Canada: 50 skilled solar jobs created

The news that 50 new solar jobs are to be created comes after Siemens Canada’s announcement that it is entering the Canadian the solar market as a local manufacturer of inverters for photovoltaic (PV) power generation.

Asian Pacific PV industry council established

The photovoltaics (PV) market is expected to rapidly expand in the Asian Pacific region within the next few years, prompting the formation of a new Asian Pacific PV Industry Council (APPIC).

Germany: Number of solar jobs to double by 2020

The number of solar jobs in Germany is expected to double from 80,000 employees in 2009 to 180,000 in 2020, according to the German Solar Industry Association (BSW-Solar).

New solar cell facility for Melbourne, Australia

The Swinburne University of Technology and Suntech have announced the opening of a new solar cell facility in Melbourne Australia.

Indian PV market set to expand

The Indian solar photovoltaics (PV) market is predicted to grow five-fold over the next few years and will become a global player by 2022.

CNPV signs long term supply agreement with Enel Green Power

CNPV Solar Power SA, has announced its entrance into a long term general supply agreement with Enel Green Power SpA, Italy’s largest power company, listed on the Milan Stock Exchange.

Saudi Arabian solar task force established

A Saudi Arabian solar task force has been established following the country’s first Solar Communication and Coordination Workshop, held on May 16 in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Aramco, one of the world’s largest oil corporations, will assume a leading role.

Production costs a key challenge for German PV companies

Reducing production costs, maintaining and increasing margins, and gaining market share were highlighted as the three main challenges facing German photovoltaics (PV) companies this year.

NREL, 3M launch technology partnership

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and 3M, the St. Paul, Minn.-based technology company, have embarked on research and development partnerships in three key areas of clean energy innovation: thin-film photovoltaics, concentrating solar power and biofuels.

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