Kyocera has begun manufacturing solar modules in San Diego, in the U.S. The companys initial production target is 30 megawatts per year; to begin with the line will include solar modules ranging from 210 watts to the company’s latest 235-watt modules.
The China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP) has announced plans to build a five megawatt (MW) utility-scale PV power plant in Inner Mongolia using silicon-based thin film solar modules.
Over a billion euros must urgently be invested into research and development (R&D) for the photovoltaics (PV) industry, says the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), so that it can compete with traditional power generation.
The number of U.S. solar manufacturing plants is expected to skyrocket within the next few years. Cell capacity is also predicted to reach four gigawatts (GWs) by the end of 2012.
A U.S. industry consortium is investigating the viability of concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) technology for terrestrial power generation in Hawaii, the U.S.
The Panasonic Group has announced its plans to launch its HIT(R) 215 Series household solar power generation systems on July 1, thus highlighting the companys aim for a “full-scale entry” into the solar cell business.
Astronergy, also known as Chint Solar, has announced that reinsurance company Munich Re will be covering its crystalline silicon and thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules.