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Suniva increases manufacturing capacity to 170 MW

Suniva, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of monocrystalline silicon solar cells and modules, has announced it has expanded its manufacturing capacity to 170 megawatts (MW) from 96 MW by adding a third cell line at its metro-Atlanta plant.

SMUD signs multiple PPAs with Recurrent Energy for 60 MW of solar power

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has signed multiple 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Recurrent Energy for 60 megawatts (MW) of solar power to be developed in the southern portion of Sacramento County, the U.S. These are the first agreements to come out of the utility’s feed-in tariff program (FIT) introduced in January of this year.

PV capacity to “fall considerably” in 2011 warns new report

Changes in incentive schemes and new regulations could see the total capacity of photovoltaics (PV) installations “fall considerably” in 2011, meaning new markets would have to pick up the shortfall. The news comes as IMS Research says that 14.6 gigawatts (GW) of new PV capacity will be added worldwide this year.

Germany's parliament approves solar cut compromise

Germany’s Bundesrat upper house of parliament has agreed to a compromise proposal to slightly reduce the cuts for solar power incentives. The reductions will be implemented over a three month period.

Silexsolar to increase PV panel production capacity to 20 MW?

Silexsolar Pty Ltd is to expand its photovoltaics (PV) panel production capacity at its Sydney Olympic Park (SOP) manufacturing facility in Australia by seven megawatts (MW), in response to strong demand for its panels from the domestic rooftop solar panel market. AUD$7 million is expected to be invested.

Exclusive: Spain must have better FIT laws to remain competitive

The Spanish government must put more reasonable photovoltaics (PV) feed-in tariff (FIT) laws in place and allow all parties adequate access to the power grid if it is to remain competitive, an industry expert has told pv magazine.

China's Shandong Province lowers PV tariffs

China’s Shandong province has set an electricity purchase price of 1.7 yuan (25 cents) a kilowatt-hour for photovoltaic (PV) power plants for this year. It has also been said that next year and in 2012 Shandong will lower the tariffs for ground-mounted PV plants to 1.4 yuan and 1.2 yuan a kilowatt-hour, respectively.

Thin film undergoing “significant revitalization”

Manz Automation AG has said it is currently seeing “a significant revitalization in the thin film segment”. The news comes as the company announces its acquisition of €8 million worth of new thin film orders in Germany and the U.S.

Solargiga acquires 51 percent interest in Qinghai Chenguang; intends to ramp up production

Solargiga Energy Holdings Limited has said it intends to acquire 51 percent interest in Qinghai Chenguang New Energy Co., Ltd under a new cooperation agreement with the Xining Economic & Technology Development Zone Administration Committee.

ABB wins USD$50 million Italian solar order

ABB has won an order worth USD$50 million from Actelios SpA, through its subsidiary Actelios Solar SpA, in Italy to supply three photovoltaic (PV) solar power plants in western Sicily.

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