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First Solar: Germany will not be center of its universe

For years, First Solar has been a role model as a manufacturer who excels at shaving production costs while boosting its module efficiencies quarter after quarter. It’s a favorite solar stock and a bellwether for the industry.

Suntech plans 1,000 US jobs

China-based Suntech Power Holdings plans to create more than 1,000 jobs in the U.S. over the next few years, according to China Daily.

Study: appropriate pricing of PV in Germany would reduce electricity charges

A new study, “The True Value of Photovoltaics in Germany”, says the stock market price on the Leipzig-based European Energy Exchange is “unsuitable” as a benchmark for pricing photovoltaic (PV) electricity.

China: PV still at “take-off” stage

China’s photovoltaics (PV) sector is still at the take-off stage, with an “unevenly” developed industry chain, according to a new research report, which investigates the policy and economy risks associated with entering the country’s new energy industry.

REC opens officially in Singapore

The Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) has officially opened what it says is one of the world’s largest integrated wafer, cell and module manufacturing facilities in Tuas, Singapore.

PEPPER PV project receives €9.4 million EC funding

Thin film silicon solar research project – called PEPPER and led by Oerlikon Solar – has received a €9.4 million grant under the Framework Programme for Research of the European Union, coordinated by the DG Energy of the European Commission.

Italy: €276 million investment agreement for 70 MW PV plant

First Reserve Corporation has entered into a €276 million project financing facilities agreement for the Rovigo photovoltaics (PV) plant in Northeast Italy.

€1.3 billion REC production facility to reach full capacity by year end

Norway-based Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) has announced its €1.3 billion green field, integrated solar wafer, cell and module production facility in Singapore will reach full nameplate capacity towards year end.

Oerlikon aims for 20 percent share of Indian solar market

Swiss-based Oerlikon Solar is looking to garner a significant share in the nascent Indian solar market, according to the country’s Economic Times.?

New US solar research facility awarded USD$6 million

U.S.-based Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) board has approved a COEE (Centers of Energy Excellence) designation and USD$6 million in funding to establish the Solar Valley Research Enterprise (SVRE).

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