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New world record for solar cell efficiency announced

A new world record, confirmed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), for large area silicon wafers has been set.

Rooftop PV and BIPV could generate 40 percent of EU’s electricity demand

Rooftop and façade photovoltaics (PV) could generate up to 40 percent of Europe’s electricity demand by 2020, according to a leading industry body.

Canada: 100 jobs to be created under new 20 MW solar PV project

Up to 100 jobs are to be created under a new 20 megawatt (MW) CAD$130 million solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant project, which is currently underway in Ontario, Canada. When completed, it is expected to be one of the country’s largest solar power facilities.

Completed Californian pilot project paves way for 250 MW of new PV projects

A two megawatt (MW) pilot project has been completed in California, thus leading the way for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to develop up to 250 MW of new solar photovoltaic (PV) power in the state.

Roth & Rau AG receives €92 million wafer production line order

Roth & Rau AG has received a major order worth €92 million to supply a well-known, undisclosed Indian solar company with a wafer production line, bringing their total new orders for this year to a total of €250 million.

DP&L opens SW Ohio’s largest solar power facility

The Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L) has officially opened a 1.1 megawatt solar array near its Yankee substation in Ohio, the U.S. Construction began last December and to date, is the area’s largest solar power facility.

India launches its largest grid connected PV power project

India has officially launched its largest – three megawatt (MW) – grid connected solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant.

International pressure on Spanish government paying off

The international pressure being placed on Spain’s government seems to be working. Spain’s Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has vetoed the legislative proposal of the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Miguel Sebastián, and ruled out subsequent cuts in the Spanish system of compensation for solar energy.

New partnership looks at extending lifetime of plastic solar cells

Research into improving the lifetime of plastic solar cells is underway following an agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Solarmer Energy, Inc.

Petra Solar gears up for global expansion

Clean tech company Petra Solar has said it is looking to expand into “new global markets”, following an agreement with electronics manufacturer Flextronics.

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