MicroLink Devices receives USD$5 million grant to develop light weight solar cells plant

Semiconductor manufacturer MicroLink Devices, Inc. has been awarded a USD$5 million grant from the State of Illinois to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant to produce high efficiency, light weight solar cells.?

Phoenix Solar to build 3.5 MW solar park in Italy

Phoenix Solar AG has been commissioned by Canada-based energy company Etrion Corporation as general contractor for the turnkey construction of a 3.5-megawatt (MW) ground-mounted photovoltaic plant in Borgo Piave, Italy. The contract value is approximately €10 million.

NJR to develop rooftop solar projects worth USD$17 million in collaboration with Adler Development and United Solar

??NJR Clean Energy Ventures (NJRCEV), a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, has announced an agreement with Adler Development of Edison, NJ to lease space atop four fully occupied buildings in central New Jersey, the United States for rooftop solar systems. The USD$17 million project will be capable of generating 3.9 megawatts (MW) of energy, according to the company.

Solarfun to increase cell capacity by 50 MW; will introduce high-efficiency cell technology

Solarfun Power Holdings Co., Ltd., based in Qidong, Jiangsu Province, China, has said it is to increase its cell capacity by 50 megawatts (MW) through the enhancement of its manufacturing processes, and will convert 160 MW of its existing cell lines to high-efficiency selective emitter technology. Both aims are to be completed in the early first quarter of next year, says the company.

Intersolar North America closes on a high

As Intersolar North America drew to a close, analysts left the industry with upbeat forecasts for the solar market. “Things couldn’t be better in 2010,” Jefferies analyst Jesse Pichel told pv magazine.

Premier Power to build 0.5 MW solar power plant in Sicily; opens new Southern California office

Premier Power Renewable Energy, Inc. has signed a contract to build a 0.5 megawatt (MW) solar power plant for Italian timber company Mirrione Francesco Legnami SRL, in Sicily. The company has also announced the opening of a new Southern California office in the U.S. to serve new and existing customers.

US must be looked at as a long-term growth market

The U.S. should be looked at as a long-term growth market said Shayle Kann, a senior analyst at GTM Research, during a talk at Intersolar North America in San Francisco, the U.S. on Thursday. “It’s not a place where you can come and develop projects and make a killing quickly,” he stated.

Scheuten Solar implements three PV projects for WDP in Belgium

Scheuten Solar has implemented three turnkey photovoltaics (PV) systems consisting of a total of 4,380 PV modules for Warehouses de Pauw (WDP). The systems have been installed at three different WDP warehouses in Vilvoorde, Aalst and Zele, Belgium.

Tianwei upgrades thin film silicon solar capacity to 75 MW

China-based Baoding Tianwei Solar Films, Ltd. (Tianwei) has placed an upgrade order to increase its production capacity of thin film silicon solar modules from 46 megawatts (MW) amorphous technology to 75 MW Micromorph technology with Oerlikon Solar.

Atlantic Wind & Solar adds six commercial rooftops to solar energy program in Ontario

Atlantic Wind & Solar Inc. has entered into an agreement with an unnamed Ontario commercial real estate developer, which will allow it to develop and construct six additional utility scale solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop projects. The PV projects are expected to generate a combined power capacity of approximately 780 kilowatts.

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