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Phaesun begins rural electrification project in Mozambique

Phaesun has started a €300,000, two-year rural electrification project in Mozambique, in order to provide electricity to the people of Pessene, located around 50 kilometers from the country’s capital, Maputo.

juwi Solar to add 500 new jobs as part of worldwide expansion

Germany-based juwi Solar has said it will create 500 new jobs until 2012. Almost half of them will be located in Germany, which is currently the company’s “most important” market.

Greece lifts PV legal barriers

Greece’s Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change has signed two new Ministerial Decisions, which have helped to “satisfy some of the photovoltaics (PV) sector’s demands regarding the uplift of certain legal-administrative barriers”, according to PV Legal.

Phoenix Solar AG to build 2.2 MW solar park in Slovakia

Phoenix Solar AG is set to build a 2.2 megawatt (MW) Slovakian solar park following an agreement with green energy slovakia, s.r.o. This, says the company, will be its first project as general contractor in the country.

Sharp expands PV business

Sharp is expanding its European photovoltaics (PV) production after announcing that PV is one of the company’s “core” business fields. It added that turnover in the solar segment has increased by 65.7 percent to €533 million in the first quarter of this year, in comparison with the same period last year.

US: SunPower to install a minimum of 20 MW of solar for government

SunPower has announced that up to 1,000 local jobs are expected to be created after the company was selected to install a “minimum” of 20 megawatts (MW) worth of new solar projects at several U.S. government properties, including the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), the General Services Administration (GSA), the Navy and the Air Force.

Avancis lays foundation stone for second solar plant in Torgau, Germany

Avancis has laid the foundation stone for its second solar module plant in Torgau, in the German state of Saxony. Construction work is expected to last for 18 months, said the company, with production at the 100 megawatt peak (MWp) factory set to commence in the first quarter of 2012.

US: ACC approves TEP’s plan to purchase 97 MWs of solar power systems in Tucson

The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has expressed its support for Tucson Electric Power’s (TEP’s) plan to purchase 97 megawatts (MW) worth of solar power systems in Tucson, Arizona, the U.S.

Egypt looks to connect first solar power station to grid as country turns to renewable energy to help power shortages

Egypt is currently planning to connect its first solar energy station to the grid, according to the General Authority for Investment (GAFI).

Solar Millennium enters agreement with Ferrostaal over 50 MW solar thermal project

Germany-based Solar Millennium AG, Erlangen has sold 50 percent of the stakes in its 50-megawatt (MW) parabolic trough solar thermal power plant – Ibersol – to Ferrostaal AG, Essen for an undisclosed amount. Located in the province of Extremadura, Spain, construction is expected to begin on the plant this autumn. It is hoped by spring 2013, it will be connected to the grid.

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