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Trina Solar and SERIS reach solar cell agreement

The development of an all-back contact high-efficiency silicon wafer solar cell is about to get underway, following an agreement between Trina Solar Limited and the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS).

Kyocera starts San Diego solar cell manufacturing line

Kyocera has begun manufacturing solar modules in San Diego, in the U.S. The company’s initial production target is 30 megawatts per year; to begin with the line will include solar modules ranging from 210 watts to the company’s latest 235-watt modules.

China: Largest thin film solar farm to be built in Inner Mongolia

The China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP) has announced plans to build a five megawatt (MW) utility-scale PV power plant in Inner Mongolia using silicon-based thin film solar modules.

€1.2 billion “urgently” needed to boost European PV industry

Over a billion euros must “urgently” be invested into research and development (R&D) for the photovoltaics (PV) industry, says the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), so that it can compete with traditional power generation.

Number of US solar manufacturing plants to “skyrocket”

The number of U.S. solar manufacturing plants is expected to “skyrocket” within the next few years. Cell capacity is also predicted to reach four gigawatts (GWs) by the end of 2012.

PV installation costs to fall

Façades with integrated photovoltaics (PV) systems could be cheaper than traditional construction materials, according to the first Bodensee Symposium on Architecture and Solar Technology, which took place in Konstanz, Germany.

Hawaii: CPV terrestrial power investigation underway

A U.S. industry consortium is investigating the viability of concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) technology for terrestrial power generation in Hawaii, the U.S.

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Panasonic Group pushes ahead with "full-scale" entry into solar cell business

The Panasonic Group has announced its plans to launch its HIT(R) 215 Series household solar power generation systems on July 1, thus highlighting the company’s aim for a “full-scale entry” into the solar cell business.

Arizona could become alternative energy hotspot

More than 80 applications for solar and wind power plants have been submitted by developers in the state of Arizona, which are valued at tens of billions of dollars, reports The Arizona Republic.

CNPV signs long term supply agreement with Enel Green Power

CNPV Solar Power SA, has announced its entrance into a long term general supply agreement with Enel Green Power SpA, Italy’s largest power company, listed on the Milan Stock Exchange.

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