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Q-Cells and ATS to develop 64 MWs of large-scale solar projects in Ontario, Canada

Germany-based Q-Cells SE and ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc., located in Canada, have established a joint venture for the development of seven large-scale solar projects in Ontario, Canada, totaling 64 megawatts (MW).

Roth & Rau expands Italian market position with €2.5 million EVA production line

Roth & Rau Italy S.r.l. has invested €2.5 million in a new production line for ethyl-vinyl-acetate (EVA) foils – used to laminate solar cells when assembling modules so as to protect the cells from environmental influences – in the Italian city of Monza.

Adani Power to commission 40 MW PV project in Gujarat State, India

Adani Power (AP), part of the Adani Group, is to commission a 40-megawatt (MW) photovoltaics (PV) power plant in the Surendranagar district of Gujarat state, located in western India. When completed, the project is expected to be one of the country’s largest PV projects.

Research: 2010 expected to be "outstanding year" for PV, but 2011 will see a slowdown

The global photovoltaics (PV) market is forecast to exceed 16 gigawatts (GW) this year, said IMS Research, with demand for PV systems predicted to almost double. It went on to say that the top five markets will account for more than 13 GW, but growth is expected to slowdown next year.

US: CEC gives world’s largest solar power site the go ahead

The California Energy Commission (CEC) in the U.S. has approved the construction and operation of four solar thermal power plants with a planned overall capacity of around 1,000 megawatts (MW) at the Blythe location in California.

Taiwan: TSMC to enter thin film PV market with construction of R&D Center and Fab

Construction has begun on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd.’s (TSMC) first thin film solar research and development (R&D) center and fab in Taichung’s Central Taiwan Science Park today.

Hanlong Group to establish international HQ in Singapore; set to build world’s largest CPV plant

China-based Hanlong Group has announced it will invest USD$100 million in the research and development of solar energy solutions, system assembly and International headquarter activities in Singapore, through its subsidiary Sichuan Zhonghan Solar Power Co. Ltd.

SMA raises financial guidance for this year; announces 2011 outlook

The managing board of SMA Solar Technology AG has raised its estimation for new global photovoltaics (PV) installations for this year from 14 gigawatts (GW) to around 17 GW. In line with this, the company has increased its financial guidance for a second time, from between €1.5 billion to €1.8 billion, to between €1.7 billion to €1.9 billion.

US: SunEdison awarded 14.5 MW solar contract with DMAFB

SunEdison has been awarded a solar service contract with Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (DMAFB) in Tucson, Arizona, the U.S. to build a 14.5-megawatt (MW) solar farm. Construction is scheduled to begin next year.

Opel Solar and Truenorth to install solar on brownfield sites across North America

Opel Solar, Inc. and Truenorth Solar & Environmental, L.L.C. have undertaken a strategic partnership to install utility-scale solar fields on brownfield sites across North America, which they say have been deemed otherwise unusable.

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