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Modules & Upstream Manufacturing

Morgan Solar secures $16.5 million funding; will open CPV manufacturing facility

Morgan Solar Inc. has secured USD$16.5 million in the first tranche of its Series B funding round. It aims to use the funds to make its Sun Simba concentrated photovoltaic modules commercially viable.

Ontario: United Solar to open thin film facility

United Solar will open its new USD$12 million, 15 megawatt (MW) thin film facility in LaSalle, Ontario today. Up to 80 new jobs are expected to be created.

Germany: SolarWorld opens 600 MW PV module factory

SolarWorld AG has opened Germany’s largest photovoltaic module manufacturing facility. The capacity expansion takes the company’s annual production from 170 megawatts (MW) to 600. Over 250 extra jobs are also expected to be created.

GT Solar receives $228 million polysilicon order

GT Solar International, Inc. has received a $228 million order from OCI Company, Ltd. for its polysilicon production equipment and technology. It is said to be the company’s largest to date.

Canada: Schmid sells 60 MW PV module line to Magnum Pv

Marking its entry into the North American market, Schmid has sold a 60 megawatt photovoltaic module line to Ontario-based Magnum Pv.

Tianwei New Energy signs supply contract; announces factory expansion

Tianwei New Energy (Yangzhou) is to supply Germany-based Pairan with 280 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic modules over the next two years. The company also announced its factory expansion plans.

Suntech expands Arizona PV facility

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. has introduced a third production shift at its photovoltaic panel manufacturing facility in Goodyear, Arizona. The expansion has created an additional 30 jobs.

Solar plane completes first international flight

Having successfully completed its first night flight last July, the Solar Impulse HB-SIA airplane has now completed its first international flight.

Canadian Solar sign 81 MW sales agreement with Saferay

Canadian Solar Inc. is to supply 81 megawatts worth of its photovoltaic modules to Germany-based Saferay GmbH.

Flextronics and MEMC expand PV panel agreement

Under an expanded agreement, Flextronics will produce photovoltaic panels for MEMC’s SunEdison subsidiary at its Malaysian manufacturing site.

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