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Modules & Upstream Manufacturing

Ontario: Siliken sets up PV module plant

Siliken is on track to open a 50 megawatt (MW) PV module production plant in Ontario, Canada. The company is expecting delivery of the first production line at the end of this month.

Taiwan: AUO subsidiary to install 300 MW solar wafer plant

AUO Crystal Corp. (ACC) is to establish a solar wafer plant in Taiwan. Initial capacity is expected to hit 300 megawatts (MW). Up to 1,000 jobs could also be created over the next three years.

2011 PV prices continue to fall

New research reveals polysilicon, wafer, cell and module prices will continue to decline, with smaller companies expected to suffer the biggest price drop. However, the PV polysilicon market is forecast to grow nearly 20 percent to reach around $8 billion.

India: d.light and Christian Aid launch solar lighting project

Ashden award winner d.light and UK-based Christian Aid have joined forces to deliver a micro finance program designed to bring solar lighting to 4,400 rural households in India this year.

Suniva achieves 19 percent screen printed cell efficiency

Suniva, Inc. has claimed its ARTisun Select series solar cells, which are now in full-scale production, are achieving over 19 percent conversion efficiencies. This, says the company, is a record.

NREL to invest in early-stage solar technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has said up to USD$7 million will be invested in the development and commercialization of emerging solar energy technologies.

Inverter start-up to quadruple 2011 sales

Following a successful first year in business, U.S. solar inverter company Nextronex Energy Systems has posted sales forecasts of USD$4 million for 2011.

AEG PS and GCL-Poly sign €36 million order deal

Following the signing of a €36 million contract at the end of 2010, AEG Power Solutions is to provide GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited with its Thyrobox M power supply systems.

JA Solar enters 400 MW supply contract

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. has signed a supply agreement with an unnamed European customer for the delivery of 400 megawatts (MW) of solar modules. The financial terms were not disclosed.

Lithuania to open first solar panel production site

Lithuania is to see its first solar panel production site opened this spring. Initial capacity will be 38 megawatts (MW), however, there will room to ramp up to 65 MW.


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