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US: New research agreement “central” to future of solar power

A research collaboration agreement has been announced between the Sanyo Electric Group and the University of California, San Diego, the U.S. which will see a number of solar energy research projects undertaken.

Development of 10 MW Florida solar farm underway

BlueChip Energy has started on stage one of the Rinehart Solar Farm, a 10 megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar photovoltaics (PV) facility in Central Florida, the U.S. It is expected to be one of the state’s largest private solar plants.

Hybrid Energy to increase portfolio assets by USD$18 Million

Nevada-based Hybrid Energy Holdings, Inc. has announced the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOS) with KS IP Holdings, LLC (KS-IPH) to acquire and develop a select group from KS-IPH’s Solar Energy Technologies portfolio. The transaction is valued at USD$18 million.

Meyer Burger wins order for over CHF 25 million

Meyer Burger Technology Ltd has announced a contract for wire saws and wafer inspection systems worth over CHF 25 million (around USD$21 million or €18 million) with Chinese manufacturer JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd.

IBC Solar breaks 1 GW barrier

IBC Solar has broken the one gigawatt (GW) mark in module sales.

German Bundesrat stops solar cuts – updated

A mediation committee concerning the cuts in the promotion of solar energy has been convened by Germany’s Bundesrat upper house of parliament. A key industry figure has said that people should not expect the cuts to be smaller though.

Cadmium ban will not affect PV industry

The cadmium ban will not apply to the photovoltaics (PV) industry, the environmental committee of the European parliament has said.

Inertek doubles PV testing capacity

Intertek, a testing, inspection and certification company, has doubled its photovoltaics (PV) testing capacity at its Lake Forest, CA laboratory in the U.S.

Enphase secures USD$63 million in funding

Microinverter firm Enphase has secured USD$63 million in funding.

Canada: 50 skilled solar jobs created

The news that 50 new solar jobs are to be created comes after Siemens Canada’s announcement that it is entering the Canadian the solar market as a local manufacturer of inverters for photovoltaic (PV) power generation.

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