Markets & Policy

World record for highest efficiency of commercial scale thin film solar modules set

Miasole, manufacturer of copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin film photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, has announced that the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) independently confirmed the 13.8 percent efficiency of its large area production modules (one square meter in size).

Burger king announces new energy efficient restaurant

Burger King has unveiled a new energy efficient restaurant in Waghausel, Germany. More than 720 solar photovoltaic modules have been installed, which are set to generate over 53,500 kWh of electricity per year.

Californian town to get 85 percent of its electricity from solar power

The first commercial installation of Skyline Solar’s High Gain Solar (HGS) 1000 system has been announced.

Record visitor numbers for Intersolar Europe

This year’s Intersolar Europe trade show saw record visitor numbers, with an increase of around 23 percent on the previous year.

UAE: Plans underway to build world’s biggest solar power plant

A joint venture to build the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant in the Middle East has been announced. If successful, it will be the first of its kind in the area.

UK PV market expected to grow five-fold

A five-fold increase in UK photovoltaic (PV) installations is expected this year, according to an analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) into the prospects for the UK solar PV market, which also said that Britain is currently lagging a decade behind other leading European countries in terms of solar installations.

REC partners with ECN to measure carbon footprint

The Renewable Energy Corporation (REC) has told pv magazine it has joined forces with the Energy Research Center of Netherlands (ECN), in order to conduct a life cycle analysis of its operations and to evaluate its carbon footprint.

India: New venture to install 100 MW of PV announced

American Capital Energy, Inc., (ACE) and MSM Energy (MSME), are planning a joint solar energy venture in India.

Utility-scale PV inverter market to grow 60 percent

The utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) inverter market is on pace to continue its 60 percent annual growth in the North American market for at least the next three to five years, says a new report.

Multi-functional solar parks set to be next big trend

Multi-functional solar parks look set to be the next big industry trend, photovoltaics (PV) company Gehrlicher Solar AG has told pv magazine during a visit to its solar park in Salmdorf, Germany.

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