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BIPV predicted to be worth $11 billion by 2016

New research from NanoMarkets forecasts that building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) product revenues will exceed USD$11 billion in 2016. Meanwhile, installed BIPV capacity is set to increase to 3.6 gigawatts (GW).

Green energy investments rise by 32 percent; boosted by European rooftop PV

A new report has found that investment in green energy rose by 32 percent in 2010. This increase was largely driven by the small-scale photovoltaic rooftop sector in Europe and wind farms in China.

JinkoSolar to focus on increased efficiencies with new R&D facility

JinkoSolar has established a new research and development center, which will exclusively focus on increasing solar cell efficiency and next generation photovoltaic technology.

Samsung announces increased solar focus

Samsung has said that it plans to invest USD$5.5 billion in the development of solar technology and production by 2020.

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.

Trina and ANU sign R&D agreement

Trina Solar Limited has signed a three year research and development agreement with the Australian National University (ANU). The aim is to develop high efficiency silicon solar cells for mass production.

Solar Junction hits 43.5 percent CPV cell efficiency

Solar Junction has reached 43.5 percent efficiency on a commercial-ready concentrated photovoltaic production cell. The news comes just two months after it achieved an efficiency of 41.4 percent.

Survey highlights risk of changing UK solar policy

A new survey has shown the number of renewable electricity projects in the south west of England has rapidly increased: photovoltaic installations comprise the lion’s share. However, it says proposed policy changes are risking further growth.

SunShot Initiative receives $112.5 million boost

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has said up to $112.5 million in funding will be made available to select projects across five years, to support the development of U.S. photovoltaic-related manufacturing processes.

Weak inverter demand expected

Photovoltaic inverter demand is expected to be “very weak” in the first two quarters of this year, according to IMS Research’s latest market investigation. Germany’s dominance in the sector is also diminishing.

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