Thirty five solar-operated television viewing points have been installed in South Africa and Namibia for people living without access to electricity.The viewing points have been put in place in time for the World Cup, but it is said they will also be used for educational purposes in the future.
?The development phase of creating an integrated energy conversion and storage kit capable of production on an industrial scale for decentralized on-grid, residential solar photovoltaic (PV) systems has been successfully completed.
UK-based cleantech materials company Ilika plc has appointed Diverso, a China-based clean technology investment company, to develop new business opportunities on its behalf in the Peoples Republic of China. A part of their brief is to look at photovoltaics (PV).
Signet Solar’s German division has announced it is insolvent. Dr. Christoph Junker, trustee in bankruptcy has told pv magazine the reason involves customers not paying up on time and a lack of new contracts. He is “convinced” however, that the company will find a new investor “within a matter of weeks”.
First Solar, Inc. is to expand its German manufacturing plant in Frankfurt (Oder), thus doubling local production capacity and creating several hundred new jobs.
A grant agreement between the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and Jordan-based Kawar Energy for USD$617,204 has been signed. The agreement will allow the feasibility of the Shams Maan project – expected to be one of the worlds largest photovoltaic (PV) power plants – to be examined.
As part of its plans to expand the Frankfurt (Oder) plant in Germany, First Solar has told pv magazine it will be developing a research and development (R&D) department, which will focus on downstream system installations.
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