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Atlantic Green Power receives final approval for 14.4 MW New Jersey solar farm

Atlantic Green Power Holding Company has announced that the Land Use Board of Upper Pittsgrove Township, Salem County, New Jersey in the U.S. has granted final site plan approval for the development of the first of two tracts of land under evaluation by the Board for a 90-acre solar farm. Construction on the eastern site is expected to begin in the first quarter of next year.

US: Call for 100 MWs to be installed by 2013 as Go Solar Georgia campaign launches

The Georgia Solar Energy Association (Georgia Solar) has called for the U.S. state of Georgia to install 100 megawatts (MWs) of solar power by 2013.

M+W Group sets up 14.5 MW PV power station in Italy

Engineering and construction company M+W Group has won an order to plan and build a large photovoltaics (PV) power park in central Italy. The project is to be delivered as a turnkey plant and will have a maximum output of 14.5 megawatts (MW), according to the company. It is hoped it will be connected to the national grid by the end of this year.

Dow Corning and University of Toledo to collaborate on solar research?

Researchers at Dow Corning and the University of Toledo (UT) have signed a memorandum of understanding to engage in collaborative discussions on photovoltaic (PV) solar research and development efforts to help reduce the cost of solar energy, in order to make it a viable and economically competitive energy option globally.

Borrego Solar secures USD$20 million financing for solar project

Borrego Solar Systems, Inc., has secured financing from U.S. Bank and East West Bank to finance an approximately USD$20 million, 2.8 megawatt (MW) solar project. The company says it is the first to be financed through its power purchase agreement (PPA).

Phoenix Solar to build 3.5 MW solar park in Italy

Phoenix Solar AG has been commissioned by Canada-based energy company Etrion Corporation as general contractor for the turnkey construction of a 3.5-megawatt (MW) ground-mounted photovoltaic plant in Borgo Piave, Italy. The contract value is approximately €10 million.

NJR to develop rooftop solar projects worth USD$17 million in collaboration with Adler Development and United Solar

??NJR Clean Energy Ventures (NJRCEV), a subsidiary of New Jersey Resources, has announced an agreement with Adler Development of Edison, NJ to lease space atop four fully occupied buildings in central New Jersey, the United States for rooftop solar systems. The USD$17 million project will be capable of generating 3.9 megawatts (MW) of energy, according to the company.

Manz Automation expands CIGS thin film business model under €50 million agreement with Würth Solar

Manz Automation AG has signed a know-how licensing and strategic alliance agreement with Würth Solar GmbH & Co. KG. Under the €50 million agreement, Manz gains exclusive rights to the use to Würth Solar’s Copper indium gallium (di)selenide (CIGS) production technology and exclusive access to their research results regarding CIGS modules on glass substrates.

Solarfun to increase cell capacity by 50 MW; will introduce high-efficiency cell technology

Solarfun Power Holdings Co., Ltd., based in Qidong, Jiangsu Province, China, has said it is to increase its cell capacity by 50 megawatts (MW) through the enhancement of its manufacturing processes, and will convert 160 MW of its existing cell lines to high-efficiency selective emitter technology. Both aims are to be completed in the early first quarter of next year, says the company.

Orbotech enters the PV sector

Israel-based Orbotech, which is better known for testing equipment of printed circuits, has announced its decision to enter the photovoltaics (PV) panel sector. The company says its first products will be available next year.

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