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Scatec Solar to install 7.2 MW of solar PV rooftop systems in Italy; barrel vault roofs present challenge

Norway-based Scatec Solar has signed a €20 million agreement with the Solar Life Energy investment group to build a total of 7.2 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV) systems on ten industrial warehouse roofs in Milan, Italy. A spokesperson for the company told pv magazine that construction is due to begin immediately, while production should begin this September.

Largest rooftop solar project in northwest US completed

Portland General Electric (PGE) has announced the completion of a 673,000 square foot, 2.4 megawatt (MW) solar rooftop installation in the U.S.

Germany predicted to see three GW in PV installations in the first half of the year

For the first half of this year, the German Federal Network Agency is expecting to see an increase in photovoltaics (PV) installations of more than three gigawatts (GW). During this time, around 135,000 data specifications have been submitted to the agency, of which more than 50,000 alone were made in June.

U.S.: First national renewable energy jobs and security bill based on German FIT system introduced to congress

Following industry association calls, the first U.S. national renewable energy jobs and security bill, which proposes the country should adopt Germany’s feed-in tariff model, has been introduced to congress.

SunPower completes 1MW solar power system for Yolo County, the U.S.

SunPower has completed the design and construction of a one megawatt (MW) solar power system in California, the U.S.

Microsemi and Spelsberg create strategic alliance for disruptive solar bypass technology

Microsemi Corporation and Germany-based Spelsberg, in conjunction with its partner, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, have announced the development of a disruptive new technology for photovoltaic (PV) solar modules. The technology was demonstrated at this year’s Intersolar North America, held in San Francisco, the U.S.

SEPA undertakes third annual solar fact finding mission for utilities

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is currently in Japan along with 18 utility executives and managers, as part of its third annual Solar Fact Finding Mission, which takes place from 25 to 30 of this month.

U.S. researcher awarded grant to help build efficient organic solar cells

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has presented a South Dakota State University researcher with a grant of USD$400,000 — USD$80,000 per year for the next five years, in order to build new high-performance organic solar cells with increased efficiency.

New world efficiency record set for thin film tandem junction silicon module, says Sunfilm

Sunfilm AG has announced it has set a world record of 9.6 percent total area efficiency for a thin film tandem junction silicon solar module of 2.6 meters x 2.2 meters. The record module, Model F, achieved a maximum stabilized output power of 546 Wp, says the company.

Yingli and Innovalight to collaborate on silicon ink project

Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited has signed a technology, research and production collaboration agreement with Innovalight, Inc. under which they will attempt to raise the average efficiency of the multicrystalline cells produced on its commercial production lines.

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