Photovoltaics (PV) News for January 2011

Photovoltaics (PV) News Archive

Kyocera installs solar PV at Japanese schools Kyocera installs solar PV at Japanese schools

Kyocera Corporation has installed solar power generating systems at over 1200 public schools in Japan.

REC installs solar PV system in German Ikea stores

REC Solar's modules have been installed on rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at two Ikea stores in Germany

Arkema and INES laboratory for solar PV polymers

Arkema and CEA teams from Institut National de l'Energie Solaire (INES) have set up a private-public research laboratory for the development of polymer materials for the various solar photovoltaic (PV) module technologies in France.

Spain generated 3% of its electricity from solar in 2010 Spain generated 3% of its electricity from solar in 2010

Despite the reductions in support for solar system, Spanish solar systems now deliver electricity in the TWh range making solar bigger than hydro or coal, and Spain now produces more wind and solar power than California.

Allianz invests over €1bn in wind and solar power

Allianz has invested over €1 billion in 30 wind farms and solar parks in Germany, France and Italy since 2005.

Siemens and Suntech join forces on solar PV

Siemens Energy and Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd have entered a framework agreement under which Suntech’s solar photovoltaic (PV) modules will be supplied to projects in Europe.

Tenesol builds farm rooftop solar PV system in France Tenesol builds farm rooftop solar PV system in France

Tenesol has completed a 7 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roofs of farm buildings in Southern France.

Breakthrough in solar PV module recycling

There has been a breakthrough in solar photovoltaic (PV) module recycling, according to experts at the 2nd International conference on PV Module Recycling in Madrid, Spain.

Feed-in tariffs drive nearly 2 GW of solar PV in Italy

Italy has officially reported that 1850 MW of new solar photovoltaics (PV) systems were installed in 2010, substantially exceeding industry estimates.

French solar bubble bursting?

France imposed a three-month stop to new solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in December, to end what the Government has called a ‘speculative bubble’.

InnoLas laser systems for 300 MW of solar thin-film

InnoLas Systems GmbH is to deliver laser processing systems for the manufacture of solar thin-film modules with a total annual production volume output of 300 MW.

Parity Solar in Chinese JV

Parity Solar and China National Building Materials (CNBM) will cooperate on expanding Parity’s existing solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing facility in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu, China to an annual production of 500 MW.

TUV certifies Kyocera solar modules

TUV Rheinland Japan Ltd has certified Kyocera Corporation’s solar modules after they passed TUV’s ‘Long-Term Sequential Tests’.

German solar industry agrees solar PV tariff reductions

The German Government has reached an agreement with the country’s solar industry to tailor solar photovoltaic (PV) feed-in tariffs to installed capacity.

Isofoton and Indra collaborate on solar CPV tracker

Isofoton and Indra will collaborate on the development of a high concentration (HCPV) tracker, monitoring and control systems for concentrating solar photovoltaic (CPV) installations and grid connected inverters.

Asia drives solar PV manufacturing equipment growth

Spending on solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing equipment grew for the 6th consecutive quarter driven by rising demand from Asia, according to Solarbuzz.

Innotech and Perfekta buy REC solar module factory

Innotech Solar and Perfekta Solar have bought REC's struggling solar photovoltaic (PV) module production plant in Glava, Sweden.

Solar PV installations reached 17.5 GW in 2010 Solar PV installations reached 17.5 GW in 2010

New solar photovoltaic (PV) installations grew by 130% to reach 17.5 GW in 2010 and growth is set to continue in 2011, says analyst IMS Research.

CSP market threatened by rise of solar PV

The growing market in concentrated solar power (CSP) is being seriously challenged by the dropping price of solar photovoltaics (PV), according to GTM Research.

Masdar PV and Beck Energy build 6 MWp German solar farm

Masdar PV will supply 65,000 solar modules to a 6 MWp solar farm in Luckenwalde, Germany, in partnership with Beck Energy GmbH.

Oxford PV develops new thin-film solar cell

Oxford Photovoltaics (Oxford PV) has developed a new solid state thin-film solar cell made from cheap, non-toxic materials which can be printed onto glass or walls.

Evergreen Solar to close US silicon wafer factory

Evergreen Solar, which manufactures String Ribbon solar products, has announced the closure of its factory in Devens, Massachusetts, due to stiff competition from China.

MASDAR PV abandons plans for UAE solar manufacturing hub

The Government's national clean energy organisation said a lack of local demand for renewable energy was to blame.

Centrosolar signs exclusive solar PV module deal with TSMC Centrosolar signs exclusive solar PV module deal with TSMC

TSMC has agreed to make Centrosolar the exclusive European manufacturer of its crystalline solar modules.

Trina and GCL-Poly enter solar wafer and polysilicon agreement

Trina Solar has signed a supplemental long-term solar wafer and polysilicon product supply agreement with GCL Solar Energy Technology Company Ltd, a subsidiary of GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Ltd (GCL-Poly).

Conergy steps up solar production to meet high demand

Solar system manufacter Conergy is increasing production following high demand for its products in 2010, as well as opening a new factory in California.

Thailand builds 34 solar farms totalling 204 MW

Thailand’s Solar Power Co Ltd is building 34, 6 MW solar farms in north-eastern Thailand using around 1 million Kyocera solar modules totalling 204 MW.

PV julist and juwi install rooftop solar PV in Germany PV julist and juwi install rooftop solar PV in Germany

PV julist and juwi have installed a 7.4 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop system at Goodyear Dunlop’s logistics centre in Philippsburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

LDK Solar ups outlook

LDK Solar Co Ltd has upped its outlook for the fourth quarter 2010 and fiscal year 2011.

UNI-SOLAR solar PV laminates installed on cruise ship UNI-SOLAR solar PV laminates installed on cruise ship

United Solar's solar photovoltaic (PV) laminates have been installed by BAM Solar on a second Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

Turkey implements feed-in tariff, Spain cuts

While Turkey tries to catch up with the international renewable energy industry by introducing its first, well thought-out feed-in tariff, Spain has reduced solar funding on the quiet, says EuPD Research.

Solar PV module capacity outpaces demand Solar PV module capacity outpaces demand

Solar photovoltaic (PV) module production capacity increased almost 70% in 2010, reaching nearly 30 GW by year end and will continue to grow, but installations are to slow down, according to IMS Research.

M+W Solar builds solar PV power plant in Italy

M+W Solar GmbH will engineer and construct a 5 MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Oria, Apulia, Italy.

Voltwerk inverters in Calyxo solar thin-film modules

Voltwerk’s VS Series of single phase string solar inverters can now be used with solar thin-film modules from Calyzo GmbH.

Germany's solar subsidies subsiding – where to next?

As Germany winds down its solar subsidies, industry players will be scrambling to find the next big growth market, says Lux Research.

Trina Solar completes 5 MW Indian solar power plant

Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co Ltd has completed a 5 MW solar power plant developed by Lanco Infratech Ltd (ITL) in India.

First Solar and Guangdong develop solar project in Inner Mongolia

First Solar Inc and China Guangdong Nuclear Solar Energy Development Co Ltd will develop the 30 MW Phase 1 of the previously announced solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Ordos, Inner Mongolia.

SunPower sells Italian solar power plants

SunPower has completed the sale of two solar power plants in the Lazio region of Italy totalling 57 MW.

REC gets NOK1.1bn solar wafer contract

REC has signed a three-year multicrystalline solar wafer supply contract worth NOK1.1 billion (~€141 million) with an undisclosed Asian solar cell producer.