Photovoltaics (PV) News for May 2011

Photovoltaics (PV) News Archive

United Solar opens solar facility in Ontario, Canada

United Solar, a subsidiary of Energy Conversion Devices (ECD) has opened its US$12 million solar products and systems manufacturing facility in Ontario, Canada.

Solar PV inverter shipments down 39% in Q1 2011 Solar PV inverter shipments down 39% in Q1 2011

Global solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter shipments fell 39% to 4 GW in Q1 2011 compared to Q4 2010, but increased 31% from Q1’10, according to IMS Research.

Roll-to-roll flexible solar thin-film with 10% efficiency

The Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) has developed a roll-to-roll system depositing CIGS solar thin-film on a 25 µm thin polymer film with a 10% efficiency.

SolarWorld supplies 33 MW solar plant in Ontario

SolarWorld is supplying solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to a 33 MW installation at a 300 acres site in southeast Ontario, Canada.

REC cuts solar production on tough market

Renewable Energy Corporation ASA (REC) says it will reduce production of solar wafers, cells and modules, from 1 July in response to the current market conditions, cutting 500 jobs.

Global solar PV module inventories reach 10 GW

Global solar photovoltaic (PV) module inventory levels have reached over 10 GW in the second quarter of 2011, the highest amount recorded to date, according to IMS Research.

DuPont Apollo thin-film solar PV to India

DuPont Apollo Ltd and Wipro EcoEnergy of India have entered a strategic supply agreement on silicon-based thin-film tandem solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for Wipro EcoEnergy’s upcoming grid-based solar power projects in India.

Composites benefit roof-mounted solar PV modules

New company TULiPPS™ Solar BV has been established to commercialise a lightweight solar photovoltaic (PV) module that harnesses the benefits of automotive-grade composites to solve various issues asssociated with conventional roof-mounted PV modules based on aluminium frames.

Scatec Solar opens 4 MW solar PV plant in Italy

Scatec Solar and Kokusai-Geosolar Group have completed a 4 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant near San Marzano in Southern Italy.

Intersolar Award shortlist announced

Intersolar Europe has announced the shortlist for its Intersolar Award for “pioneering products and services” within the solar industry.

SolarWorld reports strong Q1 2011

SolarWorld has seen a strong first quarter (Q1) of 2011 with net income more than doubling to €12.5 million compared to the same period last year.

Conergy increases sales despite difficult market

Conergy has seen an 8.6% rise in sales in the first quarter of 2011 to €163.3 million despite difficult market conditions.

Q-Cells hit by weak demand and regulatory uncertainty

Q-Cells’ first quarter (Q1) results have been hit by weak demand and regulatory uncertainty in France and Italy with sales dropping 46% to €125.1 million.

Solar PV module shipments decline for first time in two years

Solar photovoltaic (PV) module shipments declined in Q1’11 compared with the previous quarter, for the first time since the beginning of 2009, says IMS Research.

First Solar and China Power cooperate on solar PV

US solar thin-film giant First Solar has entered a strategic cooperation framework agreement with China Power International New Energy Holding Ltd (CPINE) for solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in China, the US and other international markets.

Organic solar PV licence deal

Eight19 and Cambridge Enterprise, the University of Cambridge’s commercialisation group, have entered an intellectual property (IP) agreement on organic, plastic solar photovoltaic (PV) cells.

Norwegian solar panels to Spain

Norwegian Innotech Solar is delivering 4.3 MWp of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules and engineering services for a rooftop installation in Grenada, Spain.

Qatar builds carbon neutral 2022 World Cup stadium Qatar builds carbon neutral 2022 World Cup stadium

Qatar is building a carbon neutral model stadium for the 2022 World Cup, which includes solar photovoltaics (PV) and solar cooling technologies.

Italy passes feed-in tariff extension

Italy has passed Conto Energia IV under which current renewable energy tariffs will be reduced on a monthly basis until the end of 2012, effective from 1 June 2011.

Updated: Conergy launches solar module in Canada

Conergy Group is launching its Conergy ON solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to the Canadian market and has entered a manufacturing agreement in Ontario to ensure the solar modules are compliant with Ontario feed-in tariff requirements.

Solar PV could reach 130-200 GW by 2015

Solar photovoltaic (PV) could reach 130-200 GW of installed capacity by 2015, according to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA).

Kyocera delivers 6 MW of solar PV to Italy

Kyocera has supplied 6 MW worth of multicrystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for a solar power plant near Turin, Italy.

Intel aids MiaSolé with CIGS solar thin-film manufacturing

Intel and MiaSolé have entered a partnership where Intel will aid MiaSolé with its production of copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-film solar photovoltaics (PV).

Sunways falls into loss in Q1 2011

Sunways AG has reported an EBIT loss of €3.5 million in the first quarter (Q1) of 2011 compared to an operating profit of €4.7m in the same period last year.

Oil giant Total takes majority stake in SunPower

Oil and gas giant Total is buying 60% of SunPower’s Class A and B common shares for US$23.25 per share.

UK solar micro inverter company raises £25m

UK solar micro inverter systems provider Enecsys has raised £25 million in investment with £11m from Climate Change Capital Private Equity and the remaining balance from existing investors Wellington Partners, NES Partners and Good Energies.

SunBorne and Suntech partner on 100 MW of Indian solar

SunBorne Energy and Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd will supply 100 MW of solar panels over the next two years for projects in India under a framework agreement.