Photovoltaics (PV) News for August 2011

Photovoltaics (PV) News Archive

Utility-scale solar PV project under way in Australia

A 10 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project using First Solar modules and funded by Verve Energy, GE Energy Financial Services and the Western Australian Government, is under way in Australia.

US solar industry saw US$1.9bn net export in 2010

The US solar industry achieved a positive trade flow of US$1.9 billion globally in 2010, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association's (SEIA) and GTM Research’s U.S. Solar Energy Trade Assessment 2011.

Chinese rooftop solar PV could reach 3 GW by 2015

China is expected to set a target of 3 GW rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity by 2015 and 25 GW by 2020 according to media reports.

GT Advanced Technologies buys Confluence Solar

GT Advanced Technologies Inc has acquired Confluence Solar Inc, the developer of a continuously-fed Czochralski (CCz) growth technology enabling the production of high efficiency monocrystalline solar ingots.

SMA expands Sunny Tower solar PV inverter capacity SMA expands Sunny Tower solar PV inverter capacity

SMA has expanded the capacity of its Sunny Tower solar photovoltaic (PV) inverter system to include 30 through 48 kW configurations.

SOLON cuts 60 solar PV jobs in Tucson, Arizona

SOLON is cutting 60 jobs at its solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing facility in Tucson, Arizona, as part of its new US operations strategy.

Trina Solar and Origin Energy cooperate on solar PV

Trina Solar Australia Pty Ltd has entered into a strategic partnership for solar photovoltaics (PV) with Australian energy company Origin Energy Australia.

SunPower opens 10 MW solar PV park in Delaware

SunPower Corp and LS Power's subsidiary, White Oak Solar Energy LLC, have opened the 10 MW Dover SUN Park solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Dover, DE, USA.

New centre to focus on solar PV research in Arizona

A new engineering research centre (ERC) for Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST) is being set up at Arizona State University in cooperation with several partners.

Salazar approves 550 MW solar PV in California

First Solar's 550 MW Desert Sunlight Solar Farm east of Palm Springs, California, has been approved by US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

Solar CIGS partnership between Ascent and TFG Radiant

Ascent Solar of Colorado, USA, and China's TFG Radian Group have entered a US$450 million long-term strategic partnership for copper indium gallium diselendie (CIGS) solar photovoltaic (PV) production in East Asia.

SCHOTT Solar supplies 67,000 solar modules to Thailand

SCHOTT Solar is supplying 67,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) modules for two solar power projects north of Bangkok, Thailand, by Phoenix Solar Singapore.

Italy overtakes Germany as world's largest solar PV market Italy overtakes Germany as world's largest solar PV market

Italy could overtake Germany as the world's largest solar photovoltaic (PV) market, according to analyst SolarPlaza.

Semiconductor and solar PV merger one step closer

The merger between Applied Materials and Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates, a provider of ion implantation equipment for semiconductor chips and solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, is one step closer to finalisation.

SolarMax 330TS-SV solar inverter gets BDEW certification

Sputnik Engineering's SolarMax central solar inverter 330TS-SV has received certification from the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW).

Evergreen Solar files for bankruptcy

Solar cell manufacturer Evergreen Solar has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at the US Bankruptcy Court in Delaware.

Saint-Gobain buys Solar Gard

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation is buying solar and other speciality films manufacturer Solar Gard Speciality Firms from Bekaert.

Soltas Energy buys NJ solar company Sunergy America

New York’s Soltas Energy Corporation has taken a majority stake in Sunergy America LLC of Wall, New Jersey, USA.

Chinese feed-in tariff has potential, but details lacking

The Chinese feed-in tariff could give a major boost to the solar industry increasing installations by a combined 1.5 GW in 2011 and 2012, but the devil is in the details, says IHS iSuppli.

Japan’s TEPCO opens 7 MW solar power plant

The 7 MW Ukishima Solar Power Plant has commenced operation in Kawasaki, Japan.

India rejects two solar PV plants

The Indian government has rejected two of 37 solar projects awarded in its first national renewable auction, but has accepted a number of solar thermal plants.

PG&E and Sempra Generation partner on 150 MW solar project

First Solar will supply solar panels on the expansion of the solar complex in Nevada.

NRG Energy buys 290 MW Agua Caliente solar project

The large-scale solar energy project in Arizona was bought from First Solar.

RenEnergy to supply solar panels to Antarctic research base RenEnergy to supply solar panels to Antarctic research base

British Antarctic Survey has bought two solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for its new research building.

Centrotherm expects rising demand for solar PV upgrades

Centrotherm Photovoltaics has predicted significant demand for high-performance cells and modules from solar cell manufacturers over the coming months.

RTR buys 10 solar PV plants in Italy

The purchase brings RTR Group’s installed solar photovoltaic (PV) portfolio to 241 MW.

Solar PV forecast brightens for 2011

IMS Research forecasts over 22 GW of new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity will added in 2011.

Solar Frontier opens flagship solar panel factory

The 900 MW Kunitomi solar panel plant in Japan is now open for commercial operations.

South Africa launches renewable energy programme

South Africa’s news 20-year plan calls for 42% of new energy generation capacity to come from renewable sources.

Veeco exits CIGS solar energy business

Veeco has announced it will end manufacture of copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) solar systems as it posts Q2 2011 financial results.

Australian solar research gets AUS$3.5m boost

The grant will allow a team of researchers in Victoria to continue the development of plastic solar cells.

Solaria enters UK market with 2.2 MW rooftop PV deal

Solaria says the UK is one of its strategic core growth markets because of high solar photovoltaic (PV) demand.