Photovoltaics (PV) News for December 2012

Photovoltaics (PV) News Archive

Metgen signs UK solar distribution agreement with 4Eco

UK solar PV wholesaler Megen has agreed a deal with Lincolnshire-based solar component manufacturer 4Eco to distribute the company’s power storage unit Immersun.

UK government slashes RO PV support by 20%

The UK government has reduced the support for solar PV under the Renewables Obligation (RO) – the support mechanism for large renewables projects from 2013-2017 - by 20%.

Fraunhofer Centre granted funding for US solar cost-cutting drive

The Fraunhofer Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) is to receive project funding from the US government to develop “plug and play” PV technology as part of a national drive to make solar energy affordable.

Sunway scales back solar production to ward off losses

German solar manufacturer Sunways Production is to reduce the production and development activities at its plant in Arnstadt, in an effort to bring the business back to breakeven point once more.

Photon Energy targets African market with solar arrays

UK-based Photon Energy is aiming to claim its share of the African market for solar power, with an agreement to collaborate with Tanzanian company Comfix Engineering.

PV prices to continue falling – US report

The price of solar PV systems is to keep on falling according to a joint report from the US government’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Berkeley’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL).

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MIT reveals solar “funnel” breakthrough

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has unveiled progress in its quest to increase the efficiency of solar technology – a so-called “solar energy funnel”, which uses elastic strain to increase the amount of solar energy which can be used to generate power.

Silfab and Heliene join forces in Ontario PV drive

Ontario-based solar PV manufacturer Heliene is to join forces with Italy’s Silfab in a manufacturing joint venture targeting the larger solar developers in Ontario, Canada, the companies have announced.

Strategies Unlimited announces partnership with SPV market research

SPV Market Research is a new company founded by globally-renowned PV expert Paula Mints.

Two new sustainability white papers available

They are available free for download from our partner Schneider Electric...(free registration required).

US and German integrators lead utility-scale solar development

Solar firms from the US and Germany are leading the field when it comes to installing utility-scale solar capacity, according to a list published by solar data company Wiki-Solar.

New blog: tragic fall of a solar icon - Sharp sells itself piece by piece

Forget Solyndra, Q-Cells and the rest. The fall of Sharp is equally as depressing.