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December 12, 2007
Troubled Conergy AG, Germany’s largest integrated PV cell and modulemanufacturer, has announced after a board meeting that it wouldrestructure the company with the loss of 500 jobs across its operationsas it expects an operating loss for the year of €150 to €200 million.Projections of reaching €1.25 billion in sales have been reviseddownwards twice for 2007.
December 11, 2007
BP Solar is set to start construction of a new 500MW photovoltaic solar module plant in Puertollano,Spain, in the second quarter of 2008, at a cost of approximately €100million. Phase one of the project will see production of 300MW per yearwith phase two production topping 500MW should market conditions allow,the company said.
December 11, 2007
An existing PV cell customer based in Taiwan has placed a follow-onorder with Amtech Systems worth $3.9 million for diffusion processingsystems. Amtech expects the follow-on order to ship in fiscal 2008.
December 10, 2007
Dr. Jürgen Dahmer is the newest appointee to the Board of Managementfor SCHOTT, while the company has also announced the extension of thecontract of Professor Udo Ungeheuer (pictured).  Professor Ungeheuer,who holds the post of Chairman of the Board of Management, has had histenure extended for a further five years.
December 10, 2007
LDK Solar has signed a 10-year ‘Take or Pay’ contract to supply multicrystalline wafers and polysilicon with major PV manufacturer Q-Cells AG. LDK Solar will deliver more than 6 gigawatts of multicrystalline solar wafers to Q-Cells over a ten-year period commencing in 2009 through 2018, the company said.
December 10, 2007
SunPower Corporation has signed a five-year agreement with Jiawei SolarChina Co., Ltd. (Jiawei) to secure a supply of monocrystalline silicon ingots and silicon wafers, beginning in 2008. The deal is expected to enable SunPower to produce the equivalent of 900MW during the agreement period.
December 10, 2007
Solar Semiconductor has received ISO 9001 certification on its range ofPV modules, which includes 125mm and 156mm mono- and multi-crystallinecells that are sub 180 microns thick, as well as cells with two orthree bus bars.
December 6, 2007
Hoku Scientific, Inc. has signed a non-binding term sheet with MerrillLynch for Hoku Materials, Inc., capital requirements for itsunder-construction polysilicon production plant in Pocatello, Idaho.The loan of $185 million is conditional on Hoku Scientific raising afurther $35 million in cash for use in the construction of the plannedpolysilicon plant. The non-binding term sheet will expire on May 31,2008.
December 5, 2007
SANYO Electric has announced that it is to develop what it describes asthe ‘next-generation thin-film silicon solar cell’ that will be ofhigher efficiency levels than its current Heterojunction with IntrinsicThin-layer (HIT) solar cells, which are currently some of the highestmanufactured. As part of the R&D effort, SANYO said that a new‘Advanced Photovoltaics Development Center’ within its Gifu Plant inJapan would be established.
December 5, 2007
Former Executive General Manager of Quality Assurance and Supply Chainfor Kyocera David Hester is stepping into a new Vice Presidential role,effective today.  An employee of Kyocera since 2000, Hester has a B.Sc.degree in industrial engineering from Purdue University and hasachieved Lean Six Sigma “Black Belt” status.

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