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September 3, 2007
A 20-year veteran of the technology industry, Jeannine Sargent’sexperience in engineering circles has led to her appointment as CEO forOerlikon Solar.  The new position of CEO was created in line with thecompany’s decision to encompass all solar-related activities under theOerlikon Solar title.
August 29, 2007
Green and Gold Energy (GGE) has placed a follow-on order for 3 millionconcentrator solar cell units, equivalent to 105MW of energy fromEMCORE Corporation. The 105 MW purchase order is valued at $24 millionand is claimed to be the largest procurement of concentrator solarcells in the industry to date. All hardware ordered under this contractis to be shipped by the end of 2008, according to EMCORE.
August 27, 2007
Solar Semiconductor has signed a multi-year agreement with Q-Cells AG of Germany, for the supply of approximately $170 million of 156mm Mono and Multi-Crystalline cells. These cells will be used for high quality module production in Solar Semiconductor's new PV Module manufacturing plant in India.
August 24, 2007
China Sunergy, one of a growing number of solar cell manufacturers, mayhave seen sales and shipments increase over 100 percent year-on-yearbut was unable to a make a profit in its most recent quarter havingbeen hit by a series of factors that could easily affect others in themarket in the coming months.
August 23, 2007
A new Copper Indium Gallium Selenide (CIGS) solar cell manufacturer has selected Eyelit’s Enterprise Manufacturing Execution Suite of software offerings for its first solar production plant, the company said.
August 22, 2007
SunPower has said that it expects to have sufficient silicon to generate 250 megawatts or more of solar cell production in 2008 due to its use of a portfolio strategy that combines polysilicon, ingot and wafer procurement from a variety of suppliers under a variety of contract terms and durations.
August 21, 2007
LDK Solar, listed on the NYSE and based in Xinyu City, China hasstarted construction of a polysilicon production plant adjacent to itsmulticrystalline solar wafer facilities. The aggressive schedule set bythe company should see a production capacity of up to 6,000 metric tonsof polysilicon produced by the end of 2008 and 15,000 metric tons bythe end of 2009. The Company has also indicated that it plans tocommence volume production by the end of 2008.
August 16, 2007
SunPower has said that it has entered into long-term supply contracts with new solar entrant NorSun AS, which will see SunPower purchase silicon in ingot and potentially wafer form to the tune of up to two gigawatts of solar cell production. In return, NorSun will buy polysilicon from SunPower at fixed annual volumes and prices. NorSun will provide SunPower cash advance payments for the polysilicon under this agreement.
August 15, 2007
Overall revenues are expected to be flat, down 5 percent for Applied Materials' next financial quarter due to memory manufacturers' CapEx spending declining.  With little boost in spending coming from the major foundries, the ray of sunshine is coming from the company's thin-film solar equipment sales, according to Michael Splinter, President and Chief Executive Officer of Applied Materials.
August 14, 2007
A number of key appointments and promotions were announced for Suntechrecently, including appointments to Chief Strategy Officer, InvestmentDirector and Senior Director of Business Development for the U.S. Specific appointments are set out below.

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