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June 24, 2008
groSolar has signed a  follow-on $175 million deal for solar module supply from Evergreen Solar for the commercial and residential solar market in North America. The contract will continue through 2012. The two companies had signed a previous contract worth $88 million in 2006.
June 24, 2008
Suntech Power Holdings has signed a long-term silicon wafer supply agreement with WACKER SCHOTT Solar for a total of 220MW, without revealing the start or duration of the supply contract. This is the first time the companies have entered into supply agreements.
June 24, 2008
Fluor Corporation has announced a major safety milestone in its polysilicon project for LDK Solar in China. At the end of April 2008, the company had logged over 2 million craft hours without a reported safety incident, attributing the achievement to the implementation of a “Zero Incident” program to educate and train employees in safe work practices in the workplace.
June 23, 2008
With the photovoltaic industry growing at a compound annual growth rate of 40 percent through 2010, iSuppli Corp. is projecting that the global production of PV cells will reach 12GW by 2010, up from 3.5GW in 2007. To reach that figure, as many as 400 production lines with at least 1MW of PV cell production per year will be established, a four-fold increase from about 90 to 100 production lines in existence at the end of 2007, iSuppli said. Importantly, iSuppli sees the number of 1GW scale fabs to grow as part of the photovoltaic industry’s cost reduction strategies.
June 23, 2008
A new market research report issued by research firm Solarbuzz calculates that the European photovoltaics market grew 87 percent in 2007, reaching 2,157MW installed. Despite feed-in tariff reductions in Germany, emerging markets such as Spain, Italy and France are expected to support growth levels in 2008, similar to those seen in 2007.
June 23, 2008
A Europe-based photovoltaics manufacturer has ordered an automated batch-immersion system for advanced heterojunction solar cell production from Akrion. The solar wet station will ship to Europe later this year and will be used on monocrystalline solar wafers.
June 20, 2008
The Valspar Corporation has launched Flurospar, its range of enhanced solar reflective paint for aluminum extrusion and wall panels. The coating, which is designed to lower room temperatures of solar facilities, decreases the amount of energy required to cool components, thus cutting costs for facility operators.
June 20, 2008
Following on from the unprecedented number of trade visitors at Intersolar 2008 in Messe Munich, SEMI and Intersolar are preparing themselves for a busy show at Intersolar North America in the Moscone Center, San Francisco from July 15-17.
June 19, 2008
Hot on the heels of Intel Corp’s spin-off of SpectraWatt, the start-up has secured a multicrystalline wafer supply deal with PV Crystalox Solar for 125MW starting in 2009, through 2013.
June 19, 2008
Barry Cinnamonn (pictured), founder and CEO of Akeena Solar, has been added to the finalists’ list for consideration for the prestigious title of Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year for 2008. The award winners, who will be announced on June 21st in the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, will be selected by a panel of independent judges based on their innovation, financial performance and commitment to their business and community.

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