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October 15, 2010
Despite the Japanese Government’s concerns over the legality of Ontario’s ‘local content’ feed-in tariff requirements, Sharp’s tandem-junction thin-film modules will be used by SunEdison for two solar parks, totalling 18.5MW, in Norfolk County, Ontario, Canada. The projects (SunE Sky Norfolk I and II) are a joint venture between SkyPower and the MEMC subsidiary, which actually started construction in March this year and is expected to be completed before year-end.
October 5, 2010
(Updated) Integrating energy harvesting technologies into crystalline solar modules is fast becoming the latest trend, which promises lower BOS costs compared to bolt-on applications. With the number of companies entering this market mushrooming in 2010, Suntech has decided to collaborate with at least four such firms, Tigo Energy, National Semiconductor, Azuray Technologies, and Enphase Energy.
October 4, 2010
Etrion has now completed the previously announced definitive sale and purchase agreements to acquire the equity in the first two phases of the SunPower Montalto di Castro solar park, for approximately €49 million. The acquisition of the 20MW first phase of the project was completed in August and the acquisition of the 8MW second phase was completed at the very end of September.
September 16, 2010
Global solar inverter shipments are expected to surpass 23.3 million units by 2014, up by a factor of nine from 2.6 million in 2010, according to a new report from iSuppli Corp. Revenue will subsequently increase to US$8.9 billion in 2014, up from US$5.3 billion in 2010. This would result in solar inverters sales becoming one of the highest-volume ruggedized electronic systems sold, according to report author Greg Sheppard. Despite such soaring demand, the average price per watt for inverters worldwide will decline by 13.5% this year. In particular, Asian suppliers are trying to drive prices down with lower costs, Sheppard noted, even though they have been challenged to deliver bankability.
September 16, 2010
Currently a niche and a key thin-film technology future market, BIPV is set for strong growth in the coming years, according to a new report from market research firm, Pike Research. The market dynamics for BIPV are currently changing and the market research firm is forecasting a tenfold increase by 2016, approaching 2.4 gigawatts (GW) worldwide. In comparison, Pike Research put the BIPV market at only 215 megawatts (MW) in 2009. Although difficult to forecast, Pike Research that the BIPV market will generate annual wholesale market revenues of US$4 billion by 2016, under a base case scenario.
September 3, 2010
GCL-Poly has established a long-term strategic partnership with Chinese company Hareon Solar Technology, in which GCL's solar energy technology subsidiary will supply silicon wafers worth RMB20.8 billion (US$3.06 billion) to the vertically integrated photovoltaics manufacturer's cell and module operations in Jiangsu province over the next three years, beginning in January 2011. A price adjustment mechanism has also been included in the contract, the companies said.
August 31, 2010
India's new and renewable energy minister, Farooq Abdullah, has revealed that the government is targeting 1,000MW of solar power by 2013, 500MW of which will be solar photovoltaic and 500MW solar thermal. The first installation will begin in West Bengal, where a demo tidal wave power project of 100MW will be executed, shortly followed by switching 100 telecom towers from diesel to solar power for cooling, Abdullah said.
August 24, 2010
With approximately 15 entrants wanting to stake a claim in the emerging solar microinverter and DC-DC power optimization market, rapid growth is required to avoid failures. According to a new report from IMS Research, the market is forecasted to generate more than US$1.5 billion in revenues over the next five years with device shipments growing 100% per year, totalling more than 16 million units. As expected the key market will be residential, offering power output defence from shading and inverter failures, according to the market research firm.
August 20, 2010
High-purity materials supplier 5N Plus has signed a long-term supply agreement with cadmium-telluride thin-film module producer Abound Solar. Under the terms of the deal, 5N Plus will provide CdTe compounds to be used in the manufacturing of Abound's PV panels.
July 15, 2010
The executive and project management team from Dyesol and Corus met with Welsh Assembly Government representatives on July 7 to present the achievements of the two-year R&D project to industrialize dye solar cell (DSC) technology on steel, for the continuous manufacture of integrated building products.

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