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Shopping, dining and entertainment complex Patriot Place

Solar PV plant at Patriot Place, Massachusetts, to use Evergreen Solar panels


Evergreen Solar, Inc. (Marlboro, Massachusetts), a U.S. PV producer with a proprietary silicon wafer manufacturing technology, on December 22nd, 2009 announced that its "String Ribbon" solar photovoltaic (PV) panels were chosen for a 525 kilowatt (kW) installation at Patriot Place (Foxborough, Massachusetts), a 1.3-million-square-foot shopping, dining and entertainment complex located adjacent to Gillette Stadium, home of the U.S. football team New England Patriots. Read more...

California labor unions and Bechtel Construction Company reach agreement to build solar thermal facility


Bechtel Construction Company (Frederick, Maryland) and two California labor organizations on December 17th, 2009 announced an agreement for the construction of the "Ivanpah Solar Electricity Generating System" by BrightSource Energy (Oakland, California), a 440 megawatt (MW) solar power facility in southeastern California. Read more...

Australian Solar Institute to advance solar energy development through its first round grants


The Australian Solar Institute (ASI; Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia) on December 17th, 2009 announced that it will support a number of innovative solar research and development (R&D) projects to accelerate the development of solar energy and to reinforce Australia's solar research capabilities. Read more...

HCPV tracking systems by OPEL Solar

SOLYPAC Technology to distribute OPEL Solar's products in South Korea and other global regions


OPEL Solar, Inc. (Shelton, Connecticut and Toronto, Ontario, Canada), a global developer and supplier of high concentration photovoltaics (HCPV) and other solar products, including ground based and rooftop tracking systems, on December 21st, 2009 announced that it had entered into an "International Dealer Agreement" with SOLYPAC Technology Co., Ltd. based in Seoul, South Korea. Read more...

Air Liquide supplies gases for Chinese PV Producers

Air Liquide announces new supply agreements in China, confirms strong position in PV market


Air Liquide, a world leader in gases for industry, health and the environment, on December 21st, 2009 announced the recent signature of thirteen new contracts with crystalline-Silicon (c-Si) solar cell manufacturers in China. The company believes that its expanded supply to Chinese market leaders JA Solar and Yingli Green Energy confirms its leading position in the photovoltaic (PV) market. Read more...

SCI Engineered Materials receives grant to commercialize PV production technology for the solar industry


SCI Engineered Materials, Inc. (SCI; Columbus, Ohio), a manufacturer of ceramics and metals for advanced applications using physical vapor deposition (PVD), on December 22nd, 2009 announced that the company may be awarded a 775,400 US-dollar grant by the Ohio Department of Development's "Ohio Third Frontier Photovoltaic Program" (OTFPVP), pending approval by the State of Ohio Controlling Board. The grant is to be used in collaboration with Robinson Fin Machines to commercialize the SCI's technology for high power density rotatable ceramic sputtering targets. Read more...

A rendering of the Rice Solar Energy (RSE) plant

PG&E to purchase electricity from Rice Solar Energy power plant


The U.S. utility Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E; San Francisco, California), a subsidiary of the PG&E Corporation, in December 2009 disclosed that it had contracted with a subsidiary of Santa Monica-based SolarReserve LLC for a capacity of 150 megawatts (MW) for clean solar power. According to Jonathan Marshall, Chief External Communications at PG&E Corporation and Managing Editor of the company's online publication "", the proposed Rice Solar Energy (RSE) project will be augmented by a proven energy storage system based on molten salt. The plant is expected to be able to produce enough renewable energy for the supply of more than 60,000 average homes, starting in 2013. Read more...

First Solar's production at Frankfurt/Oder, Germany

First Solar and EDF EN to build PV manufacturing plant near Bordeaux


First Solar, Inc. (Tempe, Arizona), U.S. manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) modules, and EDF Energies Nouvelles (EDF EN; Paris, France) recently announced that they are in the final stages of exclusive negotiations with the town of Blanquefort, near the city of Bordeaux, to locate a new solar panel manufacturing plant. The plant is to be co-financed by First Solar and EDF EN. According to the press release, it will be operated by First Solar, which pledges to sell the entire production of thin-film PV panels to EDF EN during the first 10 years of operation. Read more...

Solar cell production at Solar Enertech's facility

Solar EnerTech receives TUV Certification, expects to expand market share in Europe


The solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturer Solar EnerTech Corporation (Mountain View, California) in December 2009 announced that the company's PV modules had been awarded the Safety Class II Certification by TUV Rheinland (TUV). This enables the company to sell its products to a wider spectrum of customers, primarily those based in Europe. Read more...

"Ypsator" Multi-opening laminationllines by Bürkle

New production line for Solarwatt AG: Bürkle supplies largest laminators for PV modules worldwide


When Solarwatt AG in Dresden (Germany) installs a fully automatic production line for the manufacture of crystalline solar modules at the beginning of next year, one of the technical highlights will be delivered by Robert Bürkle GmbH (Freudenstadt, Germany). Bürkle offers press and surface technologies for different industries worldwide. Two multi-opening lamination lines "Ypsator" will encapsulate the individual module components in the production line which has been planned and designed by the automation specialist Kuka Systems in Augsburg, Germany. Read more...

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