iSuppli boosts 2010 solar installation forecast - 2011 stays on track

Stronger than expected growth in Germany has prompted iSuppli ( to boost its 2010 forecast for global installations of Photovoltaic (PV) solar systems.

Sinosol Connects 2.7 MW Project in Engstingen to the Grid

Frankfurt - The Sinosol-Group has grid connected a 2.7 MWp solar power plant in Engstingen- Haid, Germany (close to Reutlingen), which it has developed and realized. The project is the largest solar park in Reutlingen County. Approximately 12,400 modules from the Chinese-manufacturer Yingli and central inverters from SMA have been used to build the PV park.

Holger Klärner leaves Q-Cells

Holger Klärner has terminated his position as Managing Director/COO of Q-Cells International GmbH, by mutual agreement with the company and Q-Cells SE, with effect of 31 October 2010, in the course of the Company's integration into the Group.

Scientists generate two electrons from a single photon

<b>Left: In normal solar cells, the absorption of light generates a single excited electron. The ground state is a so-called singlet, as is the excited state. <br>Right: In the substance DPIBF, the absorption of light generates two excited electrons. The excited state is known as a triplet. </b><br><br><i>Diagram: NREL</i><br>

If light falls on typical solar cell materials, the absorption of a photon (colloquially: a light particle) causes an electron to become electrically excited. In a solar cell with connected electrodes, the resulting electron / electron hole pair can generate a current.

Southwest Windpower’s Andy Kruse Appointed to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee

Flagstaff - Andy Kruse, co-founder and executive vice president of business development at Southwest Windpower, has been appointed to the Department of Commerce's recently established Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (RE&EEAC).

Spain restricts support for PV

As the commercial law firm Rödl & Partner points out, the number of hours of production for which the increased tariff according to Royal Decree (RD) 661/2007 applies will also be capped for three years. Furthermore, an electricity transmission fee of 50 €-ct per MWh has been introduced, which has to be paid to the grid operators.

Parity Solar and China National Building Materials (CNBM) form Joint Venture

Under a broad cooperation agreement, the companies will expand Parity's existing PV module manufacturing facility in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu to 500MW of annual production, including thin film and poly crystalline products.