Gujarati canal to be covered with solar panels

Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of the state said: "We have concluded that by covering one kilometre of the Narmada branch canal network with solar panels, 1 MW of power can be generated and in the process 10 million litres of water can be saved from evaporation.

Upsolar: Chinese modules assembled in Portugal

Giuseppe D’Elia, Country Manager Italy, Upsolar, at PV Rome 2011.

Upsolar is a designer and manufacturer of mono- and polycrystalline PV modules with headquarters in Hong Kong. Founded in 2006, the company grew very fast within a few years, thanks to the increasing demand for PV modules in Europe – like many other Chinese module producers.

Australia strongly accelerates the energy turnaround - DEGERenergie MLD systems gain significance

The Australian government is planning to reduce the country's CO2 emissions by a minimum of 160 million tons by 2020. As a consequence of the legally stipulated shift towards renewable energies, DEGERenergie is expecting a major surge in demand for its MLD tracking systems on the Australian market.

Manz to take over CIGS production from Würth Solar

According to a press release, a letter of intent for the takeover of the CIGS line, the concept of which is already being marketed by Manz under licence, has been signed in Schwäbisch Hall at the headquarters of Würth Solar. Up to now, the line has been used by Würth for production and at the same time by Manz for the further development of the technology.

USA: Photovoltaics grow by 140 %

The expansion is thus 140 % larger than the same quarter of the previous year. The American photovoltaics association SEIA is predicting an even higher market volume for the fourth quarter of 2011. The whole of 2011 is thus also on its way to a record.

LDK Solar buys into Sunways

LDK will then hold a third of the increased share capital of Sunways AG. The two companies have already worked together in the area of module production and have just signed an investment agreement. In a further move, LDK Solar Germany Holding GmbH will make a public takeover offer to Sunways shareholders. According to a press release, this will be published at the end of January.