Solar updates

ICIS Chemical Business, the magazine I work for, recently published two very nice articles about the photovoltaics market. According to Dede Williams, Germany is facing feedstock shortages and competition from cheaper regions, while Ed Zwirn reported a global overview of the industry.

And with that introduction, here are more solar news accumulating in my soon-to-post blog box for the past 2 weeks.

  • Underwriters Laboratories opens North America’s largest commercial photovoltaic testing and certification facility in Silicon Valley

  • China-based Solarfun Power Holdings entered into a 47.0 megawatt photovoltaic modules sales contract with Schüco International KG, a PV system provider in Europe.
  • Masachussets-based Evergreen Solar, a manufacturer of solar power panels signed a new $1.2bn long-term sales contract with German-based IBC SOLAR AG.
  • Photovoltaic manufacturer Sencera International Corp., is expanding its Charlotte, N.C. plant, which will exceed 38 megawatts of capacity by 2011.
  • Chinese multicrystalline solar wafers producer LDK Solar signed a 10-year contract to supply a total of 400 megawatt multicrystalline solar wafers to Belgium-based Photovoltech.
  • Southern California Edison began installing solar panels at the first of 150 Southern California commercial rooftops,reportedly the largest solar panel installation in the world.
  • Canadian ICP Solar Technologies, a manufacturer and marketer of solar panels and products, entered a sales contract with Nissan in Europe and North America for car solar charger.

And for those who can’t get enough of solar reports…

  • Inorganic thin-film photovoltaic technologies – amorphous silicon, cadmium telluride, and copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS), is expected to erode crystalline silicon photovoltaic’s current dominant market share, grabbing 28% of the solar market in 2012 with $19.7 billion in sales, according to Lux Research.

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