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The PV industry and market in 2013 - SolarPlaza stages top-level PV vision and strategy conference "The Solar Future II" on June 8 in Munich, Germany SolarPlaza´s second "Solar Future Conference" is a platform to hear and meet business leaders in the global solar PV market. The conference will focus on vision and strategies related to solar industry supply, market demand, technology, business strategy, cost, and financial trends. It will take place in the same city as the world´s largest trade fair for solar technology - the Intersolar Europe - that starts one day later, on June 9. At this top-level conference, the world's leading CEOs, gurus, experts and analysts will provide valuable insights in how the PV industry and the PV market will look in 2013. The one-day conference is subdivided in four sessions: the gurus and analysts´ visions, the upstream and downstream players´ visions and a session on the large-scale use of PV. The speakers will explain, for example, how crystalline silicon can compete with thin-film technologies, which business model will survive, when inverter shortages will be overcome and if feed-in tariffs will still be necessary in 2013. In addition, they will discuss what the cost

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BrightView's Inline Metrology Solution Adopted by TSolar Following Technical Acceptance of InSightM SystemJoint Project to Analyze Relationship between Process Variations and Long Term Field PerformanceBrightView Systems, a leading provider of in‐line metrology‐based process control and optimization tools for thin‐film solar cell manufacturing received technical acceptance and announces deployment of its InSight‐ M at T‐Solar's thin film solar factory at Ourence, Spain. The tool will be utilized for capturing and analyzing process maps for 100% of the produced panels, a method that will dramatically enhance productivity, drive product improvements enable novel process optimization solutions that improve long term reliability and project bankability.T‐Solar's unique position as a vertically integrated solar power provider that manufactures the modules as well as builds the solar farms, will be the basis for a joint project between BrightView and T‐Solar that will examine and analyze the relationship between process variations and long‐term field performance. The global distribution of T‐Solar's PV farms, spanning Peru, Italy, France and Spain, presents unique challenges in respect to radiation levels, temperatures and other local variations. This study will provide T‐Solar with unique insight that will enable customization of process parameters to specific field requirements, and will provide tools for project planners and

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ADDING MULTIMEDIA Applied Materials' New Turnkey MES Solution Introduces Advanced Automation for Solar, LED and Chip Packaging Factories Applied Materials, Inc., today launched its Applied SmartFactoryTM MES* software - an affordable, out-of-the-box, factory automation solution to track and streamline the flow of materials throughout a manufacturing facility. Designed to help accelerate the production ramp of emerging technologies in the solar, LED* and chip packaging industries, SmartFactory can be deployed in less than 60 days to improve product quality, boost productivity and cut operational costs. SmartFactory is also the first MES available with integrated advanced process control (APC) capability, enabling customers to achieve higher and more consistent factory output. "The SmartFactory system is designed to help factory operations in rapidly-growing industries achieve the high yields and economies of scale that can lower manufacturing cost - key to the widespread adoption of these important new technologies," said Charlie Pappis, vice president and general manager of Applied Global Services. "With the SmartFactory system, customers can realize the benefits of Applied's proven manufacturing automation technology with a ready-to-use solution that can be expanded as their businesses and industries grow without disrupting ongoing production." Based on Applied's leading FAB300® MES technology, the SmartFactory system features

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Evolution Solar (PinkSheets:EVSO) applauded the content of a new study released Wednesday by The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). The study projected the positive economic impact of the Department of Treasury Grant Program (TGP) and the Manufacturing Investment Tax Credit (MITC). The study found that extending the TGP and MITC by two years would add 200,000 new domestic jobs to the solar workforce and supporting industries in the United States. Additionally, it would result in 10 gigawatts (MW) of new solar installations by 2016, enough to power 2 million homes.Established in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association is the national trade association of the solar energy industry. SEIA works with its 1,000 members to make solar a mainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy."We encourage the federal government's continued policies that would benefit the solar industry and the US workforce outlook," stated Robert Hines, President of Evolution Solar.Evolution Solar is currently building a solar demonstration site in partnership with Texas Southern University, to be located at the University's Houston Campus. The project should help Evolution Solar acquire new projects in a sector that

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* Industry group wants grant program, tax credits extended* Says policies would create 200,000 new jobs* Changes could result in 10 GW of new solar installationsBy Dana FordTax credits and a two-year extension to a federal grant program for U.S. solar projects would add roughly 200,000 jobs and almost 10,000 megawatts of new solar installations, an industry group said on Wednesday.Citing research done by EuPD Research, a private research group, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) urged the U.S. government to extend a grant program, set to expire this year, through 2012.The program, established in 2009 under the U.S. Recovery Act, was meant to help fill the financing void left by shrinking tax equity markets.Historically, banks have used tax equity markets to fund solar projects by buying government tax credits from the project owners. Those owners use that money from the banks to cover the costs of development.But as the credit crisis hit the financial markets, banks' appetite for those tax credits disappeared."The market dynamics have not substantially changed from when the Recovery Act was put in place until today, and that says the need to continue these programs is critical," Rhone Resch, president and chief executive at SEIA, told

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As the leading global supplier of materials to the PV industry, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions knows how much materials matter towards ensuring long-term system reliability. That's why we are completing extensive testing to determine how material performance relates to and can ultimately benefit module performance.To date, DuPont has tested a broad range of commercially available backsheet constructions, including several that contain Tedlar® and many competitive backsheets that do not. Each was evaluated on a range of critical properties, exposure tests, and a visual inspection, using the same structure and same conditions for a true side-by-side comparison.The results speak for themselves: Under normal, as well as extreme UV and damp heat exposure, Tedlar® resists delamination, yellowing and degradation that compromise other backsheet materials.Find out more about the detailed test results and background.

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The SOLON Blue 230/07 has been awarded an overall rating of "very good" by Germany's Öko-Test consumer magazine. SOLON's product is one of six winners in the test having received the top grade. A total of 17 solar modules from manufacturers in Germany and abroad were tested. Seven other modules received a rating of "good," one received "satisfactory," another "fair," and yet two others were awarded a rating of "poor." The test results for SOLON will be published in the May issue of Öko-Test. The solar modules were evaluated in an extensive series of performance tests. The modules were subjected to a range of irradiance values and temperatures, and electroluminescent and thermal imaging cameras were used to inspect for cracking and soiling. The SOLON module passed the test with flying colors and received an overall rating of "very good." "The fact that we did so well in this testing only confirms the fact that SOLON is and remains the No. 1 address for customers looking for premium quality, no matter if it is a solar energy system on the roof, a turnkey project for a large-scale solar power plant, or a financial product using solar energy," states Stefan Säuberlich, CEO

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Phoenix Solar AG's largest photovoltaic power plant to date of 15.8 megawatts . Two solar parks of 5 megawatts in total in Italy . Contract volume of approximately EUR 55 millionPhoenix Solar AG (ISIN DE000A0BVU93), a leading photovoltaic system integrator listed on the German TecDAX, is currently to build three photovoltaic power plants with a peak power totalling around 21 megawatts (MWp) for KGAL GmbH & Co. KG (KGAL), a company based in Grünwald near Munich. This includes the largest solar park of 15.8 megawatts ever built by Phoenix Solar in Moos near Würzburg, as well as two other solar parks of 2.3 and 2.7 MWp respectively in the regions of Molise and Latium in Italy. The contract volume of all three solar parks comes to around EUR 55 million.Phoenix Solar has been building photovoltaic power plants for KGAL since 2005. Under a framework agreement, signed in 2007 and extended in 2009, the two contractual parties agreed to realise solar projects with a minimum investment volume of EUR 525 million in the period from 2009 to 2012. As part of this agreement, Phoenix Solar is

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The fifth EM Asia Innovation Awards recently honoured DEK Solar for the technology breakthrough represented by its PV3000 photovoltaic metallization solution. Celebrating the highest standards in manufacturing technologies, the prestigious industry accolade recognises the significant role played by DEK Solar in the field of solar cell production. Presented to the DEK team at a ceremony in Shanghai, the industry accolade saw the PV3000 top the hotly-contested Alternative Energy Production Equipment category. Judged by an independent panel of industry experts in relation to innovation, challenging objectives and outstanding achievements, the PV3000 impressed high profile representatives from business, trade associations and academia with its capacity to deliver advanced levels of throughput. A breakthrough photovoltaic metallization solution, the PV3000 optimises solar cell manufacturing productivity by deploying multiple print heads in parallel. If one head halts for operator attention, the others will continue to print - virtually eliminating downtime.Commenting on the award win, DEK Solar Alternative Energy Business Manager, Darren Brown, explains: "It's obviously an honour to be recognised by the EM Asia Awards since this really highlights our commitment to advancing commercial solar cell production in Asia and indeed, around the world. The PV3000 was born out of our drive to meet

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GreenHunter Energy, Inc. A diversified renewable energy company focused on biomass power generation, the production of biodiesel, wind and solar energy projects, announced today financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2010.Revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2010 were $0.2 million, a decrease of $3.0 million compared to revenues of $3.2 million reported in the first quarter of 2009. Net loss to common shareholders, including one-time items, was $2.7 million ($0.12 loss per common share) compared to a net loss of $8.7 million ($0.45 loss per common share), from continuing operations, in the first quarter of 2009.KEY INITIATIVESSince the beginning of 2010, GreenHunter Energy management has been focused on three key initiatives. These include (i) engineering, permitting and financing the 18 MW Mesquite Lake biomass plant located in Imperial County, California; (ii) assembling a pipeline of growth projects and acquisition candidates predominantly focused in the power sector; and, (iii) restructuring the non-recourse credit agreement with the senior secured lender related to the biodiesel refinery located in Houston.As announced last year, the power purchase agreement with Imperial Irrigation District (IID) specifies a commercial operation date for Mesquite Lake by the end of June 2011 --

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