Sunpower Inks Deal With French Casino Group $SPWRA

Sunpower (SPWRA) landed another solar supply deal with the French retailer Casino Grouptoday.  Last year, Sunpower signed a 14MW deal with the company and today it signed a 20MW deal which allows Casino group to install additional solar panels on theroof tops of its properties in France.  They will use Sunpower’s E19series solar panels which […] Read more

Intersolar and SEMI PV Group to co-organize event in China

The organizers of Intersolar, Solar Promotion International GmbH andFreiburg Management and Marketing International GmbH, and SEMI PV Group, organizers of SOLARCON, have finalized arrangements for their latestcollaboration, Intersolar China/SOLARCON China 2011. The eventtakes place from March 15-17, 2011 in Shanghai, China and expects over200 exhibitors and more than 25,000 trade visitors. This collaborationclosely follows their […] Read more

PV Group Members Descend on Washington to Urge Expanded Solar Support

Last week, several members joined me and other SEMI PV Group staff for an education mission to Capital Hill in support of US renewable energy legislation as part of our annual Washington Forum. A number of factors made this year’s energy outreach to the US Congress especially more urgent and more compelling. With the oil […] Read more

Evolution Solar inks deal to engage Energy Diversity Group for projects

Evolution Solar announced that management has executed a letter ofIntent (LOI) with Energy Diversity Group (EDGe) to act as its energymanagement consultant for selected EVSO solar powered projects. EDGe is a full-service energy management consultancy that concentrates onhelping clients develop and execute cost-effective energy managementstrategies. The LOI is the first step in pursuing definitive agreements, […] Read more

Hilti Group Acquires Unirac

Hilti Group, a manufacturer and supplier of specialized tools and fasteningsystems, has acquired Unirac Inc., a provider of photovoltaicsolar mounting solutions. According to the company, theacquisition will provide Tulsa Okla.-based Hilti North America with anextended presence in the fast-growing North American market. Unirac will continue to be based in Albuquerque, N.M., and operate under itsexisting […] Read more

FPL Group Beats On EPS, Reaffirms Guidance $FPL

FPL Group(FPL) reported results that were about flat over the year ago quarter.  They beaton the EPS side by .07, reporting .94/share, but revenues were a bitlighter than what analysts expected at $3.58 billion.  All in all, a hohum quarter and traders are selling the stock a bit today after thestock ran up over 10% […] Read more

Grape Solar, Patriot Solar Group to boost product offering

Grape Solar Inc., a leading solar photovoltaic module solution provider, and Patriot Solar Group (PSG), a company engineering and manufacturingsolar trackers and mounts, have partnered to provide complete equipmentsolutions to the solar market and reduce overall customer costs. Albion, Michigan-based Patriot Solar Group will now offer its customers GrapeSolar’s 175- to 280-watt, high-caliber photovoltaic (PV) […] Read more

Interact Holdings Group announces JV with Solar Masters

Interact Holdings Group Inc. has finalized the terms of its jointventure with Solar Masters of Fountain Valley, California. Thejoint venture will design, build, and market solar-powered LED lightingsystems for construction including but not limited to: commercial,residential, and road construction sites. The benefits would includeless pollution, less noise, and consumption of renewable energy asopposed to traditional […] Read more

Is the Applied Materials Sunfab Group in Trouble? $AMAT

We received a communication from someone claiming to be an Applied Materials employeewho attended a group meeting this week called by AMAT CEO Mike Splinterto discuss the future of Applied’s SunFab amorphous silicon group. MarkLaPedus of EETimes spoke with the source at Applied Materials.  We arestill in the process of confirming the source’s veracity, but […] Read more

SEMI PV Group Forms CTM

At the 4th Photovoltaic Fab Managers Forum, held on March 8 in Berlin,SEMI PV Group Europe announced the formation of a new European group for crystalline solar cells. This founding group of eightcrystalline solar cell manufacturers (Q-Cells, Deutsche Cell, BoschSolar Energy, Schott Solar, Sovello, Sunways, SolarWatt/Systaic Cellsand Solland) is working together in a pre-competitive environment […] Read more

CB Richard Ellis Introduces Solar Energy Services Group $CBE

CB Richard Ellis Group Inc., a commercial real estateservices firm, has launched CBRE Solar, which will provide solar energy services to the company’s clients, initially in the U.S. andCanada. CBRE Solar’s service offerings encompass a broad range of solar energy solutions for clients, including solar power purchaseagreements, roof leases, advisory services, project developmentservices, project management […] Read more

The NPD Group acquires Solarbuzz LLC

The NPD Group has acquired Solarbuzz LLC, an international solar energymarket research and consulting company. Solarbuzz will operate inconjunction with The NPD Group Company’s DisplaySearch, the worldwideleader in flat panel display and electronics market research andconsulting. The acquisition extends The NPD Group’s globalmarket and supply chain research expertise into the burgeoning solarenergy sector. Solarbuzz will […] Read more

New Solar Group Purchasing Programs in San Antonio

Return visitors to may notice that we’ve gotsome new links that say “Find Solar Group Purchasing Programs in YourCity.” What does this mean and why should you care? A valid question.We shall explain. What’s Solar Group Purchasing It’s a simple concept. The more people who buy solar, the easier itis for a single solar […] Read more