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October News Update Issue 7


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Featured Article:

Research Indicates PV Component Profits 70% Lower in Q4 2011

The market research firm’s analysis of the polysilicon, wafer, cell, module and inverter industries found that that collapsing prices throughout 2011 will cause gross margins for the whole PV industry combined to slide by 17 percentage points to just 12.4% in Q4 2011..

Latest News:
Engensa Selected as UK’s First Installer of Solar Frontier Thin Film Panels

Engensa, the UK’s fastest-growing solar energy company, today announced the widespread availability of thin-film panels to homeowners.

 SOLON 1.6 MW solar array grid connected in UK

SOLON SE, a leading European photovoltaic module manufacturer and system provider, grid connected at the end of September a 1.6 MW solar power plant on a former military airfield at Westcott Venture Park, Buckinghamshire.

New Off-the-shelf PV Product Range Launched by Wylex

With recent rapid demand for domestic micro-power generation installations, a requirement for an efficient and integrated off-the shelf wiring and connection solution has become paramount.

Donauer Solartechnik Presents New Mounting System

At Solar Power UK 2011 Donauer Solartechnik will be presenting its new mounting frame: the Futura Siplex system with snap-in functions. It can be used on all roof types. The specialist wholesale company developed the system as part of its own INTERSOL range.

Quickly and Easily Cabling of Photovoltaic Systems with SUNCLIX

The new Blackfriars station – which is being built on a bridge spanning the River Thames – is on its way to becoming the world’s largest solar bridge as Solarcentury begins the installation of over 4,400 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.

Solar Power Lights Up Economic Gloom

The REA has carried out an analysis of REAL Assurance Scheme membership data - which had first been aggregated and anonymised - to show that the UK solar sector now employs around 25,000 people.  This represents more than an 8-fold growth in employment in the UK solar industry since the UK Feed-In Tariff (FIT) scheme began last year.

SOLARWATT Commissions Two Large Solar Parks in the UK

SOLARWATT AG commissions its first solar power plants in Great Britain. Earlier this year the company announced its first step into the British market and this past summer the first two projects were realized; two large solar parks with a performance capacity of six megawatts (MW).

nqa ► MCS Product Certification

The NICEIC operates the Microgeneration Certification Scheme for Product Certification in addition to the Installer Scheme. Via our sister company, NQA, we can assist manufacturers to qualify their products as MCS Approved through assessment and certification.