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Having the two largest markets in the region, China and Japan helps, but according to market research firm NPD Solarbuzz the Asia Pacific region that includes India, Australia and Thailand are expected to support PV market demand of around 17.2GW in the second half of 2014.
Wuxi Suntech’s parent company Shunfeng and its partner Greenfield Solar International have signed youmex to finance the PV project pipeline they are developing in the UK.
Chile’s government has released CLP780 million (US$1.3 million) to fund the early-stage development of 51 renewable energy projects totalling 740MW.
China-based PV manufacturer and developer Hareon Solar Technology has signed a cooperation framework agreement with the Management Committee of Jiangning, Nanjing high-tech Park, China that includes 150MW of distributed rooftop PV projects.
Japanese thin-film manufacturer and project developer Solar Frontier has supplied 21.3MW of its solar modules to a large-scale PV project in southern Japan for its former parent company, Showa Shell.
Reflecting the general recovery in PV equipment sales, Meyer Burger Technology has said it will increase its working capital in a CHF100 million (US$106 million) convertible bond issue.
The German Engineering Federation (VDMA) has said that around the 100 equipment suppliers in the country that support the PV manufacturing supply chain have seen sales rebound in the first half of 2014.
Module manufacturer, Canadian Solar, has been awarded a module supply agreement for a 1.5MW project in Jordan.
Weak supply chain practices are costing the global solar industry up to US$500 million a year, according to the International PV Equipment Association (IPVEA).
US installer SolarCity has launched a new flat roof mounting solution for the commercial rooftop market that it claims could allow customers to fit 20% to 50% more panels on their roofs.
A support scheme has been launched for the grid-purchase of electricity under a net metering programme in Chile, to come into effect next month.
The prospects of a record-breaking year for solar in China have helped propel the country to the top of Ernst & Young’s list of the world’s most attractive destinations for renewable energy investment.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer, Solartech Energy is investing approximately US$16.2 million in Malaysia-based solar cell producer, TS Solartech Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Tek Seng Holdings Bhd.
The Indian government is set to make significant changes to its national solar mission, according to industry observers based in the country.
US manufacturer and developer SunPower claimed yesterday that the company had made its one billionth high efficiency solar cell since going into manufacturing 11 years ago.
China-based PV manufacturer and developer Hareon Solar Technology is raising approximately US$618 million in a non-public offering of shares to fund several key projects related to manufacturing and PV power plant projects.
Global PV manufacturer, SunEdison and its yield co spin-off, TerraForm, have completed the connection of two solar power plants in the UK, totalling 50MW.
US energy producer Dominion has reached an agreement with renewable energy developer EDF Renewable Energy to obtain two PV projects – totaling 42MW – in California.
US electric power holding company Duke Energy has made a US$500 million commitment to the expansion of solar energy in North Carolina.
Spanish developer, Dhamma Energy, has obtained a permit to build a solar power project in Mexico.
German PV systems are regularly generating more power than expected, according to researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE).
Brazil has released its plans for energy developments for the next ten years, with 3.5GW of solar planned.
China-based PV energy firm, United PV, expects to acquire between 500MW and 1,000MW of solar power plants in China this year.
A subsidiary of Xcel Energy, one of the largest electric utilities in the USA, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for up to 200MW of PV capacity in the state of Texas.
The government of India has published a draft plan proposing the development of 20GW in ‘ultra mega’ solar power plants over the next five years.