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PV module encapsulants specialist STR Holdings has appointed Weijie Kong as as sales director for China.
Operations at two new large-scale solar projects in the earthquake-affected Japanese prefectures of Miyagi and Fukushima have been started by Eurus Energy Group.
Japanese PV project developer Apollo Energy Group has signed a 150MW PV inverter deal with Huawei Technologies, a sign that overseas inverter suppliers are finally breaking into the Japanese market.
SB Energy, the PV project developer arm of Japan’s Softbank has completed and grid connected its 19.6MW Omuta Miike port solar park.
Solar energy solutions provider Solar Frontier announced that it has sold its 2MW Kunitomi Megasolar power plant in Miyazaki, Japan to a trust account operated by Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation (MUTB).
Major tier-1 PV module manufacturer JinkoSolar expects to start actual production of both solar cells and modules at a new facility in South-East Asia by May 2015.
Indian prime minister Modi’s first full budget has been given a lukewarm reception from the solar sector.
OPV thin-film firm Heliatek is supplying its ‘HeliaFilm’ substrate to a building integrated organic photovoltaic (BIOPV) project in Singapore that will evaluate its performance and durability in hot and humid climates.
In the next five years, India hopes to set up 1GW of solar power plants on land and rooftops owned by the railways, said rail minister Suresh Prabhu.
Australia’s Clean Energy Regulator has uncovered no unsafe modules in more than 13,000 tests, despite media reports that the market was inundated with “cheap and dodgy” panels.
Updated: Hanergy Thin Film Power Group’s thin-film equipment manufacturing subsidiary, Fujian Apollo, has won an order valued at US$660 million to supply 600MW of tools and plant operations to Shangdong Macrolink New Resources Technology Ltd.
Deregulation of the Japanese electricity market, expected to begin next year, could “breathe new life into PV”, according to Shawn Qu, chief executive and chairman of Canadian Solar.
The Indian cabinet has approved plans by state-run power producer NTPC to build 15GW of solar capacity, including 7GW of unsubsidised solar power.
DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions and module manufacturer TSEC will feature the latter’s new “V-Series” high-efficiency solar panels for the first time during PV EXPO 2015 in Tokyo, Japan from later this week.
The panel that sets Japan’s feed-in tariff (FiT) has proposed a cut of 16%, the country’s Ministry for Enterprise, Trade and Industry (METI) has said.