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The Indian government is in discussions with international funding and lending agencies to secure at least US$3 billion to finance plans to build multiple gigawatts of new solar capacity.
Tier-1 PV manufacturer and clean energy developer Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) reported a major turnaround in its business operations in 2014, after integrating Wuxi Suntech.
Leading polysilicon and solar wafer producer GCL-Poly Energy Holdings reported group sales of US$4.8 billion and returned to a profit of US$277.9 million in 2014, operating its polysilicon and solar wafer operations at full capacity.
Off-grid renewables specialist Sunlabob Renewable Energy has secured a US$2.1 million investment from UK-based Truestone Global Impact Fund to fund its international expansion.
US renewable energy developer SunEdison is planning to power rural electrification and micro-grid projects in India with vanadium flow batteries, announcing that it plans to purchase 100 megawatt hours-plus from Imergy Power Systems.
In 2015, PV demand in China could top 18GW, according to an updated forecast from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).
Australia’s anti-dumping commission is nearing its decision on whether or not to impose punitive tariffs on Chinese solar panels.
PV energy firm, United Photovoltaics Group generated approximately HK$479 million (US$61.76 million) in revenue from sales of electricity from acquired PV power plants in 2014, up from just US$4.7 million in 2013.
Shunfeng International Clean Energy, solar energy services provider and part of the group that also owns Wuxi Suntech, has made clear its intent to purchase an LED lighting company.
India now has around 3.38GW of grid-connected solar installed, according to official figures revealed this week by the country’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
Vertically-integrated PV project developer Solar Power, Inc. (SPI) has announced that its subsidiary SPI Solar Power Engineering has reached an agreement with Jingzhaolai PV Power Co., Ltd. of Inner Mongolia to offer engineering, procurement and development (EPC) services for its 20MW PV plant in Liangcheng County, Ulanqab, Inner Mongolia.
Hong Kong-based property developer turned renewable energy developer Kong Sun Holdings has reported 2014 revenue of RMB524.3 million (US$84.42 million) returning a profit of RMB11.7 million (US$1.88 million).
SKI Corp, Japanese a mobile phone sales agency, has signalled its intent to build a 24MW solar farm in the west of Japan and to borrow ¥8 billion (US$67 million), for the purposes of doing so.
Engineering firm JGC Corporation has completed a 31MW PV plant in Chiba, Japan.
Thin-film maker Hanergy, which has been the subject of recent press reports over “unusual” share trading, has opened a number of retail stores in its homeland, China.
Struggling China-based PV manufacturer Hareon Solar Technology has warned it faces de-listing from the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) after issuing a profit loss statement for its 2014 financial year.
The cost of solar in Japan declined as much as 15% in one year, but a lack of clear policy direction from the government has left a number of businesses with a “pessimistic” outlook of the industry’s future, according to a survey by the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF).
Taiwan-based solar cell producer Gintech Energy reported slight increase in revenue for February, bucking the seasonal trend for the month.
Taiwan-based solar cell manufacturer E-Ton Solar Tech sales almost dropped 50% in February.
Taiwan-based market research firm EnergyTrend expects PV module pricing to stabilise and production utilisation rates improve after China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) raised the country’s overall PV installation target from 15GW to 17.8GW in 2015.
Major merchant solar cell producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) reported a modest decline in revenue for February 2015 due to the shorter working month and Chinese New Year.
Major tier-one PV manufacturer JinkoSolar has finally said its first major overseas solar cell and module manufacturing facility is based in Penang, Malaysia.
China has confirmed its installation target of 17.8GW for 2015.
Singapore is hoping that their first ever dual solar and conventional electricity contract will help reduce the city-state’s nearly complete dependence upon fossil fuels for electricity.
Japan has confirmed it will make big cuts to the feed-in tariff (FiT) payable for solar, which have been expected for some time, dropping the rate by around 16%, from ¥32 (US$0.27) per kWh to ¥27 per kWh by July.
China-based PV manufacturer Risen Energy is to build a 99MW PV project on land leased adjacent to fish ponds in the Shepantu area of Ninghai county Zhengjiang Province.
Major tier-one PV manufacturer JinkoSolar is to use finance leasing from China Development Bank Leasing Limited (CDBL) to build 1GW of PV projects over the next five years.
According to China media news reports ahead of official statements expected from China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), the new target for PV installations in 2015 is to be set at 17.8GW, up from the 2014 initial target of 14GW.
In a joint statement from the Australian Minister for the Environment and Minister for Industry and Science, the government proposed a new approach to Australia’s renewable energy target (RET).
Major tier-1 PV manufacturer JinkoSolar has been impacted by a serious fire at its wafer production facility at the National Shangrao Economic and Technical Development Zone in Jianxi Province, China.
India-based renewable energy project developer Welspun Renewables has entered into a 100MW supply deal with Solar Frontier, marking continued efforts by the Japanese CIS thin-film producer to broaden its geographical sales footprint outside Japan.
Chinese module manufacturer Yingli has broken ground on a 50MW project on a former mining site in eastern China.
Trina Solar will supply 48MW of solar modules to Indian firm ACME Cleantech Solutions (ACME).
Tier-one PV manufacturer JA Solar is planning to partner on both solar cell and module production in Southeast Asia to expand its shipments to the US market and avoid anti-dumping duties.
The Indian government has released bidding guidelines for 3GW of grid-connected PV projects as part of its flagship national solar programme.
AGL Energy’s 102MW Nyngan Solar Plant in western New South Wales is expected to begin its first generation next month, and be fully operational by July 2015.
ReneSola has confirmed it is to exit the minimum import price (MIP) undertaking between China and the European Union.
Solar product distributor JinkoSolar has announced that its subsidiary — JinkoSolar Power — has signed a US$51.1 million (RMB320 million) loan deal with China Development Bank (CDB).
Major PV inverter manufacturer Sungrow Power Holdings said that 50 SG1000TS central inverters were used at a recently completed 50MW PV power plant built by Jinko Power Company, a subsidiary of PV module manufacturer, JinkoSolar in Jiangxi Province, China.
Canadian Solar, ReneSola and ET Solar all face being closed out of the minimum price agreement between China and the EU after having allegedly flouted rules of the 2013 deal.
Taiwanese solar cell producer, Solartech Energy Corp reported a steep decline in February 2015 sales.
Major Chinese EPC firm TBEA Sunoasis has secured the supply of 100MW of monocrystalline PV modules from Xian Longi Silicon Materials.
Canada has become the latest country to impose anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on Chinese solar imports.
Tier-one PV module manufacturer JinkoSolar has signed a five-year strategic financing agreement worth RMB3bn (US$479m) with China Minsheng Bank (CMBC).
Japan’s residential and small commercial solar industry could represent a “huge, huge opportunity” for suppliers of inverters and module-level power electronics, according to an analyst with market research firm IHS.
The Hong Kong stock exchange has asked Chinese thin-film manufacturer Hanergy to explain the reason behind the recent surge in the price of its shares and a record volume of trading.
PV equipment and module production line specialist, Spire Corporation, has delivered and started the installation of a 20MW PV module line for a government agency in Vietnam.
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.