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Solar associations in the Gulf and India have struck a deal that will see the two regions offer mutual support to their PV industries through the sharing of expertise and resources.
Commercial operations have begun on Japan’s largest utility-scale PV plant to date.
Real estate and renewable energy developer, Pacifica Capital, has secured finance for two solar power projects in Japan totalling 8.7MW.
Major PV energy provider Canadian Solar has been selected to supply 43MW of its CS6P255P modules to the second largest solar power plant project in Japan, according to the company.
Solar wafer-to-module processing service provider, Solargiga Energy Holdings, has reported preliminary unaudited first quarter 2014 sales and shipments that are significantly higher than the same period a year ago.
Bankrupt PV module manufacturer Shanghai Chaori Solar has stopped production at its Shanghai headquarters as customers cancel orders and it struggles to generate cash flow.
LDK Solar has claimed through its Cayman Island liquidators that unaudited accounts indicate the company had revenue of US$273.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, up from US$156.6 million in the previous quarter.
The International Electrochemical Commission (IEC) will begin a programme of standardisation for redox flow batteries – which can be used for large-scale energy storage applications – following discussions which were initiated in Japan in October 2013.
German PV manufacturer and developer, IBC Solar plans to construct 5.5MW in Rajasthan, India.
Tier-one PV manufacturer JinkoSolar has completed and grid connected two large-scale PV power plants totalling 39MW in Jiangsu province, China.
Leading global PV manufacturer, Yingli Green Energy has joined with China-based investment fund, Sailing Capital, to create a renewable energy fund to invest in Yingli Green’s PV projects.
China Sunergy (CSUN) has announced the signing of a framework agreement to supply 15MW of solar modules to Turkish engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company PV-Systems.
Tier-1 PV manufacturer, Hanwha SolarOne said that it’s chairman and CEO, Ki-Joon Hong has retired and the company expected to appoint a replacement by the end of April.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer, E-Ton Solar Tech Co reported sales of over NT$423 million (US$14 million approx) for the month of March.
Malaysia’s largest electric utility company, Tenaga Nasional has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with a government-owned development company to buy electricity generated by a 50MWac PV plant.
Shunfeng Photovoltaic International is planning to issue convertible bonds totalling US$296.6 million to support its PV project business plans.
California-based microinverter maker Enphase has become the latest company in solar to announce expansion plans to meet demand in the Asia-Pacific region, opening an office in Melbourne, Australia to add to its engineering and design centre in New Zealand and distribution hub in Sydney.
Kyocera has installed a solar powered recharging station for electric vehicles, aimed at increasing clean energy generation and providing energy security in the event of disaster.
Taiwan-based solar cell and module manufacturer Gintech Energy reported a significant jump in revenue for the month of March 2014.
Struggling lower-tier a-Si thin-film producer and BIPV developer, China Solar Energy Holdings has been forced to close its a-Si thin-film manufacturing plant in Changzhou, Jiangsu, China after the subsidiary was forced into bankruptcy.
Yingli Green Energy will sell more than 300MW of solar power plants in China to United Photovoltaic Group (United PV), after the two companies signed a framework agreement.
The solar power division of Japanese consumer electronics and engineering firm Hitachi will act as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partner on a 43MW ‘megasolar’ PV project in Gunma prefecture, Japan.
PV module stringer specialist, teamtechnik said it had reduced cell-to-cell soldering cycle-times to below 2.25 second, boosting overall throughput of its single-track TT1600 stringer system to an annual output of 45MWp, inline with dual stringer systems, according to the company.
Chinese PV company ET Solar has opened an office in Australia, with a view to mainly serving the commercial and utility markets in the Asia-Pacific region.
Europe’s second largest utility Enel Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), to collaborate on renewable energy and smart grid projects.
China-based PV project developer, Jun Yang Solar Power Investments, is raising approximately US$25.2 million through a convertible bond on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange to support a partnership in building a number of distributed generation PV power plants in China.
PV module manufacturer Yingli Green Energy has begun on two ground-mounted PV plants in Hebei Province, China.
Global trading and infrastructure conglomerate, Marubeni Corporation is to build a mega solar park in Iwanuma City, Japan.
Major Taiwan-based solar wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET) has reported a sales decline of 10% in March.
Module, cell and wafer supplier, Jinko Solar, is to supply modules for distribution in India.
A review conducted by the Australian government regarding the country’s renewable energy targets has potentially put multiple PV projects at risk.
The first update to Japan’s energy policy since the tsunami and resultant Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 will not include a definite renewable energy target, according to a leaked draft.
China-based PV mounting systems producer, Clenergy is partnering with the Xiamen National Hi-Tech Entrepreneurship Center in Fujian, China on commercial rooftop projects totaling around 150MW over the next few years.
Major China-based PV inverter manufacturer, Sungrow Power Supply Co has signed a ‘strategic cooperation agreement’ to build a total of 300MW of PV power plants in Inner Mongolia at an estimated cost of US$483 million, according to a company statement.
China-based polysilicon and wafer producer, Daqo New Energy Corp reported narrowing quarterly losses on improved shipments of polysilicon and wafers in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Major Taiwan-based solar cell manufacturer, Neo Solar Power (NSP) has reported record sales of approximately US$83.2 million (NT$2,518 million) for March, 2014.
Global solar developer, SunEdison has dropped a 20MW project following concerns about domestic manufacturing supply in India.
A meeting of Shunfeng shareholders has unanimously approved the takeover deal for Wuxi Suntech.
China Merchants New Energy Group (CMNEG) has extended its stake in United Photovoltaics, formerly Goldpoly.
AU Optronics (AUO) has announced a move downstream, establishing a joint venture (JV) with several Tawianese insurance companies aimed at investing in and managing solar power plants in Taiwan.
A credit of Chaori Solar, the first company in China to default on a domestic bond repayment, has applied for the company to enter bankruptcy restructuring.
The domestic content requirement (DCR) in India’s flagship solar programme is facing mounting pressure after talks to resolve US opposition to the policy broke down and it was separately branded a “failure”.
Major PV manufacturer Trina Solar is expecting capital expenditure to reach US$213 million in 2014 as it targets expansion of capacity from ingot/wafer through to 1GW of extra module capacity.
Tier one Chinese PV manufacturer JinkoSolar said it expects to complete over 400MW of PV power plant projects in 2014, up from previous guidance of between 300MW and 400MW.
Module manufacturer, ReneSola said yesterday it has completed the sale of three utility-scale PV projects in Western China.
Thin-film producer, Solar Frontier has produced a CIS solar cell with a record conversion efficiency of 20.9% at the Atsugi Research Center, Japan in collaboration with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).
Thin-film manufacturer Solar Frontier and petroleum distributor Chopro have signed an agreement with the local authorities to develop a 29MW PV plant next to Nagasaki Airport.
The minimum price that Chinese manufacturers can charge EU buyers will fall to €0.53/W for the second quarter of 2014, PV Tech has learned.
United Photovoltaics, formerly Goldpoly, has confirmed that it has cancelled an agreement to buy 100MW of distributed solar projects from Singyes Solar.
Polysilicon producer GCL-Poly’s move into PV project development has received a boost in the form of a CNY5 billion (US$805 million) credit line from the China Development Bank.