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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.
An agreement between the Government of Nepal (GoN) and the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank Group to generate 25MW of solar photovoltaic generated electricity was signed today.
Australia’s environment minister Greg Hunt has ordered an inquiry into the quality of solar system installations.
Indian developer, Acme Solar Energy, has been selected to build 74MW of PV in the state of Punjab.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), one of Japan’s major electric utility and transmission providers, will conduct a microgrid demonstration project on a remote Japanese island, incorporating solar, storage, wind and diesel.
A new review from energy watch dog International Energy Agency (IEA) has listed high grades for Indonesia’s operation of energy groups and state-owned institutions, but also noted that the country still has much to do in order to ensure a sustainable future.
The market for decentralised renewable energy in India could grow 70% annually to be worth more than US$150 million by 2018, while around five million residential solar systems are predicted to be sold in the country between last year and 2018, according to a new report.
Financial services firm ORIX Corporation and engineering company Kyudenko have started work on a 23MW PV plant in Nara prefecture, Japan.
Total shipments of PV modules in Japan for the third quarter of the 2014 Japanese financial year stood at 2.46GW, representing a 4% fall from the previous quarter, according to new figures from the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA).
Turkey is targeting 5GW of installed PV by 2023 as part of a new strategy on renewable energy deployment developed with Deloitte and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Taiwanese solar cell producer, Solartech Energy Corp reported flat sales for January, 2015, compared to the previous month.
China installed 10.6GW of solar in 2014, according to official data released by the National Energy Administration (NEA), but the final figure could in fact be higher.
An inauguration ceremony has been held in Tokushima, Japan, to mark the start of operation of a 21MW solar farm constructed by Mitsubishi Corporation and its joint venture (JV) partner Nippon Paper Industries.
The RE-Invest India summit has brought Indian government figures of the very highest level together with politicians from overseas, senior solar industry figures and renewable energy advocates.
India will enforce renewable generation targets as part of impending new energy policy, Piyush Goyal, minister for coal, power and new & renewable energy (MNRE) has said.
The hype surrounding India’s plans to install 100GW of solar by 2022 went to a new level at the weekend as India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Piyush Goyal, Minister of State for power attended the first government backed event to kick-start investment in Modi’s plans.
Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) reported a decline in solar cell and PV module sales in the fourth quarter of 2014.
PV equipment and automation specialist, Spire Corporation has secured a ‘Spi-Sun Simulator 6013i SLP’ order with a Chinese producer of large-area thin film modules.
Chinese PV manufacturer Zhongli Talesun has officially started construction of a 500MW integrated solar cell and modules assembly plant in the Thai-China Industrial Park in Rayong, Thailand.
The third memorandum of understanding (MOU) in almost as many days has been signed for a multi-gigawatt pipeline of PV power plants in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
Korean polysilicon producer, OCI Company has reported a 17% increase in polysilicon sales in 2014 as its plants run at full capacity.
Trina Solar has secured loan agreements with two major investors for up to 1GW of PV projects in China during the next three years.
Recent challenges to large-scale solar in Japan, including disputes over grid connection, appear to be having a tangible effect, with negative impacts reported this week by two major PV companies in their latest financial results.
Waaree Energies, one of India’s largest PV module manufacturers, is significantly adding capacity to meet demand. Having already expanded capacity to 500MW it now plans to double that to 1GW over the next four months.
The parent company of GCL Poly has taken over the management of embattled module manufacturer Chaori Solar.
With the Asian PV market as its targeted focus, Germany’s SMA Solar has launched a new central inverter suitable for placing on large-scale PV installations that are planned in megawatt-sized blocks.
The solar industry in India, which appears to be rapidly gaining momentum, has celebrated the connection of another project, this time a 21MW solar park in Faizka, Punjab.
Another major Indian solar deal has been announced as a high-profile national government-led investment conference draws closer.
India-based conglomerate Adani Enterprises has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly build with the Government of Rajasthan a single 10GW PV power plant in the province.
Tier-one PV manufacturer ET Solar is to provide EPC and O&M services for and become a minority investor in two PV power plants in Pakistan with Dubai-based TechAccess.
The Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has approved ReneSola’s PV testing lab to undertake supervised product testing under its Witness Testing Data Program (WTDP).
After a strong recovery in solar cell shipments at the end of 2014, Taiwan-based cell producer, Gintech Energy reported a 29.8% month-on-month sales decline for January, 2015.
Chinese manufacturer Yingli Solar has supplied modules to what is being billed as one of the first large-scale PV projects to be built in East Malaysia.
Taiwan-based wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET), reported increased sales in January 2015, up 16.7% on the previous month.
Taiwan-based PV manufacturer Motech Industries has reported a 13.4% jump in sales for the month of January, continuing a recovery in sales which slumped in July and August last year due to the US anti-dumping case.
The largest merchant solar cell producer, Neo Solar Power (NSP) reported a dramatic drop in sales for January 2015.
Hanwha SolarOne has completed the acquisition of Hanwha Q CELLS.
Indian state-led power company SJVN has confirmed plans for a 4.2GW renewable energy park.