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Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE institute is leading a research project into the development of a ‘super grid’ that would allow intercontinental transmission of power from renewable energy plants in Africa to Europe.
Bosch has said that its PV module assembly plant in Vénissieux, France is near being sold as talks with an unidentified potential investor were described as having reached “an advanced stage”.
Swindon Borough Council in the UK has voted through measures that will allow solar farms to be developed on pre-approved sites under local development orders.
Energy provider NextEra Energy’s 750MW McCoy solar project in California has finally been approved, according to local press reports.
Several hundred megawatts of PV projects currently under construction in Mexico are driving the country to third place in the world for attractiveness to investors, developers and manufacturers in the solar industry, according to analysis firm IHS.
PV developers Gestamp Solar and 8minutenergy Renewables are planning to jointly build a 50MW solar farm in California.
A new working group has been formed in Germany to support organic PV (OPV) firms and research institutes developing the thin-film technology.
Enel Green Power reported strong annual results as its parent company announced plans to increase investment in emerging markets and renewable energy.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved 29 renewable energy projects, most of them solar, to receive US$42 million in grants from US power producer Xcel Energy’s Renewable Development Fund.
The Swiss Federal Council has approved changes to the country’s energy regulations that will allow small PV system owners to consume the electricity they generate.
Having dropped organic solar cells (OPV) that used fullerenes as the acceptor materials, imec has reported in ‘Nature Communications’ that it has produced a fullerene-free OPV cell with a record conversion efficiency of 8.4% and a 156cm2 module with a conversion efficiency of 5.3%.
Major Taiwan-based solar wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET,) increased high-performance wafer prices in February 2014, supporting a revenue decrease of only 3.9% in the shorter working month and Chinese New Year period.
Major Taiwan-based solar cell manufacturer, Neo Solar Power (NSP) revenue in February barely dipped due to Chinese New Year and less working days in the month.
Taiwan-based PV module manufacturer, Motech Industries reported February 2014 revenue of NT$1,903 million (US$62.8 million), up over 90% from the same period a year ago.
The Greek government has presented a new bill to shake up the renewable energy market with mixed results for solar.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced its support for new legislation presented in the Massachusetts State Senate and House of Representatives that would permit public and private distributed generation (DG) projects to continue, while also expanding the solar energy industry across the state.
GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) has secured a major US$336 million polysilicon equipment and technology deal with Cosmos Chemicals Berhad as part of plans to build a 25,000MT integrated polysilicon plant in Sarawak, Malaysia.
The Japanese International Co-operation Agency (JICA), the country’s overseas development body, is to fund a PV project in central Nigeria.
Bondholders of Shanghai Chaori Solar Energy Science and Technology could use the courts to force through repayments, according to a filing issued to the Shenzen stock exchange.
The general director of Mexico’s state-owned electric utility, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), has announced plans to promote renewable energy generation in the country by forming strategic public-private partnerships.
Market research firm NPD Solarbuzz has hiked its forecast for the UK PV market in 2014, due to increased project activity and the stable business environment for PV through to the next general election in 2015.
Nevada utility NV Energy has put out a call to developers to help it find suitable sites for the development of solar energy.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will host a workshop later this month aimed at kick-starting the production of a roadmap for the future deployment of energy storage.
Solar power production in California hit a new record on 8 March 2014, as output peaked at 4,093MW.
The MoU is for 7.5GW of solar installations, with 5GW in the region of Ladakh and 2.5GW in the town of Kargil.