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The largest US solar installer, SolarCity has revised certain terms related to the purchase of PV manufacturer, Silevo.
The Australian Energy Storage Council, a new industry representative body, has been launched for energy storage in Australia, backed and co-founded by the Australian Solar Council.
The largest merchant solar cell producer, Neo Solar Power Corporation (NSP) experienced its third consecutive decline in monthly sales due to the impact of the US anti-dumping case.
Chile’s Environmental Assessment Service (Servicio de Evaluación Ambiental, SEIA) has approved a 698MW solar power development.
Long-term financing options for solar power projects in Japan are now being offered by US investment banking firm Goldman Sachs more cheaply than comparable bank loans, according to Bloomberg.
UK developer Camborne Capital and US solar investor sPower have signed an agreement to work on utility-scale projects in the UK.
Major US residential solar lease provider Sunrun has partnered with due diligence company SolarBuyer on a quality assurance programme for its PV systems.
Former CEO, Mike Miskovsky of PV module mounting systems designer, Zep Solar has joined another innovative company in the PV sector, robot controlled tracking systems firm, QBotix. SolarCity acquired Zep Solar for US$158 million all stock transaction in October, 2013.
China-based module manufacturer, ReneSola is to provide 10MW of modules to engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm, juwi India Renewable Energies.
Diversified Mexican conglomerate, Grupo IUSA, has said that it will establish its first PV module assembly plant by the end of 2014 with plans to invest around US$200 million and reach 500MW of capacity in anticipation of a boom in solar installations in the country.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has called for renewables to be a key focus of the forthcoming climate change talks in Paris later this year.
A survey into Japan’s approved but unbuilt solar PV projects from the 2012 fiscal year has produced another set of definitive results, with 1.82GW of cancellations announced by the government this week.
Honduras is set to lead a 1.5GW surge in Central America PV installations up to 2018, according to new analysis by IHS.
The use of thin-film technology in Indian PV projects could be set for a rebound after having taken a beating over the past year, according to analysis from consultancy Bridge to India.
JinkoSolar has connected a 100MW PV power plant in China to the grid.
Major PV manufacturer Trina Solar is to supply modules to a 70MW PV project in Chile.
UK-based thin-film start-up, Oxford Photovoltaics said it would commercialise a perovskite based tandem thin-film for conventional c-Si solar cells ahead of plans to commercialise its BIPV product offering set for 2017.
Bankrupt Suntech Power Holdings said in an SEC filing that its subsidiary, Power Solar System has been granted an injunction in Singapore’s High Court prohibiting the disposal of assets claimed to be worth US$197.5 million by Suntech Singapore.
Internet giant Google is to provide US$145 million equity finance for an 82MW US PV project in the portfolio being operated by SunEdison’s spin-off yield co, TerraForm.
Germany-based PV manufacturer, aleo solar said it was producing a new high-performance monocrystalline module with a conversion efficiency of over 18.3% and output of 300W.
There will be almost no new utility-scale solar in the US in 2017 following the cut to the investment tax credit (ITC), according to GTM Research.
Industry body the Australian Solar Council has upped its campaign to ‘Save Solar’ and safeguard the country’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) through a new television advert.
SPI Solar has agreed to acquire Malta-based Sinsin Renewable Investment Limited (SRIL).
Taiwan-based PV manufacturer, Motech Industries reported a further drop in revenue for the month of August having been hit hardest by the impact of the US anti-dumping ruling.
New US utility-scale solar installations in the first half of 2014 defied a general downward trend across all generation types to surge by nearly 70% year on year, according to official figures.
The University of California (UC) has signed two power purchase agreements (PPAs) with PV provider Frontier Renewables as part of the largest solar energy purchase by a US higher education institution.
Taiwan-based wafer producer, Sino-American Silicon (SAS) sales in August continued to slump after the fall-out over US anti-dumping rulings.
Repeated trade actions against Chinese PV manufacturers have failed to have any discernible impact in stopping the country’s industry dominating the global c-Si supply chain, according to analysts NPD Solarbuzz.
Tata Power Solar will supply 10MW of modules to a project in Rajasthan, India, under the domestic content requirements (DCR) for the second phase of its Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission to build up PV generation capacity in the country.
Tier 1 PV module manufacturer, Hanwha SolarOne has won a follow-on module supply deal with power generation firm Baotou Shansheng New Energy Co.
PV mounting system company Clenergy will provide 1MW of anodized aluminium mounting structures to a project in Malaysia, which it calls a “strong start” to its expansion into the Southeast Asia market.
Hitachi Chemical is to enter volume production of wavelength conversion particles (WCP) that can be coated on EVA encapsulants for crystalline silicon modules and are claimed to boost conversion efficiencies up to 2.2%.
PV project investor GCL New Energy is to invest RMB81.9 million (US$13.35 million) in a company developing a 150MW project in China.
First Solar has completed the initial 18MW phase of the Barilla PV plant in Texas, the first plant in the state to operate without a power purchase agreement.
State of Telangana has announced a 500MW solar tender adding to a 4GW solar pipeline.
Solar Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) leader GlassPoint Solar is set to receive a US$53 million equity investment from the State General Reserve Fund –- Oman’s largest sovereign wealth fund – Royal Dutch Shell and other investors.
Electric power generator NextEra Energy Resources and PV systems provider First Solar have begun construction on a 250MW PV plant on the border of California and Nevada.
Side-stepping the trend towards yield co financial structures, major PVEP Canadian Solar has secured a PV project financing partnership with China’s Sichuan Development Investment Management firm, part of the local Sichuan government.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer, Gintech Energy Corp reported a third consecutive slump in monthly sales.
China-based PV manufacturer and developer Hareon Solar Technology has signed another PV framework agreement totalling 100MW with Hakusan Municipal Economic Development Zone in Baishan city.
Spanish electrical engineering firm Ingeteam claims that its inverters are now powering 120MW of PV in Chile, following the recent connection of a 100MW plant in the Atacama Desert region of the Latin American country.
Taiwan-based solar wafer producer, Green Energy Technology (GET) has said it is considering establishing an overseas module assembly plant with sister company, Gintung.
Philippines’ Department of Energy (DoE)’s secretary of energy, Carlos Jericho Petilla has said that rooftop solar is now cheaper than coal in the island state.
The Eilat Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative (EEREI) has opened the tendering process for a 50MW PV project in Israel that could also provide power to neighbouring Jordan.
LDK Solar’s Cayman Island liquidators with the support of two major investors are attempting to start restructuring proceedings in Hong Kong of LDK Solar’s key asset, its polysilicon production operations, LDK Silicon & Chemical Technology Co.
Sharp Corporation could be preparing to sell on Recurrent Energy, the US PV project developer it acquired in 2010, according to news reports.
Investment firm Rijn Capital Chile has submitted an application for a 35.8MW solar power plant in the Latin American country.
Russian solar firm Hevel Solar has inaugurated a 5MW pilot PV power plant in the Altai Republic, in southern Siberia.
Two Chinese companies, Winsway and Guangdong East Power, will partner on 200MW of PV projects in Japan, according to news reports.
Amtech Systems solar sector subsidiary, Tempress Systems has received an order for a boron diffusion system from a leading Taiwan cell manufacturer.