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Germany has approved plans that will limit ground mount PV to three tenders between now and 2017 worth 1.2GW in total, Sigmar Gabriel, Minister of Economy and Energy has announced today.
Investment bank Citigroup is predicting a 240GW global battery storage market worth US$400 billion by 2030 as increased deployment creates a “virtuous circle” of falling costs.
Both the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and the Financial Times (FT) have recently attempted to delve into the financial and business operations of the Hanergy group of companies with mixed success.
The present buoyant relations between the US and India over clean energy policy could face their first test next week as a World Trade Organization panel prepares to hear a US complaint over India’s solar domestic content requirement.
Spanish engineering firm and power electronics manufacturer Ingeteam is to design a CSP power plant with thermal storage in Qinghai province, China.
Sealed bidding for support for large-scale solar farms in the UK will begin tomorrow, 29 January, with the government confirming it had made additional budget available for offshore wind and other “less established technologies”.
US-based utility and energy services provider PowerSecure has added US$25 million in new business.
During his speech at the US-India Business Council Summit, US President Barack Obama revealed a series a initiatives to boost trade and investments in India, including nearly US$2 billion in capital for renewable energy projects in India.
Solar energy finance and investment firm Sol Systems is set to deploy over US$200 million in capital to finance at least 150MW of projects.
GCL New Energy Holdings has guided plans to build 2GW of PV power plant projects in China in 2015, increasing by 500MW per annum to reach planned installations of 3GW in 2017.
Algeria has doubled its renewable energy target from 12 to 25GW by 2030, according to the state press agency APS.
Japan’s electric utility companies that had stopped considering applications for utility-scale solar look set to resume doing so, although projects will be subjected to stricter new rules.
Utility Florida Power and Light (FPL) will build 225MW of solar generation capacity and has signalled that the economics of PV has passed a major milestone in its service area.
The African Development Bank is to back a 72MW PV project in Cameroon, pushing the country’s solar pipeline close to 200MW.
Leading PV inverter manufacturer, SMA Solar Technology, is slashing a further 1,000 jobs, primarily in Germany due to lower expected sales in 2015 from its traditional German and European markets.
Struggling PV module assembly equipment specialist, Spire Corporation said in an SEC filing that it’s CFO, Robert S. Lieberman would be leaving the company.
PV module encapsulant material provider, STR Holdings, has said it is to undertake a reverse stock split of its NYSE listed shares in a bid restore its share price above the US$1.0 minimum threshold.
The leaders of the US and India have reasserted their ongoing clean energy partnership with President Obama hinting at additional financial support during meetings in India.
Chilean authorities have received plans for an ambitious 600MW PV plant project which could be connected to a 300MW pumped hydro energy storage plant, from developer Valhalla Energy.
The PV industry’s largest polysilicon and solar wafer producer, GCL-Poly Energy Holdings has signed its eighth supply contract with bankrupt PV module manufacturer, Shanghai Chaori Solar. GCL-Poly is in the process of becoming a majority shareholder in the struggling firm.
Qatar is close to opening a long-awaited tender for 200MW of solar power capacity, according to local media reports.
A leading figure in European PV technology research has urged the global solar industry to pull together to make itself heard at the COP 21 climate change talks in Paris later this year.
The 2015 edition of the SEMI International Technology Roadmap for PV (ITRPV), which will be released during SNEC in Shanghai in late April, will incorporate several key changes to its technology focus.
Japan will produce definitive targets for renewable energy this year, according to a government official. The country’s government has taken criticism from pro-renewable energy groups for not doing so previously.
Schmid Group has followed the start of construction of a new photovoltaics factory in Argentina by opening offices and a warehouse to support the new facility.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative is providing CIGS thin-film start-up Siva Power with US$3 million in funding as part of the program to bring novel and highly innovative ideas to commercialisation.
US-based fabless PV module supplier, Andalay Solar has secured a 50MW annual sub-contracting manufacturing partnership with Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).
Swiss independent power producer Etrion Corp looks set to build a 25.9MW PV plant project in Chile, the latest to be planned for the Antofagasta region, after authorities gave the project their approval.
Europe’s approach to research and innovation in photovoltaics needs “systemic” change if the continent is to avoid seeing its solar manufacturing industry entirely wiped out in the coming years.
The US Navy and Air Force have commissioned three solar power plants totalling 120MW along Florida’s Gulf coast.
China state-owned aerospace firm, Shanghai Aerospace Automobile Electromechanical Co (HT-SAAE) has revealed verified record solar module efficiencies for both N-type PERT (passivated emitter, rear totally diffused) and P-type multicrystalline modules.
The Taiwanese PV manufacturing sector could use the very same loophole that put it in the US government’s crosshairs, to sidestep the punitive duties now faced by its own firms.
US PV energy provider SunEdison has announced the prices for its offering of US$400 million principal amount of 2.375% convertible senior notes in a exclusive placement offering.
A deal reached between Duke Energy, the U.S. Department of the Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps will see the creation of a 13MW PV plant being built at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Onslow County, North Carolina.
PV company PermaCity Solar and American fashion retailer Forever 21 have completed a 5.1MW SunPower PV system located on the rooftop of Forever 21’s headquarters in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.
A major multinational Japanese firm has ordered two Levitrack Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) systems from Levitech intended for volume production of PERC (passivated emitter rear cell) solar cells including both multicrystalline and n-type wafers.
PV tracking systems specialist, Exosun has established a subsidiary in Cape Town, South Africa with plans to partner with local firms on tracker system construction to meet local content rules.
The Emirate of Dubai looks set to ramp up its target for renewable energy to 15% of the overall generation mix by 2030, from its current level of 5%.
Leading PV manufacturer Trina Solar said it would continue to meet demand for its PV modules in the US, despite the US International Trade Commission’s (ITC) final determination on anti-dumping and countervailing duties issued yesterday.
Thin-film OPV firm, Dyesol is collaborating with Portuguese electrical engineering firm, EFACEC on a novel laser assisted, glass frit sealing technology for its solid-state DSC solar cells to provide 20-year plus sealing for its planned perovskite-based commercial PV products.
Chinese module manufacturer ET Solar has been loaned A$20 million (US$16.2 million) for its push in the Australian commercial rooftop market.
According to market research firm IHS, Chinese tier-1 PV module suppliers are mostly sold out in the first quarter of 2015 as demand remains strong from markets such as China, Japan and the UK as well as in South America and Central America.
A Chilean developer is planning to construct a 205MW capacity PV plant which will require an investment of US$410 million, in a mountainous area near the capital, Santiago.
Project developer Welspun Renewables has confirmed it will build a 100.1MW solar farm in Andhra Pradesh (AP) during a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Organisers of the 31st European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) have set deadlines for paper abstract submissions for the event being held in mid-September at the CCH - Congress Center Hamburg, in Hamburg, Germany.
Reported plans for Germany’s first national solar tender could “reduce market volumes” while the price of installing solar farms are falling and therefore do not appear to make sense, a director of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) said today.
The US International Trade Commission has determined that Chinese modules using Taiwanese components have caused injury to the US solar manufacturing industry.
Market research firm, IHS has significantly lowered its PV demand forecast for Saudia Arabia in response to the country pushing back its renewable energy plans by eight years in the wake of plummeting oil prices.
PV manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS, said it would close down all solar cell and module manufacturing capacity in Germany and relocate the lines to its main production facility in Cyberjaya, Malaysia with the loss of 550 jobs.
Vertically integrated solar power provider SunEdison and its ‘yield co’ subsidiary will build 85.2MW of UK PV across five plants, having secured financing from Santander and Bayerische Landesbank.