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Tier-1 PV manufacturer Zhongli Talesun Solar expects to ramp it recently announced 500MW cell and module production plant near the end of year, which will produce PERC (Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell) technology for its new ‘Hipro’ 285W+ modules being launched at SNEC 2015.
European PV trade association EPIA said that it would support free trade and the end of current trade barriers on imported Chinese solar modules, the first time the trade association has set a strategy position on the ongoing trade conflict that has impacted the PV industry.
China’s Trina Solar has claimed a new efficiency record for a p-type multi-crystalline silicon module of 19.14%.
Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company Masdar and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology are to jointly launch a new R&D centre to support deployment of solar in the emirate.
PV equipment maker Singulus Technologies will undergo a financial restructuring as it looks to reduce it debt.
The renewable energy advisory subsidiary of German insurance giant Allianz is to offer risk assessment and certification services to PV projects in partnership with VDE and Fraunhofer ISE, two of solar’s best known certification and testing houses.
Ireland-based Kingspan Group has announced the US launch of its solar energy provider arm Kingspan Energy.
Based on a new report from consultancy IHS, the top 10 PV module suppliers slightly increased their market share from last year, jumping from 48% in 2013 to 49% in 2014.
Mississippi Power is set to partner with two solar businesses and the US Navy in order to develop and construct two PV installations within the state.
Solar energy services provider SunEdison has named Jose Perez as president of SunEdison Europe, Africa and Latin America — replacing Pancho Perez, who will join SunEdison Capital in a new position.
A Bill proposing to cut the lifetime and targets of North Carolina’s Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPSs) in half has been voted down.
Yingli has netted RMB588.2 million (US$94.9 million) from the sale of land earmarked for the expansion of its in-house polysilicon operations.
Energy Partners Latin America (EPLA) is to build a 150MW PV power plant costing over US$300 million in Baja California State, Mexico.
PV equipment specialist Meyer Burger has settled a disputed bill with GT Advanced Technologies following a US$34.8 million deal.
A US utility is to install zinc iron redox flow batteries onto a micro-grid to test their suitability for integrating solar onto a local circuit.
Pakistan has reportedly postponed its renewable energy development plans in favour of liquefied natural gas (LNG), according to local media.
As part of Duke Energy’s US$500 million commitment to solar energy in North Carolina, construction activities are starting to get underway at three PV facility sites.
PV metallization paste manufacturer Heraeus Photovoltaics Global Business Unit is expected to attend the SNEC 9th International Photovoltaic Power Generation Conference & Exhibition from 28 – 30 April, 2015, in Shanghai, China.
Renewable energy giant SunEdison is “exploring all options” in the UK following the expiry of the Renewable Obligation Certificate deadline earlier this month, the company’s general manager for Europe Alessandro Ceschiat has said.
Independent power producer sPower and financial advisory firm CohnReznick have secured a US$168.5 million finance deal for the acquisition of 25 solar projects.
Investment from Credit Suisse into SolarCity will lead to US$1 billion worth of commercial solar installations, with energy storage expected to be an integral part of the offering.
A proposal floated by academics from Stanford University to slowly phase down the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) instead of cutting it from 30 to 10% has been dismissed by the industry.
US-based PV inverter producer Advanced Energy Industries (AE) has received a major order for its 1000NX central inverters from US EPC firm Swinerton Renewable Energy totalling 325MW, biggest order by far for inverters the company has received.
Following recent news that Holland’s Orange Solar will open a module factory aimed at “reviving” European PV manufacturing, BIPV specialist Onyx Solar will begin work on a factory in Spain.
Germany has received more than 170 submissions for its first competitive large-scale solar PV tender, leaving the round significantly oversubscribed.
Ghana has put the brakes on its utility-scale solar market with the West African country establishing a temporary cap of 150MW.
The South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) and South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) signed off on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on April 10 that will see both groups partner up in order to improve energy security through PV power.
Folsom Labs, the California-based developer of PV sales and design software HelioScope, has raised US$1 million in a round of funding from other major software players.
Innovation company GE is collaborating with Toyo Engineering Corporation and renewable energy systems developer Kuni Umi Asset Management Co. in order to help power the 231MW Setouchi Kirei Solar Power Plant in Okayama Prefecture, Japan.
The Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA) has issued a strategy document outlining how the country could reach 100GW of installed PV generation capacity by 2030.
Surprised by the official figures for solar PV installations in China in the first quarter of 2015, Deutsche Bank analyst, Vishal Shah cited renewed momentum in the Chinese market that could result in the 17.8GW government target for the year being surpassed.
SunEdison and its investment vehicle TerraForm Power have closed financing for a portfolio of 97MW of utility-scale solar power projects in the UK, which were connected in the first quarter of 2015.
Major Taiwanese solar cell producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) is collaborating with materials supplier DuPont on high-efficiency metallisation pastes.
Major PV inverter manufacturer Sungrow Power Supply reported a significant increase in overseas inverter shipments in 2014, while increasing overall shipments by 6.7%.
PV project developer SPI Solar has launched an international version of its online investment platform solarbao.com.
Japanese tech company Fujitsu launched a cloud-based solar monitoring system in its domestic market on Tuesday.
A joint venture has completed construction of two floating solar power plants in Kato City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.
Pay-as-you go solar systems are to be installed in 100,000 off-grid households in rural Ghana under a programme unveiled today.
Solar developer groSolar has chosen PV tracker maker NEXTracker for a 105MW supply agreement over three years.
Solar panel manufacturer Yingli Solar has obtained a RMB300 million (US$48 million) financing facility for a 50MW PV power plant in Handan City, Hebei Province, China.
Joint ventures involving Spain-based energy company Aljaval have received electric energy generation approval for eight solar power projects with a combined capacity of 220MW.
Dubai’s state-run utility has confirmed the next 800MW phase of development at the Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum Solar Park.
Major US electricity producer NextEra Energy Resources has signed a 1.5GW solar PV module supply agreement with Hanwha Q CELLS, using its high-efficiency Q.ANTUM cell (PERC) technology produced in Malaysia and South Korea.
Newly merged, Hanwha SolarOne and Hanwha Q CELLS have issued its 2014 full-year financial report, meeting lowered shipment guidance on the back of module tolling for former sister company but overall results were lacklustre when compared to major rivals.
Tier-one module manufacturer and project developer SunPower has started work on an 86MW plant in South Africa.
According to figures released by China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), a combined total of 5.04GW of new solar capacity was grid connected in the first quarter of 2015.
Australian utility company AGL has called on the country’s regional and local government to “set both binding and aspirational medium and long-term emission reduction targets”, while outlining its own commitments to carbon reduction.
India-based PV module manufacturer Vikram Solar has teamed with Fraunhofer ISE, Meyer Burger, and centrotherm to provide its previously announced plans to include solar cell production as part of overall module capacity expansions.
Ghana’s minister for power is to speak at the Solar & Off-Grid Renewables West Africa event in the country’s capital, Accra, next week, organised by PV Tech’s publisher, Solar Media.
SunEdison’s rural electrification business, which aims to give 20 million people access to electricity, will be headed up by Cathy Zoi.