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Flexible CIGS thin-film firm, Ascent Solar surpassed US$1 million in annual revenue for the second time since it started operations in 2005.
Suntech has become the latest solar company to sign up as a retail electricity provider in Japan.
India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is to install 17,500 solar photovoltaic water pumps across the country.
China-based PV project developer and manufacturer, China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings, said it had started developing the first phase of a 1.1GW PV power plant project at the Hongshagang Industrial Park in Minqin County, Gansu Province, China.
Chinese PV manufacturer Chaori Solar has become China’s first firm to default on a domestic bond after missing an interest repayment.
The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has said it will not review the country’s Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) bandings again before the scheme’s expiration in 2017.
Module manufacturer SOLON will shut its Berlin headquarters and relocate to the UAE, it has announced.
The pipeline of approved PV projects in the Philippines reached over 1GW in January, according to the country’s Department of Energy (DoE).
Duke Energy’s subsidiary, Duke Energy Renewables, has acquired two 20MW PV projects in California from renewable energy developer Infigen Energy.
Struggling solar EPC firm S.A.G. Solarstrom has received a bridging loan to help it through its ongoing efforts to avoid bankruptcy.
Manufacturing equipment specialist, Manz reported preliminary record revenue of €266.2 million in 2013, with solar segment sales of only €10.4 million.
Global solar installations in 2013 hit 37GW, according to the latest data from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA).
SolarWorld has reported preliminary 2013 financial results, highlighting its continued bankability issues in key historical markets such as Germany during its lengthy financial restructuring phase.
A strong spike in PV module shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013 supported Canadian Solar closing in on 2GW of shipments for the year and secured a return to profitability in 2013.
A survey conducted by the European Commission has found that 90% of citizens think it’s important for their government to aim for a greater share of renewable energy by 2030.
The company showcased a selection of its products at the Ecobuild show in London this week, including a battery-based energy storage system for use in combination with PV.
Solar crowdfunding service Mosaic is to offer loans to homeowners in California for PV systems.
Kenya’s solar feed-in tariff is insufficient for projects to be viable and should be entirely reviewed, according to the head of a company looking to develop large-scale PV plants in the country.
RESolve energy consultant Madhavan Nampoothiri says the US complaint to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) regarding India’s national solar mission (JNSSM), can only serve to antagonise India.
Wuxi Suntech is currently upgrading cell and module production lines in China ahead of plans to increase in-house module capacity in 2014, according to its recently appointed CEO, Eric Luo.
Solar market analyst, GTM Research and the US Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) have published the Solar Market Insight Review 2013, revealing a 41% PV installation increase in 2013.
Schneider Electric’s PV business operations were said to have reached a new milestone in 2013 with over 1GW of cumulated service contracts for PV power plants.
China’s leading Monocrystalline wafer producer, Solargiga has acquired Chinese solar EPC services provider, Jinzhou Wintek Silicon Materials for approximately US$2.5 million. Solargiga’s ingot/wafer subsidiary, Jinzhou Yangguang was responsible for the acquisition.
ReneSola said it had supplied approximately 45,900 PV modules to an 11.7MW ground-mounted PV power plant project in Italy.
The US Department of Energy (DoE) has revealed its 2015 budget with more funds allocated for solar but a crucial Investment Tax Credit (ITC) axed.
Despite some uncertainties last year over the status of large-scale PV in Kenya, the country’s director of renewable energy, Isaac Kiva, has revealed that 25 projects totalling 750MW are now being advanced.
According to press reports in India, the country’s Union commerce and industry minister, Anand Sharma has accused the US of being overprotective following its recent solar trade complaint.
Guam is finally beginning its first foray into the renewable energy sector, as NRG Solar and Boeing announced that construction had begun on Dandan, a 25MW solar power plant.
Trina Solar reached PV module shipments in 2013 of approximately 2.58GW, over 1GW above shipment levels achieved in 2012. Due to expected strong demand in 2014, the company guided shipments to increase a further 1GW to between 3.6GW to 3.8GW.
Abu Dhabi’s research-driven advanced energy and sustainability university Masdar Institute of Technology, has unveiled plans to create a centre for researching “sustainable energy enabling technologies” encompassing the production, storage and efficient use of technology.
Yingli Green Energy, the world’s largest solar module manufacturer, has revised up its module shipment guidance for 2013.
In an effort to boost India’s slumping PV market, the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SEIC) is planning to construct a 1GW solar park in Andhra Pradesh state along with adjoining PV manufacturing facilities.
Ministers from the 13 EU ‘Green Growth Group’ countries have released a joint statement, urging the European Council to adopt a climate and energy framework going forward to 2030.
US power producer Xcel Energy is planning to expand PV energy capacity by 150MW in Minnesota by the end of 2016.
Major US residential PV provider, Vivint Solar has secured new tax equity transactions that would enable the company to fund around US$280 million worth of PV system installations.
PV module manufacturer, ET Solar has moved downstream and entered the UK market as an EPC to construct an 8.4MWp ground-mounted PV power plant in the village of Bridgewater in Somerset.
In a Hong Kong stock market statement, Hanergy Solar said it expected more than a 50% increase in net profits for 2013, compared to the previous year.
JinkoSolar reported total shipments over 1.9GW and revenue of US$1.17 billion in 2013, with full-year profitability secured and becomes the first China-based tier 1 PV manufacturer to do so after more than two years of losses within the sector.
The management of German rooftop PV installer and module manufacturer Centrosolar has unveiled an insolvency plan, which has been approved by the company’s creditors’ committee.
The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG) is planning to increase its solar and wind assets with as much as £200 million of investment a year.
A JV PV module assembly plant (Vitec Global Solar) between ReneSola and semiconductor and electrical products supplier, Vitec will produce Virtus II modules at the plant in Japan with an annual nameplate capacity of 80MW.
SunEdison is teaming with the Global Academy of Technology (GAT) based in Bangalore to create a research and development facility at the college’s Bengaluru campus.
LDK Solar has appointed provisional liquidators in the Cayman Islands as it begins insolvency proceedings.
The French law which guarantees a feed-in tariff (FiT) bonus of 5% or 10% for PV systems made with domestically-produced content may be facing the scrapheap, according to a French environmental law specialist.
PV plant provider, S.A.G Solarstrom has sold a collection of German projects.
Having worked with the Australian National University (ANU), the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and PV Lighthouse, a two-year R&D program with Trina Solar to develop an Interdigitated Back Contact (IBC) solar cell is set to be commercialised.
Global module manufacturer, JA Solar Holdings is to supply 7.8MW of modules to large-scale UK developer, British Solar Renewables.
US testing and certification firm Underwriters Laboratory (UL) has expanded the scope of its warning over the use of counterfeit safety marks on PV modules made by Florida-based Blue Chip Energy.
Integrated PV EPC firm, Martifer Solar said it was building a 78.4MWp portfolio of PV power plants in the UK for Lightsource Renewable Energy, a major player in the PV energy generation market.
A major Taiwan-based solar cell producer has placed an ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition) system previously used for evaluation work from Netherlands-based Levitech into manufacturing, while placing a second system on order.