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REC Solar has completed the first of four community solar projects in Colorado under the state’s legislation Community Solar Gardens Act implemented last year.
Empower Energies, a renewable energy company, has completed the installation of four PV arrays at the General Motors Warren Technical Center campus in Warren, Michigan, US.
The US increased its installed solar capacity by 142.8% in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the same period last year, according to figures provided by the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Intelligent Systems Robotics and Automation (ISRA) is expanding its range of production automation and quality inspection technology through the acquisition of PV inspection companies GP Solar and GP Inspect.
SGI-Mitabu, a company formed by two Australian firms The Solar Guys International and Mitabu Australia, has entered into a partnership with the government of South Sumatra, Indonesia to develop megawatt-scale solar power projects.
Ernest Moniz has won bi-partisan approval from the US Senate to become president Barack Obama’s new energy secretary.
A syndicate of banks led by BayernLB has provided Gehrlicher Solar with a loan of €85 million (US$109 million) to expand its international project business.
Renewable energy developer Japan Asia Group is reportedly readying a pipeline of 500MW of PV projects in Japan as it considers reducing its European operations.
PV provider Scatec Solar has inked an agreement with South Africa’s Department of Energy to construct two PV plants with a combined capacity of 115MW under the second round of the nation’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement (REIPPP) programme.
Applied Materials reported a surprise GAAP operating loss for its Energy and Environmental Solutions (EES) segment of US$322 million that included impairment charges of US$278 million. Non-GAAP operating loss was US$34 million.
Los Angeles Department of Power & Water, the largest municipal electric utility in the US, has issued a request for proposals to build 250MW of solar power.
China’s largest polysilicon producer, GCL-Poly said that both polysilicon and wafer average selling prices (ASPs) had stabilised in the first quarter of 2013 as demand picked-up.
A lease financing deal previously signed between investment bank Goldman Sachs and SolarCity is to support financing of a further 110MW of rooftop PV projects.
KACO new energy sales have reached the equivalent of 34MW since the company started supplying major PV project developer Enerparc with utility-scale PV inverters.
China has warned that European Union plans to levy punitive duties against Chinese manufacturers would “severely impair” bilateral trade ties between the two blocs.
PV manufacturer JA Solar has set itself apart from some of its embattled Chinese rivals by repaying a US$119 million convertible note to bondholders.
The planned outsourcing of module production to Europe to avoid expected EU anti-dumping duties is expected to contribute to higher average selling prices for ReneSola during the rest of the year.
US retail giant Walmart has continued to expand its solar footprint in the US with the completion of eight new PV arrays in the state of Massachusetts.
Chinese manufacturer LDK Solar has signed a 500MW wafer supply contract with Realforce Power.
JinkoSolar has launched its PID-free all-black ‘Eagle II’ series module at SNEC, being held in Shanghai this week.
SAG solar, a subsidiary of German PV developer SAG Solarstrom, has secured a £29.5 million loan for the recently completed 33MW solar plant at Wymeswold airfield in Leicestershire, UK.
German module provider Conergy and Spanish renewable energy supplier Gamma Solutions have formed a partnership to install solar systems on nine public buildings in Spain.
PV project lumpiness and weakness in polysilicon investments impacted first quarter 2013 sales at power electronics specialist, 3W Power/AEG Power Solutions.
Global manufacturer firm Owens Corning and energy supplier Constellation have teamed up to develop a 2.6MW solar power plant, in New York.
Chinese solar manufacturer ReneSola has opened a new office in Newhavan, UK, to establish what it said would be a long-term presence in the country.
The latest iteration of JA Solar’s ‘Cypress’ solar module was revealed during SNEC in Shanghai this week.
During SunPower’s Analyst Day, the company provided a small glimpse into its technology roadmap, highlighting that the ‘X-Series’ module platform would reach conversion efficiencies of 23% in 2015, up from 21.5% today.
Module manufacturer and turnkey solution provider Emmvee Photovoltaic Power has been awarded a 2MW solar PV project located at Bibinagar, Nalagonda district in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Toronto-based private investment firm JCM Capital has announced plans to co-develop and fund costs for approximately 100MW of PV projects in Japan.
Struggling LDK Solar has reported a net loss of US$1.05 billion in 2012, the starkest figure in an annual report containing volumes of negative financial figures.
Despite being sold out for the year, SunPower still expects to make a net loss on revenue guided at between US$2.6 billion and US$2.7 billion in 2013.
Preliminary anti-dumping duties could increase PV module prices by 45% in June, further dampening an already demoralised European solar industry says a new report from market analysts at IHS.
Suntech Power Holdings has been able to secure an extension on repayment of its US$541 million convertible note with a select group of bondholders it was previously negotiating with.
SMA Solar Technology is continuing to tout the expectation that a dire PV market this year will lead to the company making further headcount reductions.
Chief human resources and operations officer of SMA Solar Technology, Jürgen Dolle, has resigned from his position on the company’s managing board due to health reasons.
Japanese firms Nippon Paper Industries and Mitsubishi Corporation have teamed up to develop a 21MW PV facility in Komatsushima-shi, Tokushima prefecture, Japan.
Spanish PV solar supplier firm Proinso has expanded its growing presence in Africa to South Africa.
Chinese thin-film manufacturer Hanergy has acquired Engensa, a UK-based home energy systems provider, for an undisclosed purchase price.
Major PV module manufacturer Trina Solar has lowered first quarter shipment guidance and expects gross margins to be as low as 1%.
Lack of PV manufacturing expansions and a flood of used equipment on the market due to bankruptcies resulted in Spire Corporation reporting a 57% decrease in sales in the first quarter of 2013.
Taiwan-based solar cell producer Neo Solar Power (NSP) has come out of a period of low sales in the second half of 2012, reporting NT$1,023 million in revenue for the month of April, a 9.74% month-over-month increase.
With PV power plant projects in the UK topping 44MW, PV energy provider (PVEP) S.A.G. Solarstrom generated sales of €55.4 million in the first quarter.
Renewable energy developer Sempra U.S. Gas & Power has dedicated the first phase of Arizona’s Mesquite solar project, expected to become one of the largest PV plants in North America.
PV energy provider (PVEP), SolarCity, reported strong residential adoption in the first quarter of 2013, collecting a total of 7,000 new customers with a total of 46MW deployed, which included 33MW of residential installations.
India’s Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop pilot projects in PV, solar thermal and hydrogen.
Electrical construction company Broadway Electrical has announced the closure on a debt facility to fund in excess of 37MWs of projects in Massachusetts, US.
German chemical company Merck will lead a consortium to develop high-efficiency cobalt-based dye-sensitised solar cells.
Germany is continuing to strive for a diplomatic resolution to the European Union’s ongoing investigation into the alleged dumping of Chinese solar modules in Europe.
The Greek government is to introduce retroactive cuts to the country’s feed-in tariff in a bid to reduce a deficit in the fund it uses for renewable energy.
PV projects in Thailand as well as strong demand in select European countries saw Conergy post its highest ever first quarter shipments.