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Reports that senior politicians in the Czech Republic want to see ground mounted solar “disappear” are “more proof that the Czech Republic is a complete banana republic when it comes to energy policy“, one critic has said.
Microinverter firm Enphase Energy and dedicated residential PV company Sunrun have signed an agreement for Enphase to supply solar energy systems to Sunrun for its household PV installations.
Efforts to force the government to reverse policy decisions that damaged the solar industry received a boost when the constitutional court in Rome accepted the legitimacy of the case.
Spain’s Ministry of Environmental Affairs has approved a 450MW PV project, which Germany-based renewable energy firm Juwi plans to develop in Mula, in the the country’s Murcia region.
The French government has doubled the size of a tender for 100-250kW solar systems from 120MW to 240MW.
Renewable energy developer Langa has selected integrated solutions provider Schneider Electric and battery designer Saft for two new PV-plus-storage plants in Corsica.
The UK’s main support mechanisms for large-scale and rooftop solar look in doubt following the publication of two government consultations this morning.
SunEdison has continued its acquisition spree with the purchase of UK-based energy provider, Mark Group, for an undisclosed fee.
PV developer SunEdison and its yieldco, TerraForm Power, are to acquire US residential PV provider Vivint Solar for around US$2.2 billion.
The UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change is rumoured to be planning significant cuts to subsidies available for solar projects and could announce the cuts “within weeks”, according to reports.
Germany-headquartered PV manufacturer SolarWorld has had a record efficiency for a PERC solar cell of 21.7% independently verified by the photovoltaic calibration laboratory (CalLab) of Fraunhofer ISE.
The European Commission must toughen its enforcement role and establish biennial renewable targets for member states to ensure that the 2030 renewable energy package is successful, SolarPower Europe has urged.
Zep Solar, the US rooftop PV mounting systems specialist backed by SolarCity, will launch its products into the UK market later this year, the company has told PV Tech.
Bluefield European Solar Fund (BESF), a new solar investment vehicle to be advised by Bluefield Partners, has announced its intention to list on the London Stock Exchange and raise €200 million (US$220 million) for PV acquisitions.
Nanoelectronics research group imec says it has made a “breakthrough” in developing perovskite-based thin-film photovoltaics (PV), recording an active area efficiency of 11.9% with its module.