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Work to install a 29.2kWp rooftop PV system has been completed at German football club Bayern Munich’s training facility, installed by Chinese company Yingli Green.
British Prime Minister, David Cameron has stated that solar “has the potential to play a valuable part of the UK’s renewable energy mix”, in a written response to calls from more than 150 businesses to support Britain’s solar industry.
German polysilicon manufacturer Wacker has confirmed that it will not be impacted by the latest tightening of trade rules by China.
German PV system integrator, Phoenix Solar, has reported a massive 81% drop in revenues in the first half of 2014.
The UK is now the world’s fifth largest utility-scale solar market, according to figures published by Wiki-Solar.
Greek solar panel manufacturer, Recom is to start module production in Europe.
SolarWorld plans to power up unused production capacity later this year but still expects to miss its annual revenue target.
Switzerland’s Meyer Burger has confirmed the beginnings of a recovery for PV equipment manufacturers after posting encouraging first-half results.
The UK has reached 5GW of installed PV capacity, making it “the most important solar PV market in Europe”, at least during this year, according to the latest findings from analysis firm NPD Solarbuzz.
Hanwha Q CELLS has completed its first project in Portugal as an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor.
Chinese manufacturer, ReneSola, is to supply 22MW of its modules to two solar projects in the UK.
German inverter manufacturer SMA Solar has cited weak demand in Europe for losses sustained in the first half of 2014, but said it anticipates a rebound as international demand picks up.
Germany headquartered Hanwha Q CELLS has revealed plans to expand production capacity to over 1.5GW by the end of the year.
PV module manufacturer Hanwha SolarOne has successfully supplied 2MW of its modules to the recently completed Ozkoyuncu Solar Enerji power plant in the Turkish province of Kayseri, Cappadocia.
Struggling inverter manufacturer SMA has purchased Phoenix Solar’s European operations and maintenance business.
Insolvent project developer Solarstrom has sold the last three projects in its German portfolio.
American solar developer SPI Solar has joined forces with German renewable energy company Wircon to develop solar projects across the UK.
Four UK solar developers have launched a legal challenge to the government’s withdrawal of support for large-scale solar under its renewable obligation (RO) scheme.
Major polysilicon producer, Wacker Chemie, reported an increase in polysilicon shipments in the second quarter of 2014, due to increased demand that is expected to continue through the second half of the year.
Predictions that Germany will lose its place as Europe’s largest PV market this year appear to be playing out, with the country registering just over 1GW of new capacity in the first half of 2014.
Yingli Green Energy International AG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PV module manufacturer Yingli Green Energy, has reached a deal with independent energy company AMB Energia Wytwarzanie - a subsidiary of AMB Energia S.A. - to co-develop 30MW of PV installations in Poland.
The French government has confirmed that its new 400MW PV procurement round will be launched in September.
Portuguese firm Martifer Solar has managed to complete an 8MW PV plant in Ukraine amid the ongoing political turmoil in the eastern European country.
Photovoltaic generation systems in Germany are “significantly” more profitable than onshore wind installations, new research by Fraunhofer ISE has concluded.
Chinese module maker CSUN has signed a deal with UK importer CPH Solar for its Turkish made panels.
Solar and onshore wind will compete for a share of US$85 million a year under the new contracts for difference (CfDs) scheme, according to a document published by the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Italy’s Enel Green Power has confirmed it is to take full ownership of the 3Sun thin-film joint venture it originally created with Sharp and STMicroelectronics.
Renewable energy infrastructure operator Ellomay Capital Ltd., has reached a deal to acquire three PV plants worth a total capacity of 5.6MW.
Changes to Germany’s EEG energy policies and the introduction of new renewable energy auctions in the UK have won state aid approval from the EU.
The UK subsidiary of insolvent German distributor Wagner & Co has bought out its German-held stake and re-launched as an independent entity.
Microinverter firm Enphase Energy and Energy France Installation (EFI) have signed a 1,500 rooftop deal that could be an indicator of things to come in France as new regulations come into force.
3W Power the holding company of PV inverter supplier, AEG Power Solutions Group is issuing new shares to raise around €4 million to improve its financial position.
The founder of Helios Technology has bought two cell production lines from the company for his new firm Megacell.
PV module manufacturer, SolarWorld, has received shareholder approval to raise additional capital.
Renewable energy project developer, Grupotec Renewables, has secured a project pipeline of 200MW in the UK.
The fate of the UK’s PV market over the next five years is likely to be determined to a large extent by a budget announcement which is expected by October, according to the latest report from analysis firm NPD Solarbuzz.
Smart energy solutions provider ET Solar has supplied some of its high-quality PV modules to German solar developer and EPC company DOMILUX Leuchten Herstellung und Vertrieb GmbH for a 728kW rooftop PV plant in Turkey.
Some of the distinctive cylindrical photovoltaic modules produced by bankrupted US thin-film manufacturer Solyndra are being resold in Europe through Photon Energy, PV Tech has learned.
Struggling 3W Power, holding company of PV inverter supplier, AEG Power Solutions Group has undertaken a reverse stock split at 10:1 ratio to boost its share price.
The US is lagging behind the likes of Australia and Germany in pushing down the labour costs associated with residential PV installation, a Rocky Mountain Institute study has revealed.
Solar silicon materials producer, Silicor Materials is to establish a 19,000MT plant in Iceland to convert metallurgical-grade silicon (MG-Si) feedstock to purified solar grade silicon that it claims can be produced at US$9/kg.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and inverter maker SMA have both recently inaugurated megawatt-scale testing facilities that pair PV with batteries.
A newly developed Fresnel lens by Fraunhofer ISE and produced by ORAFOL Fresnel Optics have been combined into Soitec’s ‘FLATCON’ CPV module and record efficiency multi-junction solar sells to provide a record module conversion efficiency of 36.7%.
Controversial reforms to German energy law have passed another parliamentary hurdle, having been approved by the country’s upper house, the Bundesrat (federal council) and now stand to become law on 1 August.
The UK’s High Court has ruled that 14 solar companies affected by feed-in tariff cuts in 2011 may pursue a claim for damages.
Juwi has inaugurated a 25MW solar farm in the French Pyrenees with a number if sustainability and biodiversity measures included in the project.
German PV module manufacturer, Solar-Fabrik has acquired the module manufacturing facility of insolvent Centrosolar, Sonnenstromfabrik, in Wismar, Germany, securing 143 jobs.
A German solar power plant owner has issued a warning on its annual results in the wake of proposed retroactive cuts to Italy’s feed-in tariff (FiT).
European branch of AGC Glass, AGC Europe has signed a Letter of Intent to enter into a joint venture with Saudi Arabian glass company, Obeikan Glass.
Financial group, Caisse des Dépôts and the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (CNR), an independent renewable power developer and France’s second largest electricity producer have inaugurated a 12MW solar power plant.