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Trade body the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has thrown its weight behind efforts to liberalise the global trade in solar products.
IKEA will extend its residential solar offering into eight new markets in the next 18 months following the success of the scheme in the UK.
During the opening conference sessions to The 29th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2014) in Amsterdam this year, the call to arms from leading European PV protagonists was for the sector to embrace the energy transformation that could require one trillion euros to achieve.
Energy storage may not be cost effective in Germany in helping the transition to a higher grid penetration of renewable energy until that penetration level reaches as high as 90%, according to a leading think tank.
Several firms have touted the benefits of Bifacial solar cells and modules in advance of this week’s EU PVSEC event in Amsterdam.
Scotland’s decision to spurn independence in favour of continuing the Union is a boost for UK renewables, according to Ernst & Young.
Wuxi Suntech’s parent company Shunfeng and its partner Greenfield Solar International have signed youmex to finance the PV project pipeline they are developing in the UK.
Reflecting the general recovery in PV equipment sales, Meyer Burger Technology has said it will increase its working capital in a CHF100 million (US$106 million) convertible bond issue.
Global PV manufacturer, SunEdison and its yield co spin-off, TerraForm, have completed the connection of two solar power plants in the UK, totalling 50MW.
German PV systems are regularly generating more power than expected, according to researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE).
A ‘yes’ vote in Thursday’s Scottish independence referendum would “slam the brakes” on Scotland’s renewable energy sector, according to analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
UK developer Camborne Capital and US solar investor sPower have signed an agreement to work on utility-scale projects in the UK.
Germany-based PV manufacturer, aleo solar said it was producing a new high-performance monocrystalline module with a conversion efficiency of over 18.3% and output of 300W.
SPI Solar has agreed to acquire Malta-based Sinsin Renewable Investment Limited (SRIL).
Solar developer, SPI has acquired the rights to develop and operate over 30MW of solar projects in the UK.
The China National Building Materials Group Corporation (CNBM) has completed its acquisition of German CIS thin-film module manufacturer Avancis.
Trade body the European Photovoltaic Industry Association has called on the European Council to set binding renewable energy targets for individual EU countries at its next meeting.
Chinese firm ReneSola is to develop a 13MW PV project in Dorset, southern England.
A research project aimed at validating technologies for the “industrial scale” storage and dispatch of solar generated electricity in Switzerland has received CHF2 million (US$2.17 million) in funding from a local government agency.
Norwegian PV developer Scatec Solar and the country’s overseas development finance body, Norfund, have agreed to jointly invest in solar projects in developing countries.
Clean energy fund manager Glennmont Partners has raised €500 million (US$657 million). The fund, Glennmont’s second, exceeded its €450 million target.
Shunfeng Photovoltaic, the owner of module maker Suntech, has purchased insolvent German project developer SAG Solarstrom for €65 million (US$85.4 million).
The IEA has warned that the UK’s large-scale solar sector faces an uncertain future once the renewable obligation (RO) scheme closes at the end of March next year.
The minimum price level agreed by China and the EU is delaying grid parity in key European markets, according to Jinko Solar’s director for the region.
Module manufacturer, Yingli Green Energy is to supply 66MW of its modules to large scale UK solar projects.
Scatec Solar, the Norwegian company that this year has announced the construction of PV plants in territories including Jordan, Rwanda and South Africa, has announced plans to list on the Oslo Stock Exchange.
UK-based merchant solar wafer producer, PV Crystalox Solar reported increased shipments and revenue but margin decline due to lower wafer selling prices and stable polysilicon purchase pricing led to a loss in the first half of 2014.
SolarWorld has confirmed that the issue affecting 1.5 million modules in North America, is not applicable in Europe.
In the long-running bankruptcy saga of once global leading PV manufacturer, Suntech Power Holdings its major overseas sales operations, Suntech Power International (SPI) based in Switzerland has ended the moratorium phase of insolvency proceedings.
The EU Trade Commission has told PV Tech that it will not be pursuing the dossier of evidence presented to it by EU ProSun and SolarWorld that purported to show breaches of the EU-China price undertaking.
EDF and E.ON, two of the largest offshore wind project developers in the UK have backed the department of energy and climate change’s (DECC) plans to cut support for large-scale solar under the renewable obligation (RO) scheme.
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.