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The managing director of PV mounting systems specialist Renusol, Stefan Liedtke, left the company at the beginning of this month, with his replacement joining from rival firm Schletter.
Israel-headquartered SolarEdge has said that its new technology, HD Wave, which the company claims dramatically reduces the magnetic and cooling elements of a PV inverter, might have won the prize endowed by Google to find a compact solution for inverters.
Panasonic claims to have toppled a world record for module efficiency announced only days ago by SolarCity and will be demonstrating the new module at next week’s Solar Energy UK exhibition organised by PV Tech’s publisher, Solar Media.
MEPs representing all of the major groups in the European Parliament have called on the European Commission to end trade restrictions on Chinese solar products.
Germany plans to offer around EUR1 billion (US$1.12 billion) in concessional loans for Indian solar projects over the next five years as part of an Indo-German Solar Energy Partnership, signed in a memorandum of understanding.
Leading microinverter manufacturer Enphase Energy has appointed veteran Philips Electronics executive Peter van Berkel as its general manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).
Germany will not cut its feed-in tariffs for solar in Q4 2015, the first time that deployment was insufficient to trigger a reduction, the country’s federal grid operator has confirmed.
Leading CIS thin-film producer Solar Frontier is expecting to supply a total of 10MW of modules to Netherlands-based distributor, Home-NRG in 2015, due to strong demand.
As many as 27,000 jobs could be lost if the UK government presses ahead with plans to cut the solar feed-in tariff by 87%, according to research carried out by one of the country’s trade bodies.
Perovskite solar cell developer Oxford Photovoltaics said it had raised a top-up B round of £4.4 million from a variety existing investors as well as new sources of funding.
Spanish utility Endesa has purchased 333GWh of power at the Iberian solar energy auction, which the company claims is equivalent to purchasing 1.2GW of capacity.
PV equipment specialist INDEOtec SA has secured an order for its OCTOPUS II PECVD deposition tool with French R&D centre, Institut Photovoltaïque d’Ile-de-France (IPVF).
The largest solar park in Europe, a 300MW project developed by France-based firm Neoen near Bordeaux, has been connected to the grid.
UK solar developer Hive Energy is to make its first break into the international solar market by opening a new office in Dubai.
Plans by Italy’s grid operator to allow for the interconnection of energy storage to the network have resulted in the country’s first grid-connected solar-smoothing storage facility being inaugurated.
UK renewables set a new generation record in the second quarter of 2015, generating more than a quarter of the country’s total energy output throughout the period.
President Francois Hollande inaugurated a 12MW solar farm in central France last week which uses PV panels assembled domestically by SunPower.
Scotland’s government has decided to go against the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) Renewables Obligation proposals and retain the grandfathering guarantee.
The UK government’s response to a petition calling for dramatic feed-in tariff cut proposals to be reversed has been criticised after it insisted expected returns of 4% would be “appropriate” for the industry to operate.
PV module manufacturer aleo solar, a subsidiary of Taiwan-based wafer producer Sino American Silicon Products (SAS), is to expand into producing 200MW of solar cells at its plant in Germany.
Large-area solar simulation systems specialist Eternal Sun has supplied the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) with a solar-PV testing laboratory that includes a hot-spot measuring technology upgrade.
Twenty-one solar associations claimed to represent 80% of Europe’s solar industry have called on the European Commission to end punitive trade restrictions on Chinese solar imports.
Spanish utility giant Iberdrola has launched a new service for small solar PV producers in Spain, offering financial coverage under a fixed price model and maintenance services.
PV developer First Solar and its subsidiary renewable energy plant monitoring equipment and power control provider skytron energy have opened an operations centre in Berlin, Germany, to provide remote monitoring, real-time supervision and plant control for PV systems across Europe, Middle East and EMEA region.
UK energy secretary Amber Rudd and minister Andrea Leadsom have faced mounting pressure to revisit highly contentious feed-in tariff proposals as Members of Parliament (MPs) across the country’s political parties criticised the plans.
Charges have been dismissed in a lawsuit against SunEdison that was brought by SunPower, which had alleged that its former employees had committed offences when leaving join its rival, including computer misuse and fraud.
Greater interaction with, and acceptance from, the construction industry will be required if Building Integrated PV is to become mainstream, a group of experts have concluded at EU PVSEC in Hamburg.
Iceland’s prime minister has welcomed news that Silicor Materials has taken a step closer to establishing its “low cost” commercial-scale solar silicon plant, securing US$105 million of equity capital agreements.
Solar developer Conergy has extended its bank guarantee facility with Tennenbaum Capital to US$75 million using funding from Goldman Sachs BDC in order to power an expansion of its solar business.
Meyer Burger has agreed to supply a PV system incorporating the company’s newest heterojunction cell technologies (HJT) and bi-facial PV modules, to one of Switzerland’s biggest retailers.
Analysis conducted by the UK’s Renewable Energy Association has claimed that government proposals to cut the feed-in tariff by up to 87% could end up costing the UK almost £100 million (US$153.6 million) in lost tax revenue and additional welfare payments.
Module maker Hanwha Q CELLS has expanded its presence in France with the establishment of a new subsidiary and expanded warehouse facilities.
UK-based PS Renewables is “confident” of developing its 50MW Eveley Solar Farm at grid-parity in the near future and said there are still options available for utility-scale solar projects of similar scale in the country.
Turkey’s first utility-scale CIS thin-film PV plant has now been commissioned, using modules supplied by Japanese company Solar Frontier and following a construction period of just three months.
A study has urged further research to quantify the impact of integrating increasing levels of PV into the European electricity grid and the possible benefits it could bring.
Portuguese project developer Martifer Solar has added 11.5MW of PV plants to its operations and maintenance (O&M) portfolio in Italy.
Solar, storage and clean energy testing and accreditation house Fraunhofer ISE has claimed that its newest reference photovoltaic cell “significantly reduces” measurement uncertainty and can be used to take accurate field measurements of solar insolation.
EU ProSun has formally requested an extension of existing solar trade tariffs placed on Chinese manufacturers in the EU.
The EU-China solar trade dispute looks set to reignite with every indication suggesting that EU ProSun will request a review of the impending expiry of duties on Chinese solar imports into Europe put in place in 2013.
Elkem Solar, the new owner of REC Solar, will partially reopen a wafer plant in Porsgrunn, Norway, with the creation of 80 new jobs.
The CEO of the UK’s largest owner and operator of solar PV, Lightsource Renewable Energy, has expressed concern over government proposals to drastically reduce the support available under the feed-in tariff.
Independent energy company Neoen has reached out to the European Investment Bank for €56 million (US$62,403,320) in order to construct a portfolio of 25 projects in France with a combined generation capacity of 300MW.
UK-headquartered system integrator Solarcentury is to build what is expected to be the largest PV power plant to date in the Netherlands.
A further dramatic drop in the costs of PV will make it competitive with wholesale power prices by 2030 in the EU, a study has claimed.
Non-compliance with EU directives for PV waste materials could undermine customer confidence in the sector, a statement by leading solar companies and a waste management organisation has warned.
Hanwha Q CELLS has refinanced two solar farms in the UK totalling just over 45MW of capacity, signing a power purchase agreement (PPA) with EDF Energy for the electricity produced.
Roth & Rau, technology and product subsidiary of PV equipment specialist Meyer Burger, is to be renamed to bring it further into the fold of the parent company.
UK government proposals to cut its feed-in-tariff (FiT) rates for solar PV installations by as much as 87% have shocked the solar industry, which is already reeling from a recent wave of potentially damaging policy proposals, according the UK’s Solar Trade Association (STA).
The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is proposing to cut the feed-in tariff (FiT) rates for solar PV installations by as much as 87%.
Germany-based PV developer IBC Solar is planning to complete 80MW of solar projects in its home country this year.