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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.
German firm IBC Solar has started working on what is expected to be the biggest solar plant in Hungary with a nameplate capacity of 18.5MWp.
The Intersolar Europe trade show and EU PVSEC conference will be held at the same time and venue as of next year.
A new chief operating officer has been chosen and approved at German high-tech equipment manufacturer Manz AG.
Green energy products provider ReneSola has sold its 13.5MW Wedgehill utility scale solar plant to a solar energy generator in the UK.
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE) has committed to expanding its research and development activities in a range of technologies considered “complementary” to solar as key foundations of a transformation to distributed, low emissions energy networks.
Foresight Group has purchased a large-scale UK solar farm from the Chinese tier-one PV module manufacturer Renesola, with Foresight claiming that its UK solar portfolio now exceeds 400MW of generation assets.
Solar Frontier, the vertically integrated thin-film PV manufacturer and project developer headquartered in Japan, has opened an office in London aimed at steering its activities in the currently buoyant UK market.
In less than a week, more than 180,000 Spanish citizens have signed a petition against plans for a new ‘sun tax’ on use of batteries for residential self-consumption of solar energy in Spain.
French PV developers Solairedirect and ENGIE are to merge after ENGIE acquired a 95% stake in its compatriot firm.
Insolvent Germany-based PV module manufacturer Solar-Fabrik has teamed with technical service and support firm, Suncycle to provide a repair programme for its previously reported junction box failures that could potentially cause fires.
Subsidies earmarked for solar could be cut as the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) battles to keep Levy Control Framework (LCF) spending under control, a new report issued by market intelligence firm Cornwall Energy has claimed.
Inverter manufacturer Ingeteam has increased its installed presence in the UK with the completion of one of the largest projects in the country.
Solar inverter manufacturer SMA has inaugurated a test centre for diesel-PV hybrid energy systems at the company’s German headquarters.
French semiconductor specialist Soitec claims to have achieved a 38.9% conversion efficiency in a module incorporating one of its high-efficiency four-junction concentrator PV (CPV) cells.
Retroactive changes to Italy’s feed-in tariff (FiT) have been referred to the country’s constitutional court as the case against the government advances.
Germany’s Fraunhofer ISE and France’s CEA have joined forces to create a ‘virtual lab’ through which the two research centres will collaborate on developing high-efficiency multi-junction solar cells.
Joe Warren, managing director at UK energy storage start-up Powervault, says there is enough room in the market for multiple storage manufacturers as his company looks set to do battle with Tesla to win over British households.
UK energy and climate change secretary Amber Rudd has said the new Conservative government “does not want large-scale solar” as MPs clashed over the recent decision to bring a premature end to onshore wind subsidies.
Private infrastructure fund F2i SGR is set to acquire 56.4MW of PV plants mainly in Sicily from CogiPower Spa, an arm of renewables firm Cogip.
The UK solar industry connected 2.53GW of new solar capacity to the grid in the first quarter of 2015, according to the latest figures obtained by Solar Intelligence.
US-based solar silicon manufacturer Silicor Materials has provisionally signed Danish contractor MT Højgaard to build a new poly plant in Iceland.
Hanwha Q CELLS and ISM Group, a German developer and installer, have completed a 10MW PV plant in the Bitterfeld region of eastern Germany.
The Pope has called for the worldwide development of renewable energy sources and adequate energy storage technologies in order to drastically reduce fossil fuel consumption and the related emissions from carbon dioxide and other polluting gases.
Fraunhofer ISE chief Eicke Weber will run for Germany’s Free Democratic Party (FDP) in regional elections.
Trina Solar will partner with Welspun Renewables to build a 2GW module factory in India, according to reports by Bloomberg.
The failed module manufacturer QSolar used fake TÜV SÜD certificates on some its products, PV Tech has learned.
A proposed “sun tax” on use of batteries for residential self-consumption of solar energy in Spain could increase payback time from around 16 years to 31 years under a new draft Law put forward by the Spanish Government.
UK’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) took advantage of renewable obligation policy just before government scrapped it with UK’s largest solar farm development – and it could be expanded.
First Solar is eyeing PV projects in Kazakhstan as part of its expansion plans in Europe and neighbouring markets.
A new spin-off from Fraunhofer ISE is targeting kerfless solar wafer production having developed high-throughput equipment that is touted to produce high-quality low cost wafers using APCVD technology.
Module manufacturer China Sunergy (CSUN) has reported its 2014 annual results after failing to report any figures since Q2 2014.
Belgian research centre imec has reported a Perovskite module efficiency of 8% during the Intersolar Europe exhibition in Munich.
Elon Musk’s Tesla has done the rest of the storage industry a big favour by putting a price point on lithium-ion batteries, according to the CEO of Sonnenbatterie’s North American operations.
Shares in embattled German inverter manufacturer SMA jumped 20% after it announced a tie-up with industrial giant Siemens.
German PV manufacturer SolarWorld has withdrawn its membership from industry body SolarPower Europe over the latter’s change of stance on the ongoing EU-China trade dispute.
German firm IBC Solar has introduced a new monocrystalline module with black cells, which will be available from July.
Germany-based PV materials manufacturer Heraeus has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Taiwan-based PV materials specialist Giga Solar Materials Corp for allegedly infringing a patent held by Heraeus over front-side metallisation paste materials used for solar cells.