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The Italian market will soon be flooded with cheap PV power plants for sale, according to a developer.
Trina Solar announced it has received a Carbon Footprint Verification from international certification body, the British Standards Institution.
South Korean PV module manufacturer, SolarPark Korea, originally a joint venture firm with SolarWorld AG, said it had officially entered the UK solar market, which is expected to be the largest in Europe in 2014.
The German solar industry association, BSW Solar, has created an extensive report on safety for lithium-ion battery-based energy storage systems for home use, and plans to publish an English language version next week.
Major PV energy provider SunPower has said it is to restructure operations with 85 to 115 jobs losses, primarily in Europe. Charges are expected to be in the range of US$15 million to US$25 million and be accounted for in the current fourth quarter.
France’s minister for ecology, sustainable development and energy, Ségolène Royal, has announced the award of 40.7MWp worth of feed-in tariffs (FiTs) across 217 PV projects, in the third phase of a national tender process.
The UK’s energy and climate change secretary, Ed Davey, has said he believes solar power is on course to become the cheapest form of energy.
Major PV equipment supplier, Meyer Burger has officially opened its heterojunction (HJ) solar cell pilot production line with CSEM at subsidiary, Meyer Burger Research AG in Hauterive, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
PV manufacturer China Sunergy (CSUN) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Deniz Finansal Kiralama (DenizLeasing), that will see the pair offer solar through leasing in Turkey.
Microinverter provider Enphase Energy has entered into a partnership with residential solar solutions provider Groupe Solution Energie (GSE) to help provide PV power to residential developments in Europe.
Trina Solar has won a 28.5MW contract with Camborne Capital and sPower for the pair’s UK project collaboration.
High-tech manufacturing equipment firm, Manz AG reported record revenue for the first nine months of 2014, driven by its Flat Panel Display segment, which generated €179.9 million from the total revenue of €250.9 million.
Austria is to reduce the feed-in tariffs available for PV installations from January 2015.
The closure of two Bosch Power Tec production facilities for inverters and storage will not affect planned product launches, a spokesman for Bosch has said.
Allianz Capital Partners’ Renewable Energy Fund has acquired two ground mount solar parks in Germany.
Thin-film OPV firm, Dyesol has renewed its involvement with Swansea University in Wales and the Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovative Functional Industrial Coatings (SPECIFIC) to develop and commercialise perovskite-based OPV thin-film products.
France connected 286.3MW of new PV systems in the third quarter of this year, according to the country’s solar association, Enerplan.
The impact of a solar eclipse on European power grids will be negligible despite warnings of blackouts by the chief of the French network as a consequence of the amount of PV now on the system.
PV manufacturing equipment supplier, Singulus Technologies reported revenue for the first nine months of 2014 of €52.8 million, down from €93.1 million in the prior year period.
The UK’s High Court has ruled that changes to support for large-scale solar projects in the UK were legal as it refused an application for a Judicial Review.
There is to be a two stage reduction in solar FiT payments with the single payment offered for systems under 30kW to also be reduced.
First Solar and Belectric have started construction of one of the UK’s largest solar farms, a 46MW project in Oxfordshire that will bring large-scale PV capacity deployed by the pair in the UK up to 80MW when completed.
Norwegian independent power producer Scatec Solar’s revenues are up almost NOK100 million (US$14.5 million) on last year off the back of PV power plant project completions in Africa.
In December, PV module manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS will join other big names in solar by launching an integrated energy storage product to the German residential market, in partnership with Samsung SDI.
Plans for a 300MW PV park near Bordeaux, have been unveiled.
TÜV SÜD Czech and TÜV SÜD Romania said they had successfully certified a new 5.571 MWp PV power plant located in Buzau, Romania.
PV equipment specialist and subsidiary of Meyer Burger, Roth & Rau said it was preparing to delist from the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
Developer and EPC firm Phoenix Solar has announced a refinancing after a cut in its revenue forecast.
French investment firm 123Venture, along with French solar developer Solairedirect, have sold three PV power plants in France with a 19.6MW combined capacity to an unnamed German investor.
Panasonic has passed TÜV Rheinland’s salt mist corrosion testing for its latest photovoltaic (PV) module type, the manufacturer announced today.
Spanish developer Abengoa has vowed to continue with the Palen concentrating solar power (CSP) project despite the withdrawal of its planning application in September.
At least six container loads of PV modules claimed to have been fraudulently acquired have entered the UK from various European warehouses, PV Tech has learned.
Insolvent German PV project developer S.A.G. Solarstrom said the acquisition of the company by China-based PVEP, Shunfeng had been successfully concluded.
Europe’s outgoing trade commissioner has said Europe did not get the best deal out of the resolution to the long-running solar trade dispute with China.
Swedish furniture store IKEA is to offer residential solar panels in the Netherlands.
The UK has installed 2GW of solar in 2014 so far, according to figures from NPD Solarbuzz.
EU ProSun is preparing to request the European Commission to start a formal investigation into whether Chinese module makers are breaking the rules set out in the agreed trade settlement, PV Tech has learned.
Independent power producer (IPP) ContourGlobal has purchased 40MW of solar power projects in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
The European Council has reached an agreement over the 2030 climate and energy policy framework.
Europe’s climate and energy future hangs in the hands of politicians meeting in Brussels today and tomorrow.
Solar cell and module manufacturer China Sunergy (CSUN), completed the delivery of 39MW of solar modules to solar vehicle company Third Step France, shipped from CSUN’s plant in Turkey.
UK renewables investor, TRIG, has said it will give more attention to rooftop solar due to cuts in funding for solar farms.
TuNur, a 2GW concentrated solar power (CSP) project along the same lines as the original Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii) plan, said the idea for Middle East and North African solar energy exports into Europe is still a valid and needed venture.
A 2GW concentrating solar power (CSP) project in Tunisia will apply for support from the UK government.
UK farmers with solar farms on their land will no longer be eligible for any farm subsidies under the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) from January 2015.
The new contracts for difference mechanism in the UK market is “an interesting opportunity for a more market orientated approach”, according to First Solar.
The Hami concentrator PV plant in China has entered its second phase, according to manufacturer Soitec and developer Focusic New Energy Holding.
Struggling PV project developer juwi has sold a majority holding in the company to German utility MVV Energie for an undisclosed sum.
Global solar energy provider, SunEdison, has reaffirmed its support for the UK market, despite uncertainties over how future support arrangements for large-scale PV will play out.
ET Solutions AG began construction on a ground-mounted PV project with 8.7MW capacity in Somerset, UK.