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Chinese building materials and glass company CNBM is to buy German CIS thin-film manufacturer Avancis.
Germany’s energy minister Sigmar Gabriel has said he may be willing to compromise on the amount of a proposed surcharge on residential self-consumption of solar electricity.
Aleo solar has reported negative operational earnings of almost 74% in its full-year report for 2013 while revenues have fallen by over 55%, as the company prepares to enter liquidation.
RWE Supply & Trading, the energy trading arm of the German utility, has acquired its first solar farm project in the UK, a 37MW development on a disused airfield in Oxfordshire, England.
Bosch claims it has developed an energy management system for optimising electrical and thermal energy consumption from solar power systems, which the company will launch at this year’s Intersolar exhibition and conference.
Proposals for what would have become the largest PV project in England have been refused planning permission despite being recommended for approval by planning officers.
Plans have been agreed at the aleo solar EGM for the company to wind down through a liquidation, with as much as €50 million (US$69.1 million) of support provided by parent company Robert Bosch in order to avoid bankruptcy proceedings.
China Sunergy (CSUN) has announced the signing of a framework agreement to supply 15MW of solar modules to Turkish engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company PV-Systems.
German solar project developer, ib vogt’s UK subsidiary, vogt solar successfully commissioned 80MW of solar projects in the first quarter of 2014.
Struggling solar EPC firm S.A.G. Solarstrom, which is operating under insolvency proceedings said that its restructuring advisor, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants had received expressions of interest from a number of parties in becoming strategic investors in the company.
Croatia has an installed solar capacity of 23.8MW as of the end of March according to the Mediterranean country’s energy market operator, HROTE.
Specialist equipment supplier Robert Bürkle has supplied a further two ‘Ypsator’ 1722-7 lamination lines to OEM module manufacturer, Jabil Poland.
The Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH) and a suite of industry partners have produced an industrial PERC (Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell) solar cell (156x156mm2) with 21.2% record conversion efficiency, verified by Fraunhofer ISE CalLab.
German-based PV module manufacturer, aleo solar expects first quarter 2014 revenue to be around €11.6 million, a 62.7% fall from the same quarter of 2013.
Renewable energy projects in Poland will be awarded by an auction system, instead of through registration for feed-in tariffs and green certificates, if a draft law is approved at the highest level.
Wuxi Suntech will have to re-establish itself in the new super-sized US solar sector, an industry analyst has said.
The European Renewable Energies Federation has called for a legal challenge to European Commission state aid guidelines published yesterday that critics fear could undermine smaller renewable energy generators.
Greater consideration of energy storage technologies is necessary for the UK to have the best chance of meeting its targets for renewable energy generation and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report published today by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
The German government will face a legal challenge over a policy to apply a PV self-consumption charge.
PV manufacturer, ET Solar has secured a strategic partnership agreement with MEL Solar Energy, a PV project developer based in Turkey that will collaborate on PV projects in the country through its German-bade EPC subsidiary, ET Solutions.
Sungrow Power Supply Co is supplying 20kW PV string inverters for several PV power plants in Turkey with a total of 2MW.
Perovskite thin-film solar cells could be closer to commercialisation than expected after Oxford Photovoltaics (Oxford PV) made a critical appointment of a veteran leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing technologist as its Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Chris Case.
The EU has approved new state aid guidelines for the energy market that critics say could disadvantage smaller renewable energy producers.
UK developer Lightsource Renewable Energy has bought a completed PV project from ET Solar as a 50MW collaboration between the two companies gets underway.
Austria-based solar developer, Activ Solar, accounting for most of Ukraine’s installed solar capacity, has warned the continuing political situation in Ukraine is jeopardising its current and future energy investments.
According to market research firm, NPD Solarbuzz the UK installed 1,085MW in the first quarter of 2014, bringing PV installations in the last six months to 1.54GW.
The winning bids for the second call for tenders from the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) for the construction and operation of PV facilities in France with an installed capacity of over 250kW have been announced, resulting in the selection of 16 projects totalling 102.94MW.
The German cabinet approved changes to the country’s energy reforms on Tuesday that could ramp up the pressure on the county’s PV sector.
International PV system provider, Conergy, has completed 68MW of large-scale PV in the first three months of the year.
Just a few weeks after news broke that Norway’s oil-generated sovereign wealth fund, Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), would focus 5% of its NOK5 trillion (US$800 billion) on the renewables sector, a new report was published to the Norwegian parliament on 4 April that expands on the new mandate.
The UK has become the first European government to publish a dedicated solar PV strategy.
German PV manufacturer Sunways appears to be heading towards liquidation after a company statement said finding new investment was now a less “probable” outcome.
Global PV company Hanwha Q Cells and energy storage company Systems Sunlight have teamed up to construct a hybrid power system for telecommunications provider MTN Cyprus.
CIGS thin-film producer, TSMC Solar has obtained MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) certification from TUV SUD BABT to sell its PV modules in the booming UK market.
The European Investment Bank is to provide €750 million (US$1 billion) to support renewable energy development in France over the next two years.
NEC Corporation has commissioned a 2MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system designed to ease the integration of renewable energy into the grid for Italian distribution system operator (DSO) Enel Distribuzione.
French energy giant GDF Suez has announced that it has won 53.35MW of solar projects in its home country.
UK PV developer, Lightsource Renewable Energy, has revealed that it connected 26 separate solar farms across the UK in March alone.
There was no reprieve for the German solar industry following last ditch talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the county’s regional leaders.
Analyst firm IHS has revised down its 2014 PV project forecast for Ukraine from 430MW to 100MW following the recent political turmoil in the Eastern European country.
Representatives of battery and energy storage companies including AES Corporation and FIAMM believe the priority for the nascent energy storage industry should be to standardise technologies, along with developing a regulatory framework that recognises the value of storage.
German PV company Conergy has successfully installed four solar plants in the UK with a total installed capacity of 39MW.
Samil Power has become the first Chinese inverter manufacturer to register for the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive in the EU.
The minimum price that Chinese manufacturers can charge EU buyers will fall to €0.53/W for the second quarter of 2014, PV Tech has learned.
Portuguese renewable energy developer, EDP Renováveis (EDPR), has secured €30 million (US$41 million) in project finance for 50MW of Romanian PV, despite recent cuts to the county’s solar incentives.
Komax Group has taken its first step away from the solar industry, selling its 51% stake in joint venture (JV) company Komax Jinchen to its Chinese JV partner, Yingkou Jinchen.
Solar PV has reached grid parity in Spain, Germany and Italy according to a new report by the consultancy Eclareon.
Ukraine’s ministry of energy and coal industry has announced Crimea’s solar power projects are to stop receiving payments under the country’s feed-in tariff.
The joint provision liquidators (JPLs) of LDK Solar chose not to bail out the company’s German subsidiary Sunways, according to new SEC filing by LDK.
Wet chemicals equipment processing specialist, RENA, has started insolvency proceedings under self-administration as it attempts to restructure after failing to gain a financing solution for debts encountered at a subsidiary, SH+E.