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French electrical engineering firm Ingeteam announced that it has supplied inverters to 12 PV plants totalling 86MW that have been connected over the last six months in France.
US thin-film module manufacturer First Solar will pass the 4GW installed capacity mark in Europe following a 48MW deal in France.
Subsidiary of industrial group Martifer, Martifer Solar has completed a 3.5MW rooftop installation in Brussels.
PV project developer, Sybac, has taken steps through TÜV Rheinland to ensure four large-scale power plants totalling 54MW have been fully optimised and meet highest quality standards for investors and owners.
The State Grid Corporation of China, the world’s largest state-owned utility company, has joined the Desertec Industrial Initiative (Dii).
German PV project developer Solarstrom has filed for insolvency at the District Court of Freiburg.
China-based thin-film module producer, Astronergy, is to buy Conergy’s Frankfurt modules factory.
Owners of PV systems should take “more responsibility” for the cost of adding PV generated electricity to transmission networks, Gunnar Lorenz, head of the distribution system operator (DSO) unit at electricity company trade body Eurelectric, has said.
Masdar PV said that the first of its custom-sized a-Si thin-film modules have been shipped and installed for a BIPV project in Sweden.
Weak market demand and pricing pressure on a-Si thin-film modules were cited by Schott Solar for the permanent closure of its manufacturing facility in Jena, Germany with the potential loss of around 150 jobs.
Wafer production equipment from Conergy’s integrated module manufacturing plant in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany is being sold in an online auction.
Proposals to build the UK’s largest solar farm have moved one step closer to realisation after a local planning committee authorised planning consent for the proposed 40MW solar farm in Wiltshire.
The German Government has successfully received aid to the tune of €2.3 million from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) to finance programmes to help support workers made redundant at two thin-film production plants closed by First Solar at the end of 2012.
Utility companies should embrace solar energy rather than trying to block it, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has said.
Germany-based materials manufacturer Heraeus’ Photovoltaics Business Unit is to increase production capacity at its silver paste plant in Singapore.
European companies buying products from Chinese manufacturers that flout new trade rules will face heavy penalties and even jail, a German law firm has warned.
German PV project developer SAG Solarstrom has announced that its credit rating was withdrawn on Friday 6 December.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) has made its largest equity investment in clean energy this year, with a €50 million (US$68.5 million) investment into the second Glennmont Fund.
Module and cell manufacturer Talesun has partnered with local energy firm Anadolu Enerji to develop and build solar farms in Turkey.
Portugal-based Martifer Solar has completed the construction of two PV plants in Romania totalling 5.41MWp.
German project developer SAG Solarstrom has cancelled a triple-digit megawatt pipeline citing onerous financial commitments required to start projects.
Bulgaria has become the latest European country to impose a charge on revenue from solar and wind energy projects.
German module manufacturer asola is to resume production at its facility in Erfurt.
Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) thin-film solar module maker Calyxo has commissioned a new 60MW production line at its Bitterfeld-Wolfen plant in Germany.
Toshiba Corporation has announced that it will market an onsite consumption solar power system for apartment buildings in Germany from March next year.
The Netherlands has removed a distribution fee for solar owners looking to put excess power back onto the grid.
The UK government has set revised strike prices for large-scale solar under its new ‘Contracts for Difference’ (CfD) renewables support system that will come into effect from next year.
Construction has begun on a 1.3MW concentrator PV (CPV) plant in Alcoutim, southern Portugal.
The UK government is to announce “dramatic” cuts today in support for both solar and onshore wind, according to the BBC.
The German Federal Network Agency’s monthly PV registration figures reveal nearly 226MW of PV systems were registered in October, continuing the country’s trend of falling installation rates this year.
EU ProSun, the alliance of European solar manufacturers that brought the Chinese anti-dumping case, has said it is confident the European Court will rule that the resolution of the deal is not in line with the commission’s own rules.
An estimated 16,000 protestors attended a demonstration in Berlin on Saturday, aimed at ‘saving’ Germany’s Energiewende renewable energy policy from possible attack by the incoming coalition government.
EU governments have approved the anti-dumping measures on solar imports from China set out in August and confirmed that they will also form the basis of the resolution to the parallel anti-subsidy investigation.
Solar manufacturing and construction firm, Conergy, says it is close to selling its module factory in Frankfurt to PV manufacturer, Astronergy.
The coalition deal struck between Angela Merkel’s union of conservative parties and the centre-left SPD includes a surcharge on self-consumed electricity.
Bulgaria’s parliament has proposed legislative changes that could see a 20% tax imposed on revenue from solar and wind energy.
German solar farm developer Solarstrom is to revise its earnings forecast for 2013 after delays to a number of UK projects meant it would be unable to include the related revenues in this year’s results.
Manufacturing equipment firm Manz AG has raised around €26.9 million (US$36.6 million) an increase in cash capital, to be used for the ‘internal and external growth of the company’.
A European Commission-financed project aimed at increasing PV penetration has concluded with a call for a new regulatory structure to support self-consumption of solar power in the EU.
German PV rooftop installer, Centrosolar, has completed the installation of 190,000 PV modules across rooftops in France.
Fraunhofer ISE said it had developed a low-cost rear contact Tunnel Oxide Passivated Contact ‘TOPCon’ n-Type solar cell that has achieved a conversion efficiency of 24%.
The settlement of coalition talks over the make-up of the next German government could include changes to renewable energy policies that favour solar power generation.
R&D centre, imec has implemented a laser doping process to its i-PERC solar cell that pushes conversion efficiencies to 20.2%, while claiming lower processing costs that could result in faster commercial adoption.
The EU is to apply a 42.1% anti-dumping duty on Chinese solar glass manufacturers, according to a document published in the organisation’s official journal.
Automobile manufacturer, SEAT, part of the Volkswagen group, has completed an 11MW PV project on the roof of its factory in Martorell, Spain.
Spanish module manufacturer Tamesol is reported to be planning a new 50MW production line at its facility in Girona, northern Spain.
Bosch has sold its solar cell and module operations in Arnstadt, Germany to SolarWorld, securing around 800 jobs, according to an official statement from the company. Financial details were not disclosed.
Verified by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Zentrum für Sonnenenergie (ZSW) has achieved 10.3% conversion efficiency (cell; 0.5cm2) with Kesterite absorber material using a printing process rather than by conventional low temperature vacuum techniques.
Power electronics specialist, 3W/AEG Power, has been forced to postpone a meeting due to have take place today to discuss deferral of an interest payment on a €100 million bond.
PV equipment supplier Spire Corporation said that it had completed the installation of a turn-key module assembly line for an unidentified customer in Eastern Europe.