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Yieldco 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.
Tier-one PV module manufacturer JinkoSolar will supply 20MW of PV panels to Turkish construction company Else Enerji for its focus on solar projects in Turkey.
The UK is expected to remain the largest solar PV growth market in Europe through 2016, despite the end of the ROC system in April this year, which fuelled a utility-scale ground mount rush over the last year, pushing the UK to exceed 2GW installed in 2014.
Germany’s PV market looks set to undershoot its annual target again this year, possibly failing to reach even 1.5GW, according to David Wedepohl, the director of communications and markets at the country’s solar association, BSW-Solar.
The world deployed 40GW of PV in 2014, once again smashing previous records and meaning more solar was deployed during the year than industry leader Germany has installed to date.
European solar PV trade group SolarPower Europe, formerly EPIA said cumulative global PV demand could reach 540GW in 2020, during the opening presentations at the 2015 Intersolar Europe conference.
Tier-one module manufacturer and project developer Canadian Solar has closed a £35 million (US$53 million) project finance agreement with Investec for a group of UK solar farms.
The construction of Kazakhstan‘s first utility-scale PV installation, which has already begun, will be supported with finance from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Chinese solar manufacturers have remained defiant in the wake of their expulsion from the agreement that permits firms to sidestep punitive trade duties.
Canadian Solar, ReneSola and ET Solar have been officially removed from the settlement deal between China and the EU that allowed companies to avoid punitive trade duties.
UK solar investor NextEnergy Capital is to establish a yieldco to buy up to 1.3GW of PV projects in Spain and Italy.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that the UK’s reduction in the value added tax (VAT) rate for energy-saving materials for housing violates the EU’s VAT Directive.
China will publish a new list of companies taking part in the minimum import price (MIP) and quota agreement with the EU next week with the total expected to shrink.
The Photovoltaik-Institut Berlin (PI Berlin) has launched an automated electroluminescence (EL) system for volume on-site inspection of operational PV modules.
The UK government has doubled its estimate for solar deployment during the first quarter of 2015, upgrading its total deployment forecast to 6.5GW.
Taiwanese PV manufacturers have little to fear from extended trade investigations in the EU, according to local analysts EnergyTrend.
An EU funded R&D project has been launched to achieve commercially viable CIGS (copper indium gallium (di)selenide) thin-film cells with 25% conversion efficiencies.
PV tool maker Schmid has secured a 400MW order for wafer edge isolation equipment from Chinese tier-one manufacturer JA Solar.
The EU-China solar trade dispute that has now engulfed Malaysia and Taiwan looks almost certain to spread after it emerged that the company behind the case has other countries including India in its sights.