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Major polysilicon producer, Wacker Chemie, reported an increase in polysilicon shipments in the second quarter of 2014, due to increased demand that is expected to continue through the second half of the year.
Predictions that Germany will lose its place as Europe’s largest PV market this year appear to playing out, with the country registering just over 1GW of new capacity in the first half of 2014.
Yingli Green Energy International AG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PV module manufacturing leader Yingli Green Energy ,has reached a deal with independent energy company AMB Energia Wytwarzanie - a subsidiary of AMB Energia S.A. - to co-develop 30MW of PV installations in Poland.
The French government has confirmed that its new 400MW PV procurement round will be launched in September.
Portuguese firm Martifer Solar has managed to complete an 8MW PV plant in Ukraine amid the ongoing political turmoil in the eastern European country.
Photovoltaic generation systems in Germany are “significantly” more profitable than onshore wind installations, new research by Fraunhofer ISE has concluded.
Chinese module maker CSUN has signed a deal with UK importer CPH Solar for its Turkish made panels.
Solar and onshore wind will compete for a share of US$85 million a year under the new contracts for difference (CfDs) scheme, according to a document published by the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
Italy’s Enel Green Power has confirmed it is to take full ownership of the 3Sun thin-film joint venture it originally created with Sharp and STMicroelectronics.
Renewable energy infrastructure operator Ellomay Capital Ltd., has reached a deal to acquire three PV plants worth a total capacity of 5.6MW.
Changes to Germany’s EEG energy policies and the introduction of new renewable energy auctions in the UK have won state aid approval from the EU.
The UK subsidiary of insolvent German distributor Wagner & Co has bought out its German-held stake and re-launched as an independent entity.
Microinverter firm Enphase Energy and Energy France Installation (EFI) have signed a 1,500 rooftop deal that could be an indicator of things to come in France as new regulations come into force.
3W Power the holding company of PV inverter supplier, AEG Power Solutions Group is issuing new shares to raise around €4 million to improve its financial position.
The founder of Helios Technology has bought two cell production lines from the company for his new firm Megacell.
PV module manufacturer, SolarWorld, has received shareholder approval to raise additional capital.
Renewable energy project developer, Grupotec Renewables, has secured a project pipeline of 200MW in the UK.
The fate of the UK’s PV market over the next five years is likely to be determined to a large extent by a budget announcement which is expected by October, according to the latest report from analysis firm NPD Solarbuzz.
Smart energy solutions provider ET Solar has supplied some of its high-quality PV modules to German solar developer and EPC company DOMILUX Leuchten Herstellung und Vertrieb GmbH for a 728kW rooftop PV plant in Turkey.
Some of the distinctive cylindrical photovoltaic modules produced by bankrupted US thin-film manufacturer Solyndra are being resold in Europe through Photon Energy, PV Tech has learned.
Struggling 3W Power, holding company of PV inverter supplier, AEG Power Solutions Group has undertaken a reverse stock split at 10:1 ratio to boost its share price.
The US is lagging behind the likes of Australia and Germany in pushing down the labour costs associated with residential PV installation, a Rocky Mountain Institute study has revealed.
Solar silicon materials producer, Silicor Materials is to establish a 19,000MT plant in Iceland to convert metallurgical-grade silicon (MG-Si) feedstock to purified solar grade silicon that it claims can be produced at US$9/kg.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and inverter maker SMA have both recently inaugurated megawatt-scale testing facilities that pair PV with batteries.
A newly developed Fresnel lens by Fraunhofer ISE and produced by ORAFOL Fresnel Optics have been combined into Soitec’s ‘FLATCON’ CPV module and record efficiency multi-junction solar sells to provide a record module conversion efficiency of 36.7%.
Controversial reforms to German energy law have passed another parliamentary hurdle, having been approved by the country’s upper house, the Bundesrat (federal council) and now stand to become law on 1 August.
The UK’s High Court has ruled that 14 solar companies affected by feed-in tariff cuts in 2011 may pursue a claim for damages.
Juwi has inaugurated a 25MW solar farm in the French Pyrenees with a number if sustainability and biodiversity measures included in the project.
German PV module manufacturer, Solar-Fabrik has acquired the module manufacturing facility of insolvent Centrosolar, Sonnenstromfabrik, in Wismar, Germany, securing 143 jobs.
A German solar power plant owner has issued a warning on its annual results in the wake of proposed retroactive cuts to Italy’s feed-in tariff (FiT).
European branch of AGC Glass, AGC Europe has signed a Letter of Intent to enter into a joint venture with Saudi Arabian glass company, Obeikan Glass.
Financial group, Caisse des Dépôts and the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (CNR), an independent renewable power developer and France’s second largest electricity producer have inaugurated a 12MW solar power plant.
Over 150 companies have co-signed a letter to the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, urging him to support Britain’s thriving solar industry.
German manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells has said it will look to take part in future PV project tenders in France after receiving a key environmental accreditation needed to bid.
Smartflex, a three-year project part-funded by the EU, which began in April aimed at making it possible for architects to create custom BIPV modules, has reached a number of milestones in its progress including the development of a pilot production line.
Italy’s proposed retroactive cuts on its solar feed-in tariff are a form of theft, according to Photon Energy.
German industrial group BayWa is to acquire the struggling American PV developer Martifer Solar USA.
German based renewables operator, Capital Stage has finalised an agreement with developer, Solairedirect to acquire two solar parks in the southwest of France.
A European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling confirming countries have no obligation to underwrite one another’s renewable energy clears the way for Germany’s energy reforms, the country’s vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has claimed.
According to the latest report from solar market analyst, NPD Solarbuzz the UK has installed 1.47GW so far in 2014.
Major PV equipment supplier, Meyer Burger has officially confirmed the recent deal, exclusively revealed by PV Tech to supply plastic mouldings engineering firm, Hanplast with a complete turnkey ‘SmartWire’ module assembly line. Financial details were not disclosed.
German installer and distributor AS Solar has filed for temporary insolvency with a district court in Hannover.
PV energy provider Canadian Solar has agreed a 12.6MW module deal with a consortium of Turkish companies.
The German parliament approved controversial reforms to the country’s energy policy on Friday.
German-based PV manufacturing start-up, Smartenergy Renewables said that recent success with its glass/glass utility market crystalline modules would lead to ramping production higher and that it had strengthened its management team to further exploit downstream business opportunities.
Module manufacturer REC Solar is increasing its capabilities in the rooftop commercial market with two new partnerships.
Toshiba is to provide a 1MWh lithium-titanate battery for an energy storage system being developed by University of Sheffield in the UK.
Germany-based PV module manufacturer and project developer, Solarwatt has acquired two operation centres of bankrupt PV project developer CentroSolar to further boost its European expansion plans. Financial details were not disclosed.
The EU and Germany are at loggerheads over the latter’s proposed changes to its ‘energiewende’ (EEG) reforms.
French energy company GDF Suez has completed a 13.9MW solar project, taking its PV capacity past 100MW.