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Scatec Solar has reported a second quarter of strong revenue growth off the back of a 54% increase in power production from its growing fleet of operational PV plants.
Hanwha SolarOne has completed the acquisition of Hanwha Q CELLS.
Capacity additions for residential, commercial and utility-scale solar all declined in 2014 in Germany, but the ongoing slowdown of German PV deployment has been felt most keenly in the small commercial segment of the market, according to research out today.
Insolvent PV equipment and wet processing specialist, RENA GmbH has been acquired by Swiss private equity firm, Capvis for an undisclosed sum.
Lightsource Renewable Energy has agreed a £103 million (US$155 million) funding package to finance the acquisition of 14 UK solar assets.
Germany installed just 1.89GW of solar power capacity in 2014, according to official figures released by the country’s Federal Network Operator.
UK developer Solarcentury has sold a 71MW pipeline of projects to PV investor Magnetar Solar. Magnetar has also selected Solarcentury to construct a further 40MW of capacity.
Trade group EPIA (European Photovoltaic Industry Association) has appointed former editor-in-chief of PHOTON International, Michael Schmela as its executive adviser to its Board and CEO, James Watson.
Energy storage providers could be set to benefit as other “forward-thinking utilities” follow the example of Germany’s E.ON, in reacting to the disruptive threat posed by increasing renewables deployment and distributed generation, according to one analyst.
Solar-Fabrik, one of the last remaining PV module manufacturers still in German ownership has filed for insolvency, but under self administration, at the local court of Freiburg.
Wacker has reported that preliminary sales for its polysilicon division in the fourth quarter of 2014 topped €262 million, up 5% from the prior year period, but declined slightly quarter on quarter.
International PV manufacturer and EPC firm, Hanwha Q CELLS, is to build a 6.5MW power plant in Gloucestershire, England, after acquiring the project from developer, Green Hedge Group.
French CPV module manufacturer Heliotrop and Portugese CPV module and solar tracker distributor Magpower are set to team up to form a new European conglomerate within the CPV industry.
Electronics manufacturer Panasonic has signed off on a distribution deal with Netherlands-based PV product distributor Libra Energy.
Germany has approved plans that will limit ground mount PV to three tenders between now and 2017 worth 1.2GW in total, Sigmar Gabriel, Minister of Economy and Energy has announced today.
Sealed bidding for support for large-scale solar farms in the UK will begin tomorrow, 29 January, with the government confirming it had made additional budget available for offshore wind and other “less established technologies”.
Europe’s approach to research and innovation in photovoltaics needs “systemic” change if the continent is to avoid seeing its solar manufacturing industry entirely wiped out in the coming years.
Thin-film OPV firm, Dyesol is collaborating with Portuguese electrical engineering firm, EFACEC on a novel laser assisted, glass frit sealing technology for its solid-state DSC solar cells to provide 20-year plus sealing for its planned perovskite-based commercial PV products.
Organisers of the 31st European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC) have set deadlines for paper abstract submissions for the event being held in mid-September at the CCH - Congress Center Hamburg, in Hamburg, Germany.
Reported plans for Germany’s first national solar tender could “reduce market volumes” while the price of installing solar farms are falling and therefore do not appear to make sense, a director of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) said today.
PV manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS, said it would close down all solar cell and module manufacturing capacity in Germany and relocate the lines to its main production facility in Cyberjaya, Malaysia with the loss of 550 jobs.
Vertically integrated solar power provider SunEdison and its ‘yield co’ subsidiary will build 85.2MW of UK PV across five plants, having secured financing from Santander and Bayerische Landesbank.
Developers Baywa r.e. and Solairedirect have separately announced €228 million (US$264 million) in financing for French PV projects.
Another utility-scale project has got underway in the UK, with a pair of German companies scheduled to install 17.3MW of solar PV eligible for current subsidy schemes which are due to expire at the end of March.
PV tracking systems specialist, DEGERenergie has been acquired by its CEO, Hünkar Korkmaz from founder Artur Deger for an undisclosed sum.
The French government is looking to kick-start the country’s residential market with an adjustment to the feed-in tariff (FiT) for projects up to 36kW.
A proposed feed-in tariff (FiT) that narrowly made it through Poland’s parliament is likely to be rejected by the Senate, according to the president of the Polish Society for Photovoltaics.
Germany-headquartered developer juwi has recruited a 46-year old “finance and energy expert” from the ranks of its new majority owner, MVV Energie, to act as chief financial officer (CFO).
Germany-based OPV thin-film producer Heliatek has started integrating flexible OPV substrates on a PVC-based membrane used for air dome structures, opening up a new area of Building Integrated Organic Photovoltaics (BIOPV).
Foresight Solar Fund, the UK-based PV yield co investor, is pegging a large part of its future growth on the development of a market for sub-5MW projects.
The Hungarian government has imposed an import tax on solar panels claiming the move is necessary on environmental grounds to cover disposal costs.
Veteran PV industry executive, David Hogg has joined Shunfeng International Clean Energy (SFCE) as president of SFCE Europe.
Specialist PV equipment supplier RENA, which is in the middle of restructuring efforts, has said its new order intake in the fourth quarter of 2014 totalled €30 million.
Independent energy company Neoen and juwi AG have signed a deal that will see Neoen acquire 100% of juwi EnR — the French subsidiary of juwi AG.
European R&D facility, imec has achieved new solar cell record efficiency for its N-type, monocrystalline n-PERT (passivated emitter, rear totally diffused) process using commercial sized wafers and processing equipment.
PV equipment specialist SoLayTec, recently acquired by Amtech Systems has secured an evaluation testing period for its ALD (atomic layer deposition) system with Hanwha Q CELLS.
PV equipment specialist, Singulus Technologies has signed an order to supply vacuum coating machines to an unidentified CIGS thin film producer.
The Italian government has confirmed a raft of new charges for PV system owners.
Solar tracking technology provider Exosun has reached agreements with multiple renewable energy companies to provide solar trackers for four new PV plants in France.
Spanish developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) has secured a US$81.9 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) for its 65MW plant in Uruguay.
One of the founders of PV inverter maker SMA Solar Technology, Günther Cramer, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 62 after a “long, difficult illness,” the company has announced.
The project arm of German PV wholesaler Krannich Solar has agreed a 40MW development partnership with Turkey’s Basak Group.
Scandinavian-German module manufacturer, Innotech Solar, is to take ownership of insolvent German PV distributor, Energiebau Solarstromsysteme.
Chinese PV manufacturer, JA Solar, has revealed that it shipped more than 100MW of solar modules to London-based solar developer Solarcentury in 2014.
SolarWorld, the petitioner in PV module trade cases in the US and EU, has spoken out against the latest investigation by Brussels into solar glass.
Italian specialist solar cell producer MegaCell and turnkey equipment and technology supplier, RCT Solutions are collaborating on establishing a pilot production line for multicrystalline bi-facial solar cells.
Two prominent ‘yield co’ investment vehicles, one in the UK and the other in the US, have in the past few days agreed to acquire over 100MW of additional solar generation capacity.
PV systems integrator Phoenix Solar has appointed former senior VP of Q-Cells, Tim Ryan as its new CEO, effective January 1, 2015.
PV equipment specialist, Schmid, has revealed its second major tool order of the month, with a contract to supply the first of its turnkey bifacial cell and module Geminus production lines.
Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has chosen 99MW of solar projects to receive contracts under a 100MW extension to its mid-size feed-in tariff (FiT) programme.