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ReneSola has confirmed it is to exit the minimum import price (MIP) undertaking between China and the European Union.
Major PV equipment supplier Meyer Burger said it would be adding further in-house capacity to meet strong demand for its MB PERC upgrade cell technology, primarily due to orders received for its MAiA 2.1 system platform.
The increasing amount of PV installed in combination with electrical storage options is bucking the trend in the opposite direction for overall residential solar installations in Germany.
US thin-film specialist, First Solar, has landed interconnection rights for three utility-scale solar PV plants in southern Turkey within the country’s latest bidding round.
Photon Energy has signed a contract to take on the operations and maintenance of five large-scale solar power plants in the Czech Republic.
Canadian Solar, ReneSola and ET Solar all face being closed out of the minimum price agreement between China and the EU after having allegedly flouted rules of the 2013 deal.
SolarWorld will use the first anniversary of the acquisition of former solar cell and module production plants owned by Bosch to announce further expansions.
The use of energy storage to increase renewables integration and provide stability to the grid requires the removal of regulatory barriers, rather than increased direct funding, according to one expert on the German market.
UK-based thin-film start-up, Oxford Photovoltaics, has secured at least a further £8 million (US$12.1 million) in venture capital funding to further plans to commercialise its blend of perovskite materials under a licensing model.
Developer Lightsource Renewable Energy and fund manager Octopus Investments have completed the refinancing of 76.4MW of UK solar farms.
ET Solar has supplied 6.1MW of modules for the largest commercial rooftop project in the UK.
German system integrator Belectric’s Turkish joint venture has secured its first tenders in the country after gaining approval for two large-scale ground-mounted solar projects from Turkey’s electricity transmission company, TEIAŞ.
Insolvent PV module manufacturer Solar-Fabrik is to postpone the release of its 2014 financial results.
Chinese solar developer and EPC firm SPI Solar will co-develop 25MW of sub-5MW sites in England and Wales.
Bulgaria’s parliament decided to terminate preferential prices for renewable energy installations on Thursday.
Swiss energy firm Alpiq has acquired Helion Solar Group, a photovoltaic and energy systems storage company, and has integrated it into the Apliq Group.
French renewable energy developer Global EcoPower (GEP) has expanded overseas with the acquisition of Morocco-based Nova Power.
Germany’s Federal Network Agency has announced the first tender for ground-mounted photovoltaic systems.
The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) and technology partner, Manz have achieved a small area CIGS cell conversion efficiency of 21%, verified by Fraunhofer ISE.
UK developer Lightsource Renewable Energy has earmarked an investment of £125 million (US$193 million) for the country’s rooftop solar market.
European utility giant, E.ON, is to sell its solar business in Italy to private infrastructure fund, F2i.
International PV developer Conergy and the UK’s Lark Energy have formed business divisions to take on UK commercial rooftop solar, with the head of Conergy’s new segment saying the sector will “happen in a big way”.
Beleaguered inverter manufacturer SMA Solar says it has surpassed 1GW of operations and maintenance (O&M) service contracts since launching this new side of its business a year ago.
The UK’s Department for environment, food and rural affairs (Defra) was informed that solar farms do not have a “serious” impact on the UK’s agricultural output ahead of its controversial decision to remove agriculture payments for solar farms.
Having initially updated its global PV project pipeline in January, major photovoltaic energy provider (PVEP) Canadian Solar has revealed its UK plans, which like its US pipeline is being expanded by project acquisitions.
Dutch-headquartered Photon Energy has described its Q4 financial results as a reflection of “a challenging year with past issues weighing down on us,” but says the company has reacted by opening new revenue streams.
The repeal of a so-called Robin Hood tax on Italian energy firms could offset recent reductions in the feed-in tariff, according to independent power producer Etrion.
Turkey is targeting 5GW of installed PV by 2023 as part of a new strategy on renewable energy deployment developed with Deloitte and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Struggling inverter manufacturer SMA has revealed it is trimming the size of managing board.
Another large-scale project to test the grid-stabilising capabilities of battery-based energy storage systems will be launched at a solar farm in England, led by the National Grid, which is responsible for the UK’s electrical transmission network infrastructure.
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.