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The French government has doubled the size of a solar tender from 400 to 800MW, claiming that bid prices for solar had now fallen to a similar level as wind power.
ZN Shine has been formally removed from the minimum import price (MIP) undertaking agreed between China and the EU.
The UK PV industry is gearing up for a fight over government plans to change the rules governing the country’s solar feed-in tariff.
Developer and PV plant services company Phoenix Solar has followed news of a 300% jump in year-on-year revenues with the award of six projects in Turkey.
Inverter manufacturer Ingeteam has been granted a €55 million (US$61 million) loan by the European Investment Bank (EIB) for its research and development of renewable energy.
The EU has increased anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar glass to a maximum of 75.4%. The highest original anti-dumping tariff was 36.1%.
Swiss energy infrastructure firm BKW has merged with solar monitoring company Solare Datensysteme.
The Spanish Government has put forward a third set of proposals for the Royal Decree on solar self-consumption, which improves on the previous proposals but maintains the key punitive measures, according to a lawyer specialising in trade issues in Spain.
Laser systems specialist LPKF Laser & Electronics expects lean new order bookings in its Solar segment for the remaining half of 2015.
Lightsource Renewable Energy, the UK’s largest solar developer by capacity, has confirmed it is to launch a considerable push into Ireland’s nascent solar PV market this year.
The sale of Soitec’s concentrator PV unit to ConcenSolar has collapsed.
Technology manufacturing equipment firm, Manz AG reported flat first half 2015 sales as orders from several business segments were said to have been delayed or cancelled.
MVV Energie has increased its stake in renewable energy developer juwi with a fresh €70 million (US$77.3 million) investment.
German-based PV developer Wircon has begun preparing a 60MW solar plant near Copenhagen, Denmark, the biggest PV plant in Scandinavia.
Major PV manufacturing equipment supplier Meyer Burger has secured a CHF29 million (US$29.5 million) order from Swiss/Hungarian silicon thin-film equipment and technology firm EcoSolifer for a 90-100MW heterojunction (HJ) solar cell line.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist centrotherm photovoltaics said that Hans Autenrieth and Peter Augustin are to set down from the management Board of the company at the end of the year.
The second round of tenders for ground mounted PV installations in Germany came to a close on August 3 — with the Federal Network Agency noting that the capped 150MW volume of bids was oversubscribed more than three times.
Chinese manufacturer and developer ET Solar is venturing into the burgeoning Turkish PV market via a new local subsidiary, ET Solutions Istanbul.
London-based asset management group Foresight Solar Fund has said the UK “remains an attractive market” despite recent policy changes and confirmed it will pursue a 300MW pipeline in the second half of this year.
According to Germany’s Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagetur), the country managed to install just 95.5MW of PV capacity during the month of June 2015.
Solar Media, the publisher of PV Tech, is launching a campaign to give the UK solar industry a platform to have its voice heard in the wake of dramatic Government proposals to cut support for the technology.
Reports that senior politicians in the Czech Republic want to see ground mounted solar “disappear” are “more proof that the Czech Republic is a complete banana republic when it comes to energy policy“, one critic has said.
Microinverter firm Enphase Energy and dedicated residential PV company Sunrun have signed an agreement for Enphase to supply solar energy systems to Sunrun for its household PV installations.
Efforts to force the government to reverse policy decisions that damaged the solar industry received a boost when the constitutional court in Rome accepted the legitimacy of the case.
Spain’s Ministry of Environmental Affairs has approved a 450MW PV project, which Germany-based renewable energy firm Juwi plans to develop in Mula, in the the country’s Murcia region.
The French government has doubled the size of a tender for 100-250kW solar systems from 120MW to 240MW.
Renewable energy developer Langa has selected integrated solutions provider Schneider Electric and battery designer Saft for two new PV-plus-storage plants in Corsica.
The UK’s main support mechanisms for large-scale and rooftop solar look in doubt following the publication of two government consultations this morning.
SunEdison has continued its acquisition spree with the purchase of UK-based energy provider, Mark Group, for an undisclosed fee.
PV developer SunEdison and its yieldco, TerraForm Power, are to acquire US residential PV provider Vivint Solar for around US$2.2 billion.
The UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change is rumoured to be planning significant cuts to subsidies available for solar projects and could announce the cuts “within weeks”, according to reports.
Germany-headquartered PV manufacturer SolarWorld has had a record efficiency for a PERC solar cell of 21.7% independently verified by the photovoltaic calibration laboratory (CalLab) of Fraunhofer ISE.
The European Commission must toughen its enforcement role and establish biennial renewable targets for member states to ensure that the 2030 renewable energy package is successful, SolarPower Europe has urged.
Zep Solar, the US rooftop PV mounting systems specialist backed by SolarCity, will launch its products into the UK market later this year, the company has told PV Tech.
Bluefield European Solar Fund (BESF), a new solar investment vehicle to be advised by Bluefield Partners, has announced its intention to list on the London Stock Exchange and raise €200 million (US$220 million) for PV acquisitions.
Nanoelectronics research group imec says it has made a “breakthrough” in developing perovskite-based thin-film photovoltaics (PV), recording an active area efficiency of 11.9% with its module.
German firm IBC Solar has started working on what is expected to be the biggest solar plant in Hungary with a nameplate capacity of 18.5MWp.
The Intersolar Europe trade show and EU PVSEC conference will be held at the same time and venue as of next year.
A new chief operating officer has been chosen and approved at German high-tech equipment manufacturer Manz AG.
Green energy products provider ReneSola has sold its 13.5MW Wedgehill utility scale solar plant to a solar energy generator in the UK.
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE) has committed to expanding its research and development activities in a range of technologies considered “complementary” to solar as key foundations of a transformation to distributed, low emissions energy networks.
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.