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German PV manufacturer SolarWorld has withdrawn its membership from industry body SolarPower Europe over the latter’s change of stance on the ongoing EU-China trade dispute.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.
The EU has opened an investigation into Malaysian and Taiwanese solar imports that could see the countries added to the scope of the Commission’s trade tariffs on Chinese modules.
Members of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) voted Thursday to rebrand the organisation as SolarPower Europe.
Tier-one module manufacturer and project developer Canadian Solar has supplied panels for what it claims to be the largest PV project in Turkey.
French concentrator PV (CPV) specialist Soitec has revealed plans to sell its solar business to ConcenSolar, a company linked with Soitec’s CPV rival Suncore.
Tier-one Chinese module manufacturer ZN Shine has removed its managing director in Europe after he allegedly used company money to fund a lavish lifestyle.
Insolvent German module manufacturer Solar-Fabrik has said it is to reduce its workforce by 65 jobs as it continues to search for an investor to rescue the company.
The UK’s newly reinstated environment secretary, Elizabeth Truss, has once again claimed that solar farms are in opposition to agricultural practices, according to an interview with a local newspaper in her constituency.
SolarEdge, one of only two companies at present to produce Tesla Powerwall-compatible inverters, will launch its expanded range of residential and commercial solutions at Intersolar Europe next month.
Solar industry leader JinkoSolar has announced that it will provide 50MW of PV panels to Turkish renewable energy developer Tegnatia.
Tier one module supplier Hanwha Q CELLS connected two new solar plants with a total capacity of 45MW in the UK prior to the country’s 1.4 Renewable Obligation Certificate deadline.
German manufacturer SolarWorld will launch bifacial modules, a new storage system and a new residential inverter at Intersolar Europe this year.
European solar power services company Photon Energy claims an emphasis on new business areas including operations and maintenance (O&M), opened up new revenue streams to boost its group performance in the past quarter.
The UK’s new Secretary of State for energy and climate change, Amber Rudd, has spoke of her desire to increase the deployment of solar PV under her watch.
The business model behind a hybrid plant which uses solar PV, combined heat and power systems and battery storage at a commercial facility in Germany, could be adapted and scaled up elsewhere, according to General Electric (GE), one of the project’s partners.
European utility giant E.On has furthered its moves into the continent’s PV market, expanding the terms of a deal with California-headquartered Sungevity to offer solar services in Germany.
One analyst has predicted that 12,500 residential PV storage systems could be installed in Germany in 2015, more than the total number of systems installed with support from a government scheme in its first two years.
Insolvent module manufacturer Solar-Fabrik has been allowed to operate under self administration by the District Court of Freiburg in response to management and creditors.
Thin-film module producer Solar Frontier has revealed that it will partner with German developer, New Energy for the World (NEW) to develop and sell 100MW of solar farms in the UK.
Abengoa Yield, the yieldco part-owned by Spanish solar developer Abengoa, has acquired 450MW of assets from Abengoa after reporting its Q1 EBITDA to have more than doubled year-on-year to US$105.2 million.
Trade body the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has established a task force to develop best practice guidelines in the field of solar operations and maintenance (O&M).
High-tech equipment manufacturer Manz sees “significant opportunities for growth” in both its solar and energy storage business segments, according to statements released to accompany first quarter results for 2015.
A large-scale storage system co-located at a German solar farm by the PV plant’s developer Belectric, has been given the green light to operate in the grid-balancing frequency response market.
It appears a buyer has been found for Swiss inverter manufacturer SolarMax, which was declared insolvent at the end of last year, with the company set to relaunch in June.
The European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) has hardened its stance against solar trade defence duties by joining the SETI Alliance.
The Conservative Party has won a surprise majority in the UK general election, the same party that failed to mention solar energy once in its pre-election manifesto.
Project developer Scatec Solar has boosted its revenue and expanded its project pipeline, according to its first quarter results.
France’s government has launched a tender for 50MW of projects combining solar power with energy storage systems on Corsica and its overseas islands territories.
German PV module manufacturer Solar-Fabrik has said that insolvency proceedings have started in Freiburg, Germany with the local court ordering law firm Kaiser & Sozien as the insolvency administrator.
The European Commission has launched an investigation into its trade agreement with China that imposed a minimum import price (MIP) on PV modules and components.