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German research and development institute Fraunhofer Centre for Silicon Photovoltaics (Franuhofer CSP) has announced that it will develop an LED-based solar simulator with Wavelabs Solar Metrology Systems after the two companies signed a cooperation agreement.
Strong revenue growth from its Display segment helped major manufacturing equipment firm, Manz report record revenue for the first nine-months of 2013.
Crystal growing equipment specialist, PVA TePla, has said it has seen an increase new orders, including an order from the PV industry.
French photovoltaic (PV) project developer and investor Hanau Energies is scheduled to begin construction on a 4.4MW solar power plant on the site of a production facility owned by global chemical company DuPont.
German photovoltaic (PV) systems integrator Phoenix Solar has announced the company’s financial results for the first nine months of this year, in which the group reported its first quarterly profit since 2010.
German project developer SAG Solarstrom has insisted it is weathering continued difficulties in Europe’s PV market despite posting a €6.9 million (US$9.3 million) loss for the first nine months of the year.
An investigation into Danish solar panel subsidy laws by the country’s national audit office, Rigsrevisionen, will continue as planned, according to the speaker of parliament Mogens Lykketoft.
The European solar market is set to stabilise in the final quarter of 2013 as it recovers from 18 months of turmoil, according to the latest data from the consultancy NPD Solarbuzz.
Skytron Energy is to install a power control system in a 50MW Romanian photovoltaic plant, allowing the plant to provide frequency stabilisation without energy storage equipment.
The EU has published a set of guidelines for renewable energy support that offers a first glimpse at the possible shape of new state aid rules expected next year.
The proposed retroactive changes to solar support in Spain could be in breach of two EU directives, according to industry bodies.
The centrotherm Group was able to secure new orders totalling €163.2 million during its restructuring period through October 2012 and May 2013.
The Turut Ozal Medical Center of İnönü University, Malayta in Turkey has signed a contract for the construction of a 5MW solar power plant.
German thin-film PV manufacturer, Calyxo, is supplying modules for a project at Toledo Zoo, Ohio.
Portuguese PV provider, Martifer Solar, and German manufacturer, Hanwha Q cells, have completed a cluster of solar projects in Portugal totalling 17.8MW.
Germany has announced a monthly feed-in tariff degression rate of 1.4%
China’s Ministry of Commerce has said it will extend a probe into imports of solar-grade polysilicon from Europe by six months.
Leading PV industry and political figures have sent an open letter to the French government imploring it to hold a consultation regarding the proposed review of the country’s solar feed-in tariff (FiT).
German state development bank KfW is to provide €654 million (US$900 million) for a Moroccan CSP project.
Haraeus and DuPont have announced the end of their trade dispute over metal pastes used in the manufacture of solar panels.
France has announced it will review the subsidies received by solar and other renewable technologies in response to falling costs and growing grid concerns.
Module manufacturer Voltec Solar and project developer Ecosun Expert have finished work on a 2.5MW solar farm in Romania.
An area focusing on renewable heating as well as a three-day forum on the topic will be added to offerings at Intersolar Europe at next year’s show.
Swiss power and automation giant ABB has announced higher revenue and earnings for the third quarter of 2013.
As of 1 January 2014, recycling of solar modules in Switzerland will be governed by an agreement recently signed by Swissolar and SENS eRecycling.
The chief executive of PV manufacturer REC, Ole Enger, is to step down in December after 4.5 years as the company relocates key management from Norway to the US.
Korea-based module supplier, Hanwha SolarOne, has supplied 8.2MW of PV modules to a solar park in Germany.
Nigeria is planning to deploy up to 500MW of solar power capacity across nine of its states in a joint programme with the German government, according to reports.
Spanish utility giant Iberdrola has claimed that regulatory reforms that would essentially kill the country’s solar industry don’t go far enough.
Russia’s largest private power supply company, Integrated Energy Systems Holding (IES), is to build a 25MW solar power plant in Orsk.
Beleaguered PV equipment supplier, centrotherm photovoltaics, has given a cryptic account of deterioration in revenue expectations over the next two years, having recently reviewed its order backlog.
The Renewable Energy Company ASA has announced the results of its public share offering for its new division, REC Solar.
The local government of the region of Murcia is taking the Spanish government to the country’s constitutional court over its attempts to cull support for solar energy in the country.
Eckhard Rau is to takeover as CFO of German equipment supplier RENA Group.
Ingeteam’s South Africa subsidiary is to supply 78 of its inverters to the Sishen Solar facility in South Africa.
German inverter manufacturer Solutronic has filed for insolvency in a German district court.
After an extensive evaluation period, Hanwha Q CELLS has qualified for production purposes the use of ACT Aurora Control Technologies inline Decima CD metrology tool.
Japanese thin-film manufacturer Solar Frontier is to introduce its SolarSets range of standardised PV systems to the Italian residential market after agreeing a distribution deal with P.M. Service.
The green payment for renewable energy subsidies in Germany, or “umlage”, is to rise by €0.005 per kWh in 2014.
The European Commission has announced a list of 140 electricity projects that will be fast tracked and have access to a funding pot of €5.85 billion (US$7.9 billion).
France is to lend €100 million to South Africa’s national utility Eskom to support the development of solar energy in the country.
China Sunergy has gained TUV Rheinland certification for its factory in Turkey, the company has confirmed.
German renewable energy operator, MMB Clean Energy, has acquired three PV projects on the island of Sicily from US engineering firm Dresser-Rand.
The second biggest inverter manufacturer in China, Zeversolar, has agreed a UK distribution deal with Proinso.
The Court of Brindisi, Italy, has seized another 10 PV power plants, majority owned by Suntech Power Holdings in the court’s ongoing investigation into possible illegal collection of feed-in tariff payments.
Intersolar Europe will include the Electrical Energy Storage show as of next year, according to its organisers.
The French regulatory commission for energy (CRE) has released a response to 396 applications for solar project tenders.
Belgium-based PV encapsulant materials developer, NovoPolymers has secured a new round of investment, led by nanotech VC specialist, Capital-E. Financial details were not disclosed.
Lithuanian-based c-Si solar cell start-up, Baltic Solar Energy remains on track to start ramping its 67MW production line in the fourth quarter of 2013 with news that the facility will officially be opened in the Visoriai IT Park, Vilnius, Lithuania on October 15.
The UK solar industry has united to build a new installer ratings website to help consumers avoid the cowboys.