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Spain’s antitrust authority Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) has revealed the scale of the cuts in support for solar farms.
The Caribbean island owned by Virgin tycoon Sir Richard Branson is to be fitted with a solar and wind powered mini-grid installed by US-based NRG Energy.
Roth & Rau, a subsidiary of Meyer Burger, reported a 50% drop in revenue for 2013 compared to the previous year, with increased losses.
SolarWorld said in a statement that it had reached an agreement with a long-term “raw material” supplier to restructure supply contracts that would result in impairment charges in the “double-digit million Euro amount.”
A new R&D project in Germany has been formed to make breakthroughs in new innovative PV inverter concepts that will focus on cooling and packaging advancements to improve conversion efficiency, cost and service life, which are key BOS costs to PV systems.
ABB Group member, Power-One said that after sales technical support for its installed base of PV inverters in Greece would be outsourced to Athens-based, Survey Digital.
Executives at AS Solar have strongly criticised the new Germany energy minister’s plans to reform the country’s Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), warning that a “total collapse” of the German solar industry can be expected under the new legislation.
A new category for Electrical Energy Storage systems has been added to the Intersolar Awards, with the prize given at Intersolar Europe in Munich on 4 June.
Electrical engineering firm, Ingeteam has a won a tender from the Electricity Authority of Cyprus to supply 175 single-phase PV inverters to planned residential and commercial rooftop projects in the country.
The French regulatory commission has announced new solar feed-in tariffs for the first quarter of 2014.
Germany’s total installed solar capacity for 2013 was 3.3GW according to new data from the federal network authority, Bundesnetzagentur.
The joint European PV GRID project has published a set of technical proposals aimed at enhancing the integration of PV systems onto the grid.
Embattled PV developer Solarstrom has confirmed that its UK arm has entered administration.
Conergy has announced that it has acquired Wirsol Solar UK for an undisclosed sum.
New figures highlight the contrasting fortunes of the solar energy sector in Germany and the US.
Former US president Bill Clinton has called for global investment in renewable energy and changes to the “inequality” of current financing mechanisms in the energy sector.
The levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) from both solar PV and onshore wind in Germany are expected to decline below that of fossil fuels by 2030, according to a new study conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE.
The growth of installed solar energy capacity in Greece remained almost non-existent in the second half of 2013 with no new large projects added in December at all as a government moratorium took hold.
The US arm of Portugal based PV developer, Martifer Solar, has filed for bankruptcy.
German renewable energy developer Juwi has announced that as part of company-wide restructuring efforts, it will pull out of its Spanish operations and cut a total 80 jobs in Europe this year.
The exit from the PV industry may have cost Bosch a reported €130 million in payments to SolarWorld but losses in 2013 from its solar operations are expected to amount to around €1.3 billion, according to the company.
The German cabinet approved a new charge on self-consumed solar power on Wednesday.
The French government is being urged to implement new measures to revitalise the country’s PV sector.
The EU has proposed a binding 27% renewable energy target for 2030 and a 40% emissions reduction goal.
Proposals to scale back Germany’s renewable energy policy represent a “death knell” for the country’s energy transition, according to the founders of the developer juwi.
Germany’s solar industry has warned that proposed changes to the country’s renewable energy support could damage its standing in the sector and block one route to secure, low-cost energy.
The possibility of a binding renewable energy target for the EU is back on the table at negotiations in Brussels.
Bosch is to pay SolarWorld €130 million to take its German solar operations off its hands, according to a report.
A recent attempted burglary of equipment from a 6.5MWp photovoltaic (PV) plant operated and maintained by Phoenix Solar was thwarted by a combination of the plant’s management team and local security services, the company has revealed.
Thin-film module manufacturer Masdar PV has sold its 11.7MW solar farm in Thuringia, Germany to a renewable energy investor.
France’s President Francois Hollande has called for an ‘Airbus’ style model of collaboration for the European solar industry.
The UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) wants ‘established’ renewables to compete against each other for support under its upcoming contracts for difference (CfD) regime.
German PV system developer Wirsol’s fourth solar subsidiary has entered insolvency with some of the company’s assets now put up for auction.
China-based manufacturer ReneSola has supplied PV modules for construction company, Isolux Corsan’s 31.7MW UK project.
The first R&D project that took three years to complete as part of the German Photovoltaics Innovation Alliance has reported a world record for a PERC (Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell) solar module of 306 watts (60-cell format) and verified by TÜV Rheinland.
SolarWorld’s chairman and chief executive, Frank Asbeck, has sold five tranches of shares in the company in the last week, taking his shareholding to 19.72%, according to financial filings.
Power generated by photovoltaics systems covered 4.5% of Germany’s total electricity production last year, according to estimates released by the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW).
French battery company Saft will lead a consortium building a photovoltaic (PV) power plant combined with a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery energy storage system on the island of La Réunion, Indian Ocean.
The number of solar installations in the UK registered for the government’s feed-in tariff has topped half a million for the first time, according to official statistics.
Solar investment vehicle ForVEI has purchased a 6.9MW PV plant in southern Italy.
Bulgaria’s president, Rosen Plevneliev, has weighed into a growing row over a proposed 20% levy on solar and wind projects.
SolarWorld has received court approval for its ongoing restructuring process, the final administrative hurdle to its reorganisation.
UK-based PV project developer, Castillium, is to use next-generation tracking systems for at least 45MW worth of projects in the UK after signing a purchase agreement with US-based start-up QBotix.
Former US president Bill Clinton is to head a panel of top speakers at an international clean-tech investment conference in Frankfurt, Germany, next week.
Time is running out for the struggling solar module manufacturer aleo solar, with Bosch only providing financial support for its subsidiary through to the end of March 2014.
Early data for 2013 electricity demand released by Terna, Italy’s electrical transmission system operator, indicates that 7% of electricity produced domestically was generated through PV last year.
Panasonic has launched the ‘HIT-N245’ and ‘HIT-N240’ PV modules into the European market as part of its drive to re-establish both a key position amongst leading manufacturers and regain share in the European market.
Solar trade body the European Photovoltaics Industry Association has welcomed a draft resolution by two European Parliament committees backing a 2030 EU renewable energy target.
The current rate of cut backs to support for solar energy could put the German energy transition at risk, the country’s solar trade body has warned.
German solar manufacturer, Hanwha SolarOne, has agreed to supply 20.5MW of PV modules to German solar developer ib vogt for a solar farm in Hampshire, UK