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Major PV equipment supplier Meyer Burger is to supply French research centre, Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) with equipment to develop high performance heterojunction (HJT) cells and Meyer Burger’s SmartWire Connection technology (SWCT).
German PV module manufacturer Solar-Fabrik expects to issue a warning in the next few days regarding junction box failures on its solar panels that could lead to fires.
Dubai-based Abdul Latif Jameel Energy and Environmental Services (ALJ) has acquired Spanish PV project developer Fotowatio Solar Renewable Ventures (FRV) for an undisclosed amount.
The two PV projects that secured support under the UK’s contract for difference (CfD) scheme for the financial year 2015/16 will not go ahead.
Tier-1 PV manufacturer and project developer ET Solar said it had secured turnkey EPC services for a 50MWp solar power plant in Israel, along with local partners G-Systems and El-Mor Group.
Major tier-1 PV module manufacturer JA Solar said its modules were deployed on the roof of the Israeli Knesset building.
PV inverter firm, Ginlong Technologies will have its ‘Solis’ branded inverters available in the US and the UK through expanding current distribution agreements.
The UK has experienced its annual surge of activity for developers to complete and connect solar farm projects in time to receive financial support under a scheme that has now partially expired.
Terraform Power, the yield-co subsidiary of international solar and wind developer, SunEdison, has announced its acquisition of 168MW of solar power plants from the parent company in Q1 of 2015.
PV equipment specialist InnoLas Solutions said it had so far received orders equating to almost 1GW of production capacity for its laser systems used for PERC solar cell processing.
Technology manufacturing equipment specialist Singulus Technologies has reported heavy 2014 losses on weak revenue in its Optical Disc and Solar divisions.
Conergy has become the latest international solar firm to target the burgeoning Turkish PV market.
International PV integrator Phoenix Solar reported its fourth year of consecutive losses and lowest revenue in a decade after completing three years of major restructuring.
PV solar mono c-Si pulling equipment specialists PVA TePla suffered another tough year due primarily to problems in the wider PV industry
The rush to have projects connected ahead of a key deadline under the UK’s main large-scale solar support mechanism has the potential to cause future grid problems, the boss of a connection engineering firm has warned.
PV module supplier Innotech Solar has filed for insolvency blaming uncertainty in the European market for its troubles.
New PV installations were down 36% in 2014, the 10th annual Market Workshop of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) heard Thursday.
New figures released by UK governmental body the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) today revealed that solar PV generation in the country almost doubled in 2014.
Beleaguered German inverter manufacturer, SMA Solar, has ended the fiscal year with sales slightly higher than expected but still down 13.6% on 2013 and with an operating loss almost twice as large as last year’s.
Polysilicon producer, Silicor Materials, has signed German conglomerate, SMS Siemag, to equip and fit out a planned new low-cost plant in Iceland.
A new report from the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), titled “Delivering UK Energy Investment: Low Carbon Energy,” sheds some interesting light on the amount of assets allocated to solar power within the country.
Primrose Solar and EDF Energy have entered into a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for their solar farms, which total 104MWp of capacity.
Solarwatt, a German-based module manufacturer, has officially acquired the French subsidiary of German Centrosolar.
EU heads of state approved the European Commission’s energy union plans at a sitting of the European Council on Thursday, promising an enahnced role for renewables in the continent’s energy mix.
Belgium installed only 65MW of solar in 2014, according to figures issued by Belgian renewable energy association, Apere.
France has launched a procurement round for 120MW of solar power.
PV wet chemical equipment and materials supplier, RENA GmbH has changed its name to RENA technologies GmbH and appointed a new CEO as the company prepares to exit insolvency proceedings that will result in Jürgen Gutekunst, founder and former CEO of RENA GmbH leaving the company.
Sweden-based nano-material development firm, Sol Voltaics has claimed a 1-sun record conversion efficiency of 15.3% for a solar cell coated with its gallium-arsenide (GaAs) nanowire array (NWA).
Solar project investor TerraForm is to appeal a UK High Court ruling which quashed planning permission granted to its Norrington solar farm in the county of Wiltshire.
Developer Wirsol Energy has connected a 29MW solar farm in the UK.
The short-term outlook for residential solar-plus-storage in the UK will be “challenging”, but simple regulatory changes of the kind the renewables industry is already asking for might make a real difference, according to one analyst.
PV manufacturing equipment specialist Smit Ovens has filed for bankruptcy in the Netherlands to restructure its operations.
Kyocera is targeting the German market for self-consumed solar electricity, with the Japanese company preparing to launch a home energy storage system in May.
Major institutional investors have warned politicians that interfering in solar support schemes could spook the market and lead to large amounts of investment being lost.
Renewables will be a focus of German energy companies E.ON and RWE, according to their earning reports for 2014.
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.