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The Foresight Solar Fund has agreed to buy the 46MW Landmead solar farm, the largest in the UK.
The merger of Hanwha SolarOne and Hanwha Q CELLS is set to proceed in a deal estimated to cost Hanwha SolarOne around US$1.2 billion in an all-stock transaction.
Construction firm, Fluor has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) to develop a number of energy projects.
German storage system manufacturer, Sonnenbatterie, which announced this week the close of a US$10 million equity funding round, said it sees “high growth potential” for its products in Australia, the UK and Italy.
Subsidy-free solar in the UK could thrive by the end of the decade, according to a report published by Berlin-based think tank Thema1 and supported by a coalition of European companies.
Home furnishing retailer IKEA has announced that the rooftop solar array atop its store in Canton, Michigan, will be expanded by approximately 25% due to new construction on building.
The impact of SolarMax parent company Sputnik Engineering’s insolvency has spread up the supply chain with German firm InTiCa facing a €2.5 million (US$3.1 million) hole in its 2014 figures.
Shares in German inverter manufacturer SMA Solar fell 17.9% this morning on the back of news the company is slashing its 2014 sales and revenue forecasts and laying off more staff.
A Soitec multi-junction solar cell for use in concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) systems has become the company’s latest cell to reach a world record for conversion efficiency at 46%, according to Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy (Fraunhofer ISE).
Improved integration of energy markets and more investment are both needed if the European Union is to hit its new 2030 renewable energy targets, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).
What is claimed to be Europe’s first PV system to use robotic trackers to follow the sun’s path has been completed and connected at a community college in Northern Ireland.
Germany’s largest utility E.ON is to stake its future on renewable energy in a major corporate restructuring.
The French government has launched a 400MW request for proposals for PV projects larger than 250kW.
Hanwha Q CELLS has launched a 100kWp ‘all-in-one’ PV system kit in France, with one of the company’s sales managers for the region stating that Q CELLS expects next year to be a “promising” one in the French market.
Germany’s Belectric has connected energy storage at a large-scale solar power plant in Germany, which will be the first in Europe to operate on the primary operating reserve market.
Sputnik Engineering, the parent company of Swiss inverter manufacturer Solarmax, will file for insolvency this week PV Tech has learned.
Germany’s SMA Solar claims to have become the first inverter supplier to be accredited under Chile’s new net metering programme.
Italian specialist solar cell manufacturer, MegaCell, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Egyptian investment firm, Misr Asset Management, to seek investors to build and operate a 120MW solar cell and module assembly plant in Egypt using its n-type monocrystalline bi-facial cell technology.
Renewable energy is expected to be one of the beneficiaries of a new infrastructure fund worth €315 billion (US$392 billion) unveiled by the European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker.
Germany’s amended renewable energy laws were granted state aid approval by Brussels on Tuesday, the final political hurdle to their adoption.
Module manufacturer REC Solar is to be liquidated and delisted following its recently announced sale to China’s Bluestar Elkem.
German solar module manufacturer aleo solar will supply over 20,000 solar panels for four large-scale photovoltaic projects in Turkey totalling 5.8 MW.
Leading PV manufacturer, Yingli Green Energy, has secured a large module supply deal with UK-based installer and project developer, Solarcentury.
China’s Yingli Solar is to be a key module supplier for the 300MW solar project being built in France that is on course to become Europe’s largest PV power plant.
State-owned chemical firm, China National Bluestar, has bought tier-one module manufacturer REC Solar ASA for NOK4.34 billion (US$640 million).
The Italian market will soon be flooded with cheap PV power plants for sale, according to a developer.
Trina Solar announced it has received a Carbon Footprint Verification from international certification body, the British Standards Institution.
South Korean PV module manufacturer, SolarPark Korea, originally a joint venture firm with SolarWorld AG, said it had officially entered the UK solar market, which is expected to be the largest in Europe in 2014.
The German solar industry association, BSW Solar, has created an extensive report on safety for lithium-ion battery-based energy storage systems for home use, and plans to publish an English language version next week.
Major PV energy provider SunPower has said it is to restructure operations with 85 to 115 jobs losses, primarily in Europe. Charges are expected to be in the range of US$15 million to US$25 million and be accounted for in the current fourth quarter.
France’s minister for ecology, sustainable development and energy, Ségolène Royal, has announced the award of 40.7MWp worth of feed-in tariffs (FiTs) across 217 PV projects, in the third phase of a national tender process.
The UK’s energy and climate change secretary, Ed Davey, has said he believes solar power is on course to become the cheapest form of energy.
Major PV equipment supplier, Meyer Burger has officially opened its heterojunction (HJ) solar cell pilot production line with CSEM at subsidiary, Meyer Burger Research AG in Hauterive, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
PV manufacturer China Sunergy (CSUN) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Deniz Finansal Kiralama (DenizLeasing), that will see the pair offer solar through leasing in Turkey.
Microinverter provider Enphase Energy has entered into a partnership with residential solar solutions provider Groupe Solution Energie (GSE) to help provide PV power to residential developments in Europe.
Trina Solar has won a 28.5MW contract with Camborne Capital and sPower for the pair’s UK project collaboration.
High-tech manufacturing equipment firm, Manz AG reported record revenue for the first nine months of 2014, driven by its Flat Panel Display segment, which generated €179.9 million from the total revenue of €250.9 million.
Austria is to reduce the feed-in tariffs available for PV installations from January 2015.
The closure of two Bosch Power Tec production facilities for inverters and storage will not affect planned product launches, a spokesman for Bosch has said.
Allianz Capital Partners’ Renewable Energy Fund has acquired two ground mount solar parks in Germany.
Thin-film OPV firm, Dyesol has renewed its involvement with Swansea University in Wales and the Sustainable Product Engineering Centre for Innovative Functional Industrial Coatings (SPECIFIC) to develop and commercialise perovskite-based OPV thin-film products.
France connected 286.3MW of new PV systems in the third quarter of this year, according to the country’s solar association, Enerplan.
The impact of a solar eclipse on European power grids will be negligible despite warnings of blackouts by the chief of the French network as a consequence of the amount of PV now on the system.
PV manufacturing equipment supplier, Singulus Technologies reported revenue for the first nine months of 2014 of €52.8 million, down from €93.1 million in the prior year period.
The UK’s High Court has ruled that changes to support for large-scale solar projects in the UK were legal as it refused an application for a Judicial Review.
There is to be a two stage reduction in solar FiT payments with the single payment offered for systems under 30kW to also be reduced.
First Solar and Belectric have started construction of one of the UK’s largest solar farms, a 46MW project in Oxfordshire that will bring large-scale PV capacity deployed by the pair in the UK up to 80MW when completed.
Norwegian independent power producer Scatec Solar’s revenues are up almost NOK100 million (US$14.5 million) on last year off the back of PV power plant project completions in Africa.
In December, PV module manufacturer Hanwha Q CELLS will join other big names in solar by launching an integrated energy storage product to the German residential market, in partnership with Samsung SDI.
Plans for a 300MW PV park near Bordeaux, have been unveiled.