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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.
Energy storage market analysts have begun offering their reactions to Tesla’s launch of Tesla Energy, a range of lithium-ion battery-based energy storage systems.
French PV developer Solairedirect has postponed its planned IPO.
Germany’s residential storage system maker Sonnenbatterie will continue its push into the US, partnering with Sungevity, the residential PV installer founded by environmental activist and cleantech entrepreneur Danny Kennedy.
Solar Frontier Europe, a subsidiary of CIS solutions provider Solar Frontier, has signed off on a 23MW module supply agreement with Konar Energy, a generator of solar energy in Turkey.
Germany’s first ever PV tender process for ground mounted installations saw “intense competition” from a large number of bidders, according to the country’s federal regulator.
The Intersolar Europe exhibition will be tailored this year to mirror the changing landscape of the continent’s solar market.
German PV trade industry association BSW Solar has cast fresh doubts over the country’s new tender process for awarding ground-mount solar energy projects, saying that many would-be developers are likely to miss out.
Germany-based PV materials manufacturer Heraeus is to open new R&D centres in mainland China and Taiwan.
The tariffs levied on Chinese solar products in the EU could be in place more than a year after their expiry in December this year.
Hi-tech equipment manufacturer Manz has set a new efficiency record for a CIGS thin-film module of 16%.
European PV trade association EPIA has said it would support free trade and the end of current trade barriers on imported Chinese solar modules, the first time the trade association has set a strategy position on the ongoing trade conflict that has impacted the PV industry.
PV equipment maker Singulus Technologies will undergo a financial restructuring as it looks to reduce it debt.
Renewable energy giant SunEdison is “exploring all options” in the UK following the expiry of the Renewable Obligation Certificate deadline earlier this month, the company’s general manager for Europe Alessandro Ceschiat has said.
Following recent news that Holland’s Orange Solar will open a module factory aimed at “reviving” European PV manufacturing, BIPV specialist Onyx Solar will begin work on a factory in Spain.
Germany has received more than 170 submissions for its first competitive large-scale solar PV tender, leaving the round significantly oversubscribed.
SunEdison and its investment vehicle TerraForm Power have closed financing for a portfolio of 97MW of utility-scale solar power projects in the UK, which were connected in the first quarter of 2015.
Renewable-energy project developer juwi is building up its footprint, as it is set to develop its first project in Turkey. The project is comprised of seven separate plants — generating a combined capacity of 7.4MW — and will be located in the municipality of Denizli.
Solar developer Solairedirect has been valued at €386 million (US$414 million) after it announced its indicative share price range ahead of its forthcoming IPO.
Lark Energy completed the construction and connection of solar farm projects in the UK with a total capacity of 91.6MWp throughout the first three months of 2015.
Shanghai-headquartered solar developer SPI has increased its foothold in the UK by acquiring development rights for 50MW worth of PV projects.
A solar module factory with a 70MW production capacity will be built by Orange Solar Power, a Dutch photovoltaics (PV) manufacturer and supplier, in West Brabant, the Netherlands.