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Module manufacturer SOLON will shut its Berlin headquarters and relocate to the UAE, it has announced.
Duke Energy’s subsidiary, Duke Energy Renewables, has acquired two 20MW PV projects in California from renewable energy developer Infigen Energy.
A strong spike in PV module shipments in the fourth quarter of 2013 supported Canadian Solar closing in on 2GW of shipments for the year and secured a return to profitability in 2013.
Wuxi Suntech is currently upgrading cell and module production lines in China ahead of plans to increase in-house module capacity in 2014, according to its recently appointed CEO, Eric Luo.
Guam is finally beginning its first foray into the renewable energy sector, as NRG Solar and Boeing announced that construction had begun on Dandan, a 25MW solar power plant.
Trina Solar reached PV module shipments in 2013 of approximately 2.58GW, over 1GW above shipment levels achieved in 2012. Due to expected strong demand in 2014, the company guided shipments to increase a further 1GW to between 3.6GW to 3.8GW.
In an effort to boost India’s slumping PV market, the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SEIC) is planning to construct a 1GW solar park in Andhra Pradesh state along with adjoining PV manufacturing facilities.
A JV PV module assembly plant (Vitec Global Solar) between ReneSola and semiconductor and electrical products supplier, Vitec will produce Virtus II modules at the plant in Japan with an annual nameplate capacity of 80MW.
SunEdison is teaming with the Global Academy of Technology (GAT) based in Bangalore to create a research and development facility at the college’s Bengaluru campus.
After establishing PV projects in areas such as North America, SunEdison is finally making its way to the UK, as the manufacturing giant is constructing four PV plants in the UK.
Running at full-capacity and benefiting from the weakness of remaining European module manufacturing competitors in Europe, REC Solar ASA is planning to expand capacity 1GW in 2014 and a further 300MW in 2015 to meet demand.
An Australian energy consultancy has signed a deal with the Sri Lankan government to develop a US$190 million PV cell and module factory.
Nigeria’s first module manufacturing plant has been completed and is now operational.
A fire was reported to have occurred at a solar cell manufacturing line at Canadian Solar’s production facility in Suzhou, China according to Chinese websites and video footage.
Market research firm, IHS, has reiterated its forecast that PV capital spending would increase by 42% from the lows of 2013 and reach US$3.37 billion in 2014.