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Struggling LDK Solar said it had secured a 64MW PV module supply agreement with Thailand based energy supplier Energy Absolute PCL, while recently announcing its PV project development subsidiary SPI Solar has signed a 50MW agreement with Chinese provisional government, Fenyi County, Jiangxi Province.
Financial group, Caisse des Dépôts and the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (CNR), an independent renewable power developer and France’s second largest electricity producer have inaugurated a 12MW solar power plant.
German manufacturer Hanwha Q Cells has said it will look to take part in future PV project tenders in France after receiving a key environmental accreditation needed to bid.
German based renewables operator, Capital Stage has finalised an agreement with developer, Solairedirect to acquire two solar parks in the southwest of France.
According to the latest report from solar market analyst, NPD Solarbuzz the UK has installed 1.47GW so far in 2014.
Major PV equipment supplier, Meyer Burger has officially confirmed the recent deal, exclusively revealed by PV Tech to supply plastic mouldings engineering firm, Hanplast with a complete turnkey ‘SmartWire’ module assembly line. Financial details were not disclosed.
PV energy provider Canadian Solar has agreed a 12.6MW module deal with a consortium of Turkish companies.
Major PV equipment specialist, Meyer Burger has received orders worth over CHF25 million from two customers based in Asia.
German-based PV manufacturing start-up, Smartenergy Renewables said that recent success with its glass/glass utility market crystalline modules would lead to ramping production higher and that it had strengthened its management team to further exploit downstream business opportunities.
Module manufacturer REC Solar is increasing its capabilities in the rooftop commercial market with two new partnerships.
The £400 million partnership between Chinese module manufacturer ZNShine and UK installer MAP Environmental already has a 400MW pipeline to work on.
Singapore headquartered PV manufacturer, REC Solar ASA has appointed current CFO, Martin Cooper as interim CEO. Øyvind Hasaas is retiring from the company at the end of June, 2014.
System provider, Petra Solar, and its partner, the Washington DC-based renewable infrastructure business group, Caspian Renewable Energy, have completed a 5MW installation in Bahrain.
George Washington University (GW), American University (AU) and the George Washington University Hospital (GWUH) are to be part powered by an off site solar project in North Carolina.
The UK solar sector could be set for a round of audits as part of an enforcement effort of the EU-China price undertaking, according to a senior industry figure.
A second Indian Union cabinet minister has called for the Ministry of Finance not to impose tariffs on solar panels that were recommended last month.
The minimum import price (MIP) of Chinese solar equipment into the EU is to remain at €0.53/W during the third quarter of 2014, PV Tech understands.
Kyocera Corporation said it was targeting annual PV module production of 1.4GW in the current fiscal year, up from approximately 1.2GW in the previous fiscal year.
China-based PV glass manufacturer, Xinyi Solar will use 25MW of Trina Solar’s dual glass TSM-PDG5 modules for agricultural greenhouse projects in Anhui, China.
Module manufacturer, Yingli Green announced its subsidiary in Singapore is to supply 12MW of modules to a solar company in Malaysia.
Germany-based Hanwha Q CELLS has said France will be one of its European target markets this year after revealing an 11MW module order for a project in the south of the country.
Potential new US trade duties could increase the cost of Chinese panels in the US by an average of 14%, enough to hamper or even entirely cancel some projects, according to GTM Research.
Market research firm, IHS, has again raised its global PV market demand forecast for 2014.
The US arm of PV manufacturer SolarWorld has inked a deal to supply American systems integrator RGS Energy with modules for residential, commercial and utility installations.
Taiwanese PV manufacturers, Green Energy Technology (GET) and Gintech Energy, are to form a module manufacturing joint venture to be called Gintung Energy Corporation.
Trade association, SEMI has reported clear signals of a recovery in worldwide PV manufacturing equipment orders with the book-to-bill ratio rebounding strongly to 1.24 in the first quarter of 2014.
Discussions regarding the future of support mechanisms for solar in Germany are taking “too long”, with politicians effectively “misusing” the issue to raise their own political profile, according to the senior vice president for sales and marketing at REC Solar.
Leading US PV installer SolarCity is to acquire American module manufacturer Silevo in a major move that could see it producing its own modules within two years.
The PV industry’s largest manufacturer, Yingli Green Energy reported a US$55 million net loss for the first quarter of 2014, compared to a net loss of US$128.2 million in the previous quarter.
Indian cell manufacturer Indosolar has confirmed that it will more than double its manufacturing capacity this year with orders from the country’s national solar mission continuing to roll in.
Major China-based EPC and project developer, Linuo Solar Power has selected Trina Solar to supply 23MW of modules for a large distributed generation (DG) PV project located in Shandong province, China.
PacifiCorp’s Utah utility, Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) has proposed a monthly charge for solar customers.
Shunfeng Photovoltaic, the owner of module manufacturer Suntech, has indicated to the Hong Kong stock exchange that it is in talks to acquire four new businesses.
Solar Frontier’s Atushiko Hirano explains how the thin-film manufacturer’s new factory in Japan will serve as a blueprint for expansion into other parts of the world.
The US government’s development finance institution, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is to provide US$230 million for a solar power project in Chile.
Market research firm, TrendForce, and its EnergyTrend arm are expecting a significant fall in production utilisation rates in Taiwan by the end of June, ahead of the next US anti-dumping verdict which includes for the first time Taiwan-based solar cell manufacturers.
Taiwan-based solar cell and module manufacturer, Gintech Energy, reported sales in May, 2014 of NT$1,705 million (US$56.8 million), continuing its higher sales level which spiked in March.
Chinese solar manufacturer, Hanwha SolarOne has shipped 9.5MW of its modules to Ikaros Solar for two UK solar farm projects.
A 430MW PV plant featuring over 1,000,000 multi-crystalline silicon solar modules could be constructed in the south of Japan by a consortium of five companies that includes Japanese ceramics and module maker Kyocera.
Shipments of solar cells and modules have increased by over 100% in Japan on a year-on-year basis, including an increasing presence by foreign companies, according to a survey conducted by the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA).
In contrast to other Taiwan-based PV manufacturers, Motech Industries’ monthly revenue has declined for two consecutive months and actually peaked September 2013.
PV equipment specialist, Singulus Technologies, has supplied a turnkey PV production line to a newly formed subsidiary of optical disc manufacturer, BOD Group, located in Lithuania.
India’s transport minister, Nitin Gadkari, has written a letter opposing the proposed anti-dumping duties on US, Chinese and Malaysian solar imports.
Kenya has lifted VAT charges on all solar equipment imported into the East African country.
Hanplast, a high-precision plastic mouldings engineering firm based in Poland is the first company to deploy Meyer Burger’s ‘SmartWire’ interconnect technology in a PV module assembly plant.
Hanergy Global Solar Power & Applications Group, a subsidiary of Hanergy Solar Group Limited, has signed a strategic partnership framework with Sojitz Machinery Corporation – one of the largest trading corporations in Japan.
Solar deployment needs to increase 12 times over by 2030 to avoid “climate catastrophe”, a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has warned.
India’s domestic solar manufacturing sector will collapse by the end of the year unless the government adopts the recommended anti-dumping duties, according to the CEO of Tata Power Solar.
The first vertically integrated PV manufacturer in the MENA region, Qatar Solar Energy (QSE), has officially opened a 300MW PV module production plant, located in a Doha industrial zone, Qatar.
Japanese thin-film company, Solar Frontier, has plans to enter the UK market, although an official announcement is some way off, according to the company’s senior vice president, Atsuhiko Hirano.