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Module manufacturer SOLON will shut its Berlin headquarters and relocate to the UAE, it has announced.
The pipeline of approved PV projects in the Philippines reached over 1GW in January, according to the country’s Department of Energy (DoE).
Duke Energy’s subsidiary, Duke Energy Renewables, has acquired two 20MW PV projects in California from renewable energy developer Infigen Energy.
SolarWorld has reported preliminary 2013 financial results, highlighting its continued bankability issues in key historical markets such as Germany during its lengthy financial restructuring phase.
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.
Solar crowdfunding service Mosaic is to offer loans to homeowners in California for PV systems.
RESolve energy consultant Madhavan Nampoothiri says the US complaint to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) regarding India’s national solar mission (JNSSM), can only serve to antagonise India.
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.
Solar market analyst, GTM Research and the US Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) have published the Solar Market Insight Review 2013, revealing a 41% PV installation increase in 2013.
China’s leading Monocrystalline wafer producer, Solargiga has acquired Chinese solar EPC services provider, Jinzhou Wintek Silicon Materials for approximately US$2.5 million. Solargiga’s ingot/wafer subsidiary, Jinzhou Yangguang was responsible for the acquisition.
ReneSola said it had supplied approximately 45,900 PV modules to an 11.7MW ground-mounted PV power plant project in Italy.
According to press reports in India, the country’s Union commerce and industry minister, Anand Sharma has accused the US of being overprotective following its recent solar trade complaint.
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.
Yingli Green Energy, the world’s largest solar module manufacturer, has revised up its module shipment guidance for 2013.
PV module manufacturer, ET Solar has moved downstream and entered the UK market as an EPC to construct an 8.4MWp ground-mounted PV power plant in the village of Bridgewater in Somerset.
JinkoSolar reported total shipments over 1.9GW and revenue of US$1.17 billion in 2013, with full-year profitability secured and becomes the first China-based tier 1 PV manufacturer to do so after more than two years of losses within the sector.
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.
LDK Solar has appointed provisional liquidators in the Cayman Islands as it begins insolvency proceedings.
PV plant provider, S.A.G Solarstrom has sold a collection of German projects.
Having worked with the Australian National University (ANU), the Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS) and PV Lighthouse, a two-year R&D program with Trina Solar to develop an Interdigitated Back Contact (IBC) solar cell is set to be commercialised.
Global module manufacturer, JA Solar Holdings is to supply 7.8MW of modules to large-scale UK developer, British Solar Renewables.
US testing and certification firm Underwriters Laboratory (UL) has expanded the scope of its warning over the use of counterfeit safety marks on PV modules made by Florida-based Blue Chip Energy.
Integrated PV EPC firm, Martifer Solar said it was building a 78.4MWp portfolio of PV power plants in the UK for Lightsource Renewable Energy, a major player in the PV energy generation market.
Infrastructure management company, based in South Africa, Engevix has installed a pilot PV plant in Brazil.
The new-look Wuxi Suntech plans an expansion of its sales team in Europe with the UK picked out as a particularly strong prospect.
Multinational firm International Solar Utilities is planning to develop 600MW of PV power and 300MW of PV manufacturing capacity in Ghana, West Africa.
A modest decline of around 10% in the feed-in tariff rate is expected in Japan, while near term demand for solar remains “very strong” in the country, according to Deutsche Bank.
Japanese PV manufacturer, Kyocera is preparing to launch solar modules around mid-year with multicrystalline cells with 18.6% conversion efficiency.
In a strategic move ahead of possible new anti-dumping duties being imposed on c-Si PV manufacturers in China and Taiwan, CIGS thin-film producer, TSMC Solar has selected Centrosolar America as its exclusive distributor in North America.
First Solar reported fourth quarter and full-year 2013 results that failed to meet financial analyst’s expectations by a wide-margin, with it shares taking a big tumble.
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.
A new IEA report highlights the steps necessary for countries to gain long-term and sustainable energy production from renewable sources.
Helioscope, a software package that models PV systems, can be used to accurately evaluate the performance of smart module optimising technology made by Tigo Energy, engineering and energy consultancy firm DNV GL has verified.
IHS found largest EPCs increased their share of the global non-residential PV market by 5% in 2013.
Analysts have predicted slow growth for India’s solar market this year due to delays in implementing its waning national solar mission.
EY’s quarterly renewable energy country attractiveness index report reflects on a disappointing 2013 while looking forward to a very promising year ahead.
SolarCity has reiterated plans to significantly increase PV installations in 2014, despite the potential impact on PV module costs should the latest US anti-dumping case lead to higher module prices or supply constraints.
Canadian Solar is to supply 18MW of its modules to a PV project being built by Hitachi in Japan and 30MW to Strata Solar in North Carolina.
Chinese manufacturer Yingli Green is to supply 54MW of its modules for seven PV projects in the UK.
Beleaguered module manufacturer SolarWorld has announced the conclusion of its financial restructuring and confirmed that its debt now stands at €427 million (US$587 million).
BenQ Solar, the solar power division of Taiwan-based technology company AU Optronics, is preparing to launch a new lightweight module specifically aimed at the Japanese residential market.
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.
The drawn-out period of forbearance agreements between LDK Solar and US bondholders looks over and the heavily indebted PV manufacturer could start insolvency proceedings in the Cayman Islands should bondholders not agree on a settlement.
Cumulative gird-connected PV installations in the Netherlands reached over 660MW by the end of last year, figures show.
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.
As expected, Suntech Power Holdings has officially started Chapter 15 proceedings in the US as it seeks protection from some of its bondholders already applying for the company to be forced in Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings, which would effectively dissolve the company.
The Indian government has revealed the financial bid results for its auction for 750MW of solar energy, with US firm First Solar looking likely to miss out, according to analysts.
Indian PV module manufacturer Vikram Solar has been given tier one status.
Shunfeng Photovoltaic has confirmed that the acquisition of Wuxi Suntech will not be completed in line with its original timeline.