30/07/14: California Governor Brown signs MOU with Mexico to encourage cross-border renewable energy development

Non-binding agreement calls for work in renewable energy R&D, deployment and investments in infrastructure, as well as exploring grid integration between California and Baja California.

Photon cover

29/07/14: German court opens insolvency proceedings against Photon Holding

The District Court of Aachen has opened the main insolvency proceedings against the group due to its inability to meet its liabilities. Preliminary proceedings began in June at the request of a creditor.

California Valley Solar Ranch in San Luis Obispo County.

29/07/14: SunPower breaks ground on 135 MW Quinto Solar Project

CEO Tom Werner says SunPower's ownership strategy provides it with a return on investment from its technology while reducing the risk to potential buyers if it later sells the plant.

Fraunhofer ISI, Karlsruhe, Germany

29/07/14: PV more profitable than onshore wind in Germany

Although PV installations in Germany produce less electricity than onshore wind installations, they generate "significantly higher profits," according to a new report by the Fraunhofer Institute.

Shin-Etsu Gunma Complex, Isobe Plant, Japan

29/07/14: Shin-Etsu Chemical to license cell manufacturing technology

The Japanese company has established a mass production process for 156 by 156 mm solar cell products that have a conversion efficiency of 21%.

PV installation, Fort Bliss, Texas

29/07/14: US army adds small businesses to $7 billion renewable energy contract

The Army's $7 billion Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) is aimed at power purchase agreements involving renewable or alternative energy projects greater than 10 MW.

Mount Fuji, Japan

29/07/14: First Solar signs 100 MW deal with Japan's XSOL

The deal follows First Solar's move last year to invest $100 million in mega solar projects in the country. The XSOL agreement will also supply smaller-scale installations.

A SunPower residential solar installation.

28/07/14: SunPower can access another $44.5 million for solar leases

U.S. vertically integrated manufacturer SunPower has closed an agreement to finance $44.5 million of its solar leases. Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital (HASI) is providing the capital.

SolarWorld installation, Germany.

28/07/14: SolarWorld increases first half revenue by modest 13%

SolarWorld AG's preliminary business results for the first half of 2014 also reveal solid growth in module sales but below-par sales of complete systems.

GCL-Poly production facility.

28/07/14: GCL-Poly expects $103m first half 2014 profit

Chinese polysilicon suppliers issue positive profit alert after analysis of preliminary management accounts for first six months of 2014.

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29/07/14: Direct Energy acquires U.S. residential installer Astrum Solar

By acquiring the eighth-largest residential solar installer in the United States, Direct Energy and parent company Centrica plc have moved into the U.S. solar PV market. This is part of a trend of acquisitions in this space.

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Industry press releases

29/07/14: ReneSola sells 40 x 2 kW energy storage systems to Think Green Energy

ReneSola Ltd, a leading brand and technology provider of solar photovoltaic (PV) products, has delivered 30 2 kW energy storage systems to a national distributor in Chelmsford for onward sale to Essex installation company Think...

By: ReneSola Ltd

29/07/14: PV Japan 2014: REC boosts its presence on the Japanese market with new solar panel concepts and comprehensive market expertise

REC, the largest European supplier of solar panels worldwide, is presenting two new solar panel concepts at PV Japan in Tokyo from July 30 to August 1: a design with half-cut cells and the REC Peak Energy next generation concept.

By: REC Solar

29/07/14: Social entrepreneur Titus Brenninkmeijer joins Powerstorm Capital Corp.'s board of advisors

Powerstorm Capital Corporation CEO, Mike J. Freni today announced the appointment of social entrepreneur Titus Brenninkmeijer to the Company's Board of Advisors.

By: Powerstorm Capital Corp.

29/07/14: Clean Energy Council becomes supporting partner of Energy Storage Australia 2014

Energy Storage Australia is scheduled for October 23-25, 2014, in Sydney, Australia.

By: China Decision Makers Consultancy (CDMC)

28/07/14: SolarReserve signs contract to supply solar power in South America

El Salvador’s electricity distribution companies select SolarReserve’s 20 megawatt (MW) Acajutla photovoltaic (PV) project for the country’s first utility-scale solar power.

By: SolarReserve

28/07/14: Solar Frontier announces updates to senior management team

Atsuhiko Hirano to be appointed as President, CEO; Hiroto Tamai to become Chairman.

By: Solar Frontier

25/07/14: ABB acquires Dutch company Spirit IT

Swiss inverter maker will incorporate the acquisition into its Measurement Products business. Spirit offers high-performance liquid flow computers, SCADA and custody transfer solutions.


25/07/14: Three key drivers of renewable energy growth in Chile

Chile has all the ingredients to be a favorable destination for renewables investment.

By: Greenpower Conferences

24/07/14: CBD Energy announces $300,000 in residential solar loan approvals

Installations garnered within three weeks following soft launch in single U.S. market

By: CBD Energy Ltd.

24/07/14: SPI Solar subsidiary announces sale and transfer of 50 MW PV project in China

Xinwei has also entered into an EPC agreement with Xinyu Zhongzhi Guoxiang New Energy Electric Power Investment Development to construct a separate 21 MW project in Jiangxi Province.

By: Solar Power, Inc.

24/07/14: For plant monitoring, KOSTAL relies on the greenest data center in Europe

Monitoring of solar power plants can be performed online with the PIKO Solar Portal, anytime and anywhere, and now in an even more environmentally friendly way.


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