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Production “massively” scaled back at Solibro

Solibro produciton.

Reports are coming in that German CIGS producer Solibro, a Hanergy acquisition, has massively decreased production. The 270 employees at Solibro’s manufacturing plant in eastern Germany are now working shortened hours and reports...

SolarCity to begin production of >22% efficient PV modules this month

Calling it the “world's most efficient rooftop solar panel”, the company says it will produce PV modules with greater than 22% efficiency at a pilot facility.

Neo Solar Power buys 30% stake in Phanes Group

The Taiwanese PV cell maker has expanded its downstream activities by buying a stake in Emirati/Swiss project developer Phanes Group.

The pv magazine weekly news digest

Big horizons, big announcements and big hitters: it's been another BIG week for solar.

The PV heavyweights are back in the headlines this week with the news that China and the U.S. have agreed a climate deal, SolarCity has tightened its grip on residential solar, and Hanergy's woes continue.

Cloaking technology refracts light around metallization fingers

German researchers have applied the approach used by invisibility cloak research to direct sunlight around busbars and metallization fingers to potentially increase PV cell and module efficiency. The research was carried out by a...

Interview: Speaking off-grid with Phaesun

The Off-Grid Experts Workshop was held between September 25-26 in Memmingen, Germany.

Tobias Zwirner, MD of Phaesun GmbH, talks to pv magazine about last month's Off-Grid Experts Workshop, held in Memmingen, Germany, between September 25-26.

SkyPower announces $440m, 200 MW Djibouti solar plans

Djibouti City.

Canadian developer continues its international expansion with agreement to develop large solar project in the east African nation; plants will be built in four phases over next four years.

Western Australia to take small communities off-grid with solar plus storage

Solar rooftop in Australia

Western Power, the state-owned company that operates the grid in the south-west corner of Western Australia, is looking to take small communities completely off grid so that it can save money on costly network upgrades and...

TSEC to increase Taiwan solar production capacity to 1.6 GW

Taiwanese solar park.

Taiwan Solar Energy Corp. will boost its cell and module capacity from 800 MW to between 1.5-1.6 GW by 2017 as the company looks to meet rising demand.

UK: 27,000 solar jobs could go if FIT cut proposals are enacted

Solar installation, England.

Analysis by the Solar Trade Association of employment data released by TBR Economic Research reveals that the vast majority of the 35,000 jobs the solar sector support could be at risk if FITs are cut.

Argentina passes renewable energy law: 20% by 2025

The law includes an 8% target by 2017, a price cap for contracts, and an obligation for large energy users.

First Solar secures loan for Japanese pipeline

First Solar...

U.S. thin film producer and developer First Solar has secured a loan facility from Mizuho Bank to develop utility scale PV projects in Japan. The loan is for US$33 million and First Solar has indicated that it will work with...

Austin, Texas to procure up to 300 MW of solar now, another 300 MW later

Today the Austin City Council meets to consider two sets of contracts, but the decision appears to be a done deal. More than 600 MW of bids came in at under five US cents per kWh.

SkyPower signs 150 MW PPA in Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh.

Canadian solar developer enters long-term power purchase agreement with the Government of Madhya Pradesh for the development of 150 MW of solar PV.

Jordan receives $250 million loan from World Bank to boost renewables

Solar installation, Jordan.

The World Bank has approved a $250 million loan facility to support Jordan's transition to renewable energy and the more efficient use of water resources. The loan is specifically expected boost residential solar PV installations...

Oxford PV raises further GBP4.4 million for perovskite commercialization

Oxford PV

The UK's Oxford PV has raised a further GBP4.4 million (US$6.6 million) in a "top-up" Round B, to continue with its work in commercialization perovskite technology. Drawing on both new and existing investors, Oxford has now...

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