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Abengoa to build 320 MW of solar PV, CSP projects in Chile – with storage

In addition to the large amount of solar PV awarded in Chile's latest energy supply auction, the Spanish developer has been awarded contracts for electricity from concentrating solar power (CSP) and solar PV projects.


Japan: 17.5 GW of projects set to be left stranded

A Japanese PV plant.

Following a meeting last week of the Japanese Grid Issues Working Group (WG), it appears likely that 17.336 GW of approved FIT PV projects will be cancelled due to insufficient grid capacity. This is the conclusion of Japanese...


India to bankroll 1 GW of solar projects with $158 million

GE Welsupn Neemuch 151 MW project, India

State-run companies building PV projects that will be connected to the grid will have to use domestically manufactured cells and modules in order to secure financing.


MegaCell, RCT sign bi-facial poly-crystalline technology transfer deal

MegaCell Chairman and CEO Franco Traverso

The Italian company plans to use the technology for its expansion capacity project in Europe as well as for PV manufacturers interested in poly-cristalline bi-facial cells and modules.


Sonnedix launches global solar project joint venture

Sonnedix Istres PV park, France

The global sola power producer is partnering with institutional investors on a joint platform company that currently operates 117 MW of installed capacity and has 600 MW of projects in pre-construction.


Georgia regulators approve 515 MW of solar PPAs

With these and other projects in its Advanced Solar Initiative, utility Georgia Power plans have nearly 900 MW of solar PV online by the end of 2016.


Hemlock to close Tennessee polysilicon site

Hemlock Semiconductor majority owner Dow Corning has decided to abandon the never-opened polysilicon facility in Clarksville, citing price pressures and Chinese tariffs. 50 employees will be affected.


Schmid books 110 MW order for its Geminus bifacial line

Schmid fab.

German equipment supplier Schmid has announced the sale of 110 MW worth of equipment, for the production of bifacial cells and modules. Mexican PV producer ERDM made the purchase, to expand its manufacturing capacity to 170 MW in...


The pv magazine weekly news digest

Shipping containers.

The U.S. Department of Commerce decision came as no surprise, there was good news in battery storage and equipment manufacture and SunEdison Chile wins the pv mag prize for best-named CEO.


Belectric and First Solar connect UK's largest solar farm

Landmead solar park.

In just three months German project developer Belectric, in partnership with manufacturer and developer First Solar, has installed 483,000 thin film modules to complete the 46 MW Landmead Solar Farm. Located in Oxfordshire, the...


GCL calls off Chinese wafer business sale

GCL-Poly manufacturing facility in China.

Polysilicon giant calls off sale in wake of ITC ruling that will see Chinese companies repatriate operations from Taiwan. Sale would have eased debt burden on GCL.


Meyer Burger picks up $12m to $15m in PERC orders

Meyer Burger HQ.

PERC technology uptake continues to deliver strong tool orders, with Meyer Burger Technology picking up contracts "in the past few weeks" worth between $12.1m and $15.3m. The orders are for Asian high-efficiency cell producers.


Arizona utility introduces residential solar program

Tucson, Arizona.

Tucson utility will offer customers chance to fix energy bills for 25 years. TEP will choose which locations benefit from solar rooftops.


SDG&E transmission line passes 1 GW renewables mark

San Diego.

$1.9bn Sunrise Powerlink is carrying 1 GW of solar and wind power to San Diego. 150 MW from Solar Gen 2 project took utility past the landmark.


SunPower, Sunverge to offer solar with storage in US, Australia

SunPower installation, San Luis Obispo, California

"Over the next five years, we expect to see a disruptive shift in the energy market, with solar power, energy storage, smart devices, energy management technologies and electric vehicles being combined," says SunPower CEO Tom...


Germany sees price drop in solar power storage systems

Regensburg, Germany

Prices for solar power storage systems have fallen by 25% since spring. The German solar industry expects continued growth in demand for storage systems.


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