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Solar disrupts utilities out of their comfort zone

Prof. Klaus Töpfer.

Solarpraxis Forum highlights how traditional energy utilities are struggling to cope with the expansion of the renewable energy sector, forcing a rethink of their relationship with renewables.


Future PV Forum brings close-to-commercialization technologies into focus

Andreas Liebheit.

The 15th Forum Solarpraxis played host to the first Future PV Forum today in Berlin. 10 presentations across the solar innovation value chain showcased a range of technologies from the much-hyped perovskites to laser 3D printing...


SolarMax to file for insolvency

Sputnik HQ

SolarMax will become the latest inverter victim of Europe’s declining PV market when its parent company, Sputnik Engineering, files for insolvency this week.


15th Forum Solarpraxis begins with a buzz

Kostal's Stephan Kring with the new PIKO 20 string inverter that the company is showcasing at the 15th Forum Solarpraxis.

Solar business conference held in Berlin commences with well-attended keynote speech and defiantly upbeat vibe.


SMA secures net metering authorization in Chile

Chile's Parinacota Volcano.

German company becomes first inverter supplier to be authorized to participate in the country's recently introduced net metering program.


North Carolina regulators approve 80 MW solar plant

Solar installation North Carolina.

The $200m proposed McBride Place Energy project, to be located near the city of Concord, has been given the green light by the N.C. Utilities Commission.


MegaCell signs MoU for 120 MW bi-facial cell and module fab in Egypt

The MoU was signed between the two parties and in the presence of Egyptian Minister of Investment,  H.E. Ashraf Salman.

The Italian solar manufacturer has teamed up with Cairo-based Misr Asset Management to develop the production plant in a deal worth $42.5 million.


Japanese PV module demand booms to 2.52 GW in most recent quarter

The sharp increase in the nation's PV market matches BNEF's forecast of a 9-11 GW solar PV market in 2014. Japanese companies continue to dominate shipments.


Belectric reveals battery storage facility at large-scale PV plant

Belectric's energy storage system.

Belectric and Vattenfall cut the ribbon for a new battery storage facility at the Alt Daber solar power plant in Germany.


South Africa delays REIPPPP solar bid decision

Cape Town solar installation.

Minister delays announcing winners of the fourth bid window for the REIPPPP, fueling the fire of speculation in process.


UK: Movable FIT option for commercial rooftops receives STA backing

Commercial rooftop installation, U.K.

Plans by the British government to allow businesses and factories that move buildings to continue to claim the FIT from their previous location praised by Solar Trade Association.


The U.S. Interior Department rejects its first solar project

The agency has rejected Iberdrola's application for a 200 MW solar PV project in Southern California. This makes the first denial of a renewable energy project since 2010.


Huawei unveils smart PV solution in Germany

Huawei SUN2000 string inverters.

Chinese company extends solar footprint in Europe with demonstration of string inverter solution at 7.8 MW solar park in western Germany.


ReneSola's shipments fall, margins increase

ReneSola factory.

Chinese PV manufacturer ReneSola has seen its module and wafer shipments fall in Q3 2014 on both annual (YOY) and quarterly basis. It did, however, manage to increase its gross margin for the quarter to 15.3%.


Midsummer reduces CIGS active layer to 800nm

A Midsummer flex module.

Swedish thin film equipment supplier Midsummer has reduced the active layer in its CIGS deposition process to 800nm. The tool supplier claims that this is less than half of what other suppliers offer, substantially reducing costs.


World’s largest solar plant in operation

Solar project

The 550 MW Topaz Solar Project has been completed and connected to the grid. The plant, located in San Luis Obispo County, California is currently the largest operational PV power plant in the world.


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