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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.


PV in Italy 'still a good investment'

Luca Zingale, scientific director of Solarexpo-The Innovation Cloud

Interview: pv magazine speaks with Luca Zingale, scientific director of Solarexpo-The Innovation Cloud, about the current state of Italy's PV sector and the upcoming Solarexpo in Milan, which runs April 8-10.


Australia: Big energy retailers intensify attack on rooftop solar subsidies

A Canadian Solar PV installation in Australia.

Big Australian utilities such as Origin Energy and AGL Energy are maintaining their attack on subsidies for rooftop solar, joining forces with industry lobby groups to call for their removal – just as they prepare to roll out...


US-China trade dispute: 'Asian manufacturers won't give up this market'

Kaiser Permanente

In its continuing look at this week's ruling by the U.S. Commerce Department on Chinese and Taiwanese PV imports, pv magazine spoke to Stefan De Haan, principal photovoltaic analyst at IHS, on the possible repercussions of the...


Southern Company to develop 131 MW plant in Georgia

Georgia Atlanta.

Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, will develop a 131 MW utility scale PV power plant in Georgia. The electricity from the plant will be sold to three Georgia electric corporations under a 25-year PPA.


Construction begins on the largest solar PV project in Central America

At 61 MW, Gauss Energía's Aura Solar II in Honduras will be much larger than any solar project built to date in the region.


Tata Power to invest $500 million in Russian solar

Russia's Altai Republic

The Indian conglomerate will partner with the state-run Russian Investment Fund on $1 billion of investments in solar projects across the country.


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