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Customer turns owner: QSTec revealed as centrotherm investor


Centrotherm customer Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) is the foreign investor behind Solarpark Blautal, which has secured an 80% stake in German PV production equipment supplier centrotherm. Solarpark Blautal, in which...

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East Anglia, England.

2016 begins with an egalitarian slant as solar markets of all shapes, sizes and regions garner attention, much of it extremely positive.

AU Optronics unit to pull out of solar poly business


Tokyo-based M. Setek, a unit of OEM manufacturer AU Optronics, has reveaeled that it is to cease production of polysilicon for the solar industry, focusing instead on the production of ingots.

UK: Lightsource connects 100 MW of solar in just one month, introduces merchant post-subsidy model

Lightsource ground-mount solar farm.

British solar developer completes 23 new ground-mounted solar farms in the U.K. in December, including 14 sites connected under the FIT, and nine connected under the ROC scheme.

Utility-scale US solar costs down 17% in Q3 2015, finds EnergyTrend

Copper Mountain First Solar.

Analysis reveals 17% fall in installed cost of large-scale solar in the U.S. in the third quarter of last year compared to 2014; continued cost decrease will spur demand for 2016.

Sunrun on the run from Nevada in protest at utility fees

Sunrun solar installation.

Residential solar company follows SolarCity in pulling out of Nevada after the U.S. state imposed fees on rooftop solar PV systems for customers.

Corporate funding in solar reached $25.3bn in 2015, finds Mercom Capital

Large-scale PV installation.

Report finds total corporate funding for the sector slightly below 2014, as were venture capital investments, which amounted to $1.1 billion for 2015.

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